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Harvey S. Karten

Harvey S. Karten
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 78% I, Olga Hepnarová (Já, Olga Hepnarová) (2017) A serious exploration of the mind of a young woman who seeks revenge for being bullied or ignored by parents, peers, and the whole Czech society.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
C 44% Wilson (2017) An irritating title character appears in an unfunny comedy with saccharine sentiment.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2017
B+ 80% A Quiet Passion (2017) Cynthia Nixon's Oscar-worthy performance inhabiting the mind and body of American poet Emily Dickinson would be the envy even of Meryl Streep.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
B 100% The Last Laugh (2017) Intriguing in that it lays out the case that we can now make jokes about the Holocaust and lets the viewers decide for themselves whether they've made the point.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
B+ 100% Truman (2017) A serio-comic drama that portrays a dying man's wishes and actions and proving that for consolation, there is nothing that can take the place of good friends.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2017
B 47% The Belko Experiment (2017) A bloody send-up of office politics.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2017
B+ 98% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) A meditative, poignant look at family members who have come to accept their disappointments.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
B 100% Karl Marx City (2017) This documentary will help to convince you that Soviet style Communism forced on people of East Germany was destined to fail without intense surveillance by the state.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
C 79% Personal Shopper (2017) Watching Kristen Stewart texting a mystery man is about as interesting as observing the messenging by four teen girls at a restaurant table ignoring one another while buried in smartphones.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
B 67% Before I Fall (2017) Expropriates Harold Ramis's "Groundhog Day" for the high-school set, featuring good ensemble performances but with the flaw that the principal character is not the one who needs most to change.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
C 19% Table 19 (2017) The adorable dog at the wedding did not say anything. That made him the most interesting guest at the reception.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
B+ 88% Apprentice (2017) A compelling, minimalist look, dark in spirit as well as in lighting, seen from the point of view of the apprentice to a hangman in Singapore.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2017
B 21% The Ottoman Lieutenant (2017) This poor man's Lawrence of Arabia is a swashbuckling World War One tale involving a Muslim man's love for a Christian woman amid a background of people determined to kill each other.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
A- 82% Frantz (2017) An exquisitely crafted tale about the friendship, even love, of two people on opposite sides of the fence, a German man and a French woman, just after World War One.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
C+ 10% Bitter Harvest (2017) Kitsch romance amid Uncle Joe Stalin's pogroms.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
B 89% My Scientology Movie (2017) An entertaining,satiric documentary aiming at the irrationality of the Church of Scientology. Acted-out replicas of actual events take the place of the usual talking heads.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
A 99% Get Out (2017) This first-class psychological thriller blending a comedy of manners into full-scale mayhem will appeal to both intellectuals and rank-and-file moviegoers.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2017
A- 100% Keep Quiet (2017) A neo-nazi converts to Orthodox Judaism. Intruiging.‐ Shockya.com
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
A- 100% The Settlers (2017) With stunning use of archival film coupled with interviews and events from recent developments, this documentary will be an eye-opener for both those who think they know all about the Israeli settlements and those who seek an inside look at the politics.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
C 9% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) Soft-core porn: hard bodies and limp dialogue.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
C+ 40% A Cure For Wellness (2017) This psychological thriller/horror movie needs to be cut by one third to speed up the action. Slow going until the final twenty minutes.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2017
A- 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) James Baldwin died in 1987 but his views on race relations seem so 21st Century that you might swear he is alive today.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
B 17% The Space Between Us (2017) Could be a hit with the high-school crowd.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
B+ 83% Chapter & Verse (2017) An authentic look at street life in Harlem with the suggestion that the high incidence of crime results from the lack of male role models.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
B 95% Oklahoma City (2017) A look in some depth at the damage both done and potential of far-right militias with a principal focus on Timothy McVeigh's bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
B+ 33% A Dog's Purpose (2017) Do dogs love us only because we feed them? This delightful tale answers the question and should be of special interest to all children and as well to adults who have been owned by these wonderful, four-legged friends.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
B 42% Gold (2017) For a film about financial elitists, this has a reasonably exciting populist vision.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
A- 89% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) Justifiably chosen as an Oscar semi-finalist, this stunning film demonstrates with appropriate nuance the mixed feelings of a Danish sergeant toward his German captives.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
A- 85% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
A- 84% Julieta (2016) Pedro Almodovar once again demonstrates his talent for highlighting the complexity and beauty of women.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2016
B+ 93% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
B+ 80% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
A- 93% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
B 41% Office Christmas Party (2016) Whoever said that office workers are repressed individuals? Here's proof to the contrary.‐ Compuserve
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2016
B+ 92% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
A- 93% Fences (2016) Denzel Washington and his entire ensemble radiate all the poetry of August Wilson's play.‐ Compuserve
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
C+ 25% The Comedian (2017) Robert De Niro's role as an aging stand-up comic proves largely embarrassing rather than funny.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
B 75% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
B 71% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2016