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Alex Markerson

Alex Markerson
Alex Markerson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): E! Online

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
D 10% The Unborn (2009) Writer/director David S. Goyer, whose niche as a screenwriter is in adapting comic-book tales, gets a few frightening images into the frame, but they're all one-off shocks that do nothing to build tension.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2009
C- 62% Valkyrie (2008) The actors don't interact so much as issue pronouncements, and there's not a hint of levity to distract from the gravity of the situation.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2008
C+ 14% The Spirit (2008) It's black-and-white with red all over, but The Spirit is as thin as the newsprint from which it springs.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2008
A- 72% The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) It'll take two and a half hours of your life and still make you feel younger.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2008
B 79% Gran Torino (2009) The supporting performances are a little uneven, but the characters come through in unexpected ways, especially a wet-behind-the-ears priest who's anything but naive.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2008
D 37% Transporter 3 (2008) It's kinda fast, it looks cheap, it's definitely out of control.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2008
B+ 89% Bolt (2008) Charming and frequently exciting.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2008
B- 65% Quantum of Solace (2008) It's like Casino Royale with cheese: Daniel Craig's second outing as 007 has all the action it needs and then some, but lacks the focus of its predecessor.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2008
B- 78% Role Models (2008) It's not often that a film with mortifying first-act problems redeems itself, but somehow Role Models manages to grow in parallel with its characters.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2008
C- 74% Splinter (2008) The ingredients are all there: a small, virtually unknown cast, a remote location, a nasty critter -- but the seasoning is all off.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2008
D- 12% Saw V (2008) The death of nearly every character in the franchise isn't enough to prevent the makers from grinding out another edition of Saw. Could they just finish the job?‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2008
D 16% Max Payne (2008) Painful to watch, but it's nothing an aspirin can't fix. Might as well save yourself the headache, though.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2008
B- 58% Quarantine (2008) Effective scares make up for some dodgy storytelling in this horror vérité about a TV crew trapped in an apartment building teeming with plague victims.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2008
C 59% RocknRolla (2008) [Ritchie's] latest effort has the sprawling cast of characters and all the convolutions you'd expect, but none of the wit or joy necessary to distract from its shallowness.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2008
C+ 77% Appaloosa (2008) Emotionally Appaloosa shoots blanks.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2008
B 43% Blindness (2008) Blindness looks and feels uncomfortably real; what redeems it is its fumbling, groping quest for mercies that may not be coming.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2008
B- 54% Choke (2008) A gleefully profane adaptation of a Chuck Palahniuk novel, Choke suffers from some uneven performances but still might have you doing spit takes in your popcorn.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2008
B+ 78% Burn After Reading (2008) A twisted spy farce populated with characters that might as well be windup toys, Burn After Reading is nevertheless a hoot -- mostly thanks to the all-star cast.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2008
C 9% Bangkok Dangerous (2008) [A] stylish but laborious thriller.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2008
C- 31% The X-Files: I Want to Believe (The X Files 2) (2008) Fans of the late and lamented show may want to believe that this X marks a glorious return, but this plodding supernatural thriller wouldn't even make a top-10-episodes list.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2008
A 94% The Dark Knight (2008) Director Christopher Nolan has crafted a Batman film of such devastating impact, it practically obliterates the memory of its predecessors -- including Nolan's own Batman Begins.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2008
B 85% Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008) If you're deeply into the weird, Hellboy II is just like heaven. Even if you're not, it's not half bad.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2008
B 69% The Wackness (2008) It's an acquired taste, more bitter than sweet, but it lingers -- a lot like smoke.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2008
C 41% Hancock (2008) Hancock can fly; Hancock can punch; Hancock is bulletproof. Regrettably these things don't hold true for Hancock as a film, which starts promisingly enough, but ultimately gets knocked off course by a reveal of dubious dramatic value.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2008
B- 72% Wanted (2008) An unapologetically brutish action-thriller that moves just fast enough to outrun its gaping flaws.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2008
