Mark Ellis

Mark Ellis

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Mark Ellis's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Schmoes Know

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4.25/5 88% The Good Lie (2014) "It never shies away from the horrors of war-torn parts of Africa, yet it is also able to deftly change gears to have a sense of humor and keep us engaged throughout this emotional whirlwind. " ‐ Schmoes Know
Posted Oct 3, 2014
4.75/5 94% Whiplash (2014) "A story that rarely breaks tempo, and it's incredible performances will no doubt be marching into award ceremonies in the coming months. " ‐ Schmoes Know
Posted Oct 3, 2014
3.7/5 61% The Equalizer (2014) "Denzel's performance and the film's high-voltage action premise make it one to watch this fall season. " ‐ Schmoes Know
Posted Oct 3, 2014
4.25/5 75% The Boxtrolls (2014) ""The Boxtrolls" took years of blood, sweat and clay to come to life...and I'm happy to report it was all worth it. " ‐ Schmoes Know
Posted Oct 3, 2014
4.1/5 88% Gone Girl (2014) "Perry, Patrick Harris and others all join Affleck and Pike with tremendous performances. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross once again create the perfect score to accompany Fincher's mood. " ‐ Schmoes Know
Posted Oct 3, 2014
3.3/5 63% The Maze Runner (2014) "It's ending may feel underwhelming, but the fun of a maze is never in it's completion, right? " ‐ Schmoes Know
Posted Sep 17, 2014
3.4/5 65% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) "Although the overall tone of "A Walk Among the Tombstones" takes itself too seriously, it's always great to see Liam Neeson threaten a baddie on the phone. Thankfully, the rest of the movie doesn't suck, either. " ‐ Schmoes Know
Posted Sep 17, 2014
4.75/5 91% 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 21% 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 18% 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 36% 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 33% 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 92% 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 98% 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 49% 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% Live Die Repeat: 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 74% 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 73% 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 86% 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 23% 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 91% 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 61% 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 73% 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 85% 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 59% 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 59% 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 78% 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 75% 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 28% 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 49% 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 31% 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 23% 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 3% 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
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