Mark Bell

Mark Bell

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Biography:
Film Threat critic
Publications:
Film Threat
Total Reviews:
136

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 136
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 100% Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 (2012) " If you're a Batman fan, just hearing the words The Dark Knight Returns likely gets you excited, so this film was probably already on your radar... " — Film Threat
Posted Oct 1, 2012
3.5/5 93% The Trouble with the Truth (2012) " Shea and Thompson are up against it due to the basic premise alone, so they could be somewhat forgiven for stumbling here or there. But they don't..." — Film Threat
Posted Sep 14, 2012
5/5 85% The Master (2012) " In less accomplished cinematic hands, this level of ambiguity can often be dismissed as a filmmaker just not knowing what to say, or at least not willing to make choices..." — Film Threat
Posted Sep 14, 2012
3.5/5 —— Goodbye Promise (2012) " A collection of thematically-connected scenes layered on top of one another, filmmaker David Branin's Goodbye Promise employs a somewhat unique narrative structure..." — Film Threat
Posted Aug 17, 2012
3.5/5 —— The Deposition (2012) " What's strange for me is that my biggest criticism could actually be considered a compliment: the film looks too good..." — Film Threat
Posted Aug 15, 2012
3.5/5 —— A Little Bit Zombie (2013) " Sure, there's gore and some gross-out gags, but for the most part this flick isn't about what's going to scare you next, but more about what'll get the next laugh..." — Film Threat
Posted Aug 12, 2012
3/5 —— Lloyd The Conqueror (2013) " Brian Posehn's White Wizard is easily the best part of the entire film, followed closely by Unicorn-Guy..." — Film Threat
Posted Aug 12, 2012
3/5 92% Mosquita Y Mari (2012) " It knows the conventions surrounding the type of tale it is telling, and it steers clear of them..." — Film Threat
Posted Aug 6, 2012
4/5 88% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) " Unlike The Amazing Spider-Man, which loses luster the longer I think on it, The Dark Knight Rises seems to gain more of my admiration with each passing minute." — Film Threat
Posted Jul 17, 2012
5/5 98% The Invisible War (2012) " Basically, the message from the military to potential rape victims is: if you get raped, it's your own fault..." — Film Threat
Posted Jul 15, 2012
4/5 78% Nate & Margaret (2012) " Filmmaker Nathan Adloff obviously sees the audience as capable enough of handling a story without hand-holding..." — Film Threat
Posted Jul 2, 2012
3/5 73% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) " I mostly had a good time, though I don't know that it'll stand up to repeat viewings; something tells me the issues I've got with it would only get worse if I see it again..." — Film Threat
Posted Jul 2, 2012
3/5 68% Ted (2012) " If you're expecting a live-action Family Guy, you'll be somewhat disappointed..." — Film Threat
Posted Jun 29, 2012
5/5 —— The Exquisite Corpse Project " What ultimately results is a hilarious portrayal of all the fun and drama that can surround any creative collaboration, but in a meta-package of absurdity..." — Film Threat
Posted Jun 26, 2012
4.5/5 85% Bullhead (2012) " It's not an easy film to experience, that's for sure. It's a tragedy that steadily grows more and more tragic as the film wears on..." — Film Threat
Posted Jun 26, 2012
5/5 48% The FP (2012) " I missed the train when The FP was first leaving the station, but I'm firmly on-board now..." — Film Threat
Posted Jun 23, 2012
3.5/5 —— The Thought Exchange " I think The Thought Exchange is an intriguing concept, and deserving of more attention and thoughtful scrutiny than I'm able to give it based solely on a film review." — Film Threat
Posted Jun 11, 2012
4/5 93% Indie Game: The Movie (2012) " Indie Game: The Movie is more than just a film about video games, it's an examination of the artistic spirit and the latest evolution of independent artist." — Film Threat
Posted May 29, 2012
3.5/5 83% Comic-Con: Episode IV - A Fan's Hope (2012) " In the end, this is a film that celebrates the San Diego Comic-Con, and the various personalities and people that attend and embrace it..." — Film Threat
Posted Apr 6, 2012
4/5 70% The Hunter (2012) " I got caught up in the hunt, was left thinking about the film long after it ended..." — Film Threat
Posted Mar 30, 2012
4.5/5 82% Goon (2012) " Goon is like a hockey enforcer cartoon with heart, over-the-top and brilliant..." — Film Threat
Posted Mar 30, 2012
3.5/5 84% The Hunger Games (2012) " I think it manages to walk that tightrope between faithful-for-the-fans and mainstream-for-the-new-blood as well as could be expected." — Film Threat
Posted Mar 20, 2012
4.5/5 83% Fat Kid Rules the World (2012) " Jacob Wysocki delivers an impressive character transformation from an almost insufferable sad sack to a powerhouse capable, and confident, enough to indeed rule his own world." — Film Threat
Posted Mar 14, 2012
4/5 —— Holy Rollers: The True Story Of Card Counting Christians " Holy Rollers looks slick for a documentary, and despite utilizing the talking heads-style approach, it does so with an eye for interesting composition." — Film Threat
Posted Mar 8, 2012
4.5/5 38% Cook County (2011) " Cook County excels primarily due to the acting merits of Anson Mount. Mount portrays Bump as one of the more menacing, and yet pathetic, drug dealers ever to grace cinema." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 21, 2011
