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Dennis Harvey

Dennis Harvey
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
13% A Happening of Monumental Proportions (2018) There will be worse movies this year yet. But "A Happening" may take the 2018 prize for being the one with the faultiest instincts, and without a single genuine moment.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2018
No Score Yet That Time of Year (Den tid på året) (2018) The cast includes numerous formidable talents... But they're all stuck trying to fill out two-dimensional roles in a directorial package heavier on generic professional gloss than conviction.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
No Score Yet Maiden (2018) Holmes' documentary has more than enough human interest to grip viewers with no prior interest in sailing.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
60% American Woman (2018) Doesn't evince a firm enough grasp on the rhythms of lower-middle-class life in Rust Belt Pennsylvania to compensate for the over-dependence on crisis melodrama in Brad Inglesby's script.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2018
80% The Public (2018) Consistently engages despite the relative obviousness of its dramatic tactics.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
88% Giant Little Ones (2018) Polished and lively, with just enough fresh angles to avoid feeling like a rote recycling of gay cinema tropes.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
50% Tell It to the Bees (2018) A movie whose points are made in a way that might give viewers a concussion.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
67% The Hummingbird Project (2018) An entertaining vehicle for vivid performances by both actors.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
No Score Yet Viper Club (2018) An empathetic turn by Susan Sarandon as an anxious mother whose journalist son is being held hostage by overseas extremists is enough to hold together "Viper Club."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
71% Final Score (2018) Possibly the least political movie about terrorism ever made, "Final Score" has no ambitions beyond pure escapism, and it meets its humble goal.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
100% Skin (2018) It's a narrow treatment of a now pressingly relevant subject, but one that still rewards as a powerful, well-acted tale of personal redemption.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
25% Red Joan (2019) A would-be sweeping epic that instead turns out tweedy, dreary, and unconvincing.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
20% Mara (2018) A generically conceived horror thriller distinguished only by its belief that more hysteria equals a more frightening movie.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
34% The Predator (2018) It's an exhaustingly energetic mess in which a coherent plot and credible characters aren't even on the cluttered menu.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
38% Boarding School (2018) Movies with a novel mix of thematic elements are generally to be applauded, but not if they fail to gel.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
31% Kin (2018) It's to the credit of the Bakers, screenwriter Daniel Casey, and the solid cast that this character-based core does hold the movie together, mostly sidestepping pat sentimentality and too-easy narrative solutions.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
95% Rodents of Unusual Size (2018) This documentary by Bay Areans Quinn Costello, Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer casts a bemused eye on different aspects of the nutria dilemma...‐ 48 Hills
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
37% Blue Iguana (2018) Who wouldn't want a "Desperately Seeking Susan" meets "Reservoir Dogs"? Alas, this ends up more "The Linguini Incident" meets "The Boondock Saints," an imitation of wan imitations.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
17% Hard Ticket to Hawaii (1987) This 1987 bonanza of schlock features no less than four erstwhile Playmates of the Month, acting just as well as you'd expect. ‐ 48 Hills
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
84% The Captain (Der Hauptmann) (2018) This is a striking, potent film.‐ 48 Hills
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
100% Personal Problems (2018) Uneven, sometimes disjointed, its narrative threads nowhere near resolved at the end, Personal Problems is nonetheless something rare and valuable, particularly for its era.‐ 48 Hills
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
94% Araby (Arábia) (2018) An austerely beautiful, minimalist film like this either works for you or it doesn't. Initially just mildly intrigued, I eventually found Araby something of a revelation...‐ 48 Hills
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
100% Minding the Gap (2018) Gap is ultimately about considerably more, and carries the bigger punch.‐ 48 Hills
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
89% Skate Kitchen (2018) It's got a problem in that the lead is the least expressive actor here. Still, it's ingratiating, and a fine Girl Power statement.‐ 48 Hills
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
93% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) This is a straight-up jet-setting romcom, glossy, glam, very mainstream in style and tenor.‐ 48 Hills
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
0% Breaking & Exiting (2018) Very little happens in the way of narrative or character development, which leaves the film over-reliant on a central chemistry that isn't really there.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
