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Harvey S. Karten

Harvey S. Karten
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B+ 100% Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War (2016) A moving doc about the heroism of a minister who helped saved considerable numbers of Jews from the Holocaust. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Sep 2, 2016
B 100% As I Open My Eyes (À peine j'ouvre les yeux) (2016) Intriguing tale of life in Tunisia just before the Jasmine Revolution, one which focuses on an 18-year-old woman who would rather sing rock than be a doc. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Sep 2, 2016
B 40% The 9th Life of Louis Drax (2016) Imaginative tale of an accident-prone kid. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Sep 1, 2016
B 38% Come What May (2016) An effective albeit muted dramatization of a true story: the exodus of millions of French from their towns during the German invasion 1939-40. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Aug 29, 2016
B 80% The Intervention (2016) Bizarre but absorbing tale of efforts of friends to break up a couple. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Aug 22, 2016
B+ 60% War Dogs (2016) An energetic romp into the Triangle of Death in a movie filled with comedy and drama. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Aug 16, 2016
A- 89% Morris from America (2016) Markees Christmas is quite the find as a teen African-American negotiating a coming-of-age in Germany. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Aug 13, 2016
A- 87% Mia Madre (2016) Features Margherita Buy's exceptional performance as a filmmaker who juggles the handling of a difficult principal actor with her guilt about her perceived inadequacy in caring for her dying mother. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Aug 13, 2016
C+ 64% A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016) The book is a celebration of life; the movie, a dreary downer. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Aug 13, 2016
B+ 83% Imperium (2016) Daniel Radcliffe as never before seen infiltrates the weirdos in the American Nazi movement. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Aug 13, 2016
B+ 93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) Werner Herzog takes a nuanced view of the wonders of the digital revolution. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Aug 13, 2016
A 72% My King (Mon roi) (2016) In my view, the most powerful look at the wildly fluctuating emotions of a marriage in recent memory. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Aug 6, 2016
C 66% Anthropoid (2016) As though two polar opposite directors were fighting over methods, the movie's first half is painfully slow, giving way to a rapid-fire video-game-like shooting gallery in the second. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Aug 6, 2016
C 71% The Tenth Man (El rey del Once) (2016) A decent enough story bogged down by an unappealing principal actor. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Jul 30, 2016
A- 97% Little Men (2016) Arguably among the most authentic movie treatments of the adolescent's world. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Jul 30, 2016
B- 95% Neither Heaven nor Earth (Ni le ciel ni la terre) (2016) A bizarre, cross-genre production that is a war movie, a suspense film, and a metaphysical creation. The viewer will be left with the impression that it's better not to join the military. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Jul 26, 2016
B 81% Equity (2016) Solid performances showing women pushing their way through the glass ceiling in the financial sector of the economy. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Jul 23, 2016
B+ 82% Indignation (2016) Absorbing cinematic treatment of Philip Roth's semi-autobiographical coming of age story. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Jul 23, 2016
B 89% The Childhood of a Leader (2016) The theme that a person's childhood will determine what he's like later on is explored, but that this rebellious kid will turn into a totalitarian ruler is a stretch. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Jul 16, 2016
B 99% Don't Think Twice (2016) The theme is good--that entertainment groups can fall apart when one of its members achieves success--but the stand-up shtick by the improvisational folks is unfunny. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Jul 16, 2016
B+ 69% The Infiltrator (2016) A suspenseful thriller which should have the audience gasping every time that the drug lords are about to expose the customs agent who has infiltrated their network. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Jul 12, 2016
C 33% Equals (2016) Overly simplistic sci-fi evoking better works like "Gattaca," "1984," and "Code 46." ‐ Compuserve
Posted Jul 9, 2016
