Mark R. Leeper

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Biography:
In and out of science fiction circles Mark and Evelyn Leeper are one of the best known writing couples on the Internet. Mark became an avid science fiction fan at age six with TV's "Commando Cody." Both went to the University of Massachusetts in 1968. There Mark introduced Evelyn to the Science Fiction Society and fandom. Both were active members and officers of the society. In 1978 they founded the Bell Labs Science Fiction Club and their own weekly fanzine, now called the MT VOID (pronounced "Empty Void"). In the early 1980s their writing found its way to the Internet where Mark is now the longest-running regularly published film reviewer. They are widely traveled. Mark is best known for his film reviews and analysis, his weekly editorials, his travel writing, and for fannish origami.
Favorites:
QUATERMASS AND THE PIT (1968), LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, SCHINDLER'S LIST, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING
Publications:
Dog Pile , Mark Leeper's Reviews , rec.arts.movies.reviews
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
1831
Total QuickRatings:
136

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1831
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
8/10 93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " With McConaughey's role in MUD followed by this role McConaughey clearly transforms himself from heartthrob to serious actor." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Nov 19, 2013
7/10 —— This American Journey (2013) " This is an innocent project: as a rarity among documentaries, it seems to have no axe to grind." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Nov 19, 2013
9/10 93% The Hunt (2013) " This is a serious treatment of what it is to be [accused of a sex crime], and it is much more disturbing than anything in a Hitchcock thriller." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Nov 17, 2013
7/10 79% No Place On Earth (2013) " This is a nearly forgotten chapter of Holocaust history brought back to life by this documentary." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Nov 13, 2013
4/10 58% Kiss Of The Damned (2013) " The screenplay is cliched and simplistic melodrama that drags even if the images and some of the operatic music quotes are lush." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Nov 13, 2013
8/10 95% The Act Of Killing (2013) " the company films [the killers] re-enacting their murders in the style of American gangster films and lavish musicals, claiming to film them for a movie." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Nov 6, 2013
7/10 99% Short Term 12 (2013) " incidents seem more idealized than authentic" — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Nov 6, 2013
8/10 80% Europa Report (2013) " The best science fiction films have no chases, no guns blaring, no zombies, no prosthetic makeup, and no suspension of the laws of science. This is one of the best of recent years." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Oct 20, 2013
6/10 33% The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers (2013) " In what is hardly sufficient time, Avner gives the viewer a feel for the characters and the political policies of Levi Eshkol and Golda Meir." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Oct 15, 2013
4/10 —— The Castle Project (2013) " not much reason to consider this as being any more than a low- budget horror film dressed as a documentary" — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Oct 8, 2013
8/10 97% Gravity (2013) " visually beautiful and the science for the most part seems on the money right down to how the spacesuits move in a weightless environment." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Oct 6, 2013
8/10 —— Red Reign (2013) " This is a powerful film and one of the best documentaries of the year." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Sep 29, 2013
7/10 —— Life Tracker (2013) " What the film lacks in logic and scientific plausibility it makes up for in the philosophical questions it raises." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Sep 29, 2013
7/10 —— Lucky Express (2013) " [Fischer] declares her respect for India in the closing credits, but it seems clear the Indian government should be helping these children more than they are." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Sep 25, 2013
7/10 —— Barbarian Days " BARBARIAN DAYS is a roughly hewn film--Damian Horan's first feature. But the subject sells itself." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Sep 24, 2013
7/10 82% Prisoners (2013) " The plot is like a whirlpool. The more it twists the deeper it goes and the darker it gets until it has the same sense of dread as had ZODIAC and SE7EN." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Sep 23, 2013
7/10 73% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) " This film is a little melodramatic, seemingly contrived and predictable, but nonetheless can deliver a strong emotional impact." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Sep 16, 2013
6/10 68% Elysium (2013) " [Blomkamp] really needs to learn that too much action blunts his more interesting statements." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Sep 13, 2013
4/10 6% Evidence (2013) " may lose [the] viewer before the surprises late in the film " — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Aug 13, 2013
7/10 78% Jug Face (2013) " dark and poetic horror territory" — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Aug 7, 2013
7/10 —— Robert Williams Mr. Bitchin' (2013) " a joyous introduction and a wild ride through the life and art of Robert Williams. " — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Jul 30, 2013
6/10 22% Rushlights (2013) " With more engaging leads this film might be one that people would want to see a second time--just to get straight all that happened." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Jul 26, 2013
