Dennis Harvey

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Review: 'Private Wars'

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Philippine filmmaker Nick Deocampo searches for the father who abandoned his family some years before in "Private Wars." Somewhat overloaded agenda-wise, featurette works best as a straightforward…

Marketplace

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Review: 'I Have Killed!'

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Japanese-born thesp Sessue Hayakawa created a sensation as the lecherous villain in one of Cecil B. DeMille's earlier hits, 1915's "The Cheat." It was particularly successful in Europe --- which is…

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Review: 'Yellow'

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An "Asian-American Graffiti" following eight high-schoolers during their eventful graduation night, "Yellow" boasts some diverting moments --- but no discernible control whatsoever over numerous…

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Review: 'Sunsets'

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Life for post-high school, pre-college career types in agribiz-dominated central California proves convincingly rudderless in "Sunsets." There's nothing very wrong with co-helmers Michael Idemoto and…

ShowBiz City by the Bay

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SAN FRANCISCO — One crusty truism in the eternal feud between L.A. and S.F. boosters has been the latter's perception as a place to be entertained. For entertainment-as-business, they say, go south…

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Review: 'Party at Sam's'

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Summing up one quintessential '90s post-film-school type of debut feature --- "Clerks" division, as opposed to the wannabe-Tarantino ilk --- "Party at Sam's" charts tangled intrigue from 9 p.m. to…

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Review: 'Blossom Time'

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Filmed in the late playwright's Mississippi hometown, "Blossom Time" is billed as an homage to the work of Tennessee Williams. But as modest "Glass Menagerie" echoes fade amid poorly worked-out…

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