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John Hartl

John Hartl
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 83% Orlando (1992) Reminiscent of the low-budget lushness of the early films of Peter Greenaway and Ken Russell, Orlando could turn out to be the art-house smash of the summer.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2015
3.5/4 92% Hype! (1996) The first-time director, Doug Pray, doesn't linger long on anything, but the movie is so crisply and intelligently edited that you never feel you're being rushed through it.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2015
3.5/4 96% '71 (2015) This isn't a story about religious differences. It's a thriller - gripping, almost abstract and carefully assembled by filmmakers who appear to know more about creating tension than explaining it.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2015
2.5/4 85% Wild Canaries (2015) Cute or presumptuous? It's your call where "Wild Canaries" is concerned.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2015
2/4 63% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) The storyline of the sequel ends up tying itself in knots, and the addition of a splashy, expensive-looking Bollywood musical number just underlines the lack of perspective.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2015
3/4 88% Naked (1993) Thanks to David Thewlis' performance, which has been collecting prizes since last spring's Cannes Film Festival, Johnny's energy and ferocious wit outweigh his brutishness.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2015
2/4 No Score Yet Big In Japan (2015) What's missing is something to hold it all together: a sense of style, a consistent comic perspective, a leading man with charisma.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 19, 2015
3/4 80% McFarland USA (2015) Based on the lives of several cross-country runners whose success story began in 1987, the script is crowded with scenes that ring true and rarely stray into conventional exposition.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 19, 2015
3.5/4 99% Leviathan (2014) At times the movie suggests a Cheech and Chong comedy with cannabis replaced by vodka.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 12, 2015
3/4 86% The Hunt for Red October (1990) An exciting techno-suspense thriller with a hollow center.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2015
2.5/4 31% The Devil's Violinist (2015) Garrett, making his acting debut, isn't a strong enough presence to carry the nonmusical sequences.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 29, 2015
3.5/4 75% Amira & Sam (2015) Under writer-director Sean Mullin, everything clicks.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 28, 2015
2.5/4 34% Song One (2015) It seems thin despite its first-rate cast, which includes two Academy Award winners.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
3/4 95% The Search For General Tso (2015) Cheney (who worked on the unforgettable "King Corn"), obviously had a good time collecting their testimony, though he tends to side with the idea that the only authenticity is deliciousness.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 20, 2015
3/4 No Score Yet My Last Year With The Nuns (2015) Much more than a photographed one-man play, Bret Fetzer's film makes spare but clever use of Seattle locations that represent the churches, schools and playgrounds where Smith's adventures took place.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 8, 2015
2.5/4 32% Elsa & Fred (2014) Unlike so many American remakes of foreign films, this reboot improves on the original, mostly because it takes full advantage of the star power of its English-speaking cast.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 18, 2014
4/4 74% Eyes Wide Shut (1999) It's as rich and strange and riveting as any journey he's taken us on, yet it's also familiar in a disquieting way.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2014
3/4 93% My Neighbor Totoro (1988) Miyazaki's appreciation of miraculous possibilities and childhood visions is what drives Totoro.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
2.5/4 61% Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (2014) This is sound-bite cinema, revealing at times, but also frustratingly basic stuff.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 20, 2014
2.5/4 45% The Better Angels (2014) Narrators tell us what to feel, but there's something hollow at the center. The tone of the picture seems perversely oblique.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 13, 2014
2.5/4 47% Mr. Pip (2014) It's a weak-tea imitation at best.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 6, 2014
2/4 40% Missionary (2014) A Southern Gothic thriller that begins on a high note but fails to deliver.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 30, 2014
3.5/4 85% Bugsy (1991) What finally distinguishes Bugsy from other mob movies is its ever-present sense of the absurd.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2014
3.5/4 91% Dear White People (2014) As a first-time director, Simien sometimes lets his script flirt with talkiness, but with dialogue this sharp and unpredictable, who's complaining?‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 23, 2014
2.5/4 61% Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014) The movie is so over-the-top that it makes little narrative sense, but it's often successful in its naked pursuit of belly laughs.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 9, 2014
