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Dennis Harvey

Dennis Harvey
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet We Go On (2016) This uneven but watchable effort stars Clark Freeman as a man of many phobias whose terror of death leads him to find out more about the afterlife than he wanted.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2017
No Score Yet Infinity Baby (2017) As another in-joke whose punchline probably wouldn't be that funny even if there was one, it's unlikely to expand Byington's small coterie of admirers.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
No Score Yet Leaning Into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy (2017) A nonfiction-focused director and cinematographer frequently attracted to the intersection between artistic expression, nature, and spirituality (however unarticulated), Riedelsheimer is well-matched to Goldsworthy's methods and interests.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2017
74% The Void (2017) After a promising start, this enterprising but overstuffed endeavor drifts increasingly into a muddled sci-fi mystical horror hybrid that only gets more confusing as it grows more thematically ambitious.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
55% Here Alone (2017) Though there's not a whole lot of plot here, Ebeltoft makes a virtue of writing economy, and director Rod Blackhurt maintains considerable interest as well as a consistent low hum of tension.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
47% Bokeh (2017) We're stuck for eternity with two perfectly decent people who, it seems, just aren't very interesting company. Not even for each other.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
79% Dig Two Graves (2017) If you don't think too hard about it afterward, "Dig Two Graves" impresses on the whole, its general flavor closer to something like a spookier "To Kill a Mockingbird" than it is to Stephen King territory ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
No Score Yet Parents (Forældre) (2016) Parents may feel a bit uneven and over-ambiguous as a whole, but its off-center mix of slightly black comedy and drama is never less than interesting.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2017
No Score Yet 68 Kill (2017) Not everyone will enjoy this slide down a narrative garbage chute lined with thorns. But viewers and programmers with a taste for midnight-movie outrageousness will cotton to its mix of sleaze, quease and bad-taste absurdism.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
No Score Yet Mommy Dead and Dearest (2017) It certainly does have a grotesque stranger-than-fiction tale to tell, one that will duly keep any viewer with an ambulance-chasing bone in their body somewhat guiltily riveted to the tube.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
No Score Yet Spettacolo (2017) One would like to spread the golden sunlight that suffuses Malmberg's photography on a piece of bread, with prociutto, and have it for lunch.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
No Score Yet Lake Bodom (Bodom) (2016) "Lake Bodom" is not so much a slasher film as a meta-slasher film, toying knowingly with genre conventions and touchstones.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
No Score Yet Madre (2016) With its generically bright look and seeming disinterest in suspenseful atmosphere or set pieces, "Madre" bungles most of its admittedly derivative potential as a combination "nanny from Hell" movies and "Rosemary's Baby."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
No Score Yet The Archer (2017) "The Archer" is decently enough staged, paced, and acted, though it's never gritty or shocking enough to risk being taken as seriously as it sometimes seems to demand.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
No Score Yet Flesh and Blood (2017) Commingling elements of fiction and documentary is the trickiest kind of creative alchemy - a challenge "Flesh and Blood" rises to with results that are consistently interesting but somewhat awkward nonetheless.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
No Score Yet Lane 1974 (2017) This atmospheric and keenly observed feature captures with bittersweet lyricism the pathos of growing up subject to the whims of free-spirited grownups who themselves could use some adult supervision.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
71% This Beautiful Fantastic (2017) There are no puppies, kittens or baby bunnies in This Beautiful Fantastic. That said, however, any restraint before the altar of adorableness is abandoned in writer-director Simon Aboud's sophomore feature.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
21% The Ottoman Lieutenant (2017) Offers another theoretically noble if B-grade and somewhat propagandistic attempt to shed light on a murky historical chapter - while falling into a similar puddle of romance-novel cliches from which it can't get up.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
33% VooDoo (2017) Stewart keeps screaming gamely, but the corny horrors she endures are all too tangibly visited on her by a bunch of young performers in black robes and demon makeup ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
100% Keep Quiet (2017) This fascinating documentary by co-directors Joseph Martin and Sam Blair finds a stranger-than-fiction hook for probing [a] disturbing global trend.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
75% Stray Bullets (2017) Though this suspense drama about two small-town youths who run afoul of fleeing big-city criminals feels a couple story beats short of a satisfying whole, it's admirably well-crafted within its mostly savvy limitations.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
30% Havenhurst (2017) Never quite finds a distinctive narrative slant or atmosphere of its own. Nonetheless, director-co-scenarist Andrew C. Erin's film will pass the time tolerably enough for genre fans.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2017
0% Eloise (2017) A slick but thoroughly uninspired helming debut for veteran visual effects supervisor and second-unit director Robert Legato.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
100% It's Not Yet Dark (2017) The very definition of a documentary crowd-pleaser, "It's Not Yet Dark" provides an appropriately poignant and upbeat account of Irish filmmaker Simon Fitzmaurice's inspiring triumph over physical limitations.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
