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Mark Kennedy

Mark Kennedy
Mark Kennedy's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Associated Press

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 53% The First Purge (2018) But DeMonaco's signature hammy scriptwriting also rears its head. The characters are barely one-dimensional and prone to doing stupid stuff, like wandering out alone during a night of mayhem.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
1/4 71% The King (2018) What could have been a gentle, personal travelogue is reworked and reworked until it's often guilty of the last sin of Elvis - excess.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
1/4 58% Hotel Artemis (2018) [Writer and director Drew Pearce] flaps around for a consistent tone, stunts some potential story lines and kicks out a bunch of cliches. ‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
3/4 82% Deadpool 2 (2018) Saucy, overstuffed and very entertaining.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
38% Life of the Party (2018) Do laundry. Clean the fish tank. Re-grout the bathroom. What do these things have in common? They are much better ways to spend your time than sitting through Melissa McCarthy's uninspired and forced Life of the Party.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
3/4 71% The Rachel Divide (2018) Dolezal is nicely integrated into a larger discussion of modern America's grappling with identity fluidity.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
3.5/4 83% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) This fabulous, moody film isn't your typical jock flick where bitter rivals compete to a crowning, sweaty end.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
3.5/4 43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) "Pacific Rim Uprising" is a visually-stunning, expertly crafted dose of cheer-at-the-screen fun. It's the definition of what a blockbuster sequel should be.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
1/4 47% Red Sparrow (2018) There are gorgeous exteriors of Vienna, Budapest, London and lush hotel interiors. The soundtrack is Tchaikovsky and Mozart. It's like an extended ad for Chanel, except for all the gore.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
3/4 35% Nostalgia (2018) Nostalgia is not a perfect film but it is moving and sensitive. You leave with your head in the clouds and a new view of your precious stuff.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
2/4 17% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) Somewhere in "The Cloverfield Paradox" is an excellent sci-fi thriller but one that's in desperate need of sharpening. It's no disaster, like Netflix's recent "Bright," but it tries too hard to give something to everyone and ends of unsatisfying...‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
0/4 26% Bright (2017) That old Hollywood standby, the venerable buddy cop movie, may have met its anguished demise this holiday season. Will Smith just killed it.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
3/4 71% Ferdinand (2017) Still, for all its problems, this is a film with world-class animation, revealing everything from astonishingly rich crowd scenes to rusty details on an old pail. ‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
30% Wonder Wheel (2017) Despite a stunning performance by Winslet and some beautiful cinematography by Vittorio Storaro, Wonder Wheel loses its charms quickly and you'll soon be begging to get off this particular ride.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
2.5/4 52% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) Washington gives us another astounding performance of a deeply idiosyncratic man, but the film around him often isn't as skillful, meandering in places and gradually becoming more like a lot of other films.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
No Score Yet Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated (2017) This fusion of commercial with contrition doesn't always work but it's surprising how much brutal honesty we get between shots of Lovato working out in a light-streamed gym or suggestively lounging in her frighteningly white kitchen.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
87% Only the Brave (2017) This film makes such firefighters into cartoons, which ill serves their legacy.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
40% The Mountain Between Us (2017) ... somewhat unsteadily balances a cute, getting-to-know-you budding respect between two tentative lovers and the raw ravages of survival, which includes cougars, thin ice and deep snow... ‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
100% Earth: One Amazing Day (2017) The Earth might be the film's titular star but the documentary is really about the sun and how that star's waxing and waning energy over 24 hours shapes life down here, from the warmth of morning to the shadows of night.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
2/4 66% Victoria & Abdul (2017) In Victoria & Abdul, the Empress of India comes off honest, loving and decent. That seems deaf as well as stupid.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
52% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) The best moments are actually when it pays homage to the first film. The worst are when it takes itself too seriously, the trap of the very spy films it was designed to mock.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
2/4 26% Unlocked (2017) Unlocked has got all the cliches you need and want.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
