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John Hartl

John Hartl
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 96% Ida (2014) As the heroine who bounces back from one potential catastrophe after another, Trzebuchowska always suggests resilience. She's got a lot on her mind, but we know she'll survive.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3.5/4 60% The Grand Seduction (2014) So intricately plotted and unlikely that it verges on the exotic, "The Grand Seduction" is nevertheless a hoot.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2.5/4 73% Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) When a group of actors this gifted and lively tries so good-naturedly to deliver such an obvious message, the audience is left in the position of trying to stop a tidal wave. You may hate yourself for responding, but you're smothered before you know it.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2014
3.5/4 96% The Mother and the Whore (La Maman et la putain) (1973) Leaud brings a brutal emotional honesty to the role of Alexandre.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 22, 2014
3/4 89% A Moment of Innocence (1999) This comedy of mixed motives and recently freshened memories becomes increasingly passionate.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 20, 2014
1.5/4 39% Days of Thunder (1990) The original script must have been truly atrocious if Towne's contributions can be considered an improvement.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 20, 2014
3.5/4 80% Singles (1992) This is one happy-ending romance that doesn't feel forced. You can't help getting into the spirit of it.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2014
3/4 55% Fading Gigolo (2014) The chemistry is just right between Allen and Turturro, who immediately register as best friends for life, and between Stone and Turturro, whose mutual awkwardness gives way to a goofy form of passion.‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 8, 2014
2.5/4 64% Cobb (1994) Unfortunately, the movie just makes Stump look like a self-important jerk, possibly a bigger jerk than Cobb, and Wuhl's affable, weightless performance doesn't help.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 6, 2014
2/4 5% 'Til There Was You (1997) Alas, first-time director Scott Winant and screenwriter Winnie Holzman rarely get beyond the cuteness of the story's structure.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 5, 2014
2/4 9% Drop Dead Fred (1991) It tries too hard to mimic Beetlejuice, especially in British comic Rik Mayall's frantic performance as the title character -- Mayall is no Michael Keaton -- but it has a whimsical comic energy.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 5, 2014
2.5/4 23% A Stranger Among Us (1992) Although it's enjoyable as a bittersweet, fish-out-of-water love story, Sidney Lumet's A Stranger Among Us is less effective when it transforms itself into an exotic whodunit.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 3, 2014
1/4 13% Carpool (1996) Watching a Tom Arnold movie is like getting trapped in a room with a barking dog for 90 minutes.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 2, 2014
3.5/4 77% Watermark (2014) They've found a way of serving up these images without seeming callous or exploitative or preachy.‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 1, 2014
3.5/4 86% Heat (1995) Heat becomes consistently more interesting as it forges on toward the 180-minute mark.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2014
3/4 50% Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) The fight sequences are explosive, the physical production is impressive, and the supporting performances are full of juice.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2014
2.5/4 84% Last Passenger (2014) It (almost literally) runs off the rails with a series of twists that ultimately invite more laughs than tension.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 24, 2014
3/4 92% The Final Member (2014) The subject of an eccentric new documentary, the Icelandic Phallological Museum is devoted to preserving the male genitalia of mammals.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 17, 2014
3/4 89% Bears (2014) It may be rated G, but for the most part this is serious stuff, as potentially traumatic for younger viewers as the death of Bambi's mother.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2/4 43% Antboy (2014) You gotta love a movie that calls itself "Antboy." Unless, alas, you also have to sit through this Danish, dubbed-in-English kiddie movie.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 15, 2014
3/4 100% Ilo Ilo (2014) Characters who may seem hopeless begin to suggest a vulnerable side, and none truly deserve the situations that afflict them.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2.5/4 60% Draft Day (2014) Costner, naturally, carries the movie and gives it drive and focus.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/4 83% Hide Your Smiling Faces (2014) There's a startling stillness about the film, especially the opening scenes, that becomes a character in itself and helps to avoid softness.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3/4 99% The Missing Picture (2014) A uniquely subjective account of the Cambodian genocide of the 1970s, "The Missing Picture" is the work of Rithy Panh, a Cambodian native who left his homeland when he was an adolescent.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 3, 2014
2/4 56% Legends of the Fall (1994) The actors fit their roles exceptionally well, but Zwick rarely allows them the kinds of crucial, intimate moments that establish how the characters feel about each other.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2014
