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Scott Marks

Scott Marks
Scott Marks's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): San Diego Reader

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 72% 13 Minutes (Elser) (2017) It puts one in the mind to make a meme: Hitler reacts to Oliver Hirschbiegel's prosaic flashback transitions.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
4/5 100% Harmonium (Fuchi ni tatsu) (2017) Is there anything more gratifying than a sweepingly downcast story told in a uniquely exhilarating manner? ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
3/5 85% Moka (2017) Around the 77-minute mark, the film appears to reach its logical conclusion, and then proceeds to hit the audience with another satisfying 10 minutes of twists. The real delight comes in watching Baye play mouse to Devos' cat.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2017
3/5 68% The Journey (2017) With precious cargo like Spall and Meaney to transport, even Freddie Highmore behind the wheel - and the occasional narrative detour - didn't give sufficient cause to incite road rage.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
0/5 80% Like Crazy (La pazza gioia) (2017) Director Virzi has made moves that are worth your time: Caterina in the Big City, My Name is Tanino. This isn't one of them.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
4/5 100% The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies) (2017) J.P. Passi's hand-held black-and-white cinematography cries out for big-screen viewing.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
0/5 87% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) The one-joke soon wears thin, and nothing - particularly the labor-saving animation and hideous-to-behold character design - can keep Underpants from stinking.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
2/5 62% Slack Bay (Ma loute) (2017) Strictly for those with a strong stomach and a decidedly bent outlook.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
4/5 100% Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of The Grateful Dead (2017) Using never-before-seen footage and interviews, Bar-Lev's warts-and-all approach fits a band that backed into fame in spite of itself.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
0/5 19% Baywatch (2017) Lower what little expectation you have going in and you'll still be disappointed. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
0/5 92% Hounds of Love (2017) The snail's-pace horizontal pans, under-the-flight-path score, and other arthouse affectations had collided with the overall unlikeability of the major characters violently enough to make me consider jumping ship. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
3/5 20% Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017) Much of the poop humor is surprisingly fresh and funny, as in the scene where only a shower curtain separates an enormous man bent on relieving himself and the hidden, breath-holding boy he's been chasing. You know, if you go for that sort of thing.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
3/5 79% Chuck (2017) The downfall isn't as satisfying as the setup, and a sudden burst of energy associated with the introduction of cocaine actually acts to slow things down, but it's worth seeing for the performances. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
4/5 88% David Lynch: The Art Life (2017) Is there a more rewarding way of spending 90 minutes than watching Lynch putter, reminisce, and work on a sculpture? Maybe, but you'd need to give Lynch the budget to produce another feature to find out.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
2/5 50% The Dinner (2017) Potential game-changing touch: this time, it's the politician and not his middle-class brother who is in favor of exposing the truth.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
2/5 85% The Transfiguration (2017) Trying hard to play against expectations, writer-director Michael O'Shea casts a black teenager in the lead role of an urban vampire film. It's a decision that ultimately works in the film's favor, but only up to a point.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
0/5 67% Free Fire (2017) Cornfed curse words fuel a script that doesn't amount to much more than a hateful snatch of Tarantino's set-bound posturing, spiked with a blend of pre-Madonna, semi-intelligible Guy Ritchie oddballs.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
3/5 50% The Promise (2017) A sprawling, '60s-style epic with just enough political intrigue to prop up the occasionally wobbly romantic triangle formed by Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon, and an uncharacteristically ill-fitting Christian Bale.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
4/5 100% Truman (2017) Not your typical cancer drama anchored in grief, instead a clear-sighted journey that makes demands on one's emotions in the most unlikely ways.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
3/5 91% The Freedom to Marry (2017) [Director] Rosenstein's greatest achievement is his recognition of the massive efforts put forth by Wolfson, lawyer and civil rights advocate Mary Bonauto, and many others.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
