Big Apple Reviews

Big Apple Reviews is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Harvey S. Karten
Rating Title/Year Author
B+ The Lion King (2019) Harvey S. Karten A quantum leap in animation technology will make you swear that you are witnessing photos of people on a South African safari. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
B Midsommar (2019) Harvey S. Karten Gorgeous, expansive photography and a folksy choreography make up for the movie's convoluted plot. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
B+ Drei Zinnen (2017) Harvey S. Karten A seven year old kid drives his mother and foster dad crazy in this intriguing movie set against a mountain. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
B Back to the Fatherland (2017) Harvey S. Karten Explains the hard-to-believe phenomenon of Jews leaving Israel to live in Germany and Austria. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2019
B+ Pavarotti (2019) Harvey S. Karten Director Ron Howard exudes warmth for his subject, the expansive gentleman who kept audiences attending his concerts and buying his albums after the passing of Caruso. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
B+ The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Harvey S. Karten The late, great playwright August Wilson, whose ten plays dealt with the lives of African-Americans in different decades, would have radiated warm support for this unabashedly theatrical movie. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
B Ma (2019) Harvey S. Karten This convincing and entertaining tale suggests that victims of bullying, like Brian De Palma's "Carrie," may not suck it up forever. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
B+ Fig Tree (2018) Harvey S. Karten Gritty drama taking place during the civil war in Ethiopia that led Jews of that country to emigrate to Israel. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2019
B The Unorthodox (2018) Harvey S. Karten It's refreshing to see a film, partly comic but otherwise serious, that presents a political party's initial idealism, one that caters to the true needs of its followers. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2019
B+ Para Aduma (2018) Harvey S. Karten Extremist politics meets forbidden love in a drama that commands attention as it conveys the thoughts and emotions of Israelis on the verge of being uprooted from an illegal East Jerusalem settlement. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
B Booksmart (2019) Harvey S. Karten With its frantic pace and ultimate sentimentalism, "Booksmart" enters the field of high-school movies with considerable originality. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
C+ Tolkien (2019) Harvey S. Karten The title character of this biopic is as dull and stodgy and the movie's title. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
B The Intruder (2019) Harvey S. Karten Until it disintegrates into by-the-numbers violence, this psychological thriller carries abundant dark humor. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
B Us (2019) Harvey S. Karten Features a wider allegorical ambition than we found in "Get Out," but don't expect this sequel to match the classic excellence of Peele's debut film. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
B+ Hotel Mumbai (2018) Harvey S. Karten Explosive coverage of a major terrorist attack in Mumbai. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
B+ Wall (2017) Harvey S. Karten If you've followed global politics you can predict what the characters will say, but this movie is all about stunning MoCap animation. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
B Buddy (2019) Harvey S. Karten Six dogs in the Netherlands provide both companionship and much needed help to six folks with disabilities. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
B+ Ash Is Purest White (2018) Harvey S. Karten Casts its eye on an exuberant but ultimately mournful setting, its theme serving by extension to apply to us all. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
B+ Gloria Bell (2018) Harvey S. Karten Julianne Moore is in top form in a movie illustrating the emotional complications of life as grow into middle age. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
B Carga (2017) Harvey S. Karten Both a psychological study and a thriller, "Carga," a narrative drama rather than a documentary, has insights into the world of human sex slavery. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
C+ Saint Judy (2018) Harvey S. Karten The movie could have been more powerful but has been turned into slick commercialism with its pop music soundtrack and rah-rah uplift. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
C+ The Wedding Guest (2018) Harvey S. Karten Awards-worth photography in India cannot rescue a movie with banal dialogue. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
B+ Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz (2018) Harvey S. Karten When you finish watching this doc you will be convinced that its star, Ben Ferencz, should have been Time magazine Person of the Year in 1946. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
B Something (2018) Harvey S. Karten More a mood piece than a horror tale, "Something" is a low-budget movie that commands attention without the need for bells and whistles. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
B+ Transit (2018) Harvey S. Karten Christian Petzold employs a vivid imagination to show that refugees are largely alike, whether fleeing from Nazi Germany or eluding a German occupation in France in our own century. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
