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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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2013
3/5 50% Jadoo (2013) [An] enjoyable family feast.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2009
4/5 90% Blow Out (1981) A forgotten gem.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2008
4/5 66% Dumb and Dumber (1994) [Featrues] a plethora of memorable scenes.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2008
2/5 53% Basic Instinct (1992) Truly bonkers, and perhaps something of a guilty pleasure.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2006
4/5 71% The Ring (2002) As a concept, it's flawed. As a remake, it's good. As modern horror, it's a firecracker.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 14, 2004
4/5 88% Near Dark (1987) Kathryn Bigelow took on the big boys and won.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2003
3/5 26% Swordfish (2001) Techno tosh, but fitfully great fun all the same.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2001
37% Beautiful Creatures (2001) Sadly little more than a (very) poor man's Thelma And Louise.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2001
87% Nico and Dani (Kr├ímpack) (2000) Vilches and ... Ramallo, both strong thesps, make a good pair and help keep the story from slipping into sleaziness.‐ Variety
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
3/5 50% Cherry Falls (2000) The disappointment is in an ultimately anaemic feel.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
2/5 53% Scary Movie (2000) Rendering this film fairly pointless.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000