Mark Ellis

Mark Ellis
Mark Ellis's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Schmoes Know

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
67/100 64%

Storks (2016)

"It's nice to see an original spin on a classic yarn that does exactly what you want it to do: "Storks" never needed to be great, it just had to be a satisfying trip." ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Sep 23, 2016
79/100 63%

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

"Holds up as an action-packed western thrill ride that serves up a phenomenal climactic showdown." ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Sep 23, 2016
72 59%

The Light Between Oceans (2016)

"The performances and luscious cinematography are highlights of "The Light Between Oceans"; it didn't overwhelm me with feels but certainly is a worthy entrance into what is hopefully a satisfying award season." ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Sep 3, 2016
5/5 51%

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016)

"I loved this movie not just as a American or as a military brat; it's a stunningly well-made portrayal of the horrors of war and a study of the bravery it takes to finish the job. I bet Transformers 5 still is atrocious." ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Jan 19, 2016
4.75/5 98%

Inside Out (2015)

"It's one of the most daunting and original ideas that Pixar has ever tackled, and they simply crushed it. Nothing but joy for "Inside Out". " ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Dec 11, 2015
4.3/5 86%

Steve Jobs (2015)

"It's not a conventional film and is anything but a biopic...but once you buckle in for this ride, it will be one you won't forget anytime soon." ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Oct 9, 2015
4.5 92%

The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? (2015)

"Insightful, funny and powerful...and the actual test-footage featuring Cage as the man of steel is remarkable" ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Sep 27, 2015
3.1/5 92%

99 Homes (2015)

"The film itself ends up feeling more like a soap opera than anything else, but that shouldn't take away from the performances. " ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Sep 27, 2015
3.25/5 54%

Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)

""Hotel Transylvania 2" isn't anything particularly new or ground-breaking...but it certainly can be a fun family experience during Halloween. Just remember to show the kids "Young Frankenstein" immediately after." ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Sep 27, 2015
4.1/5 64%

The Visit (2015)

"He might have a long way to go to win back the throngs of supporters that once lined his gallery but with "The Visit", he's at least back to showing us why we rooted for him in the first place. Nice birdie, M!" ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Sep 11, 2015
2.5/5 26%

Vacation (2015)

"Too often this version feels like a bunch of sketches cobbled together and united by their love of dirty punchlines." ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Jul 29, 2015
4.4/5 93%

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015)

"Once again, Cruise accepts this mission with open arms and audiences everywhere should follow suit." ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Jul 29, 2015
3.9/5 61%

Southpaw (2015)

"Director Antoine Fuqua throws every boxing/sports film trope he has at us, and after a while it does feel used...but the emotion is thick enough and the boxing scenes so well executed that much of the story's ease can be forgiven. " ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Jul 27, 2015
3.8/5 85%

Trainwreck (2015)

"The film gets long in the tooth and it's ambition to be both dirty and touching spreads a solid story a little thin...but "Trainwreck" has so much in it to like, not the least of which is the future potential of more Amy Schumer/Judd Apatow collaborations." ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Jul 17, 2015
3/5 44%

Irrational Man (2015)

" Not for everyone, but "Irrational Man" might just surprise viewers not expecting to care." ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Jul 17, 2015
4.5/5 81%

Ant-Man (2015)

"The tie-ins with the MCU are abundant but we never feel like "Ant-Man" is leaning on it's big brothers too much; as a stand-alone movie this is the very reason I go to the theater at all: great action, big laughs and entertaining as hell." ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Jul 15, 2015
3.7/5 46%

Ted 2 (2015)

"This movie is ridiculous to begin with; the laughs hit you hard and often with lines that will offend andyone and everyone. It's last quarter slows it down for sure, but "Ted 2" is still one of the comedy highlights of the year." ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Jun 29, 2015
4/5 90%

Winning: The Racing Life Of Paul Newman (2015)

"A great surprise and a documentary that should get consideration from movie fans and racinf enthusiasts alike...after all, this film proves that those sects aren't all that different." ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Jun 19, 2015
4.5/5 82%

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

"Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon has crafted a masterful film out of Jesse Andrews' novel/screenplay" ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3/5 58%

Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)

"It won't convert any scary movie detractors, but should serve up enough creeps to satisfy it's fanbase." ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3.5/5 94%

Spy (2015)

"Much like Edgar Wright's recent flicks, we get to see both comedy and action in equal proves the worth of it's stars, and showcases a bright future for director Feig." ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3.5/5 33%

Entourage (2015)

"It's a fun ride and fans of the show will want to keep coming back for more." ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Jun 12, 2015
4/5 71%

Jurassic World (2015)

"The Avengers, Mad Max and Tom Cruise suddenly have some jurassic-sized competition for the most fun ride at the movies this summer...thanks Dr. Hammond!" ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Jun 12, 2015
4.7/5 97%

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

"Holy crap "Mad Max: Fury Road" rocks! Oh what a lovely day indeed!" ‐Schmoes Know
Posted May 15, 2015
2.8/5 66%

Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)