50% Down a Dark Hall (2018) This is a decent modern Gothic thriller handled with sufficient style and a straight face by genre ace Cortés.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
43% Along Came the Devil (2018) It creaks more than it creeps, to the extent that various scenes appear to be missing from director Jason DeVan's disjointed debut.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
No Score Yet The Sentence (2018) The subject is inherently engrossing, but a better documentary could (and probably will) be made about it.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
89% Mega Time Squad (2018) The unique mix of simultaneously droll and broad humor is very nicely delivered by a well-cast ensemble, resulting in a polished oddity that should make a splash at home, while attracting decent overseas interest.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
100% Luz (2019) Equal measures demonic-possession thriller, experiment in formalist rigor, and flummoxing narrative puzzle-box.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
100% The Outlaws (2017) "The Outlaws" is a very entertaining if not quite first-rank genre exercise that reps an auspicious bow for first-time feature director Kang Yoon-Seong.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
100% Chained for Life (2018) At times Schimberg's gambits feel too coy, their aim too dry despite the sensational hooks. But more often than not, the immediate impact is engagingly droll, and there's no questioning the overall adventurousness, confidence and originality.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
No Score Yet Buffalo Boys (2018) A colorful popcorn entertainment that should please Asian action fans even if it doesn't rank among the best films Indonesia has had to offer in recent years.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
52% Cold Skin (2018) The actors... invest their roles with conviction and craft, even if the story ultimately doesn't quite reward such seriousness of approach.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
87% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2018) All its idiosyncrasy expended on that undeniably head-turning title, this low-key, literal-minded indie manages to make those marquee events pretty uninteresting.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
89% Cam (2018) Should appeal to genre fans looking for something different - but not too different - from the norm.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
56% Our House (2018) What this still modest yet considerably slicker upgrade gains in surface gloss and FX, it loses in psychological intensity and suspension of disbelief - qualities the prior film's hand-made auspices heightened.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
100% King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen (2018) There's nothing particularly inspired about Mitchell's treatment here - he's directed a lot of DVD extras, and this first feature feels like a plus-sized version of one - but there's considerable entertainment value in its subject.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
No Score Yet Godmonster of Indian Flats (1973) It is arguably not as inspired as Hobbs' even more obscure Alabama's Ghost and Roseland, but it's still an impressively bonkers hybrid conceit that dives into its own ridiculousness snout-first.‐ 48 Hills
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
95% Ava (2018) While the film can be taken to an extent as a critique of Iran's strictly regimented societal norms, it's even more a devastating dissection of parent-child dysfunctions that know no national borders.‐ 48 Hills
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
67% A Midsummer Night's Dream (2018) Mott's "Midsummer Night's Dream" may not have a high bar to reach to be better than average as filmed Shakespearean comedies go. But by any standard, it's a modest, resourceful and unexpected delight.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
97% Three Identical Strangers (2018) At first rather annoying in its heavy emphasis on reenactments, this movie ultimately proves fascinating, simply because the complicated, highly dramatic tale it tells still almost defies belief.‐ 48 Hills
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
76% The King (2018) This is very much a matter-of-taste climb out on a long limb. Still, you have to give Jarecki credit for responding to our very strange national moment in such an unconventional way.‐ 48 Hills
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
83% That Summer (2018) Whether you'll find this utterly fascinating or a glorified DVD extra depends entirely on just how obsessed with Grey Gardens you are.‐ 48 Hills
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) An eerily credible imagining of a U.S. that could be just around the corner.‐ 48 Hills
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
97% Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (2018) Won't hold much appeal for those requiring an introduction, but should please fans with its drifting, lyrical, and thoughtful tenor, echoing so much of this artist's music.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
83% Moss (2018) This is no failure, but a nice slice-of-life miniature that falls a bit short...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
80% Every Act of Life (2017) A predictably starry, rather standard, but satisfying overview of a prodigious career that is still going full-steam as the writer nears his ninth decade.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2018
No Score Yet A Moment in the Reeds (2017) "A Moment in the Reeds" is deliberately spare in all departments, heightening impact through restraint.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018