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Harvey S. Karten

Harvey S. Karten
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A- 84% Silence (2017) Not only a gorgeously photographed epic of historical fiction but of current relevance given the persecution of "the other" by terrorists and benighted residents of civilized countries. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Dec 19, 2016
A- 82% Julieta (2016) Pedro Almodovar once again demonstrates his talent for highlighting the complexity and beauty of women. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Dec 17, 2016
B+ 92% I, Daniel Blake (2016) A scathing indictment of how the government of an industrialized country treats working taxpayers who become disabled and must jump through hoops for a minimal income on the dole. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Dec 15, 2016
B+ 78% Patriots Day (2017) Watching the shootouts, the audience might say, "Looks like another video-game scene" and yet we're told that the action throughout the movie is an authentic working of actual events during Boston Marathon. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Dec 14, 2016
B+ No Score Yet Eating You Alive (2016) Valuable nutrition information that they do not teach in med school, but course level 101 if you've kept up with recent controversies. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Dec 14, 2016
C+ 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) Mechanical pathos, forced humor, and the inevitability of comparing this to other Christmas movies all conspire to make this attempt mediocre. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Dec 13, 2016
A- 92% Hidden Figures (2017) A thrilling look at how three Black women working for NASA during the Kennedy Administration are largely responsible for the success of the late John Glenn's orbiting around the earth. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Dec 10, 2016
B 96% Neruda (2016) Eschewing the biopic format, Larrain aims to humanize the Chilean poet, giving us insight into human nature. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Dec 10, 2016
A- 83% The Founder (2017) Though Michael Keaton plays the corrupt Ray Kroc who cheated the McDonald's founders out of a fortune, you can't help siding with this otherwise lovable man whose persistence created the world-wide fast food corporation. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Dec 7, 2016
B 42% Office Christmas Party (2016) Whoever said that office workers are repressed individuals? Here's proof to the contrary. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Dec 7, 2016
B 93% La La Land (2016) As a homage to the golden age of American musicals, this is no South Pacific but scores as a delightfully fizzy romance. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Dec 3, 2016
B+ 93% The Eagle Huntress (2016) Feminism in Mongolia is given its due in a soaring film that should have the attention of awards groups for its spellbinding cinematography. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Nov 30, 2016
B 100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) Generic plot aside, Isabelle Huppert's performances makes this film a must-see. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Nov 25, 2016
B+ 93% Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016) Donald Trump should learn a lesson by watching how the brave people of Italy are rescuing hostages from North Africa in this loosely constructed documentary, submitted by Italy into Oscar competition. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Nov 24, 2016
B+ 100% The C Word (2016) This may not be the most entertaining doc you'll see, but since 1 out of 2 males will get cancer as will 1 in 3 females, this could be the year's most important film. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Nov 22, 2016
A- 95% Fences (2016) Denzel Washington and his entire ensemble radiate all the poetry of August Wilson's play. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Nov 22, 2016
B 83% The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) (2016) A surreal comedy in the style of Terry Gilliam's "Brazil," most of which is far from hilarious but should be seen for its inventiveness. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Nov 21, 2016
B+ 61% Allied (2016) Is she a Nazi spy or a member of the French Resistance? This question will command your attention throughout the tense World War 2 drama. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Nov 21, 2016
C+ 27% The Comedian (2017) Robert De Niro's role as an aging stand-up comic proves largely embarrassing rather than funny. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Nov 18, 2016
B 76% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) The torturer is a young woman who could nonetheless evoke some sympathy from viewers given the film's careful, deliberate attention to detail. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Nov 15, 2016
B 70% Miss Sloane (2016) As a sleep-deprived, fast-talking, fast-walking lobbyist, Jessica Chastain is everywhere, showing the audience just what is involved in the game of persuading legislators for their clients. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Nov 14, 2016
B+ 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Casey Affleck finds his best role as a depressed handyman whose life acquires meaning when he take charge of a teen nephew. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Nov 12, 2016
B 95% Paterson (2016) Director Jarmusch has a way of making the most mundane lives seem to matter. Greatly. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Nov 12, 2016
