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John Hartl

John Hartl

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/4 38% Pure Country (1992) "The director, Christopher Cain, brings not a hint of irony to any of this -- not even to the Vegas finale in which Dusty is supposed to rescue himself from glitz. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 18, 2016
3/4 82% Viva (2016) "Slick and raunchy when it might have been grindingly realistic, "Viva" is finally all heart. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 12, 2016
3.5/4 78% The Family Fang (2016) "Bateman has been on the edge of a breakthrough, making especially engaging impressions in "Juno" and "Arrested Development," but this may be his first behind-the-cameras knockout. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 5, 2016
1.5/4 9% Rio, I Love You (Rio, Eu Te Amo) (2016) "Stuffed with touristy images but not enough dramatic substance to make any of them count. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016
2.5/4 68% Louder Than Bombs (2016) "It has its value as a vigorous variation on a theme. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 21, 2016
3.5/4 100% Fireworks Wednesday (Chaharshanbe-soori) (2016) "It succeeds, as very few films do, with simultaneously presenting several distinct viewpoints without shortchanging any of them. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 21, 2016
2.5/4 79% Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book (1994) "That's the biggest problem with this Jungle Book. Sommers is so busy spinning his camera, crowding the soundtrack with animal noises and piling on the cheesy visual effects that he can't stop for a reflective moment or a character-revealing touch. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 15, 2016
2.5/4 71% Too Late (2016) "Almost any scene with Hawkes is alive and satisfyingly showy. You feel his absence when he isn't there, though Joanna Cassidy, Crystal Reed and Robert Forster all have their moments. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 14, 2016
3/4 56% Sold (2016) "[Brown] does his best to suggest the lighter side of the subject, especially in a furiously choreographed Bollywood number that captures the heroine's rare moments of joy. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 14, 2016
2.5/4 11% The Preppie Connection (2016) "The movie needs the audacity of a "Trainspotting" to lift it above the norm. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 14, 2016
3.5/4 69% Take Me To The River (2016) "Wonderfully confident and strange, "Take Me to the River" marks an auspicious directing debut for Matt Sobel. There's not a stale moment in it. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 31, 2016
2/4 95% Cemetery of Splendor (2016) "The actors seem to be miles from the cameras. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 17, 2016
3/4 94% Colliding Dreams (2016) "Some of this is exhausting and/or repetitious, but a shorter version might lack necessary depth. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 10, 2016
3/4 79% The Wave (Bolgen) (2016) "Uthaug depends on well-crafted suspense, spot-on casting and ingenious special effects to tell the story ... " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 3, 2016
3.5/4 91% A War (Krigen) (2016) "It's intense without becoming simplistic, and the actors stay focused as the viewpoints shift. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 25, 2016
3/4 59% Eisenstein In Guanajuato (2016) "This interpretation may not be strictly factual, but it's a persuasive narrative and it brings out the strongest instincts in Greenaway, whose most popular movie remains "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover." " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 18, 2016
3/4 100% Jag är Ingrid (Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words) (2015) "Using a variety of sources, Swedish film critic Stig Bjorkman created this revealing documentary about the resilient movie star who won three Academy Awards and worked with Bogart, Hitchcock, Ingmar Bergman and Roberto Rossellini. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 11, 2016
3/4 65% A Perfect Day (2016) "This is one of those rare, thoughtful war movies that doesn't emphasize brutality. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 4, 2016
2/4 31% Anesthesia (2016) "Stewart stands out because her one big scene seems so passionate and genuine. It's the only moment when "Anesthesia" seems to be working. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 29, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet Galapagos: Nature's Wonderland "The three-dimensional images are handled with restraint by director Martin Williams and his crew. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3/4 95% In Jackson Heights (2015) "It may take a village to understand what's going on here, and maybe that's [Wiseman's] point. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3/4 93% Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (2015) "This ambitious film touches on so many lives and controversies that it gradually becomes a minihistory of 20th-century art. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 19, 2015
2.5/4 19% Love the Coopers (2015) "It may be too ambitious for its own good, it may be too willing to jerk tears, but its heart is in the right place. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 12, 2015
