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Harvey S. Karten

Harvey S. Karten
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 82% 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- 78% 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 90% 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+ 60% Bushwick (2017) Little more than a video game with dialogue that seems improvised--and badly.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
A- 86% 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+ 56% 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+ 90% 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+ 98% 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+ 69% 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 98% 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+ 97% 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+ 78% 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- 94% 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+ 79% 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 62% 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+ 71% 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+ 75% 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- 94% 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+ 79% 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+ 76% 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- 86% 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
A- 76% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) The two principals characters could represent Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, a witty, charming and wonderful movie that could serve as a marker for our divided country today.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2017
C+ 78% The Hero (2017) Director Haley's intention by having his hero staring wistfully into the distance may be to show that his film about a has-been movie personality is art, but while Sam Elliott's performance is soulful, the film's plot is hackneyed.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
B+ 64% Dean (2017) Demetri Martin proves to be a Renaissance man in directing, writing, editing, illustrating and as principal performer in the delightfully comic look at how father and son cope with grief.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
B 100% Dawson City: Frozen Time (2017) Dawson City, Yukon, had gold in them thar hills, but to film buffs, all that's important is the treasure trove of silent films discovered there by accident in 1978.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
B 83% Megan Leavey (2017) Arf dog movie, half military drama, and both worth you time.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
B 54% War Machine (2017) In his campiest role, Brad Pitt gets right into the character of the man playing General Stanley McChrystal.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
B+ 78% Past Life (2017) A thoughtful look at the need for forgiveness.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted May 20, 2017
C+ 35% Snatched (2017) Amy does the heavy lifting, but Goldie--out of practice for fifteen years-- is the one to watch in this generally unfunny kidnap comedy.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
B 75% Wakefield (2017) Who needs the technology shown in "The Circle" when Bryan Cranston's character so convincingly surveils his family with just a pair of binoculars?‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted May 7, 2017
B+ 98% Kedi (2017) Despite their aloofness, or maybe even because of it, the hundreds of cats roaming the streets of Istanbul have the luck of being fed and petted by the good-natured citizenry.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
B 95% The Women's Balcony (Ismach Hatani) (2017) Though a comedy, this Israeli film said to be a box-office favorite in its home country evokes a delightful but important feminist agenda.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
B+ 71% The Commune (Kollektivet) (2017) A hard-hitting antidote to viewing society through rose-tinted glasses.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted May 2, 2017
B 72% Sleight (2017) A street magician with a magnetic personality baffles spectators in a reasonably entertaining naturalistic drama.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2017
A- 51% The Dinner (2017) Fans of Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" will eat "The Dinner" up.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2017
B+ 92% Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017) Chinese-Americans, often stereotyped as politically passive, fight hard to defeat an ambitious district attorney who is scapegoating a bank in New York's Chinatown.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
B+ 75% A Woman's Life (Une vie) (2017) From Guy de Maupassant's first novel, "A Woman's Life" exquisitely confirms the tagline "Life is not as good or bad as you think."‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2017