Mark Schilling

Mark Schilling
Mark Schilling's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Screen International Japan Times

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 No Score Yet Zokki (2020) Zokki contains a wealth of unifying comic detail... as well as a climax that draws plot strands together in a satisfying way. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
2.5/5 No Score Yet Gekijoban: Signal (2021) The climax is packed with positive messaging that is thuddingly obvious. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
4/5 No Score Yet Along the Sea (Umibe no Kanojotachi) (2020) No one over-emotes or emotes much, period. But as the harsh reality of the central heroine's dilemma sinks in, the film builds to an emotionally charged climax that feels earned, not imposed. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
4/5 71% Ride or Die (2021) [Ryuichi Hiroki] is a director with visual flair, and a sure sensitivity to his characters' inner lives. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
3.5/5 No Score Yet Under the Turquoise Sky (2021) Just when the film seems stuck in a repetitious rut, like the van's wheels spinning in the mud, it begins to give us glimpses of another, more mysterious Mongolia. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
2.5/5 No Score Yet First Love (2021) If raw and real is what you want, see "Life: Untitled." - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2021
3.5/5 No Score Yet Kiba: The Fangs of Fiction (2021) As Megumi, Matsuoka exudes a quirky charm and warmth that look uncalculated, but turn out to be facets in a finely layered jewel of a performance. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
3.5/5 80% Kontora (2019) It makes its points more by poetic metaphor, though it is also firmly grounded in the real, including the darker sides of its characters' psyches. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
4/5 No Score Yet Aristocrats (2021) "Aristocrats" isn't a cliched worlds-collide sort of comedy. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
4/5 100% Under the Open Sky (Subarashiki Sekai) (2020) A masterful portrait of a lifelong outsider trying to find a place in a society that hands out few second chances. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet Suicide Forest Village (2021) In [Takashi Shimizu'i][s latest, "Suicide Forest Village," he shows he still knows the tricks of the trade, though the psychological depths and signature style found in the work of fellow master of horror Kiyoshi Kurosawa elude him. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window (2021) Hirate, a former member of pop group Keyakizaka46, is particularly good as Erika, burning with a merciless intensity that is the film's scariest effect. Which is saying something, if not a lot. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
3.5/5 No Score Yet Angry Rice Wives (Dai Kome Soudou) (2021) The film simplifies the history of the riots, airbrushing out male participation. It does, however, highlight the real bravery of the female protestors, who fought not only ingrained sexism, but also the deep poverty that put their families at risk. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
4/5 No Score Yet Hold Me Back (Watashi wo kuitomete) (2020) In "Hold Me Back" [Non] shows that she can be both the ingenue audiences have come to love and an experienced actor able to carry a film. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Mrs. Noisy (2020) "Mrs. Noisy" makes a worthy plea for more tolerance in a society that lacks it, with those unable or unwilling to conform pushed outside the circle of wa. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet Underdog (2020) In its gritty realism, in and out of the ring, it's the best boxing film to come out of Japan since "100 Yen Love." - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Any Crybabies Around? (Nakuko wa Ineega?) (2020) Kudos to [Taiga] Nakano, who reveals Tasuku's weaknesses without making him totally contemptible. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
3.5/5 67% Life: Untitled (2020) The film's structure is episodic, with characters sketched in rather than fully developed. Nonetheless, some stand out, such as Shiho (the always excellent Reiko Kataoka). - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Ora, Ora Be Goin' Alone (Ora, Ora de Hitori Igu Mo) (2020) Yuko Tanaka... is perfectly cast as Momoko. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Living in Your Sky (Sora ni Sumu) (2020) As expected from [Shinji] Aoyama, the dialogue is intelligent and pithy, while [Mikako] Tabe's portrayal of Naomi ranges from spacey charm to laser-eyed sternness, underlaid with a melancholy and loneliness that feels of-the-moment. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
100% Wife of a Spy (Supai no tsuma) (2020) "Wife of a Spy" is more than a penetrating study of one woman's troubled psyche; it's also an unflinching gaze at the horror of a world gone mad. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet Under the Stars (Hoshi no Ko) (2020) [Mana] Ashida turns in a laser-focused turn as the conflicted protagonist. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Kamata Prelude (2020) The result is something of a patchwork, running the gamut from magical realism to absurdist comedy, but it held my attention from beginning to end. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
