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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
100% BANG! The Bert Berns Story (2017) The documentary may not have widespread appeal, but should engross viewers who know the songs but not the man behind them.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
64% Slack Bay (Ma loute) (2017) Slack Bay is a comedy primarily in theory. More intriguing than involving, the movie uses the conventions of slapstick to undermine the rich as well as the poor.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
2/4 48% The Promise (2017) Attempting to make an atrocity palatable to a mainstream audience, "The Promise" delivers the history, but undercuts its impact.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
90% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) Cedar is well attuned to the Manhattan-Jerusalem-Tel Aviv nexus. He gets excellent performances from Gere - playing partway against type as a charmer who's unnervingly hot rather than reassuringly cool - and the rest of the cast.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
79% Colossal (2017) The longer the movie runs, the more its novelty fades. The tone wavers, and plot holes that appeared small at the halfway point start looking like chasms.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
58% Cezanne and I (Cézanne et Moi) (2017) Working with cinematographer Jean-Marie Dreujou, Thompson contrasts the widescreen format with a restless handheld camera and many closeups, so the movie feels both sweeping and intimate.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
40% Wilson (2017) Harrelson is as engaging as the man's personality allows. But Wilson struggles with tone, shifting from monotonously bleak to predictably satirical to improbably sanguine.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
88% Frantz (2017) A young woman's emergence is a recurrent Ozon theme, and Beers embodies the transformation luminously, if not so flashily as some of the director's Gallic leading ladies.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
2.5/4 92% Donald Cried (2017) "Donald Cried" succeeds on its own modest terms, but watching its title character can be painful. This is not a movie for people who'd just as soon forget their own teenage mortifications.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
91% Raw (2017) Ducournau's movie is as tiresome as it is scandalous. Rather than tell a story, Raw merely administers a series of shocks.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
39% Rock Dog (2017) Once again, Chinese and American filmmakers pool their resources, only to find that having more money doesn't make it talk any more persuasively.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
35% 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
97% 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
94% 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
95% 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
85% 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 60% 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 83% 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
94% 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
77% 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
3.5/4 100% The Age of Shadows (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 35% 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
98% 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 35% 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 90% 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