B 54% Rules Don't Apply (2016) Warren Beatty's having as much fun in this movie as he had in "Shampoo" 41 years ago. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Nov 11, 2016
B 94% Arrival (2016) Cerebral sci-fi with a Spielbergian sense of wonder. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Nov 7, 2016
B+ 87% Lion (2016) If you've ever been lost, and who hasn't? This movie is for you, featuring a five-year-old boy from India who winds up in Australia. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Nov 4, 2016
B 88% Jackie (2016) Though the unconventional biopic does not often spring to life, Natalie Portman's awards-worthy performance must be seen. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Nov 3, 2016
B+ 88% Elle (2016) A revenge tale, but one done in the sophisticated European style rather than the simpler Hollywood treatment. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Nov 2, 2016
B+ 72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Tom Ford's returns as director after a seven-year break with a psychological thriller elegantly blended with romance. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Nov 1, 2016
B+ No Score Yet Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story (2014) The filmmakers are so frustrated by the amount of food that North Americans waste that they determine to eat only thrown-out grub for six months. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Oct 31, 2016
B 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) An alternately sad and jocular look at a father's attempt to bring his daughter closer through a series of practical jokes. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Oct 27, 2016
A- 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Features some of the most violent war scenes ever filmed while exhibiting well-deserved praise for a heroic conscientious objector. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Oct 27, 2016
B 100% Peter and the Farm (2016) Bernie Sanders and this movie's Peter Dunning may be the two most charismatic characters in Vermont. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Oct 26, 2016
C 19% Inferno (2016) Pretty photography does not compensate for the lack of clear focus. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Oct 25, 2016
B 90% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) Without question, the animation is beautiful. But does this film have any allegorical meaning? ‐ Compuserve
Posted Oct 19, 2016
B 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Takes its place among the better high-school comedies, enjoying a rousing performance from Hailee Steinfeld as a self-loathing junior. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Oct 18, 2016
B+ 89% Loving (2016) A sedate, but intellectually arresting drama based on the real case of a couple who challenged laws against interracial marriage. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Oct 17, 2016
C 51% The Accountant (2016) Convoluted, unfocused plot involving accountants, Asperger's, and hit men. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Oct 12, 2016
B 100% Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang (2016) Even if you don't know art, you won't be bored by Cai's fiery exhibits culminating in his building of a ladder seeming to reach for the sky. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Oct 7, 2016
B 60% Desierto (2016) You don't go to this thriller for the dialogue but strictly for the photography and stunt work which make the venture worthwhile. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Oct 5, 2016
B 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) If generally lacking suspense, the film should be film for Emily Blunt's impressive performance as an alcoholic with borderline personality disorder. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Oct 3, 2016
B+ 94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) A complex, tongue-in-cheek tale about a young South Korean woman hired to read pornographic stories to old men. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Sep 28, 2016
B+ 98% Moonlight (2016) Stunning performances. Three chapters in the life of a bullied gay Black male. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Sep 28, 2016
B 93% Newtown (2016) A mournful look at the sickest American crime of the 21st Century. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Sep 28, 2016
B 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) A rousing look at conditions of ante bellum slavery that led to the most famous bloody resistance movement. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Sep 28, 2016
B 93% Sand Storm (Sufat Chol) (2016) A poignant look at the plight of women in a Bedouin family in Israel's Negev desert. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Sep 24, 2016
B 53% The Dressmaker (2016) Could end up as this year's best use of high camp. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Sep 17, 2016
B+ 91% A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016) A Swedish crowd-pleaser about a curmudgeon who attemps suicide after the death of his wife but who mellows out with the help of a new neighbor and a street-scarred cat. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Sep 15, 2016
C 76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) The question is: who is the father? Can you stand the tension, or are you past what the folks in the 1950's used to call risque? ‐ Compuserve
Posted Sep 13, 2016
B 85% Sully (2016) Should confirm the public's faith in the professionalism of a whole cast of heroes. Features dramatic simulations and sharp photography of the actual landing in the Hudson River. ‐ Compuserve
Posted Sep 7, 2016