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John Hartl

John Hartl
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 79% Patriots Day (2017) For all its rough edges and gruesome touches, "Patriots Day'' is a heartfelt and ambitious attempt to turn mayhem into something that's emotionally valid. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 11, 2017
3/4 93% The Eagle Huntress (2016) The outline of a modern feminist epic is always there in the background. What's surprising is how fresh and charming the movie manages to be. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 21, 2016
2/4 48% Almost Christmas (2016) Like a self-help book for dysfunctional families facing the holidays together, "Almost Christmas" is a collection of sketches - not really a story - that explore awkward pre-Yuletide social situations. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 9, 2016
3/4 86% Closet Monster (2016) Sort of a horror film, but not really. It's too funny to be categorized that way. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 24, 2016
3/4 50% The Best Democracy Money Can Buy (2016) The pace is swift, archival clips are well-chosen and conspiracy theories pile up in a way that seems intentionally funny. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 20, 2016
2.5/4 76% Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016) Hart says "What Now?" will be his last stand-up film. Turning a one-man show into a cast-of-thousands spectacle is one way to go out with a bang. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 12, 2016
3/4 91% A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016) "A Man Called Ove" has some tear-jerking moments, but the film is so carefully designed - with long, circular takes that seem to surround the main characters at crucial fateful points - that technique often triumphs over sentimentality. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/4 69% Operation Avalanche (2016) Ingeniously using his low budget to address his ambitions, Johnson has directed, co-written (and starred in) a unique science-fiction film. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 23, 2016
2.5/4 35% Max Rose (2016) Fascinating at certain moments, especially when Lewis is exploring his character's grief and bitterness, it still feels like a work in progress. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 15, 2016
2.5/4 43% The Hollars (2016) Krasinski, who also directed the film, may have spread himself too thin; there's a desperation about the closing scenes, cluttered as they are with bouncy pop songs on the soundtrack. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 15, 2016
3.5/4 93% Elevator to the Gallows (Ascenseur pour l'échafaud) (1958) A classic European film noir with an irresistible score by Miles Davis, it builds tension from a series of seemingly minor mistakes that echo the political/military context of the postwar era. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 1, 2016
1.5/4 12% The Sea of Trees (2016) No wonder Watts rules the movie. She's playing the only remotely sympathetic character; the men seem consumed by grief and guilt and platitudes. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 1, 2016
2.5/4 89% Morris from America (2016) Hartigan avoids many of the clichés of after-school specials; a sequel might take these characters in more interesting directions. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 25, 2016
3/4 93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) [A] chatty, mostly fascinating talkathon about the impact of the internet. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3/4 60% War Dogs (2016) How did Todd Phillips, the director of the "Hangover" comedies, end up making an engrossing, depressing Iraq war movie, "War Dogs," that's deeply critical of the Bush administration? ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 16, 2016
3/4 100% Private Property (1960) Allen, who had a key role in "Rebel Without a Cause," turns Duke into a charismatic creature who takes over every scene he's in. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 11, 2016
2.5/4 93% Under The Sun (2016) It's a movie self-consciously framed around its own making: specifically the creation of a Korean propaganda spectacle. Mansky uses the limitations imposed on him by the government to create a kind of commentary on the genre. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 4, 2016
2.5/4 53% Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) Reeves and Winter are clearly having a wonderful time. The enthusiasm is contagious. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 29, 2016
3/4 91% Microbe and Gasoline (Microbe et Gasoil) (2016) The laughs are sometimes bigger than expected, and so are the emotions stirred by the bittersweet finale. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/4 81% Eva Hesse (2016) Unique and satisfying ... ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/4 96% Nuts! (2016) "NUTS!" starts out as one kind of character study and turns into a very different one. The gullible believe in miracles, fortunes are built and lost, and an entire generation is deliberately misled. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 14, 2016
2/4 77% Wiener-Dog (2016) The casting was spot-on in "Dollhouse"; here it seems haphazard. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3/4 95% Tickled (2016) The dangers of the internet have rarely been presented so convincingly. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 30, 2016
2.5/4 47% Free State of Jones (2016) "Free State" can't settle down and concentrate. The effect is sometimes exhilarating, but covering several decades of Southern history turns out to be an energy drain. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 23, 2016
2.5/4 67% The Last King (2016) Gaup deftly keeps track of the major betrayals without making them seem too obvious, but we're never as involved with the characters as we were in "Pathfinder." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 16, 2016
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 80% 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 72% 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 70% 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 70% 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 97% 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 83% 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 90% 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% Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words (Jag är Ingrid) (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 72% 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 29% 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 (2014) 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 88% Tab Hunter Confidential (2015) Schwarz deftly demonstrates how frightened 1950s Hollywood was of the sexuality of its stars. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 5, 2015