Dennis Harvey

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Review: 'Deadful Melody'

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Deadful Melody" is an enjoyable Hong Kong fantasy adventure of the increasingly old-school swirling-fog, trampoline-leaping stripe. Item was originally released to home territories in 1994. Brigitte…

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Review: 'Blue Mountain'

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A smoothly executed drama about domestic child abuse, the German "Blue Mountain" is earnest but too patly written to lend that subject its intended force. Pic's faults --- which culminate in a…

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Review: 'The Last Gasp'

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Amid his rather busy "retirement" from the screen, Ingmar Bergman wrote and staged this short 1994 play about one of Scandi cinema's earliest pioneers, then oversaw its adaptation for Swedish TV…

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Review: 'The Drive'

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Adapted from a stage play, attempted psychological thriller "The Drive" provides no compelling reason for its screen translation --- indeed, this dire effort couldn't have been much on the boards…

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Review: 'The Trap'

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Hapless Yokohama p.i. Maiku Hama is back in another seriocomic adventure, his third, supposedly last, and weakest --- though director Kaizo Hayashi's series still offers some stylish diversion…

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Review: 'Exile Shanghai'

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This week's purity-of-vision award goes to vet West German helmer Ulrike Ottinger, who has seldom let any concept of audience endurance get in the way. Thus unfettered, her often epic-length films…

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