No Score Yet Midnight Swan (2020) Additionally, though Hattori has her limits as an actress (this is her first film role), she is a quietly strong presence as Ichika, right down to her trained dancer's poise. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet Cenote (Ts'ono'ot) (2019) There's something hypnotic about the procession of swirling, glittering images, and haunting about the narration, which is drawn from Mayan poetry and delivered by otherworldly voices. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
3.5/5 80% A Beloved Wife (2019) At the end of this cacophonous but charming movie, I was misting up. Shin Adachi, c'est moi. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet Reiwa Uprising (2019) By the end, Yasutomi had my vote. And so did the probing, truth-telling, easy-to-enjoy Reiwa Uprising. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Stigmatized Properties (Jiko Bukken: Kowai Madori) (2020) At once funny and creepy, [Noriko Eguchi] nails the mood the film should have had all the way through. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Girl I Like (Boku no Suki na Onnanoko) (2020) The story's final destination is apparent from the beginning, but [Shinya] Tamada cleverly finesses this sense of inevitability with a sleight-of-hand ending. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet Zero as You Are (Boku ga Seibutsu 'Zero' ni Modoku Toki: Sora to Konomi no Kyuu-Nenkan) (2020) [Miyuki] Tokoi's tenacity in taking Sky's story beyond its obvious conclusion deserves applause, as does Sky, a "zero" who becomes a self-actualized "plus," triumphantly undefined by a pronoun. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Koshien: Japan's Field of Dreams (2020) Compelling and illuminating. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
4.5/5 83% Labyrinth of Cinema (2019) Bursting with energy, passion and dreamlike invention, and while conveying a strong antiwar message, it is anything but preachy. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet #HandballStrive (#HandoZenryoku) (2020) Regardless of the final score, "#Handball Strive" is a feel-good winner. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet Just the Two of Us (Futari no Sekai) (2020) It doesn't equal "The Intouchables" in laughs, though it does have flashes of puckish humor. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet A Tale of the Riverside (Kappa no Onna) (2020) [The film's] energy and charm win out. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
3.5/5 100% Mother (2020) Whatever you may think of his title character, his film has the ring of emotional truth. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet The Modern Lovers (Tokyo no Koibito) (2019) [Nanami] Kawakami inhabits the role as naturally... which is to say she is a thorough professional who makes acting look effortless. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet His Bad Blood (Itsukushimi fukaki) (2019) I found myself liking [Yu Toyama] - and the film - more than I first thought possible. That's the real miracle of His Bad Blood. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
98% Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) "Kiki's Delivery Service" is more than a place to park the kids for two hours - it is a surprisingly moving celebration of the animator's art that deserves a wider audience. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Forgiven Children (Yurusareta Kodomotachi) (2020) [Yu] Uemura is playing an angrier character with a harder core, but he makes Kira more sympathetic than not. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet Zero (Seishin 0) (2020) [Kazuhiro] Soda has made a revealing, unexpectedly touching film indeed. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Step (2020) [A] sincere, sentimental drama. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
1.5/5 No Score Yet Not Quite Dead Yet (2020) An ad industry veteran who has accumulated a long list of prizes and connections, [director Shinji] Hamasaki has assembled a cast of big names, many in cameos - and mostly wasted. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet Extro (2020) Coming to the film cold, I was cracking up with laughter. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet A Life Turned Upside Down: My Dad's an Alcoholic (You to Bakemono ni Naru Chichi ga Tsurai) (2019) As Saki, [Honoka] Matsumoto is her usual quirky, charming, sad-eyed self, but with a new depth of feeling, as Saki's childhood love for her father gives way to anger and finally indifference. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
3.5/5 71% Fukushima 50 (2020) Fukushima 50 strives, boldly for a mainstream film, to tell certain home truths, from the profits-first mindset of the plant's operators. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
3.5/5 97% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) Miike is still Miike, still bad to the bone. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Red (2020) The supporting cast is excellent, from Tasuku Emoto as the wickedly perceptive co-worker, Kodaka, to Kimiko Yo as Toko's straight-talking mother. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
3.5/5 88% 37 Seconds (2019) Hikari has left us with a fresh, vibrant, extraordinary film. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
3/5 40% Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku (2020) No, this is not your average otaku movie. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020