Mark Keizer

Mark Keizer

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
Alt Film Guide , Boxoffice Magazine , Los Angeles CityBeat
Critics' Group:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
296

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3.5/5 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " The movie's feel for urban warfare takes its cue, though not its severe, disturbing edge, from street-level spectacles like Heat and Ronin. " — Alt Film Guide
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3.5/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " Wes Anderson's overly considered cinematic world has never felt so expansive, enveloping, and infectiously fun." — Alt Film Guide
Posted Mar 7, 2014
3/5 48% RoboCop (2014) " To grieve for what director José Padilha failed to port over from Verhoeven's version is unfair to the remake, which has a right, if not a responsibility, to be different than the original. " — Alt Film Guide
Posted Feb 14, 2014
56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " This iteration of Jack Ryan may be new, but the whole idea of Jack Ryan has never felt so old." — Alt Film Guide
Posted Jan 18, 2014
4/5 95% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " A minor key ode to a talented singer whose flaws forever keep him one step behind musical and personal success." — Alt Film Guide
Posted Dec 5, 2013
2.5/5 60% Ender's Game (2013) " About as good a film as you can squeeze out of a morally complex source work given today's studio environment. " — Alt Film Guide
Posted Nov 2, 2013
2.5/5 37% The Fifth Estate (2013) " The only true take-away from the frantic, two-dimensional The Fifth Estate is that Julian Assange isn't championing moral justice as much as brand building and the inconvenience of accountability in the internet age." — Alt Film Guide
Posted Oct 4, 2013
3/5 81% Una noche (One Night) (2013) " (Mulloy shows) a genuine sense of empathy for her yearning, troubled characters and an artist's eye for the beauty of decay." — Alt Film Guide
Posted Sep 5, 2013
3/5 68% Elysium (2013) " Elysium is more ideologically aware than it is ideologically astute, yet Neill Blomkamp is still being much more politically daring here than in District 9." — Alt Film Guide
Posted Aug 7, 2013
3/5 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " So audaciously, shamelessly, and hypnotically cacophonous that you have no choice but to give yourself over to it. " — Alt Film Guide
Posted Jul 12, 2013
2/5 30% The Lone Ranger (2013) " Disney spent over $200 million to prove The Lone Ranger is too old-fashioned for such a newfangled, smart-aleck world." — Alt Film Guide
Posted Jul 12, 2013
2.5/5 67% World War Z (2013) " One senses a disconnect between the more serious-minded disaster epic Brad Pitt and Marc Forster wanted to make and the movie they actually wound up with." — Alt Film Guide
Posted Jun 21, 2013
2.5/5 56% Man of Steel (2013) " Man of Steel (has) a cold heart that no amount of spectacle can compensate for." — Alt Film Guide
Posted Jun 14, 2013
3.5/5 98% Call Me Kuchu (2013) " It does the one thing that bigots and homophobes can't stand: it puts a human face on the targets of their unfounded, irrational hatred." — Alt Film Guide
Posted Jun 2, 2013
2/5 19% The Hangover Part III (2013) " What once felt like total anarchy now feels mechanical and tired." — Alt Film Guide
Posted May 24, 2013
2.5/5 49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " The best version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic 1925 novel ever committed to the screen. But don't get too excited. The bar is very low." — Alt Film Guide
Posted May 11, 2013
3.5/5 78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " Yet another state-of-the-art Marvel creation that strikes an entertaining balance between heart, swagger, and volume." — Alt Film Guide
Posted May 3, 2013
3/5 65% Antiviral (2013) " A gutsy, notable debut for a young filmmaker who needs to find a unique voice to match his unique ideas." — Alt Film Guide
Posted Apr 25, 2013
3/5 81% The Impossible (2012) " The key selling point is Bayona's ten-minute reenactment of the tidal wave and its carnage, which is brutal, visceral and without peer. " — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Dec 13, 2012
3.5/5 70% Les Misérables (2012) " For fans, this is exactly how the story of Jean Valjean's transformation from thief to saint should be delivered: smothered in bombast" — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Dec 6, 2012
2.5/5 92% Silver Linings Playbook (2012) " Most of the way, the film's deficiencies are survivable if only for Jennifer Lawrence and some fleeting moments of emotional clarity and bracing conflict." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Nov 14, 2012
3.5/5 75% Killing Them Softly (2012) " A compellingly languorous genre picture that doesn't indict the American system so much as call it out for what it is" — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 23, 2012
3/5 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) " Rapturously grand in scope and ambition, if not emotional effect." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 15, 2012
3.5/5 84% Smashed (2012) " Winstead makes choices that are unglamorous and subtle. She never asks for our sympathy, so we give it to her willfully." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 1, 2012
3/5 95% The Imposter (2012) " The dense storytelling, heavy thematic burdens and endlessly conflicting perspectives could have spun The Imposter right off the rails had Layton's hold not been so assured." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 16, 2012
3/5 88% Neil Young Journeys (2012) " Fans of the 66-year-old guitar god (which is to say the only people who'll see this homespun gem) will revel in Young's winsome cruise down Memory Lane." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 22, 2012
