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Mark Dinning

Mark Dinning
Mark Dinning's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine, Variety

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 92% Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1999) This imaginative and intriguing Anime deserves all the plaudits heaped upon it. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 27, 2013
3/5 48% Carrie (2013) A remake that doesn't see the legacy of Carrie White burn in hell. But not one that adds much to it either. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 25, 2013
3/5 35% The Counselor (2013) Ridley Scott finally gets to put Cormac McCarthy on the screen. It's no No Country, but despite its less successful elements is shocking, powerful and - this just in - more gorgeously written than any movie you'll see this year. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 11, 2013
3/5 50% Jadoo (2013) [An] enjoyable family feast. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 2, 2013
4/5 69% About Time (2013) Smart and sweet, funny and genuinely moving. Should probably come with a 'there's something in my eye' warning. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 2, 2013
3/5 49% Pain & Gain (2013) Michael Bay goes back to a Bad Boys budget and a big boys' rating, for a true-life crime story that's inconsistent and frenetic, but also funny and wilfully outrageous. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 25, 2013
4/5 89% The World's End (2013) Bravely refusing to rigidly adhere to a formula that has been so successful, Wright, Pegg and Frost's Cornetto Trilogy closer has tonal shifts you won't expect, but the same beating heart you've been craving. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 15, 2013
3/5 81% ...And Justice for All (1979) If an uneasy mix of humour and sadness never quite gels, its message is clear and its cast uniformly strong. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 24, 2013
4/5 62% Jack Reacher (2012) Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise deliver on their promise, with a witty, violent take on Reacher that makes up for its lack of height with an abundance of smarts and thrills. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 24, 2012
3/5 51% Trouble with the Curve (2012) You'll know exactly where it's going, but it still has Clint doing full-on-cranky and is a fun finger-up at corporate suits the world over. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 25, 2012
5/5 94% Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) If Lucas is Raiders' guts and Kasdan its head, then Spielberg is its beating heart. Little wonder Part IV is still on the cards. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2012
3/5 82% Fast Girls (2012) Despite the whiff of soap, this should get you in the mood for the Olympic summer. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 10, 2012
4/5 85% Chronicle (2012) A stunning superhero/sci-fi that has appeared out of nowhere to demand your immediate attention. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 30, 2012
4/5 96% Restrepo (2010) Powerful, terrifying and soulful, this real-life Hurt Locker is an intimate, often brilliant insight into combat and comradeship. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 6, 2010
4/5 53% Green Zone (2010) A wham-bam actioner, but its pointed political subtext ensures Damon and Greengrass deliver their most provocative mission yet. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 9, 2010
4/5 45% The Box (2009) Movie Marmite. Many will be perplexed. Donnie Darko fans should lap it up. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 4, 2009
4/5 64% Harry Brown (2010) Caine's mesmerising, tough-as-old-boots performance makes Harry Brown, if no Get Carter 2, somewhere not a million miles removed. Get some. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 13, 2009
3/5 90% Big River Man (2009) Entertaining more as a portrait of a slightly unhinged sportsman than the biography of stunt. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 4, 2009
4/5 68% Funny People (2009) An absolute treat. In spite of its disappointing climax, this is Apatow's smartest, rudest and - yes - funniest film yet. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 29, 2009
4/5 90% Blow Out (1981) A forgotten gem. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 27, 2009
2/5 39% Zombie Strippers (2008) A brilliantly high-concept title and some decent gore aside, you're better off watching the version in your head. It will be infinitely more fun and have markedly improved production values. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 19, 2008
5/5 94% The Dark Knight (2008) Nolan cements his position as Hollywood's premier purveyor of blockbuster smarts. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 15, 2008
4/5 66% Dumb and Dumber (1994) [Featrues] a plethora of memorable scenes. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 28, 2008
4/5 84% Out of the Blue (Aramoana) (2007) A haunting, uplifting and never-exploitative portrayal of a terrifying real-life tragedy. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 14, 2008