2.5/4 77% Kelly & Cal (2014) The movie turns a little soapy as it tries to locate a satisfying ending, and there are too many self-conscious statements of life's little lessons, yet the passion remains.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 2, 2014
1.5/4 6% Halloween - The Curse of Michael Myers (Halloween 6) (1995) Instead of sending up the current glut of serial-killer movies, the filmmakers trot out the old slasher tactics.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2014
3/4 75% The Boxtrolls (2014) Visually the film is a feast, stuffed with little jokes and surprises and the kind of black humor that Alfred Hitchcock heartily enjoyed.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 25, 2014
3/4 81% Underground (1995) A rich, vibrant, visually spectacular survey of the changes the place has gone through during the past 50 years.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2014
2.5/4 No Score Yet Great White Shark 3D (2013) Many of the scenes shot near South Africa and New Zealand and underwater are breathtaking, but they're still snapshots of people who seem amazingly willing to swim with sharks.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3.5/4 86% Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) In a world in which eight nearly identical Friday the 13th movies offer the adventures of Jason the ax-murderer as entertainment for teen-agers, maybe we do need this sobering alternative.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2014
3/4 54% Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation (2014) A sometimes pedantic, mostly fascinating documentary about Barcelona's towering cathedral, La Sagrada Familia, which was conceived by Antoni Gaudí in the late 19th century.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 11, 2014
2.5/4 68% God Help the Girl (2014) At 90 minutes, this material might have sped through. Coming closer to two hours, it drags.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 11, 2014
3/4 80% Crows (1996) the writer-director, Dorota Kedzierzawska, working with a gifted cinematographer (Arthur Reinhart), brings a light, fluid touch to Wrona's adventures (the beach scenes look especially magical).‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2014
3/4 100% Incident at Oglala (1992) The emphasis on facts and talking heads pays off as the movie slowly builds a sense of outrage.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2014
1.5/4 10% On Deadly Ground (1994) Unfortunately Seagal, who also makes his directing debut with this script, is no match for Caine. His on-screen personality is petulant and humorless, his voice so grating you want to reach for a mute button.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2014
2/4 6% The Identical (2014) It's not very good, but it's certainly a curiosity.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 4, 2014
3/4 86% The Trip To Italy (2014) If you laughed at Coogan and Brydon's (sometimes astonishing) mimicry in "The Trip," you'll smile again. If not, you probably won't go out of your way to find the sequel.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 28, 2014
2.5/4 74% The Congress (2014) "The Congress" becomes as frustrating and expensive-looking as "Cloud Atlas." Try to follow it and you may feel abandoned in a maze.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 28, 2014
3/4 No Score Yet Song Of The New Earth (2014) A heavy dose of mysticism drives this stimulating new documentary ...‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 28, 2014
4/4 69% Jacob's Ladder (1990) For hours and days after you've seen it, you'll still be putting it together in your head. While all of it is gripping, it doesn't come together until the final scene, which is jolting, transcendent, unexpected yet inevitable.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2014
1.5/4 75% The Strange Little Cat (2014) Nothing much happens. A cat makes a move and purrs. Someone is reprimanded for not tucking in his shirt.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3.5/4 91% To Be Takei (2014) Much more than a "Star Trek" footnote or a standard coming-out story.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3/4 No Score Yet Double Play: James Benning And Richard Linklater (2014) Above all else, "Double Play" is an invitation to stare - usually at an object that's worthy of prolonged attention.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2.5/4 44% About Alex (2014) Only Plaza's performance as the troubled Sarah comes close to creating a three-dimensional character.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2/4 21% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993) Less amateurish than the 1990 original, less embarrassing than the 1991 sequel (with its mind-boggling Vanilla Ice ninja-rap number), this may be the easiest installment in the series for parents to sit through.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2014
1/4 9% Mom and Dad Save the World (1992) Mom and Dad Save the World is an insult to the idea of children's entertainment.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2014
4/4 98% Boyhood (2014) The year's most captivating narrative experiment, and possibly the most engrossing coming-of-age movie in the history of the genre.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2.5/4 87% A Most Wanted Man (2014) A movie that tries to cover many facets of the post-9/11 period, though it doesn't quite make up for the fact that a great cast is sometimes wasted.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2/4 26% Gordy (1995) Alas, Gordy is no Charlotte's Web. It's not even a threat to Mr. Ed.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2014