4/5 96% Undefeated (2012) " Awards recognition should only boost the coffers of a doc that features echoes of the popular, based-on-a-true-story gridiron movies The Blind Side and Friday Night Lights." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 7, 2012
3/5 86% Chico & Rita (2012) " Its failings aside, Chico & Rita is a work of warmth and affection, a colorful evocation of a time and a musical environment redolent of artistic sophistication and the prospects of post-war recovery." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jan 31, 2012
3/5 93% Coriolanus (2011) " Fiennes and Logan have created a smart, timely adaptation that is far easier to admire than it is to embrace, a study of an anti-hero without redemption, a man who ultimately dies more for the sake of fighting than for any specific cause." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jan 27, 2012
4/5 88% In Darkness (2012) " Whereas too many Holocaust dramas rely on built-in sympathies and long-settled historical assumptions...Holland is not afraid to trade a barely-earned tear for a surprising tweak of our expectations." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jan 22, 2012
1.5/5 25% Autoerotic (2011) " If only (Swanberg) explored his characters as much as his characters explore themselves." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 25, 2011
1/5 0% The Undefeated (2011) " The Undefeated says less about Sarah Palin than about the political and cultural environment that made her big screen beatification possible." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 18, 2011
3.5/5 80% Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (2011) " Conan O'Brien is one of the funniest men to ever host a television program. It was his downfall." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 18, 2011
2.5/5 44% The Perfect Host (2011) " As it unfolds, one dreams of Sidney Lumet's Deathtrap and wonders how David Mamet would have handled these two A-types as they jockey for supremacy in a closed environment." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2011
3/5 85% Make Believe (2011) " Watching even the most tossed-off gag is worth whatever shortcomings Make Believe has." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 17, 2011
3/5 71% The People vs. George Lucas (2011) " It catalogues and recalls events so vividly that it will become a communal experience for those with conflicted feelings about Luke, Han and those stupid, furry things from Episode VI." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 7, 2011
3/5 71% Dumbstruck (2011) " Instead of shooting for real insight, the smoothly-edited doc maintains a pleasant course, as troubled artists continually navigate between compromise and concession. " — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 25, 2011
1/5 14% Cat Run (2011) " A loud, ugly and terrible movie that doesn't skillfully juggle its various elements; it throws them violently at your face and calls it edge." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 4, 2011
3.5/5 88% Honey (2011) " A gorgeously shot, deeply interior portrait of the artist as a young introvert." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Mar 29, 2011
3/5 68% Rubber (2011) " Pleasure is derived strictly from bearing witness to such devilish and well-executed nonsense." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Mar 29, 2011
2/5 28% Elektra Luxx (2011) " Gugino and the rest of the mostly female cast clearly savor the chance to strip and swear in a free-play environment, which is a nice way of saying the film is hopelessly flabby and lacks coherence." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Mar 11, 2011
2/5 28% Take Me Home Tonight (2011) " It's only sporadically amusing and it's certainly not original, unless the definition of original has been broadened to include copies of things that were original twenty-five years ago." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Mar 3, 2011
2.5/5 49% Super (2011) " Super is not wanting for good ideas; it's wanting for direction." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 23, 2011
2/5 54% Brotherhood (2011) " Brotherhood moves fast, but it can't outrun its superficiality." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 20, 2011
3/5 83% Zero Bridge (2011) " A winning example of modesty in front of the camera and intelligence behind it." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 18, 2011
2.5/5 43% Cracks (2011) " Scott excels in maintaining a low, persistent hum of eroticism whose purpose is not titillation or camp." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 12, 2011
2/5 39% The Other Woman (2011) " What happens when a film director falls for a novel crammed with Incredible Moments of Heartbreaking Emotion and turns it into a movie crammed with Incredible Moments of Heartbreaking Emotion" — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 3, 2011
3/5 87% Lemmy (2011) " For the most part, Olliver and Orshoski are smart enough to allow Lemmy's unique personality to come to them, as opposed to pushing a case for it." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jan 28, 2011
2/5 53% The Mechanic (2011) " A mechanic seems like a thinking man's occupation. The Mechanic, though, barely has a thought in its head." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jan 26, 2011
2.5/5 24% The Dilemma (2011) " Even though The Dilemma fails as a whole, there's enough ethical brain teasing and character-based conflict to warrant an unenthusiastic recommendation." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jan 12, 2011
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