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Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson
Mark Jackson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Epoch Times

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 34% American Assassin (2017) Mitch Rapp books totally rock. American Assassin sucks compared to the books. But can you happily popcorn out to it on a Friday night? Yup. Would you enjoy the books more? Absolutely.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
3/5 37% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Remember 'In The Line of Fire?' CIA assassin vs. Secret Service agent? This is the haha version of that. Meh on plot and shenanigans, many belly laughs courtesy of Jackson and Reynolds.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
4.5/5 93% Dunkirk (2017) Hard to categorize Dunkirk. Grand piece of art? Virtuoso nail-bite fest? It's both. While decidedly nerve-wracking, you'll be glad you went and suffered with the soldiers who saved us from Hitler.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
3.5/5 93% Baby Driver (2017) Superb stunt-driving, a sweet romance, a mess of cliché's kaleidoscoped into hot-dang! storytelling, and the only thing missing is Prince's "Baby Knows," and Patrick Swayze's "Nobody puts baby in a corner!" ‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2017
2.5/5 53% 47 Meters Down (2017) If "47" did nothing more than be less predictable, it still wouldn't match "The Shallows." And if "The Shallows" had been less predictable, it still wouldn't match "Jaws."‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2017
3.5/5 87% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) George Clooney once said "[flatulence is] one of the funniest things in the history of mankind," a sentiment shared by children, men, and dogs everywhere. 'Captain Underpants' cheerfully brings the potty humor.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
3/5 15% CHIPS (2017) Straight out of the gate, I predict CHIPS will become a perennial mega-hit with the frat-house/sorority set.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
3.5/5 92% Hidden Figures (2017) An Erin Brockovich-type feel-good biopic about 3 female African-American NASA math-wizard engineers who saved the 1960s Apollo rocket program and contributed to Civil Rights.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2016
3.5/5 90% Doctor Strange (2016) 'Dr. Strange' is the first Marvel movie to tell the reality-based version of where superpowers come from. Science takes human supernormal abilities seriously now-exciting stuff.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
4/5 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) It'll likely become an instantaneous cult-classic for teenage girls -- it's Hailee Steinfeld's 'Clueless.' However, late-millennial high school girls are anything but clueless.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
3.5/5 97% Hell or High Water (2016) Robbing of banks may be very 1800s, but robbing by banks is very 2010s/post-Occupy. Ergo, robbing robber banks makes for a post-Occupy Western. Pine, Foster, and Bridges kill it.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2016
3.5/5 87% Pete's Dragon (2016) The quality of Disney's wholesome movie-fare for children is skyrocketing. When Pete has to say goodbye to his dragon, I guarantee your eyes will explode tears. Wonderful stuff.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2016
3.5/5 58% Bad Moms (2016) Never judge a movie by its title. 'Bad Moms' is laugh-till-you-cry hilarious; funniest movie you'll see all summer. Who can raise kids properly nowadays? It's impossible! It's real title? 'Cool Moms.'‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/5 56% Jason Bourne (2016) To revitalize the franchise, they should knock Bourne upside the head and disappear his memory again. The true fun of 'Bourne' is seeing it all coming back to him, while doing cool stuff.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2016
2.5/5 35% Larry Crowne (2011) Tom Hanks's company Playtone appears to be dedicated to making movies where a Beach-Boys-y soundtrack and 1950s Boy Scout values still inform everything. Not necessarily a bad thing -- just cloying.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
4/5 80% Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) Captain America's a superhero due to a super serum, but he looks cool, has cool moves, and flings his shield with bombast, thus making America great again, and safe again.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
2.5/5 15% Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) Acorn-addict Scrat was always the star of this show -- why give him only a measly 10% stage-time in the snore-fest, 'Ice Age: Collision Course?' Kids will enjoy it nevertheless.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2016
2/5 44% Cowboys & Aliens (2011) It's not common knowledge that aliens were in on the gold rush. Oh, yeah. That's why this story takes place in 1873. Aliens were panning for gold too, see, using advanced panning technology. Riiiight.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
2.5/5 25% The Change-Up (2011) R-rated comedies these days, like 'The Hangover' and 'Bad Santa,' employ a relentless bombardment of cheap, gross toilet humor and nonstop cursing -- because it usually works. ‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
3/5 24% Conan the Barbarian (2011) Momoa doesn't have Arnold's 7-time-Mr.-Olympia-winning muscles, but they're still impressive. Plus he can sort of act. Arnold could sort of act too, but Jason can sort of act better.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
3.5/5 29% Colombiana (2011) Given the acrobatic fight skills Zoe Saldana displayed in Avatar, and since producer Luc Besson's stock-in-trade is the female assassin film, 'Colombiana' was a match made in She-Terminator heaven.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
3/5 84% Contagion (2011) Paltrow's bits are among the films creepiest, since, award-winning actress that she is, she's horrifyingly convincing in the throes of advanced symptoms, as well as looking extremely dead. ‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
5/5 82% Warrior (2011) 'Warrior' is secondarily a movie about the world's fastest growing sport, MMA. If you like the fight game, this movie will have you yelling and jumping out of your seat.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
3.5/5 94% 50/50 (2011) Cancer's guaranteed to shake your life up. What if you discovered you had a 50/50 chance to live? If your life's stuck in a rut getting cancer can actually be a good thing, and this movie shows why.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2016