C- 18% The Happening (2008) Shyamalan's still trying to take the story seriously-this is, horror of horrors, a message film-but his atypically unmeasured direction is all shock and no awe.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2008
D 38% You Don't Mess With the Zohan (2008) You Don't Mess With the Zohan is like a hellacious bad-hair day -- unkempt, unsightly and mildly embarrassing at best.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2008
C+ 87% Kung Fu Panda (2008) Replace the cute 'widdle' animals with people and you'd have a generic undiscovered-hero story with a dull script. (Also, it would have to be called Kung Fu Fat Kid, which probably wouldn't test very well.)‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2008
C+ 54% The Foot Fist Way (2006) This discomfiting low-budget comedy vérité can be painfully funny, but the emphasis is on the painful. This goes Way below the belt a little too long and too often.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted May 29, 2008
C 30% War, Inc. (2008) This dog doesn't do enough wagging.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted May 23, 2008
B+ 94% Iron Man (2008) This is a film about a guy with a superpowered suit, and in this case both the suit and the guy are golden.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted May 1, 2008
D- 3% Deal (2008) You've got to know when to walk away from a movie like this: right away, and that's only if you can't run.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2008
C 14% Deception (2008) Judged entirely below the belt it's almost worth watching, but from the heart on up it's just not a good enough lie to be entertaining.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2008
F 8% Prom Night (2008) This may not be one of the worst films of all time -- that's a pretty tough list to crack. But it is definitely one of the stupidest.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2008
B 48% The Ruins (2008) The Ruins has a quality common enough to vacations but a rarity in horror films: When it's over, you can look back and realize you've been pleasantly surprised.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2008
C- 36% 21 (2008) As an adaptation, it's a disappointment. As Hollywood fare, it's a bust.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2008
C- 7% Shutter (2008) Running a slim 85 minutes, Shutter could easily lose two reels and still make sense.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2008
B- 50% Doomsday (2008) Attention, apocalypse-hungry filmgoers: Doomsday may be the blue-light special you're looking for.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2008
C- 79% The Bank Job (2008) There's no style, flash or flow to these proceedings -- the story proceeds as if by rote, a recital of events that's always a few paces behind any able-minded viewer.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2008
F 8% 10,000 B.C. (2008) Almost worth sitting through the first half for the revelatory moment when you're forced to ask yourself: Is nearly the entire cast suddenly being attacked by what look like cracked-out ostriches? Why, yes, yes they are.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2008
C- 16% Jumper (2008) Since there's nothing popping on the screen apart from the effects, Jumper is a one-trick pony. Yes, it's a neat trick, but it's still 90 minutes of pony.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2008
D 22% The Eye (2008) Therapy for this fright-free, superdull remake of a stylish Hong Kong horror flick is probably not covered by your HMO.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2008
D 4% In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2006) Boll clearly still has no idea how to direct or edit a movie, but there is evidence to suggest he has at least learned how to shoot one.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2008
D 0% One Missed Call (2008) Supernatural horror doesn't have to make sense, but when it tries it shouldn't fail -- as it does in One Missed Call, spectacularly and in thuddingly dull fashion.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2008
D+ 12% Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (AVP 2) (2007) The result is a complete hash.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2007
B 37% Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007) As gentle and sweet as it may be, this movie's a treat, but not a treasure.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2007
D 36% Southland Tales (2007) The plot revolves around a film-within-a-film gimmick that, like the rest of the film, comes off only half-baked.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2007
C+ 51% Bee Movie (2007) Everybody's least favorite hive workers get an anthropomorphic makeover, courtesy of Jerry Seinfeld, in this animated flick that's got some stinging wit but a story that's strictly for the birds.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2007
C+ 17% Saw IV (2007) The series has essentially become a shell game, entertaining for a while if you can stomach the gore, and then the credits roll and you're pretty sure you've been cheated somehow.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2007
C- 51% 30 Days of Night (2007) Eventually, the film just runs out of fresh bodies -- sadly, about 29 days after it's run out of fresh ideas.‐ E! Online
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2007