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Dennis Harvey

Dennis Harvey
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
92% 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
100% 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
100% 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
85% 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
36% Sugar Mountain (2016) Polished without ever achieving much in the realm of suspense or emotional involvement.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2016
100% The Cult of JT LeRoy (2014) Sturm draws on a rich array of material to assemble a first documentary feature that's fascinating on numerous levels.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
32% Abattoir (2016) A franchise-aspirational horror opus that takes too long establishing its premise, then peters out in a climactic jumble of scare-free digital effects.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2016
75% SiREN (2016) An energetic and entertaining exercise that could spawn its own spin-offs.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2016
11% Run the Tide (2016) Competently crafted but uninspired ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
78% The Monster (2016) An admirably lean-and-mean execution of an elemental horror story.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
100% Off the Rails (2016) Though the film eventually grows as repetitious as its subject's habit, this odd tale has an undeniable bizarro human-interest fascination.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
96% Bobby Sands: 66 Days (2016) While hardly the first and unlikely to be the last cinematic word on its subject, this finely crafted docu may well long stand as the most balanced among such treatments.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2016
100% Orange Sunshine (2016) A shadowy organization that kept the hippies dosed at the height of the '60s counterculture is brought to the light of day in this entertaining documentary.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2016
10% ClownTown (2016) Arguably less scary than "Big Top Pee-Wee."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
83% Closet Monster (2016) A most auspicious debut.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
No Score Yet Rage (Ikari) (2016) An astute mixture of multi-strand drama and murder mystery that engrosses for two solid hours.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
80% Colossal (2017) "Colossal" takes diminishing advantage of an amusing premise, one that seems made for satirical treatment yet is executed with an increasingly awkward semi-seriousness the characters aren't depthed (or likable) enough to ballast.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
84% Afterimage (Powidoki) (2017) Another significant chapter in Polish history from Wajda, albeit one unlikely to travel as widely as some of his past subjects.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
71% Pyromaniac (Pyromanen) (2016) The fascination of puzzling out a compulsive fire-setter's motivations keeps "Pyromaniac" absorbing, even if the film itself provides precious few answers in that regard.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
46% The Duelist (Duelyant) (2016) This ludicrous costume shoot-'em-up only inflates its whopping clichés and anachronisms by placing them in the incongruously deployed IMAX format.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2016
60% I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016) Wilson delivers a hardworking performance that nonetheless can't render a familiar character type fascinating enough in a vacuum, with so little support in the writing.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
86% The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) Ovredal's first English-langauge feature makes good on the promise of his homegrown 2011 fantasy action hit "Trollhunter."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
74% Headshot (2017) Fans of extreme Asian genre action won't care that things eventually grow somewhat predictable and repetitive: In terms of sheer, punchy physical vigor, "Headshot" is a knockout.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
20% A Family Man (2017) Never rises above polished plastic, formulaic, and pedestrian.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
60% Strange Weather (2017) There's not much beyond pretty scenery and forced "grittiness" to distract from the hollow histrionics at the heart of "Strange Weather," whose clumsy signifiers include being set during a long, hot drought.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
30% The Assignment (2017) Gracelessly mashes together hardboiled crime-melodrama cliches and an unintentionally funny "Oh no! I'm a chick now!!" gender-change narrative hook.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
53% The Belko Experiment (2017) As a self-aware guilty pleasure, "The Belko Experiment" may not quite seize greatness, but it does give it a playful squeeze.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
57% The Limehouse Golem (2016) As busy and artificial as Victorian interior decor at its most excessive, "The Limehouse Golem" is similarly rather too much of a posh good thing.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2016
No Score Yet The Oath (2016) [An] assured suspense drama, which sports little of the blackly comedic streak usually associated with its maker ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2016
65% Carrie Pilby (2017) This is awfully soft stuff, its navel-gazing protagonist not nearly as unusual or delightful as we're meant to think despite the high IQ she can't stop referencing.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2016
84% I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016) Though its marquee names and trenchant social satire will prove most potent on home turf, "I Am Not Madame Bovary's" often sublimely ridiculously progress ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
44% Level Up (2016) Though its take-away impact may be flimsy, "Level Up" does suggest that Randall ... has the facility and confidence to handle more substantial material, as well as a bigger budget.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2016
43% Kickboxer: Vengeance (2016) "Vengeance" is well-crafted good fun - and good proof that you don't need more than two hours or $100 million to give ticket buyers their money's worth in popcorn thrills.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2016