David Harris

David Harris
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I have been interested in film ever since my parents took me to see E.T. as a child. I began writing professional film criticism for Tiny Mix Tapes in 2007, where I was the film editor. I began Spectrum Culture, where I am Editor-in-Chief, 10 years ago and have been writing criticism there ever since. I also teach a film studies course at Northwest Academy, an independent school located in downtown Portland.
Publications: Spectrum Culture

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 92% It (1927) It isn't a complete waste of time, but what could have been sometimes outweighs what made it to the screen. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
3.5/5 94% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) The motion-captured apes look amazingly real and convincing. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
3.25/5 84% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Like its scruffy crew, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is an affable and harmless way to spend a few hours. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
2.5/5 66% Alien: Covenant (2017) Alien: Covenant tries, but doesn't come close. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
3/5 96% The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies) (2017) An appealing and harmless film that slyly subverts a genre long known for its unshakable touchstones. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
2.25/5 30% Passengers (2016) It all just panders too much. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
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4/5 83% Silence (2017) Silence is an experience that makes us question our own resolve and tremble at its power. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
3.25/5 84% Julieta (2016) Though we never find out if Julieta and Antía reconcile, a strong hope pervades and the cathartic release we long desire is just around the bend. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
3.75/5 89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Stahelski's kinetic direction keeps things moving, even if there are way too many shots to the head. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
3.75/5 94% Arrival (2016) This is an excellently made film that questions our notions of time, kindness and understanding. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
4.75/5 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Manchester by the Sea will restore your faith in the movies. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
4/5 93% Demon (2016) Rather than emulate the tropes of a joyous wedding, Demon feels like a funeral party that has stretched on for three generations. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
3.75/5 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) Parker's passion for the project keeps the ship upright, even when the film veers towards grandiloquence. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
3/5 52% The Accountant (2016) Gavin O'Connor managed to take this crazy notion and a somewhat hackneyed script and make it into a solid action movie with a warming message. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
3/5 97% Hell or High Water (2016) Hell or High Water is appropriately elegiac for its subject matter, but Sheridan's script still offers many wry and humorous moments. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
4.25/5 83% Sausage Party (2016) It somehow manages to shock despite the lines Rogen and Goldberg (who helped write the screenplay) have crossed before in Superbad and This Is the End. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
2.75/5 93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) Lo and Behold presents an excellent start of a conversation, but...you won't be getting any answers here. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
1.75/5 62% The Light Between Oceans (2016) It's just a shame that Cianfrance, who showed so much promise at first, decided this would be the path his career should follow. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
1.75/5 74% Ghostbusters (2016) Worst of all, the movie just isn't funny. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
3.25/5 98% Don't Think Twice (2016) Birbiglia dips one toe into comedy, but he also grounds his film in reality. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
4.75/5 100% 63 Up (2019) It does the work of the best films, makes us think deeper about our own experiences with being human, how we relate to one another and our self - both the past and current iterations. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
2.75/5 55% Jason Bourne (2016) This newest installment in the Bourne is definitely the weakest in the series. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
94% Wanda (1971) Once a hard to find curio, Wanda is now easily available for cinephiles hoping to see this little gem. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3.75/5 87% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) It's this giddy whimsy that makes Everybody Wants Some!! so damned likable. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3.5/5 91% Green Room (2016) A gory, visceral horror flick. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3/5 91% Captain America: Civil War (2016) The Russos definitely know how to stage an action scene. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3.25/5 53% Triple 9 (2016) It's worthy, but nothing really new. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
2.25/5 83% The Wave (Bolgen) (2016) The Wave ultimately stumbles once its titular flood hits, exposing a story predicated on cliché and budgetary restraints. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3.75/5 93% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) The Force Awakens checks all the correct boxes, sets the stage for a new series of films. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
4/5 74% The Hateful Eight (2015) It takes something special like a Tarantino film to relive that trembling magic of the cinema. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
4.25/5 79% The Revenant (2015) It's a classic storytelling convention, one that has been employed since the dawn of moviemaking...It's just that González Iñárritu finds a way to make it look so beautiful. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3/5 83% These Final Hours (2015) A thrilling game of scruples. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
4/5 96% It Follows (2015) A persistent film that creeps up on you. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
4.75/5 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) As close to riding a rollercoaster you can experience while sitting in a movie theater. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
1.75/5 50% Tomorrowland (2015) Unfortunately, Tomorrowland goes nowhere, spoon-feeding us the same pile of moralizing crap that Disney has been peddling for decades and filling us with ennui while doing so. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
1.75/5 72% Jurassic World (2015) Jurassic World doesn't even come close. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3.25/5 83% The Overnight (2015) The Overnight works because no matter how preposterous some of its moments may be...the characters and their fears do ring true. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3/5 85% Trainwreck (2015) Trainwreck lives and dies with Schumer, but she picked the right director to wring sympathy out of a character who is looking for love, yet may be too damaged to find its restorative powers. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3/5 91% Bridge of Spies (2015) Spielberg paints everything in broad strokes, and yet for a character-driven spy film to succeed, it's the smaller moments that are the most important-but here they're left behind. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
2.5/5 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) The series finally concludes with the poorly named The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 2. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3.5/5 95% Creed (2015) Creed goes the distance and then some. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3.75/5 92% Sicario (2015) In Sicario, Denis Villeneuve has created another tense, heavily involving yet imperfect film. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3/5 91% The Martian (2015) Watney may be taking a bunch of giant steps for mankind, but The Martian merely tiptoes around other great films that take on a similar topic. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
4/5 98% Leviathan (2014) Leviathan is not only a beautifully shot film, but a successful protest, even if all its characters fight the law and lose. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
1/5 27% Jupiter Ascending (2015) Jupiter Ascending is one of the worst films I've ever seen. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
3.2/5 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) Kingsman is a fun, but inconsequential, night at the movies. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
4/5 86% Top Five (2014) Top Five...finally gives Rock the filmic vehicle he has needed since he tried to transition to the screen. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
3/5 59% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) A very, very long battle that lacks in substance but makes up for it in thrills. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
99% Selma (2014) It's the weight of history that gives Selma so much emotional heft. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
4.5/5 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) This is some compelling stuff. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019