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Mark Rahner

Mark Rahner
Mark Rahner's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Seattle Times

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 77% Cloverfield (2008) It's a giant-monster movie from the point of view of some of those little people running and shrieking in the street -- and it works incredibly well. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 18, 2008
3.5/4 91% There Will Be Blood (2007) Up to now, director Paul Thomas Anderson's work has diminished with each film since Boogie Nights, but Blood is a maturation and reinvention. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 4, 2008
2/4 79% The Great Debaters (2007) Resolved: No more movies can have inspiring, self-sacrificing teachers standing on desks. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 26, 2007
1/4 15% The Amateurs (The Moguls) (Dirty Movie) (2005) It ranges from awkward to excruciating. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 14, 2007
1.5/4 70% I Am Legend (2007) It looks like poor old Richard Matheson will go to his grave without ever seeing a movie that does justice to his great 1954 novel, I Am Legend. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 13, 2007
1.5/4 17% Revolver (2005) It's an irritating, repetitive and pretentious psycho-metaphysical con-job that's ultimately about transcending the ego, and it owes a significant debt to the 1960s The Prisoner TV show -- but isn't nearly in the same artistic league. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 7, 2007
2/4 45% Redacted (2007) It's hard to watch, and should be. But harder for other reasons. As an experiment in storytelling, it's mainly tedious and phony. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 30, 2007
1.5/4 14% Hitman (2007) Fans of good movies will find it laughably silly and shot through with bad dialogue that someone should pay the price for. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 21, 2007
2.5/4 73% The Mist (2007) It'll look especially familiar to fans of the popular Silent Hill video games, which are said to have been inspired by King's 1980 story. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 21, 2007
1/4 36% Southland Tales (2007) Consequently, I can recommend it to 'enhanced interrogation' practitioners who are tired of waterboarding. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 16, 2007
1.5/4 35% Finishing the Game (2007) This tedious mockumentary isn't even as entertaining as one of Ed Wood's actual films, and once-promising director Justin Lin has some karma to square for fumbling such a sure thing. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 16, 2007
1/4 35% P2 (2007) P2 may be bad enough to become some other type of classic than the holiday kind. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 9, 2007
3/4 51% 30 Days of Night (2007) Fleshing out their minimalist story in a way that won't cause the blood to drain from fans' faces, it's one of the better recent efforts as both a comic adaptation and a fright flick. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 19, 2007
3/4 69% The Darjeeling Limited (2007) [This] oddball odyssey stuck with me well after the final long, hypnotic shot of the magic train rolling through the Indian landscape. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 12, 2007
3.5/4 89% 3:10 to Yuma (2007) You don't need to be a fan of that near-extinct genre to enjoy the movie -- sold more as a faceoff between Alpha males Russell "Gladiator" Crowe and Christian "Batman" Bale -- but it may turn you into one. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 7, 2007
1/4 19% The Invasion (2007) It's such a laughable, scareless train wreck that you don't need to know the disastrous insider-baseball behind its production to hate it. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 16, 2007
3/4 88% Superbad (2007) If you liked the raunchy dude conversations in 40-Year-Old Virgin, you'll think Superbad is the Lawrence of !@#$ Arabia of raunchy (adolescent) dude conversations. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 16, 2007
2.5/4 88% The Simpsons Movie (2007) The long-awaited Simpsons feature film does not eat my shorts. Doesn't set 'em on fire, either. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 26, 2007
1.5/4 73% Fido (2007) It's a one-gag movie that starts off clever and cute, but wears thin after half an hour, and ultimately is like an excruciating Enzyte commercial for an hour and a half. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 6, 2007
3/4 91% Sicko (2007) Moore has finally made a moving, whimsical, infuriating film that won't just infuriate the right-wingers who've made a cottage industry out of hating him nor sing to the liberal choir who supports even his shadiest arguments. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 29, 2007
2/4 70% 28 Weeks Later... (2007) The social commentary is as subtle as -- well, a George Romero movie. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 11, 2007
3.5/4 83% Grindhouse (2007) Shocking gore. Excessive violence. Gratuitous nudity. Exploding pustules. Hey, maybe your childhood was different than mine. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 9, 2007
2/4 74% Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006) About two-thirds in, the movie shifts gears disastrously. Made me want to haul someone into the cutting room for revenge. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 16, 2007
2.5/4 60% 300 (2007) Despite the fantastic visuals, action and sometimes rousing story, the needle flickers between grandiose and laughable -- in part because the film takes itself sooo relentlessly, slow-motion, music-swellin', see-you-in-hell seriously. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 7, 2007
1.5/4 26% Ghost Rider (2007) Every supporting character phones it in. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 16, 2007