A- 70% Café Society (2016) High-end Woody Allen, exquisitely evoking the 1930's in Hollywood America.l ‐ Compuserve
Posted Jul 9, 2016
B+ 22% The Dog Lover (2016) Clever but manipulative. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Jul 2, 2016
B- 28% Fathers And Daughters (2016) Sad and soapy. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Jul 2, 2016
C 54% The Purge: Election Year (2016) Political discussions take a back seat, way way back, to a combination of clownish villains in Halloween-style costumes and seen-it-done-that shooting gallery action. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Jun 28, 2016
B+ 71% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) A tense spy tale in the John Le Carre tradition. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Jun 25, 2016
B 91% Microbe and Gasoline (Microbe et Gasoil) (2016) A look at two creative adolescents with a sweet nature. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Jun 25, 2016
A- 100% At The Fork (2016) An intelligent, family-friendly documentary that takes an extensive look (without hidden cameras) at farms that produce our meat, eggs, and milk. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Jun 23, 2016
C+ 47% Free State of Jones (2016) Didactic rather than rousing. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Jun 23, 2016
B+ 93% The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016) A somber look at heroism and villainy within a Polish convent in 1945. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Jun 21, 2016
B 77% Wiener-Dog (2016) A cute, off-beat tale, separate narratives of people whose lives are bound together by a Dachshund. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Jun 18, 2016
B 100% Germans & Jews (2016) A talking heads documentary featuring intellectuals, both Christians and Jews, now living in Germany. Didactic more than it is compelling. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Jun 13, 2016
B 78% Argentina (Zonda: folclore argentino) (2016) What's refreshing is that this doc about Argentina's rich folklore avoids cliché by covering every dance and song BUT the tango. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Jun 11, 2016
B 51% Genius (2016) A theatrical piece with cinematic flair. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Jun 5, 2016
C- No Score Yet Hitler's Folly (2016) A charmless, witless attempt to satirize the Nazi era, asking What if Hitler succeeded as a painter? ‐ Compuserve
Posted Jun 3, 2016
B+ 79% Unlocking the Cage (2016) The doc makes a strong case albeit without many animations and other effects that intelligent animals like chimps should be classified as legal persons. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Jun 2, 2016
B- 97% The Fits (2016) An offbeat look at a pre-teen who wonders to what extent she should give up her individuality to fit in. The title could have a double meaning: epileptic-type spasms, or fitting in. ‐ Compuserve
Posted May 28, 2016
B 58% Me Before You (2016) A saccharine, but quite watchable British romantic drama with a goofy principal character ‐ Compuserve
Posted May 24, 2016
B 85% Maggie's Plan (2016) Director Rebecca Miller explores her inner Woody Allen to goofy effects. ‐ Compuserve
Posted May 23, 2016
B- 29% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) Destined to be looked over by awards groups for costumes, make-up, production design and effects, but all of this barely makes up for its lack of narrative coherence. ‐ Compuserve
Posted May 23, 2016
B 21% Welcome To Happiness (2016) As with many feel-good comedy-dramas, Welcome to Happiness has quite a few dark moments, but then, Oliver Thompson shows himself to be the guy to watch for future fantasies of the Wes Anderson type. ‐ Shockya.com
Posted May 20, 2016
B+ 57% Money Monster (2016) If only our Economics classes were as exciting as this darkly humorous look at high finance! ‐ Compuserve
Posted May 12, 2016
B 98% Love & Friendship (2016) Not among the best of Jane Austen's novels is given a decent adaptation. ‐ Compuserve
Posted May 7, 2016
C- 61% High-Rise (2016) A muddle of mayhem. ‐ Compuserve
Posted May 7, 2016
B+ 89% A Bigger Splash (2016) One of Ralph Fiennes's best performances and the gorgeous scenery on a Sicilian island doesn't hurt. ‐ Compuserve
Posted May 7, 2016
B 90% The Lobster (2016) The picture's surrealism requires an attentive and particular audience which will find rewards therein. ‐ Compuserve
Posted May 7, 2016
B+ 100% Cash Only (2016) Intriguing tale about an individual whose mounting debt leads to unfortunate circumstances ‐ Compuserve
Posted May 7, 2016
B+ 90% Dheepan (2016) Jesuthasen's ferocious performance as a former child soldier in Sri Lanka now living in a tough French suburb anchors this Cannes Festival prize-winning film. ‐ Compuserve
Posted May 1, 2016
B 80% The Family Fang (2016) A quirky film that asks, Are these parents monstrous or simply creative? ‐ Compuserve
Posted Apr 26, 2016