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Harvey S. Karten

Harvey S. Karten
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C- No Score Yet The Texture of Falling (2018) Drivel attempting to be looked at as avant garde. "Have you ever been addicted to people" is typical of what passes for dialogue.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
B+ 83% The 12th Man (2018) Thrilling story based on an actual occurrence during World War 2 in which a high-ranking Nazis persistently chases a Norwegian saboteur across the snowbound terrain of Northern Norway.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
B 83% The Sacrifice (1986) Tartovsky's last film is a lyrical plea for spiritualism and a warning about the dangers of runaway science.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
B 100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) Perfectly natural performances from two little girls anchor a tale that virtually has the caption "memoir" in the subtitles. A solid feature-length freshman entry from the writer-director.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
B 89% Pope Francis - A Man of His Word (2018) The current pope's views, sense of humor, and magnetism are on display in Wim Wenders' documentary.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
B 69% On Chesil Beach (2018) Conveys a subtext about the importance of having sex before marriage.‐ Shockya.com
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
A- 98% First Reformed (2018) A dazzling exploration of the soul of a reverend overwhelmed by his guilt over the death of his son in Iraq.‐ Shockya.com
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
B 91% Revenge (2018) A bloody good time.‐ Shockya.com
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
A- 94% Beast (2018) A well developed thriller with horror undertones.‐ Shockya.com
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
C+ No Score Yet Azimuth (2017) Though selected for this year's Israeli Film Festival, this essentially two-man show is repetitious and therefore overlong even at 78 minutes.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
B+ 53% Bad Samaritan (2018) A first rate thriller of a young man's redemption.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
B+ No Score Yet The Girl and The Picture (2018) A short but trenchant look at the Japanese rape of Nanjing told through a survivor interview with archival background.‐ Shockya.com
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
B+ 89% Bye Bye Germany (Es war einmal in Deutschland...) (2018) Focuses on Moritz Bleibtrue's humorous and often poignant performance as a survivor.‐ Shockya.com
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2018
B+ 85% Disobedience (2018) Highlights the problems and joys of a woman who does not fit in and is proud of it.‐ Shockya.com
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2018
B+ 45% Backstabbing for Beginners (2018) Digs deep into the corruption of one UN program.‐ Shockya.com
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2018
B+ 92% The Guardians (Les Gardiennes) (2018) With the World War I fighting strictly in the background, this classically styled film convincingly tells us what we secretly always knew--that women can do hard physical labor as good as men.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2018
B+ 92% Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story (2018) A trunk-ful of love for an animal that will never forget.‐ Shockya.com
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
B 90% Ava (2018) Ava, tormented by her mother and her school's principal, is a product of a conservative Iranian culture and a frustrated, overworked mother in this caustic and effective view of a teen girl facing unrelenting criticism.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
B+ 100% After Auschwitz (2018) Six women, among the last survivors of the Auschwitz concentration camp, tell stories of their shattering experiences in that camp and how they prevailed to the present day.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2018
C 77% Beirut (2018) Jon Hamm is well cast as a hostage negotiator in Lebanon but the film's maze of plots is confusing, thereby lacking real tension.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
A- 58% Lou Andreas-Salomé: The Audacity to Be Free (2018) A thoroughly absorbing look at key points in the life of the first female psychoanalyst.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
B 97% The Rider (2018) Captures the excitement of rodeos.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2018
B 80% Where Is Kyra? (2018) A dark tale of poverty in the midst of plenty.‐ Shockya.com
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2018
B 84% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) This drama captures the excitement of perhaps the most exciting tennis match in history.‐ Shockya.com
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2018
B+ 91% Hitler's Hollywood (2018) Goebbels knew that movies could influence the masses of German people, so he picked particular films using the commercial Hollywood style to show in theaters. A top-notch collage of such works.‐ Modamag.com