2/4 80% Seven (Se7en) (1995) Were it not for the gravity and thoughtfulness of Morgan Freeman's performance as a retiring policeman, and the third-act appearance of its bizarre villain, Seven would be unendurable.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2014
2.5/4 58% Blast From the Past (1999) Fraser is the sweet, goofy engine that drives this movie. The script doesn't do enough with his reactions to a world that bears little relation to the Cold War planet Adam has been told about, but Fraser still manages to suggest volumes.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2014
3/4 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) Most of the laughs come courtesy of Tina Fey, in the role of a Siberian prison guard who can't/won't stop dancing.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 20, 2014
4/4 89% Rushmore (1998) There's an unshakable confidence about this coming-of-age fable that matches that of its central character, Max Fischer.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2014
3.5/4 93% Stranger by the Lake (2014) Carefully and often brilliantly creates its own Eden-like universe.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 6, 2014
3.5/4 94% Dark Days (2000) Some of these hardy souls have lived this way for years, decades even, and they've lived not just to tell the tale but to suggest that they've created a viable alternative existence. At times, Dark Days almost makes you envious. But only almost.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2014
3.5/4 94% In the Name of the Father (1993) At every point, Day-Lewis is at the center of the story, and he carries the film with an impassioned performance. It helps that it's a great part.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2014
2.5/4 49% Stalingrad (2014) [Bondarchuk's] hand tends to feel heavy, especially when he's celebrating young love in wartime (shades of - ugh - "Pearl Harbor"), but the actors sometimes work wonders.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 27, 2014
3/4 90% Omar (2014) Abu-Assad has created a convincingly noirish hell that feeds on distrust and vengeance.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 27, 2014
3/4 21% Son Of God (2014) What a pleasant surprise: a biblical film that doesn't turn into a gory freak show or a speculation about the marital status of Jesus and Mary Magdalene.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 27, 2014
3/4 78% Braveheart (1995) Many movies deal with battlefield heroics. Few seriously attempt to define heroism.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2014
3/4 60% Dream with the Fishes (1997) A throwback to the independent-minded, anything-goes movies that followed in the wake of Easy Rider in the early 1970s.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2014
3/4 92% Shakespeare in Love (1998) A triumph of talent and style over silliness.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2014
3/4 88% Chasing Amy (1997) Even when its young, uncertain characters appear to be in danger of talking (and whining) themselves to death, there's something genuine and charmingly naive about their attempts to make sense of their feelings.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2014
4/4 88% American Beauty (1999) Alan Ball's script is a terrific piece of material, and Mendes responds directly to its subversive, provocative vision of a curdled American Dream.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2014
2/4 31% Necessary Roughness (1991) For every sharp one-liner about a pampered college football team that's "so corrupt it could use its yearbook photos as mug shots," there's a brain-numbing plot development that's straight out of a desperate sitcom.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2014
3/4 100% Journey to the South Pacific (2013) Images of dynamited fish and rising sea levels blend with a strong sense of native commitment to keeping the oceans clean.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 23, 2014
3/4 75% Ransom (1996) Mel Gibson and Rene Russo put an edgy 1990s spin on the roles originally played by Glenn Ford and Donna Reed.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2014
0/4 No Score Yet Pig Death Machine (2013) Despite the aggressive title, "Pig Death Machine" lacks shock value. Or any other kind of value.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 9, 2014
3/4 72% Forrest Gump (1994) Good as Wright and Sinise are in their roles as Forrest's near-suicidal soulmates, the movie always comes back to Hanks, and director Robert Zemeckis helps him to achieve some of his finest emotional moments.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2014
3/4 94% The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Visually a macabre knockout, this 75-minute fantasy boasts some of the wittiest, most vigorous stop-motion animation effects in the history of the process.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2013
3/4 91% The Great Beauty (2013) At times it seems that every frame is a tribute to the Fellini classics of the early 1960s.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 28, 2013
2/4 33% The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers (2013) Sometimes so clunky, it suggests a return to the bad old days when nonfiction films could be mistaken for schoolroom torture devices.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 28, 2013
3.5/4 93% Beauty and the Beast (1991) It's exceptionally difficult to make an audience care for animated characters unless they're mermaids or anthropomorphized animals or insects, yet the Disney animators, with a big assist from the vocal talents of a superb cast, have pulled it off.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2013
3.5/4 94% Aladdin (1992) Disney's latest animated feature is a thoroughly satisfying musical-comedy romp.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2013