4/5 86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) " David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a tense thriller that unfolds with all the twists and turns one could hope to have." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 21, 2011
3/4 41% Footprints (2011) " Will it change your life? Probably not, but it will entertain, and even if you do find it eventually gets too slow for your tastes, the film at least delivers enough memorable performances for you to at least walk away with something." — Film Threat
Posted Oct 31, 2011
4/5 —— Look (2009) " Look may only be 7 minutes long, but it definitely engenders more than 7 minutes worth of contemplation." — Film Threat
Posted Sep 7, 2011
4/5 77% Thor (2011) " I can't tell you if it was entirely faithful to the comics, and at this stage, I don't care. I want to see good movies, and Thor delivered. " — Film Threat
Posted May 5, 2011
4/5 58% Red State (2011) " Real life isn't filmed quite so nicely, but it's not inconceivable that the film's events could actually happen while we watch it all unfold on CNN, or read about it on Twitter." — Film Threat
Posted Apr 28, 2011
2/5 23% Sucker Punch (2011) " The film is a visual feast (and moves slow enough for you to look at it quite a bit), but the story is a straight-up dramatic famine. " — Film Threat
Posted Apr 28, 2011
4/5 82% American: The Bill Hicks Story (2011) " One of the marvels of this documentary, and Bill's life, really, is that it packs so much in such a small window of life." — Film Threat
Posted Apr 28, 2011
4/5 88% Fubar: Balls to the Wall (2011) " I've got a bunch of Canadian friends, and everything about this film feels so real, despite being so over-the-top insane." — Film Threat
Posted Apr 28, 2011
4/5 66% Insidious (2011) " The film reminded me of the first Poltergeist while simultaneously delivering some new language to the haunted house conversation..." — Film Threat
Posted Apr 28, 2011
5/5 73% POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011) " This is a marketing campaign wrapped in a documentary wrapped in a marketing campaign wrapped in a joke on the audience that thinks the joke is on the advertisers..." — Film Threat
Posted Apr 25, 2011
4.5/5 92% Incendies (2011) " Denis Villeneuve's latest film is a spectacular experience; the type of epic family mystery that is a Greek tragedy delivered to modern times." — Film Threat
Posted Apr 25, 2011
4/5 50% Lebanon, Pa. (2011) " Lebanon, PA is a beautiful film with powerful characters and a story you can really connect with in a way that won't make you feel gross or manipulated." — Film Threat
Posted Apr 25, 2011
3/5 16% Max Payne (2008) " Simple, it is as by-the-books formulaic as can be, and there's not a surprise around that the corner that isn't obvious immediately." — Film Threat
Posted Oct 21, 2008
4.5/5 86% Frontrunners (2008) " This film couldn't come out in a better time, in a better year." — Film Threat
Posted Oct 21, 2008
3/5 26% Eagle Eye (2008) " I give the film credit for moving along and, for at least the first half, keeping you engaged in the mystery. At the same time, when the film turns, it turns south." — Film Threat
Posted Oct 18, 2008
3.5/5 59% RocknRolla (2008) " If you're a fan of the early Ritchie comedy-crime thrillers, then this is not only right up your alley, it's a long lost relative returning home." — Film Threat
Posted Oct 16, 2008
2.5/5 55% Step Brothers (2008) " A major letdown." — Film Threat
Posted Jul 29, 2008
3/5 78% Lou Reed's Berlin (2008) " If you love Lou Reed or even like Lou Reed a little, musically this film is worth your time and, unless you've got an amazing audio system at home, it should be experienced in a theatrical setting." — Film Threat
Posted Jul 22, 2008
3/5 54% Choke (2008) " The film is hardly a waste of your time and it is an interesting tale to see unfold before you, whether you're reading or watching it." — Film Threat
Posted Jun 24, 2008
4/5 51% Get Smart (2008) " It is, as of right now, my favorite film of the Summer." — Film Threat
Posted Jun 24, 2008
3.5/5 37% Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden? (2008) " Extremely entertaining." — Film Threat
Posted Apr 22, 2008
4.5/5 66% The Escapist (2008) " The Escapist is a film worth seeking out, for both its fresh re-invention of the prison film genre and the absolute clinic on acting put on by Brian Cox and the rest of the actors in the film (not a weak link among them)." — Film Threat
Posted Feb 12, 2008
4/5 10% Hell Ride (2008) " If you legitimately commit to the concept, let your mind go and accept the world that is onscreen then you can't help but enjoy yourself." — Film Threat
Posted Feb 12, 2008
2/5 35% National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007) " There's no question all involved had a blast, but there's little here beyond a confusing popcorn flick." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 25, 2007
2.5/5 39% Full Grown Men (2008) " As an audience member, you want to like your lead, or at least find something redeeming in him." — Film Threat
Posted Nov 24, 2007
2/5 36% Southland Tales (2007) " This is how the review starts, not with overwhelming praise, but confused disappointment." — Film Threat
Posted Nov 13, 2007
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