Mark Leeper's Reviews

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 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."

Posted Oct 15, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

2 ——

The Castle Project (2013)

"not much reason to consider this as being any more than a low- budget horror film dressed as a documentary"

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

3 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."

Posted Oct 6, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

4 ——

Red Reign (2013)

"This is a powerful film and one of the best documentaries of the year."

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

5 ——

Life Tracker (2013)

"What the film lacks in logic and scientific plausibility it makes up for in the philosophical questions it raises."

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

6 ——

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."

Posted Sep 25, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

7 ——

Barbarian Days ()

"BARBARIAN DAYS is a roughly hewn film--Damian Horan's first feature. But the subject sells itself."

Posted Sep 24, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

8 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."

Posted Sep 23, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

9 73%

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)

"This film is a little melodramatic, seemingly contrived and predictable, but nonetheless can deliver a strong emotional impact."

Posted Sep 16, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

10 68%

Elysium (2013)

"[Blomkamp] really needs to learn that too much action blunts his more interesting statements."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

11 6%

Evidence (2013)

"may lose [the] viewer before the surprises late in the film "

Posted Aug 13, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

12 82%

Jug Face (2013)

" dark and poetic horror territory"

Posted Aug 7, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

13 ——

Robert Williams Mr. Bitchin' (2013)

"a joyous introduction and a wild ride through the life and art of Robert Williams. "

Posted Jul 30, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

14 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."

Posted Jul 26, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

15 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. "

Posted Jul 26, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

16 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."

Posted Jul 18, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

17 ——

Coin Toss ()

"a few rough edges including some flat performances, but is also has charm and promises more from the new filmmaker"

Posted Jul 14, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

18 67%

World War Z (2013)

"An intelligent Zombie Apocalypse film, starring Brad Pitt no less. Boy, I sure did not see that one coming."

Posted Jul 3, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

19 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. "

Posted Jun 28, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

20 73%

The Happy Poet (2013)

"THE HAPPY POET tells a story that could use a little more meat."

Posted Jun 28, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

21 62%

Nicky's Family (2013)

"Not as dismal as other stories from Holocaust documentaries. There are many positive notes."

Posted Jun 18, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

22 8%

The Stroller Strategy (2013)

"A script like this has dozens of possibilities, but most have been mined out by other films"

Posted Jun 12, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

23 98%

Mud (2013)

"This is a film with a great naturalistic style and captivating performances and which does just about everything right."

Posted Jun 7, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

24 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."

Posted Jun 5, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

25 ——

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."

Posted Jun 4, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

26 ——

Save The Farm (2011)

"SAVE THE FARM is the story of an American tragedy. "

Posted May 27, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

27 87%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"a complex plot that manages to balance character writing with slam-bang action sequences"

Posted May 22, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

28 ——

Notre Dame de Paris (2005)

"a confusing hodgepodge of anachronism, revision of plot, and frustrating missed opportunities "

Posted May 22, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

29 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."

Posted May 13, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

30 54%

Oblivion (2013)

"OBLIVION is a film with the look being a lot more satisfying than the thought."

Posted Apr 27, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

31 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."

Posted Apr 26, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

32 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. "

Posted Mar 24, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

33 ——

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."

Posted Mar 13, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

34 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)."

Posted Mar 11, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

35 83%

From Up On Poppy Hill (2013)

"The film has charm but overall is a little slight. "

Posted Mar 9, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

36 79%

Quartet (2013)

"Dustin Hoffman, directing a film for the first time, gives us a film as comfortable as an old stuffed chair."

Posted Feb 21, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

37 14%

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

"has charm and promises more from the new filmmaker"

Posted Feb 21, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

38 83%

Side Effects (2013)

"surprisingly complex medical thriller "

Posted Feb 20, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

39 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. "

Posted Feb 18, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

40 ——

Superpower (2008)

"Sometimes the most stringent argument is not the most effective one."

Posted Feb 17, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

41 ——

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."

Posted Feb 4, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

42 89%

Koch (2013)

"While the structure and style of the film are not particularly inventive, the film is a good background on the issues."

Posted Jan 29, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

43 88%

Django Unchained (2012)

"While a little overblown and overly long, a wide range of people will find at least something to like here."

Posted Jan 11, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

44 83%

Uprising (2013)

"The story is uplifting but overshadowed by more recent events in Egypt."

Posted Jan 1, 2013

Mark R. Leeper

45 70%

Les MisÚrables (2012)

"Spectacular, sweeping, and poignant. It covers nearly the entire emotional spectrum possible."

Posted Dec 26, 2012

Mark R. Leeper

46 81%

The Impossible (2012)

"disaster film done as well as one can be done"

Posted Dec 18, 2012

Mark R. Leeper

47 64%

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

"Visually it is sometimes amazing, but it is a large troll step down from the last trilogy."

Posted Dec 16, 2012

Mark R. Leeper

48 62%

Hitchcock (2012)

"Like an episode of Hitchcock's TV show, HITCHCOCK is entertaining but not great art. "

Posted Dec 10, 2012

Mark R. Leeper

49 63%

Anna Karenina (2012)

"Stoppard's touches serve only to pull the viewer away from the story and act as a distraction. "

Posted Nov 29, 2012

Mark R. Leeper

50 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."

Posted Nov 25, 2012

Mark R. Leeper

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