41% Death Note (2017) But this thriller-inclined version of "Death Note" doesn't dwell enough on such questions and instead becomes increasingly strained by its own insanity and clogged by clunky dialogue.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
50% The Glass Castle (2017) The film is both a tribute to parenting and a confessional of its absence. Like the book, it looks back without pity or sentiment. Unlike the book, it's got Woody Harrelson and Brie Larson, acting spectacularly.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
74% Landline (2017) Slate proves again to be a special talent, able to go from goofy-silly to volcanically desirous in the time it takes to gulp a Zima. Falco makes every minute of her small screen time sizzle and Quinn has great skill as a preternaturally mature teen.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
86% Okja (2017) It's not always a well-marbled ride. There's an inconsistent tone, with horrific moments spliced with satire and detours into vaudeville and a few moments when it's kidnapped into a heist movie.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
30% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) After this fifth episode, you'll wish Disney would just declare the franchise dead and tell no more tales.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
75% Wakefield (2017) Cranston is simply remarkable in the role, a tricky one since his character has precious little dialogue with anyone else. Yet the actor shows everything here -- arrogance, sorrow, anger, love, fear.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
66% The Wall (2017) This small and lazy film -- featuring two actors, one evil voice and a crumbling stone wall -- attempts to be deep and even existential but it can't hide its deep flaws in the constant swirling desert sands.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
53% The Boss Baby (2017) The animation and sound effects are so superbly rendered -- the fantasy sequences have an entirely different and nifty flavor -- that a drop of drool or a puff of baby powder seems to have real texture and feeling.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
50% Mascots (2016) There's a deep hollowness under the funny suit.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
79% Hairspray Live! (2016) There may have been enough aerosol spray to burn off the rest of our ozone layer, but Wednesday's ambitious live version of the musical Hairspray on NBC was worth the environmental damage. It was light and fun and soon had you stuck.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
86% Lion (2016) Lion is really two beautifully shot films -- the tenacious story of young Saroo Brierley, lost far from home, and the less dramatic, slightly forced, story of him all grown up and looking for his past.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
94% Arrival (2016) [Adams] delivers a heart-wrenchingly beautiful performance using her ability to communicate a half-dozen emotions just standing still... But director Denis Villeneuve sometimes gets lost in repetition and blind alleys.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
91% Into the Inferno (2016) A lazy, meandering mess that gives off no heat.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
63% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children has all the making of a super franchise -- the call of destiny, the making of heroes and the embrace of kinship. Plus, of course, coming to terms with your inner freak.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2016
87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Streep, of course, fills her character with emotion, humanity and need, but director Stephen Frears and writer Nicholas Martin haven't decided whether their movie is slapstick or tragedy.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2016
35% Blair Witch (2016) This sequel gets progressively messy while The Blair Witch Project grew progressively taut.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
70% Café Society (2016) You'll end up feeling about the film like Bobby about Los Angeles -- "half-bored, half-fascinated." And that's a pretty poor average, even for two poorly stitched-together films.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
88% Don't Breathe (2016) Robbery crews are strongly advised to avoid 1837 Buena Vista, but moviegoers hoping for a thrill might like to visit. But don't linger.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
91% Grease: Live! (2016) With this hectic, ambitious and hormonal Grease, Fox proved it could up the ante in the new mini-industry of musicals on TV.‐ Kansas City Star
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2016
91% The Wiz Live! (2015) An exuberant, inventive The Wiz Live! on Thursday night breathed new life into the notion of full-scale musicals on live TV with a happy serving of 70s soul and R&B, updated with a 2015 vibe.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2015
59% Peter Pan Live! (2014) The character of Peter Pan will clearly survive this live event, but it remains to be seen if NBC's lacklustre Peter Pan Live! killed off the network's brave experiment in live theatre.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2014
44% The Sound Of Music Live! (2013) How do you solve a problem like Maria, indeed.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2013
3.5/4 71% Carnage (2011) A nasty spat between two couples over the course of an evening may not sound like a fun flick, but like any act of carnage, it's hard to turn away.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2011