B+ Todos lo saben (2018) Harvey S. Karten A solid ensemble piece, eminently watchable. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2019
B Holiday (2018) Harvey S. Karten Director Eklof knows what it's like for a woman to live in a man's world, illustrating her views through a sadistic treatment of a mobster with his "girl" EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
A- Cold Pursuit (2019) Harvey S. Karten Fans of sophisticated revenge fantasies will eat up this tale of a vigilante who operates amid a frigid atmosphere of dark comedy. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
B The Invisibles (2017) Harvey S. Karten Allows us to see Sarah Goldschlager as the repulsive woman she is and to wish her to be drawn and quartered. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
B Pig (2018) Harvey S. Karten "Pig" displays a satiric look at a group of narcissistic filmmakers utilizing mock-horror absurdist comedy that works more times than it does not. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2019
B+ Tale of the Sea (Hekayat-e Darya) (2018) Harvey S. Karten One of Iran's major filmmakers is at the top of his game with this Ingmar Bergman-esque meditation on old age. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2019
C+ Ashes in the Snow (2018) Harvey S. Karten Simplistic dialogue threatens to sink a drama with expansive cinematography, taking place in a pair of Soviet gulags and filmed in Lithuania. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
B Komunia (2016) Harvey S. Karten A fly-on-the wall documentary captures the fragility of family life in this awards-winning feature by a debut director-writer-editor-producer. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2019
A- Who Will Write Our History (2018) Harvey S. Karten An important addition to the trove of documentation about the Holocaust, honoring people who fought Nazi lies with the pen rather than the sword. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2018
A- Vice (2018) Harvey S. Karten More than the heart gets multiple attacks by Christian Bale, who gained 40 pounds to portray a former vice president of whom he does not approve. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
B+ The Land of Steady Habits (2018) Harvey S. Karten With excellent acting, this film is a vigorous look at suburban anomie, mid-life crisis, and the ways a man's involvement with family can prove unwanted by others. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
B+ If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Harvey S. Karten A bright evocation of young love frustrated by the whims of a racist society. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2018
B+ Capernaum (2018) Harvey S. Karten Given its stark visuals, its authentic acting by non professionals, and its humanism, "Capernaum" has become the obvious entry by Lebanon to our Academy Awards. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
B+ Stan & Ollie (2018) Harvey S. Karten A delightful romp with the duo considered by some to be the best comedy team of the 20th century. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
B Vox Lux (2018) Harvey S. Karten Natalie Portman as you've never before seen her anchors a movie that connects violence with celebrity status. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
B+ On the Basis of Sex (2018) Harvey S. Karten A rousing tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsbeurg is this sometimes sentimental feel-good movie. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
B Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Harvey S. Karten History never fails to repeat itself. The factional fighting in colorfully picturesque Sixteenth Century England is mirrored today in the grayer environment of the U.S. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2018
B The Great Buddha+ (2017) Harvey S. Karten Taiwan's candidate for the U.S. Academy Awards finds comedy amid its serious concern with inequality of income. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2018
B+ Under the Tree (2017) Harvey S. Karten I'll bet you think that Iceland is one of the world's happiest, most civilized places. This dramedy uses wry humor and deadly conflict to ratchet the suspense and counteract your trust. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
B+ Becoming Astrid (2018) Harvey S. Karten A charming albeit conventional look at the coming of age of one of the most successful writers of children's books. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2018
A Never Look Away (2018) Harvey S. Karten An epic masterwork that bears witness to 3 decades of totalitarian rule in Germany and its effects on art and love and family bonds. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2018
B+ Under the Wire (2018) Harvey S. Karten Takes us to the front in Syria's civil war, with war correspondents Marie Colvin and Paul Conroy focusing on that government's brutality toward civilians. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
B Morir (O No) (2000) Harvey S. Karten Strong arguments hold that having children is in some cases a selfish choice. Not having children, by contrast, is not selfish. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
B At Eternity's Gate (2018) Harvey S. Karten An imaginative look at one of the world's greatest post impressionist painters. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2018
B+ Of Fathers and Sons (2017) Harvey S. Karten An audacious writer-director risks his life in Syria to put a face on a jihadist, a man who can elicit some sympathy even from Americans. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018