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Harvey S. Karten

Harvey S. Karten
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 62% Bobbi Jene (2017) You don't have to be a dance aficionado to appreciate the story of this dancer who spent a decade in Israel for the Batsheva group.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
B+ 70% Loving Vincent (2017) The titillating theme is that Van Gogh's gunshot wound was not self-inflicted, but what makes this movie sui generis is that it is the first fully painted feature film.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
B 79% The King's Choice (2017) Brings to life a largely forgotten heroic action by the King of Norway to refuse capitulation to the Nazis.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2017
B 50% Shot (2017) Yet another warning that guns kill, graphically and patiently shown here in a drama of a man who is accidentally shot though the shooter feels guilty enough to confess.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2017
B 100% Unrest (2017) Brea offers a surprisingly energetic look at chronic fatigue syndrome, which has derailed her life.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2017
B 82% Jesus (2017) The Chilean director projects the angst of adolescence in a casually-paced drama about violence and family dysfunction.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
A- 88% First They Killed My Father (2017) As director, Angelina Jolie brings to life all the horrors of revolution and war, told through the point of view of a five-year-old Cambodian who later wrote a memoir of the tragic events she witnessed during the Pol Pot regime.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
B+ 78% Woodpeckers (Carpinteros) (2017) Men and women find a way to communicate without speaking in this prison movie which is probably an original for the genre.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
B 100% The Future Perfect (El futuro perfecto) (2016) An innovative look at a Chinese immigrant's involvement with a voluntarily homeless person in Buenos Aires.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
C 36% Wetlands (2017) A dialogue-heavy detective drama with little emotional appeal.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
B+ 100% Motherland (Bayang ina mo) (2017) The hospital that watches over 100 births a day is not the kind of place Americans would like to use when their water breaks, but the Manila institution does have a spirit of camaraderie and the doc is an original.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2017
B+ 85% The Midwife (Sage femme) (2017) Can two women, opposites in personality, find meaning in each other's company? Just watch two of France's great actresses performing as two distinct personalities, exchange vibrations and meet almost in the middle.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
B 69% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2017) Combines moral allegory with detective noir in its probing look at the quest of a young doctor to relieve her feelings of guilt.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
B+ 31% A Boy Called Po (2017) A single dad has his hands full in a narrative film that will give viewers insight into the nature of autism. ‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2017
B- 72% Dayveon (2017) A coming of age tale of a 13-year-old African American living in rural Arkansas that captures the boy's heartaches and urges, though English subtitles would make the picture more accessible.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2017
B 84% The Villainess (Ak-Nyeo) (2017) Cheerfully brainless with as many digressions and distractions in its 129 minutes as Donald Trump can offer in about that time.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2017
B+ 100% Trophy (2017) Raises the controversial and Orwellian view that killing animals conserves their species. Top safari photography.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
B- 74% Shot Caller (2017) Advises that prisons are not rehabilitation centers. Who knew?‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
A- 59% What Happened to Monday (2017) Devastating sci-fi about what happens to a country when families are restricted to one baby each.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
B 92% Gook (2017) Capitalizes on the chemistry between and eleven-year-old African-American girl and two Asian-American retailers.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
D+ 43% Bushwick (2017) Little more than a video game with dialogue that seems improvised--and badly.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
A- 85% Polina (Polina, danser sa vie) (2017) An exciting entry into dance cinema with feminist resonance as a woman studying ballet quits her job at the Bolshoi to take her chances with modern dance and ultimately rises to the status of choreographer.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
B+ 55% The Ice Cream Truck (2017) A middle-aged woman who had married young and yearns to re-live her high-school days gets more than she bargained for at the hands of a horny 18-year-old and an old-fashioned ice cream man.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2017
B+ 88% Good Time (2017) Brotherly love following a botched bank robbery recalls John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men."‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2017
B+ 99% Whose Streets? (2017) A justified reaction to police brutality makes one wonder how so many juries can find the authorities not guilty, even refusing to indict police.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2017
B 84% Nocturama (2017) Seemingly mindless domestic terrorism and a surprising response from the authorities.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2017
B+ 78% The Nile Hilton Incident (2017) One character notes that his country is not Switzerland. This noirish detective story with allegorical touches is like a morality play about systemic corruption.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
B 97% Columbus (2017) Small talk is happily abandoned as two people--a mature Korean-American man a 20-year-old woman--discuss the meaning of life, each offering advice to the other.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2017
B+ 91% After Love (L'économie du couple) (2017) Grueling French tale about what happens when two people no longer in love refuse to move out.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2017
B+ 80% I Dream in Another Language (Sueño en otro idioma) (2017) Mixing lyrical interludes with a concrete story line, this Mexican film is an enchanting look at the deterioration of both a language and a deep friendship.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
A- 96% Menashe (2017) Director Weinstein evokesthe warmth of Brooklyn's Hasidic community while at the same time offering implicit criticism of its insularity.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
C 93% Dunkirk (2017) The story of a miracle should have been thrilling; but given the non-linear approach, "Dunkirk" lacks the kind of center that would prompt the audience to stand up and cheer.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
B 100% Birthright: A War Story (2017) Though conventional and lacking cinematic imagination, this film is important especially for people, like one group of interviewed high schoolers, who think that Roe v. Wade was something "learned some time ago" with no application to their own lives.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
B+ 88% Lady Macbeth (2017) Vengeance is served by a woman wronged.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2017
B+ 78% Brigsby Bear (2017) A refreshingly original take on a young man who is kidnapped by a couple wanting a child and who later lets loose with his creative urge.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2017
B 67% Footnotes (Sur quel pied danser) (2017) Pleasant low-key French musical about a young woman's experience in a shoe factory.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2017
C+ 69% To the Bone (2017) Unappealing central character in a TV-style film about anorexia.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2017
B- 100% Sled Dogs (2017) Nice nature photography but so repetitious that the talking heads' contributions turn to (dare I say?) mush.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
A- 99% City of Ghosts (2017) The war in Syria: a piercing look at hell on earth‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2017
B 81% The Rehearsal (2016) Filmed in New Zealand with a Kiwi director and performers, this "Rehearsal" is "Fame" without the Hollywood glitz.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
B 96% The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017) The B-Side is on the dull side given that it's largely a one-hander but its central character does give the audience insight into how a photographer can capture a person's soul.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2017
B+ 76% 13 Minutes (Elser) (2017) If this hero's bomb went off 13 minutes earlier, 70 million lives might have been saved.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2017
A- 93% Baby Driver (2017) Probably the best film in cinema history whose plot is driven by a young man's tinnitus. I dare any other studio to have a better soundtrack this year.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
B+ 78% The Beguiled (2017) Another title for this Civil War harlequin-style romance could be "Sleeping with the Enemy."‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
B+ 80% The Reagan Show (2017) Whatever your view of Ronald Reagan's politics, can you admit after seeing this doc--exclusively of well-chosen archival tapes--that he is The Great Communicator?‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2017
B 95% Night School (2017) An honest, feel-good look at the ambition of three former dropouts determined to earn a full-scale high school diploma.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2017
A- 98% The Big Sick (2017) Though a drama about a serious subject, this is the year's funniest movie to date.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2017
A- 70% Moscow Never Sleeps (2017) Watching this Altman-esque film with its vivid characters embraced by exquisite photography could teach you more about the culture of Moscow than you could learn from being there for a week.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
C+ 77% The Little Hours (2017) Nuns acting like drunken sailors: funny in Boccacio's time, maybe, but forced humor today.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
A- 85% Okja (2017) A flamboyant coming-of-age cum monster movie with some of the flashiest visual effects you may see this year.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017