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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Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4.5/5 78% Green Book (2018) Sometimes life is stranger than art, sometimes art imitates life, and sometimes life imitates art. If life starts imitating hopeful art-that's uplifting. That's the goal of art, as I see it. "Green Book" uplifts. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
2.5/5 40% Run the Race (2019) "Run the Race" won't convert any nonbelievers, or even spark a "Hmmm!" type of fleeting insight into the nature of faith, but for Christian faith-based families, it'll be quite satisfying. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
3/5 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) The true tale of a British family of headbangers, for whom wrestling is the family business. Their little girl has a wrestler's Hero's Journey: She goes to America and meets "The Rock." Inspiring! - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
4/5 100% Wrestle (2019) A thoroughly engrossing tale of one young coach's attempt to grow boys into men via the discipline of competition grappling, and a blistering depiction of failing public high schools in America. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
3/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) This Tame-your-dragon installment is not quite as awesome for kids as its two predecessors. Still quite good, though! - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
3/5 89% To Dust (2019) A Hasidic cantor's wife dies, and he's driven batty by the fact that his faith provides no explanation of the decomposition process. He seeks out Ferris Bueller for some answers. Pretty funny. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
3/5 68% Teen Spirit (2019) Elle Fanning might not be at Hailee Steinfeld's level and start a parallel career as a pop star, but as an actress nailing the part of up-and-coming pop star-nail it, she most certainly does. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
4.5/5 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Cute as a sugar glider with cooler moves than Bruce Lee, "Alita" is a heroine tweens can look up to, because her cyborg heart is pure. Fabulous world-building, and fists of fury-a wild ride! - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
3.5/5 84% Creed II (2018) This episode in this extended tale of fighting men and the warrior creed demos father-son dynamics, and especially between Ivan and Viktor Drago -- forgiveness and compassion. These are the building blocks of nontoxic masculinity. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
3/5 91% Widows (2018) Like Carmela Soprano, these widows were happy to live in bourgeois comfort on dirty money. When the easy living ends, they demonstrate they've got enough moxie and resourcefulness to get out of trouble. So what? It's quite watchable though. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
3/5 62% Outlaw King (2018) "Outlaw King's" battle scenes might out-do "Braveheart's" in terms of ferocity. Ultimately, it's a reminder of why we should thank our lucky stars daily for central heating, volunteer military, Deet, and four-wheel-drive pickups with mudflaps. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
4/5 81% Instant Family (2018) "Instant Family" could start a stampede towards re-branding foster kids as "rescue kids." Imagine if folks looking for a rescue dog took on a rescue kid into the bargain? This movie could make the world a better place... - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
4/5 90% A Private War (2018) Colvin was a force of nature, and it's no surprise that she's now lauded cinematically. Hers is a story that begged to be told, because to witness this level of courage, integrity, passion, authenticity, and dedication is to empower yourself. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2/5 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Overblown Hollywood enhancing, embellishing, riffing, and too-much-ing on a known classic, with every imaginable thing plus the kitchen sink, and CGI on top of CGI. Like too much Christmas candy, it'll make your teeth hurt. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3/5 72% Indivisible (2018) Indivisible is a powerful reminder of what our armed forces and their families do for us. We stand in their debt. It will bless your days with the recognition, humility, and gratitude that our freedoms are not to be taken for granted. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2.5/5 94% Wildlife (2018) Ed Oxenbould starred in the kid movie Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. So it makes sense that he's now co-starring in what should be titled - - Paul Dano and his Terrible, (etc), Very Bad First Movie. Just kidding. Sort of. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet London Fields (2018) Amber Heard has a particularly goddess-like face; it apparently syncs perfectly with the Golden Ratio. That's the only reason men will go see this movie, and probably love it. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2.5/5 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Is it worth wading through 2.5 hours of hyper-violence to arrive at the mildly hopeful suggestion that America's current leadership might unify the country? No. The best thing about Bad Times is Cynthia Erivo's singing. Get the soundtrack, skip the movie. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
3.5/5 78% Mid90s (2018) A third star is born. In a matter of weeks, Hill, like Bradley Cooper in directing and Lady Gaga in acting -- has also aced his directorial debut. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
3.5/5 87% First Man (2018) First Man is the first you-are-there, shaky-cam-doesn't-do-the-term-justice, pitch/yaw/gyrate-till-you-puke presentation of the NASA space program to say: Here's how tough astronauts are. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
4/5 89% A Star Is Born (2018) Lady Gaga long ago out-Madonna'd Madonna; always had more talent as a singer-dancer, with just as much biz chops. However, notoriously, Madonna could never act. Gaga blows Madonna's doors off acting-wise. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
4/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) It's a triumph of theater, film, and writing to take an incredibly annoying character and reveal the humanity and sadness in her to the point where it triggers our rapt attention, curiosity, and ultimately, compassion. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
