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Mark Jenkins

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
36% The Great Wall (2017) While the stagiest sequences are visually impressive, much of the movie is not.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
17% The Space Between Us (2017) The corn is fertilized by a ponderous score and a handful of bland folkie-rock tunes.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
98% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) Although The Salesman's plot is unbelievable, most of the movie occurs in a recognizably genuine world: dirty and battered, but bedeviled by compromise and self-interest, not pure evil.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
93% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
52% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2016
83% Silence (2017) The director's most punishing film since Raging Bull.‐ NPR
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
2.5/4 67% Sword Master (2016) The emphasis is on deep-focus 3-D spectacle, not psychology.‐ Washington Post
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
81% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2016
73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Boasts some gripping scenes and a few stabs at satire, but ultimately offers little beyond its assured sense of style.‐ NPR
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
46% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
68% Danny Says (2016) A candid yet unrevealing documentary ...‐ NPR
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
57% The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger (2016) For a study of a critic, The Seasons in Quincy is frustratingly uncritical.‐ NPR
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
97% Little Men (2016) Sachs' latest is ... warm, subtle, and observant, but feels a little undercooked.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
92% Summertime (La Belle Saison) (2016) A rare look at the era through women's eyes.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
2/4 34% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
69% The Infiltrator (2016) It's distinguished by its craft and verve.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2016
3/4 43% Cold War 2 (2016) A playful yet also serious about the workings of power.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2016
93% The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016) Both grimmer and meatier than the director's previous efforts.‐ NPR
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
57% Money Monster (2016) Plays it straight with a topic that in reality is far more twisted.‐ NPR
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 5, 2016
70% The Wait (L'attesa) (2016) A visually powerful, impeccably acted mood piece.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2016