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:
1811
Total QuickRatings:
137

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1811
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 67% 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 89% 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
—— Ethos rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 22, 2013
78% The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 22, 2013
90% Portrait of Wally (2012) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 22, 2013
92% The Cabin in the Woods (2012) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 22, 2013
7/10 88% Django Unchained (2012) " While a little overblown and overly long, a wide range of people will find at least something to like here." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Jan 11, 2013
8/10 83% Uprising (2013) " The story is uplifting but overshadowed by more recent events in Egypt." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2013
10/10 70% Les Misérables (2012) " Spectacular, sweeping, and poignant. It covers nearly the entire emotional spectrum possible." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Dec 26, 2012
9/10 81% The Impossible (2012) " disaster film done as well as one can be done" — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Dec 18, 2012
6/10 65% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) " Visually it is sometimes amazing, but it is a large troll step down from the last trilogy." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Dec 16, 2012
5/10 62% Hitchcock (2012) " Like an episode of Hitchcock's TV show, HITCHCOCK is entertaining but not great art. " — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Dec 10, 2012
5/10 63% Anna Karenina (2012) " Stoppard's touches serve only to pull the viewer away from the story and act as a distraction. " — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Nov 29, 2012
6/10 87% Life of Pi (2012) " a visual feast, well acted and with very fine use of 3D, but the story itself does not reach profundity and instead seems flat and a little pretentious." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Nov 25, 2012
8/10 90% Lincoln (2012) " Spielberg respects his audience's intelligence enough to tell the complex story and maintain a great deal of historical accuracy." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Nov 19, 2012
8/10 92% Skyfall (2012) " This is a strong, fast, and sexy action story that gives us something different from the Bond films we have seen before." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Nov 13, 2012
8/10 96% In the Family (2012) " Will remind viewers of the emotional tugs of a KRAMER VS. KRAMER." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Nov 9, 2012
9/10 96% Argo (2012) " This is a film that runs the gamut from grim to absurd." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Oct 17, 2012
7/10 87% Frankenweenie (2012) " Burton only occasionally improves on what was in the 1984 version." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Oct 15, 2012
7/10 53% Simon and the Oaks (2012) " Though the story does not seem to go into new or even unexpected territory it is engrossing and ultimately affecting." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Oct 8, 2012
9/10 85% The Master (2012) " the film has a lot to say about the nature of religious belief, the personalities of radical followers and generally the functioning of cults" — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Oct 3, 2012
6/10 93% Looper (2012) " Rian Johnson makes a loud, dark, highly stylized film that looks good but whose ideas do not really bear close examination." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Oct 3, 2012
6/10 87% Arbitrage (2012) " You will learn more about arbitrage from this review than you will from ARBITRAGE." — Mark Leeper's Reviews
Posted Sep 30, 2012
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