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Dennis Harvey

Dennis Harvey
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Billy Boy (Juvenile) (2018) It's exasperatingly undercooked and arted-up, failing on basic levels of character definition and narrative coherence, too often feeling like a classic indulgence for pretty-boy actors playing tough.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
0% China Salesman (2018) A tell-all chronicle about how this movie came into existence might be more compelling than the film itself, and require angry denials from authorities in response.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2018
6% 211 (2018) Unsurprisingly, the director doesn't get very good work from a cast asked primarily to ramp up the intensity on stereotypes.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
52% Scarlet Diva (2000) Scarlet Diva is an ambulance-chasing hot mess that will still register with viewers as shocking, ridiculous, or both. ‐ 48 Hills
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
72% The House of Tomorrow (2018) A bit formulaic but well-acted and charming nonetheless, this is a good movie with a great soundtrack...‐ 48 Hills
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
96% First Reformed (2018) This strikingly austere film is a rare movie to meaningfully wrestle with theological concerns-and their application in our ever-more-problematic worldly reality-so you are guaranteed ample discussion fodder afterward. ‐ 48 Hills
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
50% Patty Hearst (1988) It's a portrayal both sympathetic and grotesquely funny at times. ‐ 48 Hills
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
38% Feral (2018) This isn't a dull film, but it lacks personality as well as originality.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
76% The Misandrists (2018) A diverting bad-taste frolic for the sufficiently jaded.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
No Score Yet Bitter Melon (2018) Domestic violence and black comedy don't seem a natural match, but to an impressive degree "Bitter Melon" pulls off their shotgun marriage.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
54% Book Club (2018) The kind of comfort-food movie that's been pre-masticated by committee to the consistency of pudding (with even less flavor).‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
45% Measure of a Man (2018) Brings no distinctive personality or plot angles to a very familiar set of misfit-hero woes and eventual, underwhelming triumphs.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
No Score Yet Omertà (2018) The film is taut throughout, an expertly staged thriller about a baffling paradox of a real-world man.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
93% Weirdos (2016) More a short story than a novel in terms of cumulative heft, Weirdos nonetheless benefits from the literary virtues of revealing character through a seemingly casual, anecdotal narrative.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
83% The 12th Man (2018) Easily reps a personal best for the helmer, and is a stirring adventure by any standard.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
No Score Yet Mr. Fish: Cartooning from the Deep End (2017) Brisk and ingratiating, with some brief animated sequences adding color, this is an easy watch despite the frequently incendiary nature of its subject's barbed images.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
33% Gehenna: Where Death Lives (2016) It's not a total wash, but the eventually dreary mix of vague religious morality and rather ponderous horror suggests Katagiri should pay more attention to script development next time out.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
100% The Dark (2018) On its own terms, writer-director Justin P. Lange's debut feature (with DP Klemens Hufnagl credited as co-director) is well-crafted and well-acted.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
17% Supercon (2018) "Supercon" is a poor stab at Christopher Guest-style ensemble antics combined with a rote heist plot.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
No Score Yet Goran (2016) Holding its poker face to the bitter end, this is a black comedy whose slow burn nonetheless eventually leaves no one unconsumed by the flame of cruel fate.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
No Score Yet No Greater Law (2018) Though the facts may seem to present an open-and-shut case, the documentary presents things as less simple.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
No Score Yet To Dust (2018) The deft execution and astute lead performances ultimately make this acquired taste of a movie not only digestible, but rather charming.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
57% You Shall Not Sleep (No dormirás) (2018) Too glossy, contrived, and dependent on rote jump scares to raise much of a fright.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
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
80% 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
92% 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
96% 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
84% 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
43% 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
20% 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
88% 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