No Score Yet Motherland (2017) A lively and engaging glimpse at a Manila maternity ward where overcrowding and limited technological resources have forced some solutions that may not be ideal, but are admirable nonetheless.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
73% This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous (2017) This glossy doc uncovers very little conflict or depth in a personality more colorful than it is interesting, at least as presented here.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
83% Woodpecker (Carpinteros) (2017) While "Carpinteros" is strong enough in atmosphere and assembly, it's limited by characters who aren't developed with great complexity, and a climax that pours on a little too much credulity-stretching hyperbole.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
100% Free and Easy (2017) Those who can roll with its measured pace and playfully nonsensical story will find the sum impact drolly diverting.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
60% Kuso (2017) [An] insufferable mishmash of interwoven segments - aimless in themselves, even more so as a whole - almost entirely concerned with bodily functions and bodily fluids.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2017
No Score Yet Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton (2017) This slick, entertaining portrait won't provide many surprises for those who've followed the subject's high-profile career - as pretty much anyone interested in surfing has - but should fascinate others for whom he's a less familiar personality.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
No Score Yet Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower (2017) Wherever adults talk to kids about "making a difference," this documentary should be shown.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
85% Burning Sands (2017) The occasional heavy-handed or clumsy elements don't seriously impair a film whose high spirits, talented cast and luridly intriguing subject consistently entertain, even if they seldom truly surprise.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
100% Bad Day for the Cut (2017) Manages to develop its own distinct flavor while fitting snugly into the general tradition of latter-day U.K. gangster pics, with their rueful humor, colorful characters and realistically nasty violence.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
No Score Yet Legion of Brothers (2017) Its up-close portrait of heroic dedication in extreme situations has the dramatic immediacy and air of privileged access to impress both hawks and doves.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
No Score Yet Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman (2017) Impressive aerial shots of scenic splendors, as well as Tom Brokaw's narration - that voice now a sort of craggy edifice in itself - tie together this episodic feature into a polished and entertaining if conventional whole.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
No Score Yet Dolores (2017) "Dolores" crams a great deal of information, themes, and diverse archival materials into a sharp, cogent whole ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
No Score Yet Unrest (2017) Consistently involving, with content diverse enough to avoid the tunnel-visioned pitfalls of diarist cinema.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
64% The Polka King (2017) An ingratiating comedy based on an improbable true story.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
47% Person to Person (2017) Nostalgia is one thing, but Defa's feature itself is an example of reprising things about the past that didn't particularly work.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
43% The Discovery (2017) Though "The Discovery" starts out with a great premise, its mystery dissipates over a somewhat tepid course as the concept ultimately heads in a direction we've seen many times before ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
83% Killing Ground (2016) Transcends the cliches even as the film uses plenty of familiar tropes, laying down a solid hour of effective buildup to a duly hair-raising, prolonged climax.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
100% Whose Streets? (2017) Vividly conveys the siege atmosphere that can trigger reckless, "retaliatory" violence.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
No Score Yet Dark Skull (Viejo calavera) (2016) What might have easily become a familiar if worthy exercise in peasant miserabilism acquires an otherworldly quality via arresting imagery and enigmatic, fragmented storytelling.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
100% Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) (2017) An engrossing, ultimately poignant chronicle ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
57% Claire in Motion (2017) Brandt impressively limns a character whose intelligence and complexity are always evident, along with a sometimes dislikable brittleness.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
85% Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance (2017) Leading Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin is profiled in Mr. Gaga, possibly the most exciting documentary for fans of edgier modern dance since Pina.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
69% My Father, Die (2017) Not all of it works, but this is a bold and talented debut, all the more impressive for transcending (while embracing) some shameless exploitation tropes.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2017
97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) [Its] sheer good-naturedness pulls off a not particularly inspired crusty-old-coot-thawed-by-young-scamp concept, maintaining an agreeable tonal balance despite occasional wobbles between spoof, sentimentality and silliness.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
No Score Yet City of Dead Men (2016) The combination of raves, hallucinogens, wild youth, and pagan rituals in a creepy former mental asylum ought to add up to something a lot more exciting than "City of Dead Men."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
83% Dr. Feelgood: Dealer or Healer? (2016) Marson's lively narrative employs a lot of diverse voices as well as a surprising amount of archival footage in telling a story that's ethically complex yet easy to follow. All tech and design contributions are nicely turned.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016