Mark Ellis

Mark Ellis

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Publications:
Schmoes Know
Total Reviews:
189

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3.5/5 83% Joe (2014) " After seeing "Joe", one wouldn't seem so crazy if they suspected Cage could be the next McConaughey to crawl out of the Straight-to-DVD doldrums and get back to the A-list." — Schmoes Know
Posted Apr 11, 2014
4/5 63% Draft Day (2014) " It's only April, but after watching "Draft Day" you'll be ready for some football." — Schmoes Know
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3.3/5 72% Oculus (2014) " It's not the type of film that will stay with you long after the experience, but it's better than playing "Bloody Mary" alone." — Schmoes Know
Posted Apr 9, 2014
3.6/5 49% Rio 2 (2014) " If you're an adult who doesn't want children of your own, seeing "Rio 2" in a packed theater may be enough to schedule a vasectomy. But that isn't the macaws fault. " — Schmoes Know
Posted Apr 9, 2014
4/5 84% Under the Skin (2014) " It stayed true to itself, and while "Under the Skin" isn't for everyone, it's nevertheless an artistic achievement that is worth exploring below the surface." — Schmoes Know
Posted Apr 8, 2014
3.7/5 63% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " The film's conclusion will have people debating it's merits (you know, once you can look others in the eye again...this stuff is brutal, visceral and intense), and that's what I liked about this film" — Schmoes Know
Posted Apr 8, 2014
3.3/5 55% Dom Hemingway (2014) " The film occasionally meanders and the story it tells isn't nearly as interesting as it's namesake...but if you're trying to out-duel Mr. "Dom Hemingway", you'll probably lose anyway." — Schmoes Know
Posted Apr 8, 2014
3.5 77% Noah (2014) " An engaging exercise in epic movie making that isn't without flaws but luckily going overboard on a religious agenda isn't one of them." — Schmoes Know
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/5 77% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " The British accents come and go as frequently as Joe's lovers, but I was too focused on whether "Nymphomaniac" is art or porn...I'll give it the lean towards art, but I'd prefer to do so without strangers sitting next to me in a dark theater." — Schmoes Know
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3.6/5 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " In what world do we live in where Walter the rookie gets more screen time than Gonzo? He's Gonzo!! But this is still a fun adventure that the entire family can enjoy, " — Schmoes Know
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3.5/5 73% Enemy (2014) " The end resolution had a cramped quality that I'm still not sure what to make of, but then again it means that "Enemy" is a unique film experience that will be fun to sort out once you've gone through it for yourself." — Schmoes Know
Posted Mar 7, 2014
3.25/5 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " Fans of the this style will be rewarded when they once again see that, for a fun overblown action spectacle, "Rise of an Empire" earns the "300" coronation." — Schmoes Know
Posted Mar 7, 2014
4.5/5 78% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " This is one of the most entertaining rides your family can take...bring grandpa along to remind you about Rocky, the proud father of a dead moose!" — Schmoes Know
Posted Mar 7, 2014
2.9/5 60% Non-Stop (2014) " It all ends up becoming the closest thing I've seen in a while to an early-90's action movie (not an insult in my circles), and while you can have fun with this it ends up being rather unremarkable." — Schmoes Know
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2.25/5 24% Pompeii (2014) " The story collapses in the second half of this initially promising mess and it appears that, even after 1,935 years, the tragedy of Pompeii is still too soon to trivialize." — Schmoes Know
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3.8/5 48% RoboCop (2014) " The action sequences are fun and, while it may never replace the original in my heart, this new "Robocop" boasts a frash new look with humor, action and of course ED-209s." — Schmoes Know
Posted Feb 14, 2014
2.25/5 15% Endless Love (2014) " There was endless potential for this film but the story only allows "Endless Love" to be good for the first hour. " — Schmoes Know
Posted Feb 14, 2014
2.3/5 33% The Monuments Men (2014) " For all of the excitement a true story like this could provide, it's told with all the enthusiasm of an 8th-grade book report. " — Schmoes Know
Posted Feb 6, 2014
3.7/5 96% The Lego Movie (2014) " "The Lego Movie" is a fun, hilarious adventure into a world that we all played in once upon a time (ok, last week). " — Schmoes Know
Posted Feb 6, 2014
3/5 22% That Awkward Moment (2014) " It's not reinventing the wheel, but sometimes all we really need is to have promising young stars rattle off some funny dick jokes. " — Schmoes Know
Posted Jan 31, 2014
2.8/5 33% Labor Day (2014) " Loving shots of food baking make me think that Reitman could direct a cooking show and make it interesting...and if material keeps coming along like what he wrote in "Labor Day", that's not a bad alternative." — Schmoes Know
Posted Jan 31, 2014
1.9/5 4% I, Frankenstein (2014) " If you've never seen a "Frankenstein" film before, stick with the classics and pretend this one stayed as a graphic novel." — Schmoes Know
Posted Jan 24, 2014
3.8/5 23% Gimme Shelter (2014) " It's not the easiest film to watch, and if it wasn't based on a true story than much of the decision-making would be too infuriating to tolerate but Vanessa Hudgens in a breakthrough role based on real events was enough to get me. " — Schmoes Know
Posted Jan 24, 2014
1.9/5 11% The Nut Job (2014) " I could rant for hours, but let's just say "The Nut Job" shouldn't be seen by people. " — Schmoes Know
Posted Jan 18, 2014
3/5 56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " Kenneth Branagh has a ball as a hammy, cartoonishly evil Russian attempting to start an economic disaster in the US. This is an enjoyable movie to check out in a time when the pickings at theaters are slim." — Schmoes Know