4.5/5 93% Moneyball (2011) 'Moneyball' is right on the money, and hilarious. It's humor consists of uniformly understated, impeccably timed deadpan throwaways that come in under the radar and leave the audience roaring. ‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2016
4/5 82% The Way (2011) Emilio Estevez and father Martin Sheen may have made this heartwarming pilgrimage movie with troubled brother/son Charlie in mind-in hopes that he'd see the need for a thorough soul-cleansing.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2016
4/5 84% The Ides of March (2011) A well-told tale of filthy politics and betrayal; a virtuoso hat trick (writing, directing, and starring) by George Clooney. It almost makes you wish he'd stop acting and run for office.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2016
3/5 69% The Infiltrator (2016) Drug movies are a fairly formulaic genre. 'The Infiltrator' has it all, but it can't beat the corpse-and-lye-filled-bathtub-eating-through-the-ceiling corrosiveness of 'Breaking Bad.'‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2016
3/5 90% Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' is the vehicle with which the youngest Olsen sister moves out of her famous older twin siblings' shadows, and establishes herself as the serious artist of the family. She's magnificent.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2016
2.5/5 67% Tower Heist (2011) 'Tower Heist' is a low-rent payback caper involving the staff of the titular high-rent tower. It's Donald Trump's Tower. Oddly, The Donald doesn't have a cameo. ‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2016
3/5 43% J. Edgar (2011) J Edgar Hoover, at least as presented here, was not a particularly interesting or likeable individual. It gets boring quickly.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2016
4/5 89% The Descendants (2011) Director Alexander Payne is a master storyteller of the huge life transition. 'Sideways' is one stellar example, 'About Schmidt', another. 'Descendants' easily rivals 'Sideways.' ‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2016
4/5 93% Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011) 'Ghost Protocol' is a stripped-down, lo-fi 'Mission Impossible' that winds the nail biting up to a near-unbearable cliffhanger degree, thanks to Brad Bird's sense of drama and timing.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2016
4/5 65% We Bought a Zoo (2011) One of the movie's best teachings is the concept that if one commits to '20 seconds of insane, embarrassing courage,' to attain what one desires, good things always come of it. An instant kid classic.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2016
3.5/5 40% Red Tails (2012) The first black U.S. fighter pilots rained down bullets on Hitler's Luftwaffe like borax upon cockroaches. A movie finally bringing that fact to light, all these years later, is by definition a good movie.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2016
2/5 79% The Grey (2012) Director Joe Carnahan says, 'If you're afraid of wild animals or plane travel, this movie will put you off for a good, long time.' Really? One wants to know -- why is that a good thing?‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
3.5/5 85% Chronicle (2012) A found-footage film, like 'Blair Witch,' combined with 'Bowling for Columbine.' Instead of witches and guns, it's a teen outcast with supernormal abilities; like 'Carrie' with shaky-cam and cool CG.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
4/5 96% Undefeated (2012) The true heart of the film is jovial, red-haired coach Bill. Not having had a father, he passionately gives every fiber of his soul to helping these African American boys, who are also missing fathers.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
2/5 54% Dr Seuss' The Lorax (2012) Fortunately, there were lots of kids at the screening. You gotta watch 'em. They were giggling, singing along, bouncing, and happily kicking the reviewer's seat. Bingo.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
4.5/5 68% Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012) Hallström's made a wonderful film about the power of faith. Flyfishing in a manufactured trout stream in the middle of the desert is a faith-based activity, declares the sheik who built it.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
3/5 37% Lockout (2012) You might find it to be thoroughly clichéd and utterly predictable. But it's not boring. That's largely thanks to Guy Pearce.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
2.5 89% Bernie (2012) In what appears to be a possible first career dud, 'Bernie,' billed as a dark comedy starring Jack Black, falls far short of Linklater's normal standard.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
3.5/5 78% The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) The movie is visually sumptuous, the colors vibrant, the indigenous faces arresting, the local customs intriguing, and the soundtrack catchy.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
3.5/5 34% Battleship (2012) If ever a movie had 'Paid for by the U.S. Navy' written all over it... 'Battleship' is tailored kitsch -- tailored to recruit male teens. Taylor Kitsch does a surprisingly good job of this. ‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
3.5/5 93% Moonrise Kingdom (2012) 'Moonrise Kingdom' magically recreates a child's-eye view of the early 1960s, bringing back memories of tents, tree houses, campfires, cub scouts, innocence, and first kisses. ‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
3/5 68% Men in Black III (2012) What could possibly go wrong with this formula? Threequel-itis, that's what. MIB 1 was great, MIB 2 not so much, MIB 3-just not cuttin' the mustard.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
3.5/5 41% Crooked Arrows (2012) It's a warm-hearted little movie. It may have a ton of Native American cinematic clichés-dream sequences with staccato wooden flutes, soaring eagles, and so on-but it works.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
3/5 87% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) 'The Dark Knight Rises' tries to be very dark and serious. The problem is, that rubber-headed costume just looks sort of, well, comical, when things get too realistic.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
3/5 72% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) Leaner and meaner with a touch of Bruce Lee, the spider suit's finally right: the eyes dangerous, webbing weaponized. Garfield looks more like the illustrated Peter Parker.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
2.5/5 55% Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) Could there be a more opportune time for this topic? Will that pack 'em in the theaters? Not likely. It's hectic while lacking tension, thus paradoxically ending up both irritating and boring simultaneously.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016