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Dennis Harvey

Dennis Harvey
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Braid (2018) Suspense, let alone psychological nuance or narrative development, all take a back seat to what feels like an empty, mannered series of dress-up photo opportunities.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
No Score Yet The Night Eats the World (La nuit a dévoré le monde) (2018) "The Night Eats the World" just feels like several rudderless months stuck in a building with a guy who probably wasn't all that fascinating before zombies struck, and isn't any more so now.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2018
No Score Yet Corbin Nash (2018) Less choosy fantasy action fans will find things to enjoy in its foamy cocktail of vampires, kickboxing and neo-noir.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
No Score Yet Wanderland (2018) "Wanderland" deserves credit for trying something different. But such an effort shouldn't end up so innocuous and inconsequential.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
90% Hounds of Love (2017) That air of gritty realism, shorn of typical slasher-flick misogynist titillation, makes the film often seem punishingly graphic-even though the worst of the torturing abuses Vicki and a predecessor suffer are actually left offscreen... ‐ 48 Hills
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) The bullet ballets are terrific, the mano-a-mano stuff almost as good as the Raid movies. ‐ 48 Hills
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
98% Moonlight (2016) [Barry] Jenkins gets superb performances that are all the more impressive given the relative paucity of dialogue, let alone frank verbal expression of emotions in a deliberately close-mouthed script. ‐ 48 Hills
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
82% Oasis: Supersonic (2016) Ultimately, it's rather like Oasis themselves: Too bloody much of a just-pretty-good thing. Of course, diehard Britpop devotees may feel otherwise. ‐ 48 Hills
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
80% Helmut Berger, Actor (2015) You won't be able to look away (or perhaps stop laughing unkindly)... but be warned, this portrait really isn't pretty.‐ 48 Hills
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
94% Endless Poetry (Poesía Sin Fin) (2017) Goofy, uneven, alternately outrageous and charming (when not both at once), Endless Poetry is as good an introduction to his work as any, and it couldn't have been made by anyone else. ‐ 48 Hills
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
97% The Rider (2018) But the performances [Chloe] Zhao has gotten from her non-professional cast members are remarkable, and The Rider is one of those films that feels utterly, urself-consciously true to a reality not terribly close to the usual mythology of movie westerns.‐ 48 Hills
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
96% The Endless (2018) What The Endless lacks in spectacle (though it does have some FX) it more than makes up in character detail and narrative invention. ‐ 48 Hills
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
94% 1945 (2017) Refusing to hit us on the head with its message, 1945 instead subtly reveals the complicity of "good" people are capable of when outside forces target their neighbors.‐ 48 Hills
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
No Score Yet Alex Strangelove (2018) This is a lively, resourceful and tightly paced enterprise, drawing uniformly good performances from well-cast actors.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
100% Pick of the Litter (2018) Though not particularly inspired in packaging or storytelling, this solidly crafted item is guaranteed to appeal to mutt-lovers...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
No Score Yet The Devil We Know (2018) Mixing footage of public hearings, news reports and corporate ads, plus input from scientists and activists, "The Devil We Know" is a riveting tale of long-term irresponsibility and injustice.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
100% A Boy. A Girl. A Dream. (2018) The film succeeds as more than an accomplished technical stunt, even if neither its political nor character dimensions feel quite fully realized.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
No Score Yet Wrestle (2018) This engrossing snapshot has a good shot at exposure beyond the festival circuit, with public television being a logical destination.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
No Score Yet The Rescue List (2017) Focusing on a rescue-and-rehabilitation organization and several youths it plucks from servitude, this is an involving indictment with enough individual human-interest elements to avoid being too much of a grim screed.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
33% Baja (2018) This tame, tepid road-trip comedy is notably short on laughs - save for a few unintentional ones when it tries to channel serious drama.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
12% Aardvark (2018) The film can never quite decide what it wants to be - wounded-inner-child drama, quirky comedy, quasi-thriller, all the above - and its good ideas never quite gel, or lead toward sufficient narrative revelation.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
100% Summer in the Forest (2018) Wright's film provides considerable insight into how various special-needs conditions might be better handled by society than they are presently.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
No Score Yet The Humanity Bureau (2018) Director Rob W. King and screenwriter Dave Schultz's engaging effort has enough standard genre elements to satisfy more open-minded sci-fi fans, and its political-allegory angle is ultimately quite potent without becoming too heavy-handed.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
No Score Yet Dark Money (2018) Reed's sophomore feature is straightforward reportage, telling a complex, multi-issue story with a large number of players, in admirably cogent terms.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
