Mark Ellis

Mark Ellis

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Publications:
Schmoes Know
Total Reviews:
211

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4.75/5 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " Bravo James Gunn; he took a lesser-known comic book and spun it into the most entertaining ride I've had all year." — Schmoes Know
Posted Aug 18, 2014
3.25/5 20% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " The film isn't without it's flaws, but the gamble to use CGI/performance capture to bring the turtle boys to life pays off, and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" is a solid opening to what hopefully becomes another series of fun summer films." — Schmoes Know
Posted Aug 18, 2014
2.3/5 21% Into The Storm (2014) " There's a some silly fun to be had with the sheer scope of the weather involved...but "Into the Storm" just can't muster enough force to be fresh." — Schmoes Know
Posted Aug 18, 2014
3.75/5 21% Let's Be Cops (2014) " "Let's Be Cops" should be the last time anyone thinks of impersonating a police officer...hopefully it's first of many big-screen team-ups between it's stars." — Schmoes Know
Posted Aug 18, 2014
3.25/5 32% The Giver (2014) " Even though "The Giver" doesn't feel as original as it's source material deserves, it's still a credible film that should rise above most of it's competition." — Schmoes Know
Posted Aug 18, 2014
2.5/5 34% The Expendables 3 (2014) " I'll still be the first in line for another installment, but I'm hoping that "The Expendables 3" can be like that weaker episode of "The A-Team"...fun but let's get it right next time." — Schmoes Know
Posted Aug 18, 2014
4/5 91% Frank (2014) " The film slowly gets away from quirky and gets darker and darker, but never loses it's comic sensibilities. " — Schmoes Know
Posted Aug 18, 2014
5/5 99% Boyhood (2014) " It's an acheivement unlike anything I've seen before, so I gotta go big: 5/5 Schmoes for "Boyhood". To paraphrase another Linklater film...your first priority of the summer should be to see this movie. (Then lay back and crank some Foghat.)" — Schmoes Know
Posted Jul 10, 2014
5/5 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " A masterpiece of the highest order! Get to a theater near you to witness it first hand. If no one will drive you, I'm sure there's an ape on a horse nearby." — Schmoes Know
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3.6/5 66% The Rover (2014) " This role proves Pattinson has serious acting chops. He's mesmerizing, as is Guy Pearce: always a versatile actor who nails every look, glance, and eye twitch." — Schmoes Know
Posted Jun 16, 2014
4.25/5 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " Yes you might cry, but you'll also find a lot to be happy about and thankful for with "The Fault in Our Stars"." — Schmoes Know
Posted Jun 5, 2014
2.9/5 48% Maleficent (2014) " Like most evil villains in movies, "Maleficent" had all the tools to be very good...and it instead went down the wrong path." — Schmoes Know
Posted May 30, 2014
4.25/5 90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " A fresh premise, engaging chemistry and incredible sci-fi action make it the surprise movie of the summer. " — Schmoes Know
Posted May 28, 2014
4.5/5 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " "X-Men: Days of Future Past" uses fantastic storytelling and mesmerizing action to become the greatest film any mutants - teenage or otherwise - have ever been a part of. " — Schmoes Know
Posted May 23, 2014
4.5/5 73% Godzilla (2014) " I'm happy to report that scenes like Jaws emerging from the ocean and John McClane leaping off of Nakatomi plaza may now welcome a new VIP into their club: Godzilla, party of one. " — Schmoes Know
Posted May 12, 2014
3.6/5 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " The climax and resolution gave me hope for the future of this franchise, but as for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" it might have to settle for being just another good blockbuster this summer." — Schmoes Know
Posted May 8, 2014
3.3/5 72% Palo Alto (2014) " This film is an accurate, if not wholly engaging, depiction of young life at a cross-roads. Whether anyone made it across is not the point...it's that there was an effort made to at all." — Schmoes Know
Posted May 8, 2014
4/5 88% Chef (2014) " The perfect summer movie to spell you in between blockbusters...it's not a "popcorn movie", but make sure you have something to eat during this one." — Schmoes Know
Posted May 8, 2014
4/5 73% Neighbors (2014) " It may not be on the same street as frat comedies like "Animal House" or "Old School", but it's in the neighborhood." — Schmoes Know
Posted May 8, 2014
1.8/5 24% The Other Woman (2014) " I didn't hate "The Other Woman", and that's about as nice as I can be discussing this flick. Put that on the poster. " — Schmoes Know
Posted Apr 25, 2014
4.5/5 89% Locke (2014) " Every look, facial twitch and sentence Hardy delivers is note-perfect and is the acting display to beat early in 2014. " — Schmoes Know
Posted Apr 25, 2014
2.1/5 26% Brick Mansions (2014) " Even though most of the fight scenes were thoroughly enjoyable, the overall result of "Brick Mansions" is a stupid action movie that keeps upping the ante without bothering to check if any of the audience is still on board. We're not." — Schmoes Know
Posted Apr 25, 2014
3.5/5 86% 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 62% 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 74% 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 48% 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 86% 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 60% 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 58% 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 75% 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 74% 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 79% 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 29% 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 32% 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 22% 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 10% 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 55% 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 50% 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
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