3.5/4 97% All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records (2015) "Colin Hanks makes his feature directing debut with this irresistible documentary about the evolution of the music business. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3.5/4 87% Tab Hunter Confidential (2015) "Schwarz deftly demonstrates how frightened 1950s Hollywood was of the sexuality of its stars. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3.5/4 94% Rosenwald (2015) "Marvelous ... " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 29, 2015
2.5/4 79% Labyrinth Of Lies (2015) "The movie reveals so many secrets and twists that it threatens to dilute its message. When a visit to Auschwitz becomes little more than an appreciation of a pretty meadow, the script flirts with banality. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 22, 2015
3/4 92% Beasts of No Nation (2015) "It poses some big questions and does so in a way that's most compelling. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 15, 2015
3.5/4 92% 99 Homes (2015) ""Inside Job" could almost be an alternative title for this gripping and timely drama, which makes none of the family's choices look easy. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 8, 2015
2.5/4 92% Coming Home (2015) "Daoming just manages to keep the material from turning into a sentimental variation on "Waiting for Godot." " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 1, 2015
2/4 9% Stonewall (2015) "There's a curious weightlessness about many key scenes. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 24, 2015
3.5/4 71% Pawn Sacrifice (2015) "Zwick, who made the exceptional nuclear thriller, "Special Bulletin," once more proves his gift for generating suspense in his handling of the chess games the whole world watched in the early 1970s. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 17, 2015
3/4 No Score Yet Tiny Giants 3D "Only the unquestionable adorability of the main characters keeps you watching. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 10, 2015
3/4 65% Digging For Fire (2015) "While you're watching it, "Digging for Fire" may feel slight or tentative, but its cumulative impact is entrancing. Few films about a marital rift make so much of what seems so little. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 27, 2015
1.5/4 8% Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) "On the surface - and that's all there is - it seems as pointless and gassy as a "Matrix" sequel. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/4 78% Tom at the Farm (2015) "As a director of actors, Dolan is especially strong at capturing ambiguous menace and sharing the screen. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 13, 2015
3/4 98% Phoenix (2015) "You may not buy all the story twists, but perhaps the script is not meant to be taken literally. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 13, 2015
3.5/4 77% Jimmy's Hall (2015) "Loach is clearly on Gralton's side, but he's remarkably evenhanded about it. Norton is a formidable villain, while Ward is just vulnerable enough to make the showdown dramatically persuasive. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 6, 2015
2/4 52% Boulevard (2015) "Unfortunately, the movie plods; you can always see where it's going or trying to go. It also feels incomplete. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 30, 2015
2.5/4 64% That Sugar Film (2015) "Peppy and eager to please, this relentless Australian documentary takes a strange approach to early death and unnatural appetites. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 30, 2015
2.5/4 84% Do I Sound Gay? (2015) "This is an intelligent (if too short) exploration of gender confusion, speech therapy and the perils of coming out. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 23, 2015
3/4 89% Cartel Land (2015) "This raw and compelling (if necessarily incomplete) documentary focuses on the recent battles between drug cartels and vigilantes along the Arizona-Mexico border. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 16, 2015
10% Elektra (2005) "Even the action scenes flirt with tedium. " ‐ MSNBC
Posted Jul 14, 2015
3/4 81% Batkid Begins (2015) "The seams occasionally show, especially whenever the shy, overwhelmed Miles grows tired or reluctant - or whenever the easily defeated villains start to look like so many overstuffed dolls - but it's impossible to say "no" to this project. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3/4 76% The Suicide Theory (2015) "It sounds preposterous, and much of the movie is over the top, but the energy of the actors carries it for long stretches. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3/4 49% Manglehorn (2015) "Pacino easily captures the character's longtime frustration, though it's Holly Hunter who supplies the story's heartbreak. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3.5/4 82% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) "Mann is simply perfect for the role, and Cooke and Cyler bring a weight to their characters that lends a necessary balance to the movie's tone. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 18, 2015
3/4 93% I'll See You in My Dreams (2015) "[Danner is] clearly having a ball with this character. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 7, 2015
2.5/4 No Score Yet Living in the Age of Airplanes (2015) "As a sunny depiction of what to expect and what's been accomplished, the movie is nearly seamless, but is that all there is? " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 28, 2015
2.5/4 51% 5 Flights Up (2015) "The movie ends just as you expected it to end, and there are almost no surprises along the way. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 7, 2015
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