Posted Jan 18, 2014
1.3/5 3% The Legend of Hercules (2014) " The film has that one slo-mo trick and milks the cow until there's less beef than a Wendy's Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger. " — Schmoes Know
Posted Jan 12, 2014
4.1/5 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " The film gets so involved that one might question the necessity of a three-hour running time, but how many times will a story like this come along when Scorsese is available to knock it out of the park? " — Schmoes Know
Posted Dec 21, 2013
2.9/5 49% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " While this latest film version makes a noble attempt, I'll continue to rely on the short story to keep my bond with Walt going strong." — Schmoes Know
Posted Dec 21, 2013
4.5/5 64% August: Osage County (2013) " If it goes a little too far sometimes it's forgivable; a volcano erupting spontaneously in Oklahoma would be ok because we could watch how this dysfunctional family copes with it. " — Schmoes Know
Posted Dec 21, 2013
4.75/5 94% Her (2014) " Phoenix has the perfect look and talent to play Theodore, and his chemistry with Johanssen's voice are a key ingredient in one of my favorite films of the year. " — Schmoes Know
Posted Dec 21, 2013
4/5 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " I'm more than satisfied with "Anchorman 2", a film that is so stupid and so funny it made me hurt from laughing. " — Schmoes Know
Posted Dec 21, 2013
2/5 25% Walking With Dinosaurs (2013) " My dream has always been to "Walk with Dinosaurs", but if they're this shallow and annoying, I'll just stick with looking at their skeletons." — Schmoes Know
Posted Dec 21, 2013
4/5 93% American Hustle (2013) " Russell has created another film that is a joy to watch from beginning to end; he uses his considerable talent stockpile in front of the camera to weave a story that is funny, dramatic, and laughs at itself all at once. " — Schmoes Know
Posted Dec 12, 2013
4/4 75% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " "The Desolation of Smaug" is so much fun, you won't mind experiencing it twice to see what you missed at the first go around." — Schmoes Know
Posted Dec 12, 2013
4/5 95% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " Whether Davis ever makes it to the top of the burgeoning folk scene in the 1960's is beside the point: he gave us a great show along the way." — Schmoes Know
Posted Dec 9, 2013
4.5/5 58% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " Justin Chadwick allows the events to speak for themselves, I only wish I was able to get more in-depth with some of the political arguments and where opinions were changed." — Schmoes Know
Posted Dec 9, 2013
3/5 42% Oldboy (2013) " The martial arts sequences are a joy to watch and, when taken as it's own entity, this "Old Boy" feels like it should hit it's intended audience favorably." — Schmoes Know
Posted Dec 9, 2013
4.5/5 92% Philomena (2013) " Dench and co-writer Steve Coogan share a fabulous chemistry on screen; they can ride waves of dialogue that take them from seemingly insignificant topics into questioning the existence of God and back again. " — Schmoes Know
Posted Nov 29, 2013
3.1/5 42% Homefront (2013) " A solid action film that simultaneously reminds us of those fun 1990's martial arts stars and displays the acting ability they never had. " — Schmoes Know
Posted Nov 29, 2013
3/5 38% Delivery Man (2013) " This holiday season it's Vince Vaughn who stretches his abilities to a new limit; and while the result may not be the funniest or most touching film to come along, it will at least bring in everyone in your family for a couple of hours." — Schmoes Know
Posted Nov 21, 2013
3.8/5 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " While it may not capture the imaginations of those still-uninitiated to the "Hunger Games" phenomenon, "Catching Fire" will at least entertain those looking for an emotional punch with their holiday action experience. " — Schmoes Know
Posted Nov 21, 2013
4/5 60% Ender's Game (2013) " It's an action-packed sci-fi adventure with just the right dash of humor, and maybe this could be a franchise all audiences can celebrate. " — Schmoes Know
Posted Nov 19, 2013
27% Charlie Countryman (2013) " Somewhere along the way, we the audience, lose track of the tremendous acting and directing potential when we start to wonder why we ever cared about these people in the first place?" — Schmoes Know
Posted Nov 15, 2013
2.9/5 68% The Best Man Holiday (2013) " It can make you laugh and welcome the holiday spirit into your soul, unfortunately that's not all the overly-ambitious "The Best Man Holiday" tries to do." — Schmoes Know
Posted Nov 15, 2013
3.9/5 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " The Dark World blends action and humor with a deft touch that gets us all a little more excited about the future of the Marvel universe." — Schmoes Know
Posted Nov 6, 2013
2.25/5 34% The Counselor (2013) " You can have an all-time great director and a cast of award-winners but without an interesting story or something to say, they're just people hanging around the craft services table. " — Schmoes Know
Posted Oct 24, 2013
3.5/5 90% The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013) " Their defeat may be inevitable, but we're all winners for discovering this small film." — Schmoes Know
Posted Oct 10, 2013
2.3/5 29% Machete Kills (2013) " I think that this "Machete" may have killed any desire I had to see yet another B-movie homage." — Schmoes Know
Posted Oct 10, 2013
4.5/5 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " "Captain Phillips" takes a fertile news story and elevates it from just another action movie into an emotional powerhouse of a thriller. " — Schmoes Know
Posted Oct 10, 2013
2.6/5 9% Runner Runner (2013) " Forgettable fun for a Saturday afternoon on cable, but don't bet on this to be a worthwhile experience at the theater." — Schmoes Know
Posted Oct 3, 2013
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