""Pitch Perfect 2" is entertaining for sure, it's just not as good as it's freshman year." ‐Schmoes Know
Posted May 15, 2015
4/5 58%

Maggie (2015)

"First-time director Henry Hobson crafts a small film with a slow but sure pace that managaes to surprise and satisfy at the same time. " ‐Schmoes Know
Posted May 8, 2015
0/5 7%

Hot Pursuit (2015)

" Even as a heterosexual man, I couldn't stand watching these two for much more than an hour: I excused myself to the bathroom and never looked back. In the immortal words of Dean Wormer, "Mr."." ‐Schmoes Know
Posted May 8, 2015
3.2/5 55%

The Age of Adaline (2015)

"Harrison Ford himself shows up and doesn't disappoint; although the third act of the film lost it's way a tad. " ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Apr 24, 2015
4.75 75%

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

""Avengers: Age of Ultron" lives up to the gets darker than the first, and still manages to be just as funny and action-packed." ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Apr 24, 2015
2/5 17%

The Gunman (2015)

"By the time we get to the laughable climax the film has lost any pulse it had, and "The Gunman" ends up being a major let-down. " ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Mar 20, 2015
2.8/5 28%

Insurgent (2015)

"You won't feel like you wasted your money, but you'll probably think of something better you could have spent it on. Like a "Hunger Games" book." ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Mar 20, 2015
3.6/5 78%

Danny Collins (2015)

"I love those tunes and could hear them all day; but too often "Danny Collins" commits the sin the star is trying to avoid: relying on someone else's music to get it's point across. " ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Mar 20, 2015
4.1/5 96%

'71 (2015)

"Succeeds as a riveting historical drama that features winning performances and first-rate direction." ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Mar 6, 2015

Unfinished Business (2015)

""Unfinished Business" is a major let-down and proof that even someone of Vince Vaughn's ability and stature needs help behind the camera to make us love him again." ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Mar 6, 2015

Chappie (2015)

"This is a huge disappointment considering the ability that Blomkamp has; it's one bad film and I won't overreact...but fans of the "Alien" franchise that he has been taksed to revive might just want to stick with "District 9" and "Elysium"." ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Mar 6, 2015
3.6/5 80%

McFarland USA (2015)

"It will make you want to sign up for a 5K immediately after...hopefully you have the endurance to finish. Or Bull Durham as your coach..." ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Mar 3, 2015
2.8/5 56%

Focus (2015)

" Never boring but not all that engaging, "Focus" proves that Will Smith still has all the charisma he ever did. Unfortunately, that's not enough to distract us from a mediocre flick." ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Mar 3, 2015
4.3/5 74%

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)

"Occasionally director Matthew Vaughn likes to show us just how crazy-violent his imagination can get, and not every frame of those scenes is necessary but it's a small price to pay for such pure escapist entertainment as this." ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Feb 16, 2015
2.3/5 25%

Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

" If this fanchise plans on being the "Saw" of Valentine's Day, I hope the next installment doesn't torture the audience so much." ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Feb 16, 2015
2.1/5 27%

Annie (2014)

"Musicals are made to enchant and help us sing the blues away...and for that, I'd recommend the original "Annie". You're only a day away..." ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Jan 4, 2015
3.7/5 52%

Unbroken (2014)

"It's an inspirational story for sure, but the film never quite shifts into third gear even as we care about Zamperini the entire time. " ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Jan 4, 2015
3/5 71%

Into the Woods (2014)

""Into the Woods" gets long in the tooth suddenly, and some audience members will find themselves getting restless as the run time allows for too many unnecessary subplots" ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Jan 4, 2015
3/5 48%

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)

"I wept for for Teddy Roosevelt, Mr. Robin Williams. In one of his last screen appearances, there's moments when it feels as though he's saying goodbye to us. " ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Jan 4, 2015
3.7/5 59%

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

"It's my least favorite of the new trilogy, but to get to those dizzying heights you'd need those eagles that always seem to show up like cops in action films...after the fighting is done. " ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Jan 4, 2015
4/5 65%

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014)

"Top-notch casting and a well-paced slow burn make "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One" the best film in the franchise yet...and leave us with the perfect opportunity to have our minds blown next year." ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Nov 25, 2014
3.1/5 34%

Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)

"I could've watched the outtakes from this film all day...oh, and the actual movie they chopped together is pretty funny, too." ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Nov 25, 2014
4.5/5 77%

Rosewater (2014)

"An incredible experience and a tremendous directorial debut by Stewart. " ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Nov 14, 2014
2.8/5 29%

Dumb and Dumber To (2014)

"The true sequel "Dumb and Dumber To" doesn't bring it's former versions classic status back to theaters...but it will make you laugh." ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Nov 14, 2014
4.5/5 95%

Nightcrawler (2014)

"A fascinating study of what humans are capable of when logic overruns the conscience." ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Nov 4, 2014
2.8/5 67%

Laggies (2014)

"The characters or situations just never quite feel real enough to truly make us care." ‐Schmoes Know
Posted Oct 24, 2014
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