1.5/4 15% Hannibal Rising (2007) If they were going to show how he got to be the brilliant, charming, exquisitely cultured, uh, vicious cannibal psychopath -- couldn't they have come up with something more interesting? ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 9, 2007
2/4 29% Smokin' Aces (2007) None of the numerous, sketchily drawn characters adds up to much to care about in the short running time. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 26, 2007
3.5/4 92% Children of Men (2006) This dystopian masterpiece of misery kept me wound up for hours after the credits rolled. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 26, 2006
2/4 16% Turistas (Paradise Lost) (2006) While comparisons to Hostel are inevitable Turistas rarely achieves its level of sustained menace and discomfort. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 1, 2006
3/4 95% Casino Royale (2006) Now I'm glad they didn't euthanize James Bond, because Casino Royale is the best movie of the series in almost 40 years. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 16, 2006
3/4 73% Jet Li's Fearless (Huo Yuan Jia) (Legend of a Fighter) (2006) It boils down to a simple but elegantly told morality tale with beautiful sets and scenery and plenty of bracing action. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 22, 2006
69% Snakes on a Plane (2006) Rational people can agree on two things: Snakes are evil, and nobody swears more entertainingly than Samuel L. Jackson. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 18, 2006
2/4 68% World Trade Center (2006) Noble intent and adherence to real events don't necessarily add up to success onscreen; it's also often tedious and schmaltzy. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 9, 2006
2/4 52% Strangers with Candy (2005) Maybe a half-hour dose was just right, because the film's pacing is torpid and many of the jokes fall flat. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 7, 2006
27% The Omen (2006) [Thirty] years ago, you didn't hear a lot of mainstream references to the Antichrist, but now it's a routine epithet. It's the curse of the original, which became a huge part of the pop-culture lexicon. Not accounting for that is a fatal error. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 6, 2006
3/4 73% V for Vendetta (2006) V won't win the Subtlety in Film Award, but fans of '70s movies especially will recognize that it's hardly out of line with the tradition of speculative fiction during times of strife. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 17, 2006
1/4 26% The Legend of Zorro (2005) The passionless string of the hoariest clichés is burnished with the phony luster of an I Can't Believe It's Not Butter commercial, and its plot seems to have been amalgamated by a computer program. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 28, 2005
3/4 38% The Brothers Grimm (2005) A flawed but brilliantly imaginative mix of darkness and humor reminiscent of Hammer period chillers like Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter by way of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 26, 2005
2.5/4 27% Fantastic Four (2005) When the Four finally use their different powers together to fight Doctor Doom, it's enough to get you past the torpor of Origin Movie Syndrome and make you hope for a sequel that gets right down to business. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 8, 2005
3/4 73% Land of the Dead (2005) Land does feel less substantial than its predecessors at a scant 92 minutes ... But its novelty and nerve are the work of the master showing those feeding on his body of work how this zombie thing is done. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 24, 2005
3.5/4 79% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) George Lucas had lost his way for many years, gone to filmmaking's dark side. But now he's mustered up completely unexpected reserve for a last-minute redemption. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 18, 2005
2/4 20% The Ring Two (2005) While the look and vibe are as polished and unsettling in their blue-white, washed-out way as the first Ring, it's more of a procedural without much real fright. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 18, 2005
2/4 46% Constantine (2005) Reeves plays one of the comic-book world's most intriguing antiheroes in an adaptation that isn't the massive screw-up fans rightfully expected, but has a cool-to-silly ratio that's just barely acceptable. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 18, 2005
3/4 91% Baadasssss! (2003) A great glimpse inside an artist's struggle. That is, an artist's funky, nasty struggle. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 18, 2004
2/4 29% The Punisher (2004) This is an improvement over the unspeakable 1989 Punisher with Dolph Lundgren, but too often just seems like an unintentional parody. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 16, 2004
3/4 84% Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004) It's flawed but so audaciously unique that I can't imagine missing it if you love movies. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 16, 2004
3/4 81% Hellboy (2004) [del Toro] doesn't quite knock it out of the park like X2 or Spider-Man, but that's not because of a weak swing. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 2, 2004
2/4 26% Walking Tall (2004) When the credits roll after the climactic beatdown, the story feels like it's missing an act. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 2, 2004
3/4 75% Dawn of the Dead (2004) The new Dawn won't be revered like the old one, but if there's a sequel, I'll shamble instinctively to the theater. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 19, 2004
2/4 64% Starsky & Hutch (2004) Apart from wardrobe and hair, the two heroes completely miss the spirit that made the original spark. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 5, 2004