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Mark Sommer

Mark Sommer
Mark Sommer's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Buffalo News

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 82% Loving Vincent (2017) It's so resplendent with rich colors and textured and vibrant brush strokes that at times it overwhelms the film's narrative, which concerns the troubled artist's death in 1890.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
3/4 71% Viceroy's House (2017) Bonnenville's steel-chinned and earnest portrayal of Mountbatten drives the film, matched by Gillian's compassionate presentation of Lady Edwina.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
3.5/4 96% Menashe (2017) [It] raises questions about religion and conformity but never challenges them directly. Instead, it offers a rare window into a religious community that steers clear of modern society, and into a man who, with his foibles and frailties, is all too human.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
3/4 78% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) Is a follow-up really warranted? Oh yeah.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
3/4 77% The Little Hours (2017) The Little Hours is a fun romp that aims low and mostly stays there, right where it belongs.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
3.5/4 76% The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss) (2017) The Exception is, simply put, an exceptional World War II thriller.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
3/4 76% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) Hayek and Lithgow are outstanding in their lead roles as spiritual opposites, though one wishes the script included more exchanges between them.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
3/4 86% The Wedding Plan (2017) While it helps to know something about that culture, it's not necessary to appreciate Michal's struggles, what drives her or the humor that often animates the film.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
3/4 80% Chuck (2017) Chuck takes a lot of punches, but it lands some good ones, too.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
3/4 88% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) It's wholly unexpected, just as Gere's understated and thoughtful portrayal of Norman's ambitions, insecurities and delusions will be for some viewers.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
3.5/4 94% Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2017) Battles over the future of New York City are at the center of the richly informative and well-crafted documentary, Citizen Jane: Battle for the City.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
2.5/4 38% The Last Word (2017) It's all pretty predictable, but MacLaine and Seyfried, alone and together, have their moments. The two actresses compensate with passion and professionalism in this paint-by-numbers crowd-pleaser.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
3/4 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) It's a fun and at times suspenseful creature adventure, with a nod to some elements of the Kong story dating back to Ernest B. Schoedsack and Merian C. Cooper's all-time 1933 classic, featuring Willis O'Brien's stop-motion animation gorilla.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
3/4 24% The Comedian (2017) The film benefits from solid acting from the large supporting cast, but it stands on De Niro's caustically comedic turn. After where he's been lately, it's good to see him back.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
3.5/4 94% Harry & Snowman (2016) Director Ron Davis uses entertaining home movies, newsreels, and old clippings to bring Harry and Snowman's story to life. ‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
3/4 96% Seasons (Les saisons) (2016) These images of pristine nature are worth the price of admission alone, and may remain long after the lights go out.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
2.5/4 33% The Pickle Recipe (2016) The Pickle Recipe mostly works as an upbeat comedy that has its heart in the right place, aided by an essential trace element of Jewish humor, Kosher pickle included.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
2.5/4 22% American Pastoral (2016) By mid-film, American Pastoral has all the anticipation of watching water circling around a drain that quickly disappears.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
3/4 95% Gimme Danger (2016) Gimme Danger doesn't require liking or even knowing much about the band to be entertained.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
2.5/4 83% Denial (2016) Denial lacks the heart and the suspense of such Holocaust courtroom classics as Judgment at Nuremburg. In this case, more of both would have gone a long way.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/4 90% A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016) Its ambition may be limited, but A Man Called Ove is Swedish comfort food that's surprisingly tasty, and easily digestible.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/4 54% The Dressmaker (2016) The Dressmaker is a fun and at times touching romp through the Outback, as well as a feast for the eyes and ears.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/4 85% The People vs. Fritz Bauer (Der Staat Gegen Fritz Bauer) (2016) Add this to the ever-growing list of films that bring a moral reckoning to the horrors of World War II, a period of which, we're often reminded, "we must never forget."‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
2.5/4 45% Come What May (2016) Come What May has its share of suspenseful and touching moments, while reminding viewers of the hardships faced by refugees of war, then and now.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
3.5/4 61% Snowden (2016) Joseph Gordon-Levitt's understated role as Snowden presents the protagonist with a quiet intensity, strong moral compass and, initially, an unquestioning regard for U.S. institutions.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
2/4 50% Complete Unknown (2016) The missteps in Complete Unknown may be the film's biggest unknown of all.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
81% Wedding Doll (Hatuna Meniyar) (2016) Wedding Doll offers a sensitive portrayal of Hagit finding small and hard-earned victories along the way, and the acting, especially by Rosenblatt and Levy, is spot-on.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
3.5/4 82% Indignation (2016) The production design, period wear and Jay Walden's violin-propelled score all hit the right notes in this sad tune. Most of all, so do the charged and revealing performances of Lerman and Gadon.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/4 53% Dough (2016) Dough gets its heft from the mixture of the sweet and the bitter, and the possibility of understanding between the protagonists without sugarcoating their differences. It's worth biting into.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2016
1/4 75% Wiener-Dog (2016) The most unsung, and in some ways disappointing character, is the dachshund.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2016
2.5/4 87% The Idol (Ya Tayr El Tayer) (2016) The film is worth spending 90 minutes to watch... for those seeking a fairly stirring story that also provides a window into life in Gaza and the "Idol" franchise's surprising influence in the Arab world.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted May 26, 2016