50% 4/20 Massacre (2018) Unmemorable but fun as far as it goes...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
91% Lowlife (2018) Nicely calibrates a twisty course between straight crime melodrama and black comedy, one that has cult-following potential among adventurous genre fans.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
No Score Yet Malady (2015) Fearsomely committed performances by the principals are heightened further by [Jack] James' lensing, which is intimate to the brink of distortion - favoring extreme closeups and fields of woozily uneven focus‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
80% Caught (2018) The filmmakers here seem to think having their characters nervously chatter on about their situation in reams of clumsy dialogue will do the trick. It does not.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
80% Pyewacket (2018) It's the rare horror film that's actually more effective in psychological terms than in suspense ones.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2018
15% Dear Dictator (2018) Pleasant enough to watch, even innocuous, "Dear Dictator" is something that gets worse the more you think about it.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
50% Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies (2017) A good-natured goof that overstays its welcome - and pads that length further with 10 slug-slow minutes of closing-credit crawl.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
No Score Yet Quiet Heroes (2017) "Quiet Heroes" is duly inspirational, just like its central figures.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
57% Juggernaut (2018) Even if the ending falls something short of memorable, "Juggernaut" still holds attention as a strong, well-acted effort that effectively walks the line between dysfunctional family drama and revenge thriller.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
89% Veronica (Verónica) (2017) Its ideas aren't ultimately original enough or its scares potent enough to suggest Plaza wouldn't benefit from trying his directorial hand at someone else's screenplay.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
92% The Cage Fighter (2018) Though it may leave audiences with a fair number of questions unanswered, "The Cage Fighter" is engrossing and notably well-packaged within its limitations.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
No Score Yet ShadowHunter (1993) ShadowHunter [is] a grade-C actioner that bypassed a theatrical release and is bowing on Showtime.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
64% Summer of '84 (2018) "Summer of '84" is only cute and competent enough to be diverting; it's neither funny nor scary enough to leave a lasting impression.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
78% Beirut (2018) Mostly the film trades in an agreeably old-school form of cinematic espionage intrigue.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
100% Mandy (2018) Anyone with a taste for Nicolas Cage in full gonzo mode should get some fun out of its fever-dream progress.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
60% Un Traductor (2018) Siblings Rodrigo and Sebastian Barriuso's first feature feels maudlin and contrived, even though it's based on their own father's experience ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
70% Clara's Ghost (2018) In the end, there's not enough of distinction or substance to make this absurdist family comedy with a haunted-house angle feel like more than a short's worth of ideas stretched too thin.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
77% Tyrel (2018) Not an especially pointed commentary about race or anything else, this lively, unpleasant seriocomedy nonetheless does very well at capturing the queasiness of being alone and uneasy at a party you immediately know you won't fit into.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
50% The Catcher Was A Spy (2018) There's a curious lack of credibility and urgency in this big-screen adaptation, the kind of respectable near-miss that can happen when worthy talent apply themselves to a project they're just not ideally suited for.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2018
92% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) A movie whose glass is half empty - maybe it's just not possible to have a story about a 5-year-old's de facto stalker that isn't sure what it (or we) should think about the matter.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2018
No Score Yet Kailash (2018) The film's edge, if not its worthiness, is slightly dulled by an over-slick approach that in the end makes it feel less like reportage than a first-class fundraising video.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
48% The Last Movie Star (2018) Despite a few good moments, this well-intentioned seriocomedy mostly wobbles between crude yocks, lame generation-gap humor and sentimental cliche.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
No Score Yet The Confession (2017) Everyone is allowed a misfire once in a while. It's just too bad Urushadze's had to follow his highest-profile effort to date with this odd and off-key work, subjecting it to more attention - and disappointment - than it would have otherwise have gotten.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
94% The Green Fog (2018) This ingenious gizmo will ... delight Maddin fans, or anyone else who enjoys games played with and about old movies.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
100% The Gold Seekers (Los Buscadores) (2017) A good-natured delight.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
89% Just to Be Sure (Ôtez-moi d'un doute) (2017) Damiens floats this enterprise with just the right amount of harried Everyman appeal. De France hits a bit too abrasive a screwball note at first, but her performance gains charm in equal measure to its chemistry with her co-star.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018