1.5/5 32% The Predator (2018) It kicks off with egregiously bad CGI: A plastic-toy spaceship rends a fake-looking hole in the space-time continuum. The score is egregious. The acting is egregious. The egregious storyline is egregiously hard to explain. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
4/5 99% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) This is not really a film about friendship; it's a true and rare sisterhood of British theater royalty, and it's a privilege to be allowed to sit in on it and share their tea. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
3/5 85% A Simple Favor (2018) Anna Kendrick plays sweet duckling to Blake Lively's devious snake; evolving from people-pleasing codependent to whip-smart snake-catcher -- very, very watchable. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
4/5 99% Free Solo (2018) Free Solo showcases the most death-defying athletic feat the world has ever seen, the classic tale of a pretty girl chasing an alpha male, and the ensuing battle of the sexes: to nest or not to nest. Director Chin knocks it out of Yosemite Park. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
4/5 100% Letter from Masanjia (2018) The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) hates the peaceful qigong practice of Falun Gong; it's spiritual, and millions of people practice, so they torture and organ-murder adherents. One guy snuck an SOS letter out of prison. A deeply moving tribute to faith. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
4/5 100% The Dawn Wall (2018) Hanging off fingertips so high pines on the valley floor look like green washing-machine lint -- that's Caldwell's safe place. The Dawn Wall is the best example of living vicariously. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
4/5 60% Operation Finale (2018) Adolf Eichmann had no Nazi nickname like Josef Mengele's "Angel of Death," but I'm liking "Chained to Six Million Souls." Not Schindler's List but Kingsley's presence in both makes it reminiscent. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
3.5/5 72% Christopher Robin (2018) The toy animals are well-conceived-very simple and stuffed toy-ish, and yet they convey the innocence of that age where a child's powerful imagination can easily create worlds populated by heffalumps, and such. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
1.5/5 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Somebody, please get a seasoned director who knows comedy, and a better script (the idea, admittedly, was good), and give the two female leads a second chance. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3.5/5 93% Support the Girls (2018) It's got America dead to rights in a way that's funny and doesn't preach. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
2.5/5 45% The Meg (2018) "The Meg" basically copies a lot of "Jaws" scenes, but with only one hundredth of the tension of the classic. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
2.5/5 22% Mile 22 (2018) "Mile 22" is a miss. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
0/5 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) Zero out of five stars for unparalleled, iconic perversity and destroying a legacy. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3.5/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Mission movies provide endless amounts of foolish fun... Put that together with Energizer-Bunny Tom Cruise, who enjoys doing insane stunts to keep life interesting, and you've got quite a satisfying summer blockbuster. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
3.5/5 92% A Prayer Before Dawn (2018) A Prayer Before Dawn is a demon-infested, feverish nightmare of a martial arts/survival film that makes Rocky look exceedingly lightweight. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
3.5/5 43% Hot Summer Nights (2018) It's largely director Elijah Bynum's casting that makes this movie. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
2.5/5 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) Unless Fuqua settles the vibranium question and tones the violence down, I'd prefer they don't team up for a third one. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
4/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Here's what Eighth Grade is good for: practicing compassion. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
2.5/5 47% Skyscraper (2018) This is Dwayne getting dangerously close to wanting to be taken seriously as an actor. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
2.5/5 29% Shock and Awe (2018) There's just not enough quality time invested in getting to know the characters for any of this to feel compelling. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
4/5 97% Yellow Submarine (1968) Yellow Submarine has serendipitously been brought back because people are seeking meaning more than ever. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
2.5/5 33% The Catcher Was A Spy (2018) Moe Berg was a Boston Red Sox, Princeton grad, fluent in seven languages, and a patriot who spied for the U.S. military as a hobby. He was many things. But was he gay? You decide. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
3/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Here's how professor-level particle physics filters down to the general public: via "Ant-Man." Much more fun this way. Definitely worth the price of a movie ticket. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
3.5/5 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) President Trump put the border wall on the map, so to speak, and now this new "Sicario" movie feels like news. Maybe fake news. Maybe truthful speculation. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
4/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) In spite of the fact that we all know at some point that T. rex is going to hit an iconic tableaux shot and roar... this one will nevertheless have you on the edge of your seat. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
3/5 79% Dark River (2018) It's a jarring juxtaposition of "There's no place like home" and "You can never go home again." - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
2.5/5 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) It's a meh see-it-in-the-theater film. Which makes it an "I'm so glad we rented this from Red Box" film. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
3.5/5 91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) All of it all feels deeply honest, which, in this time of endless amounts of ridiculous onscreen nonreality, is highly refreshing. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018