8/10 52% When Comedy Went to School (2013) " a delightful entertainment that packs a lot of information in entirely painlessly. This is a fun piece of history and thank goodness it is preserved in this film. " — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Jul 26, 2013
6/10 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " In many ways this is the best giant monster film ever made. And in many ways it should have been better." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Jul 18, 2013
6/10 —— Coin Toss " a few rough edges including some flat performances, but is also has charm and promises more from the new filmmaker" — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Jul 14, 2013
7/10 68% World War Z (2013) " An intelligent Zombie Apocalypse film, starring Brad Pitt no less. Boy, I sure did not see that one coming." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Jul 3, 2013
8/10 84% Carnival of Souls (1962) " What is amazing about the film CARNIVAL OF SOULS is that the cheap budget works so much in its favor. There is little unreal to get between the actors and the viewer. " — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Jun 28, 2013
5/10 73% The Happy Poet (2013) " THE HAPPY POET tells a story that could use a little more meat." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Jun 28, 2013
7/10 62% Nicky's Family (2013) " Not as dismal as other stories from Holocaust documentaries. There are many positive notes." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Jun 18, 2013
5/10 8% The Stroller Strategy (2013) " A script like this has dozens of possibilities, but most have been mined out by other films" — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Jun 12, 2013
8/10 98% Mud (2013) " This is a film with a great naturalistic style and captivating performances and which does just about everything right." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Jun 7, 2013
5/10 93% Frances Ha (2013) " This is very minimalist storytelling much of which feels improvised in front of the camera. The film is more of a character situation than a character story." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Jun 5, 2013
5/10 —— Somewhere Tonight " Because the overwhelming majority of the film is just phone conversation, this material almost could have been better served by being a radio drama." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Jun 4, 2013
7/10 —— Save The Farm (2011) " SAVE THE FARM is the story of an American tragedy. " — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted May 27, 2013
89% Koch (2013) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted May 23, 2013
8/10 87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) " a complex plot that manages to balance character writing with slam-bang action sequences" — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted May 22, 2013
4/10 —— Notre Dame de Paris (2005) " a confusing hodgepodge of anachronism, revision of plot, and frustrating missed opportunities " — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted May 22, 2013
7/10 90% Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (2013) " DECEPTIVE PRACTICE is a fascinating study of one man's mania to attain perfection... Ricky Jay right now has the compulsive desire to be better than his fiercest competitor, Ricky Jay of ten minutes ago." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted May 13, 2013
6/10 54% Oblivion (2013) " OBLIVION is a film with the look being a lot more satisfying than the thought." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Apr 27, 2013
8/10 67% Desperate Acts Of Magic (2013) " What makes this film impressive is an unending parade of magic tricks performed by experts and filmed without editing tricks or special effects." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Apr 26, 2013
7/10 36% Family Weekend (2013) " What Emily wants is basically a return to "Leave it to Beaver" sort of values. That may be a hard sell in the 21st Century. " — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Mar 24, 2013
6/10 —— May I Be Frank (2013) " The film is unpleasant at times and also surprisingly honest where Frank is less than totally successful. But Frank's positive personality shines through." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Mar 13, 2013
7/10 89% Hava Nagila: The Movie (2013) " As one interviewee says the song "is a melody that evokes new life, hope, and joy." The song does that and so does HAVA NAGILA (THE MOVIE)." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Mar 11, 2013
6/10 83% From Up On Poppy Hill (2013) " The film has charm but overall is a little slight. " — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Mar 9, 2013
7/10 79% Quartet (2013) " Dustin Hoffman, directing a film for the first time, gives us a film as comfortable as an old stuffed chair." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Feb 21, 2013
6/10 14% A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) " has charm and promises more from the new filmmaker" — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Feb 21, 2013
6/10 83% Side Effects (2013) " surprisingly complex medical thriller " — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Feb 20, 2013
6/10 92% Silver Linings Playbook (2012) " There is some charm to the story, but the final act is very neat, predictable, contrived, and not up to originality of the first two. " — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Feb 18, 2013
4/10 —— Superpower (2008) " Sometimes the most stringent argument is not the most effective one." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Feb 17, 2013
7/10 —— Dirty Energy (2013) " While missing fair representation of British Petroleum, the unrepaired ravages of the disaster are shocking and underscore the need for effective regulation of the petroleum industry." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Feb 4, 2013
6/10 89% Koch (2013) " While the structure and style of the film are not particularly inventive, the film is a good background on the issues." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Jan 29, 2013
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