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Mark Jenkins
Mark Jenkins's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Washington Post, Orlando Weekly, NPR.org, NPR

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) The animators don't overplay the loveliness, preferring subdued colors punctuated by the occasional vivid blue. Red rarely appears, and the many dream sequences are as gray as the night from which they emerge. ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 19, 2017
57% Claire in Motion (2017) In a mostly severe mode, Brandt carries the film well. But there's only so much she can do with the open-ended, underwritten script. ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 12, 2017
50% The Ardennes (D'Ardennen) (2017) Much of the action is grimly predictable and clearly derivative. It replays bits of Pulp Fiction in a Miller's Crossing setting. ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 5, 2017
96% Paterson (2016) The movie is a charmer, as sweet as it is slow. But even some sympathetic viewers may find it nothing more than an almanac of neat stuff, less dramatized than merely cataloged. ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 27, 2016
84% Silence (2017) The director's most punishing film since Raging Bull. ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 23, 2016
83% The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) (2016) A satire whose whimsies and sight gags frequently click, but whose philosophical impact is negligible. ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 8, 2016
2.5/4 67% Sword Master (2016) The emphasis is on deep-focus 3-D spectacle, not psychology. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 8, 2016
95% Old Stone (Lao Shi) (2016) For all its ugly self-interest, Old Stone is also beautiful, and not just in its use of red lights in black night. ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 1, 2016
83% Mifune: The Last Samurai (2016) Mifune: The Last Samurai is a relatively short film that would have benefited from additional voices, as well as more Kurosawa-like sweep and Mifune-style verve. ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 24, 2016
72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Boasts some gripping scenes and a few stabs at satire, but ultimately offers little beyond its assured sense of style. ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/4 88% I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016) Although it's intended as a satire, director Feng Xiaogang's movie has a literary tone, a leisurely pace and relatively few laugh-out-loud moments. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 17, 2016
78% The Monster (2016) The Monster offers solid performances and a real-world subtext. But those virtues aren't enough to keep the movie from getting stalled in some big bad woods, miles short of profundity. ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 10, 2016
43% Dog Eat Dog (2016) The film might have taken a more original route to perdition. You can never guess what wild-eyed prank Schrader will pull next, but his characters are more predictable. ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 3, 2016
19% Inferno (2016) It might seem that Dan Brown takes his art-history/conspiracy thrillers very seriously. Yet there's one clue, hidden in plain sight, that he doesn't: He keeps letting director Ron Howard turn them into silly movies. ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 27, 2016
94% Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) (2016) Creating worlds with images is a form of magic. Miss Hokusai demonstrates that simply, with its extraordinary simulation of sunlight streaming through O'Ei's spread fingers. ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 13, 2016
93% Being 17 (Quand on a 17 ans) (2016) Fila and Klein are equally good in roles that, while more predictable in outcome, benefit from small unexpected moments. ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 6, 2016
65% Danny Says (2016) A candid yet unrevealing documentary ... ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 29, 2016
76% The Lovers And The Despot (2016) Capably recounts the main facts of the case, but doesn't illuminate its darker corners. ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 22, 2016
1/4 0% Is That a Gun in Your Pocket? (2016) Most of the time ... the movie is too busy being saucy or sappy to even look at its target. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 22, 2016
3.5/4 96% The Age of Shadows (Mil-jeong) (2016) Patriotism and self-interest clash powerfully in "The Age of Shadows," a stylish and morally complex thriller set largely in Japanese-occupied 1920s Seoul. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 22, 2016
94% Command and Control (2016) What gives Command and Control its urgency are both its wealth of information and the implications of its story. ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 15, 2016
2/4 15% Mr. Church (2016) Murphy is fine as the title character, although his performance consists mostly of suppressing all of his usual shtick. He certainly doesn't endow Mr. Church with any unexpected depths. But then neither does the script. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 15, 2016
1.5/4 36% Blair Witch (2016) "Blair Witch" runs only eight minutes past the original, yet it feels about a half-hour longer. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 15, 2016
92% Demon (2016) It's comedy, as much as the eerie atmosphere and Tiran's very physical performance, that distinguishes Demon from routine ghost stories. ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 8, 2016