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2018
A- No Score Yet American Circumcision (2018) A razor-sharp documentary and call to action in support of banning circumcision nationwide in America.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
B+ 100% The Heart of Nuba (2018) The only surgeon for hundreds of miles, Tom Catena earns $350 a month but given his dedication to the poor people in Sudan's Nuba mountains, he should be nominated for sainthood.‐ Shockya.com
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
C+ 38% Shelter (2018) Its bursts of energy are neither credible nor sweat-drenching.‐ Shockya.com
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2018
B+ 87% You Were Never Really Here (2018) Joaquin Phoenix is mesmerizing as he walks through an adventure like a man in a fog.‐ Shockya.com
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2018
B+ 79% Chappaquiddick (2018) Ponders a cold case indicting a former U.S. senator: why did Ted Kennedy wait nine hours before reporting that car accident?‐ Shockya.com
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2018
B 96% The Endless (2018) An intriguing look at an almost mystical group living in a commune.‐ Shockya.com
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2018
A- 92% Lean on Pete (2018) Charlie Plummer rocks as a 15-year-old forced to fend for himself and having adventures that few young people could imagine.‐ Shockya.com
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2018
B 77% Gemini (2018) An involving look into the relationship between a major actress and her status-climbing assistant.‐ Shockya.com
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2018
B 85% A Suitable Girl (2017) A suitable look into the much used theme of arranged marriage.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2018
B 80% Thy Father's Chair (2017) A richly detailed fly-on-the-wall documentary about a pair of aging Orthodox Jewish twins who for years have not found the energy to empty their trash.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2018
B+ 79% Unsane (2018) This journey into a snake pit, all photographed with an iPhone, teaches a good lesson. If anyone in the "helping professions" asks whether you ever contemplated suicide, answer: "Never."‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
B+ 73% Final Portrait (2018) A solid look at the cultural dissonance between two artists of distinct temperaments.‐ Shockya.com
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2018
B+ 62% Ismael's Ghosts (Les fantômes d'Ismaël) (2018) Marion Cotillard is a knockout as a "dead" woman who returns to her home after a twenty-years' disappearance.‐ Shockya.com
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2018
B+ 86% A Bag of Marbles (Un sac de billes) (2018) Features an authentic performance by Patrick Bruel as a man who runs a barber shop for Jewish customers at a time that Jews were banned from "Aryan" establishments.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2018
B 62% Take Your Pills (2018) You might think the filmmakers should warn about Ritalin and Adderall, but instead, they convey the positive effects and skip lightly over the risks.‐ Shockya.com
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
B+ 71% Back to Burgundy (Ce qui nous lie) (2018) Oenophiles may rejoice at this glorification of wine making , serving as background for the squabbles of three siblings who own a vast vineyard.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
B+ 83% Augie (2018) A soulful documentary about a tragic irony: a man noted for fitness and for inventing equipment for health enthusiasts is now in a wheelchair, incapable of moving much more than his eyes.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
B+ 100% Cold Hell (Die Hölle) (2017) A keen exploration of fanaticism. ‐ Shockya.com
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
C- 14% Dear Dictator (2018) A high school girl and a Caribbean dictator bond, an unlikely team in this sit-comish and feeble attempt at satire.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2018
B+ 78% Strangers on the Earth (2018) Ironically if you're walking 700 km or 700 miles with other people, you cannot expect them to be strangers on the earth. An engaging doc about the centuries' old pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
C 41% Gringo (2018) More evidence that you don't need animation to supply cartoon characters.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
B 100% Lives Well Lived (2018) The doc is likable not so much because of the wisdom of the 40 subjects but from the vivid archival films and the energetic creativity of these participants.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
A- 88% Claire's Camera (La caméra de Claire) (2018) A richly textured and wholly satisfying mix of French and Korean cultures.‐ Shockya.com
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
A- 91% Itzhak (2018) Heavenly music and compelling commentary from one of the world's foremost violinists who is also a mensch.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
B 86% Thoroughbreds (2018) Snappy dialogue of the kind favored by David Mamet is its strong product.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018