2/5 54% Basic Instinct (1992) Truly bonkers, and perhaps something of a guilty pleasure. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 8, 2008
2/5 21% The Hitcher (2007) A depressingly formulaic reworking of a unique cult favourite that should have been left well alone. Stick with Rutger. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2007
4/5 94% Re-Animator (1985) The plot... took a genre obsessed with masked killers, monsters et al, completely by storm. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 18, 2007
2/5 7% Boat Trip (2003) It also has one of the most lame plots in the history of lame plots. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 30, 2006
4/5 57% Blade II (2002) Popcorn nonsense for sure, but shot with a wit, skill and understanding of its audience all too rarely seen in the genre. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 30, 2006
4/5 72% The Ring (2002) As a concept, it's flawed. As a remake, it's good. As modern horror, it's a firecracker. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 30, 2006
4/5 74% Fah talai jone (Tears of the Black Tiger) (2007) Wonderfully shot in an oh-so-bright colour scheme and laced with a delightful sense of humour, the tale of gunslinger Dum and his childhood sweetheart Rumpoey is a joy. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 30, 2006
3/5 76% Black Hawk Down (2001) Ambitious, sumptuously-framed and frenetic, Black Hawk Down occasionally errs on the confused, but is nonetheless a rare find of a war movie which dares to turn genre convention on its head. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 30, 2006
1/5 2% The In Crowd (2000) Stone the crows! Or is that flog the dead horse? Either way, this is cobblers. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 30, 2006
1/5 4% Godsend (2003) It's mangled into an Omen-lite disaster area, thanks to a script torn between making a moral point about cloning and cheap shocks. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 3, 2004
3/5 84% Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004) Go see it, laugh and flinch in all the right places, have a ball, but don't expect to remember this for years to come. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 14, 2004
4/5 88% Near Dark (1987) Kathryn Bigelow took on the big boys and won. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 1, 2003
4/5 96% Catch Me If You Can (2002) A fitting dessert to Spielberg's preceeding entree and main course of A.I. and Minority Report, and one hell of a ride. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 2, 2003
3/5 26% Swordfish (2001) Techno tosh, but fitfully great fun all the same. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 27, 2001
3/5 31% Along Came a Spider (2001) In terms of plotting, it's hardly breaking new ground, but spare a thought nonetheless for Morgan Freeman. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 7, 2001
5/5 98% Mean Streets (1973) A true rough diamond, Scorsese's breakthrough may be uneven, but at its heart lies fledgling genius. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 3, 2001
100% The Terminator (1984) A tense, slickly executed thriller, which sent a relatively unknown Austrian bodybuilder screaming into the world's spotlight. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 22, 2001
37% Beautiful Creatures (2001) Sadly little more than a (very) poor man's Thelma And Louise. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 23, 2001
87% Nico and Dani (Krámpack) (2000) Vilches and ... Ramallo, both strong thesps, make a good pair and help keep the story from slipping into sleaziness. ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 7, 2001
69% Jacob's Ladder (1990) Admittedly it is sporadic and at times even rambling, but when it succeeds ... the results are positively haunting. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 1, 2000
4/5 96% Bullets Over Broadway (1994) As one-liningly sharp and self-deprecating as you'd expect. If not more so. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 1, 2000
3/5 50% Cherry Falls (2000) The disappointment is in an ultimately anaemic feel. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 1, 2000
1/5 11% Chill Factor (1999) The makers were certainly never aiming for the cerebral, but nonetheless seem happy from the outset to simply cobble together a couple of action staples and hope it'll all work out. Strangely enough, it doesn't. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 1, 2000
4/5 69% Cliffhanger (1993) Action filmmaking at its best -- a career high for director Harlin and arguably Stallone as well. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 1, 2000
2/5 53% Scary Movie (2000) Rendering this film fairly pointless. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 1, 2000
4/5 55% Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) A great work from a greater director, and a blockbuster of quite the most swashbuckling kind. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 1, 2000