54% The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger (2016) For a study of a critic, The Seasons in Quincy is frustratingly uncritical. ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 1, 2016
87% Mia Madre (2016) Mia Madre is most poignant when it finds a tone much like Moretti's 2001 La Stanza del Figlio (The Son's Room). Both movies are gently bewildered meanders through denial, regret, and the beginnings of acceptance. ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 25, 2016
60% War Dogs (2016) War Dogs would probably have been more compelling if the filmmakers hadn't strayed so far from the true story. But they manage to slip a fair amount of interesting commentary between the blunders, bong hits and wartime near-misses ... ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 18, 2016
87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Florence Foster Jenkins is ultimately a tale of vulnerability, and a tin ear is the least of it. ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 11, 2016
1.5/4 33% Operation Chromite (2016) The actual Operation Chromite was a surprise. In the movie version, you can hear everything coming from miles away. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 11, 2016
97% Little Men (2016) Sachs' latest is ... warm, subtle, and observant, but feels a little undercooked. ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 4, 2016
92% Summertime (La Belle Saison) (2016) A rare look at the era through women's eyes. ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 21, 2016
2/4 33% Equals (2016) Doremus and screenwriter Nathan Parker ... borrow from "Romeo and Juliet," "1984" and every sci-fi flick ever made about a society that suppresses feelings. The movie's futurism is nothing new. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 21, 2016
69% The Infiltrator (2016) It's distinguished by its craft and verve. ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 14, 2016
3/4 43% Cold War 2 (2016) A playful yet also serious about the workings of power. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 14, 2016
93% The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016) Both grimmer and meatier than the director's previous efforts. ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3/4 92% Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016) Amusing and even edifying, although it is also unlikely to make converts out of those who just don't get Zappa's pastiche of juvenile parody and sophisticated songwriting, derived from rock, jazz and 20th-century experimental music. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3/4 91% Three (Saam Yan Hang) (2016) Director To fills in the messy back story neatly as he introduces the supporting players, who provide comedy or menace (and sometimes both). ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 24, 2016
92% Right Now, Wrong Then (2016) In fact, there are many differences, some of them merely playful but others profound. ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 23, 2016
67% Diary of a Chambermaid (Journal d'une femme de chambre) (2016) Rather than gain speed and power in its final act, as Joseph's design comes into play, the movie stalls. ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 9, 2016
99% The Wailing (Goksung) (2016) The Wailing is a Hell of a ride, but Na should have given more thought to its destination. ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 2, 2016
3/4 71% The Final Master (2016) During the impressive action sequences - which Xu choreographed himself - the director plays it straight. Otherwise, he introduces playful kinks into most of the genre's other conventions. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 2, 2016
86% The Idol (Ya Tayr El Tayer) (2016) Writer-director Hany Abu-Assad doesn't tell simple stories, even when he does. ‐ NPR
Posted May 26, 2016
97% Weiner (2016) The documentary's strength is that it doesn't insist on a diagnosis. "Why have you let me film this?" asks Kriegman at the end, and his former boss has no answer. ‐ NPR
Posted May 20, 2016
2.5/4 100% Older Than Ireland (2016) The movie doesn't linger on any single topic, happy or sad. With so many lives to look back on, Fegan moves briskly from theme to theme. ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 19, 2016
57% Money Monster (2016) Plays it straight with a topic that in reality is far more twisted. ‐ NPR
Posted May 12, 2016
2.5/4 45% Phantom of the Theatre (2016) "Phantom" glories in its own artifice. The movie is carried by sweeping widescreen images, dynamic camera movements, impressive special effects and a color scheme that contrasts icy blues against fiery reds. ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 5, 2016
70% The Wait (L'attesa) (2016) A visually powerful, impeccably acted mood piece. ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 28, 2016
77% Elvis & Nixon (2016) Think of Elvis & Nixon's sometimes clumsy prologue as its opening act, building anticipation for the showdown between its title characters, and Spacey and Shannon. ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 21, 2016
1.5/4 89% The Invitation (2016) All this foreboding produces no suspense: It's evident from the bloody prologue where "The Invitation" is headed. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 21, 2016
30% Criminal (2016) With its European locations, electro-thump score, and near-ceaseless violence, the movie plays like something tooled in French producer-scripter Luc Besson's factory for international action mashups. ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 14, 2016