Dennis Harvey

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Review: ‘Say Grace’

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Playwright Gary Leon Hill leaves behind his customary gritty urban milieus and gets lost in the heartland with "Say Grace." Evidently heartfelt, this pleasant but muddled family story hasn't yet…

Mark Finch

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San Francisco Intl. Lesbian & Gay Film Festival exhibitions director Mark Finch was presumed dead following an apparent suicide leap from the Golden Gate Bridge on Jan. 14. A briefcase was left…

Marketplace

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Review: ‘Hits!’

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Adrab talkfest about two would-be mob thugs trailing a target, "Hits!" invades Scorsese/Cassavetes terrain with no discernible idea of just what it wants to do there. Best chance lies in hyping scant…

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Review: ‘Salvation’

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This attractively lensed Sri Lankan feature -- the first by producing Aloka Films org -- offers a moral lesson or three in the emotionally straightforward, humanist tradition of Satyajit Ray. But as…

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Review: ‘Omaha’

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Writer/director Dan Mirvish created this 35mm indie feature as his USC grad thesis project on a $ 40,000 budget. For that kind of dough, "Omaha (The Movie)" is a model of tech resourcefulness. But…

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Review: ‘Havanera’

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More bodice-ripper than historical fiction, "Havanera" takes the "Mandingo" angle on slavery in colonialist Cuba: It condemns as an excuse for soapy titillation. This slick, florid melodrama won't be…

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