4/5 80% Colossal (2017) If you're in the mood for a monster movie, revenge-tinged romance, social satire, or simply a good time at the multiplex, consider Colossal entertainment.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
3/5 63% Tommy's Honour (2017) A surprisingly better-than-average sports biopic with standout performances.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
2/5 84% The Lure (Córki dancingu) (2017) A nod to politically correct species reassignment surgery livens the third act, but the film eventually sinks under the weight of its own silly excess.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
2/5 90% Frantz (2017) The perhaps too-beautifully manicured black-and-white 'Scope cinematography and Paula Beer's bravura turn as the German girl who got left behind make it worth your while.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
1/5 16% Queen of the Desert (2017) A bland departure from the director's normally madcap norm.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
1/5 35% The Last Word (2017) The occasionally retired Ms. MacLaine is ever quick with a retort, but this is one lead-footed comeback we all could have done without.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
4/5 92% Donald Cried (2017) A ballsy debut by [writer-director-star] Avedisian and one that's not to be missed.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
3/5 67% Before I Fall (2017) Deutch's naturalistic performance grounds the various layers of the story in a manner that keeps it from becoming either boring or wildly unrealistic.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
4/5 83% A United Kingdom (2017) Screenwriter Guy Hibbert and Asante pull off a precision balancing act, illuminating the intensity of the love the couple shared and never once allowing their romance to take a back seat to the issues.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
3/5 72% XX (2017) Two out of four is not a bad average, particularly when the half in question aren't pestiferous enough to warrant a ruckus. Fans of this sort of thing won't go hungry. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
0/5 86% Ocean Waves (Umi ga kikoeru) (2016) I'm not calling for Marvin the Martian to lead a parade of pink elephants down Main Street, but what's the point of animating if the end goal is to simply trace over an ABC Afterschool Special?‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
2/5 100% Saving Banksy (2017) Not a patch on its conceptually oriented precursor Exit Through the Gift Shop, so long as the subject of filmmaking is avoided, this should spark lively debate on the drive home.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
3/5 92% Antarctica: Ice & Sky (La glace et le ciel) (2017) A biographical, cinematic corollary of Al Gore's canned Learning Annex lecture, Luc Jacquet's Antarctica condenses 22 polar missions - all told, they consumed ten years of Lorius's life - into one visually breathtaking documentary.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
3/5 97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) For two-thirds of its running time, attention must be paid to an exquisitely realized suspense-thriller. It isn't until Farhadi borrows a calculable cup of revenge from the Death Wish cookbook that his soufflé begins to flatten.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
4/5 94% Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016) Who needs voiceovers when a director's camera has this much to say?‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
1/5 59% Alone in Berlin (2017) Dignified to the point of absurdity, this fact-based dud never gets off the ground, thanks to director Vincent Perez's failure to create - let alone maintain - any level of suspense.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
2/5 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) Sure enough, Andy Kaufman's prankster and premeditatedly abrasive second-self was the impetus behind this epic one-joke comedy from German writer-director Maren Ade.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
5/5 96% Paterson (2016) A filmmaker telling his story in pictures and the limitlessness of control he brings to his art. What more can one ask of cinema?‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
1/5 54% The Ardennes (D'Ardennen) (2017) Robrecht Heyvaert's brooding nighttime cinematography is the film's one saving grace.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
2/5 89% 20th Century Women (2017) The film is well worth a look, if just for the performances; just know going in that director Mills calls upon his cast and script to do most of the heavy lifting.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
1/5 21% Sleepless (2017) Alas, Andrea Berloff's screenplay has more holes than a trawlerman's net, none bigger than a gut-cut Foxx nursing a gaping wound for two-thirds of the picture while still managing to dodge bullets and roll with the punches. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017
3/5 32% Monster Trucks (2017) Audiences could do (and have done) a lot worse than this genial throwback to a time when Kurt Russell was Disney's #1 living, breathing attraction.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017
2/5 94% Hunter Gatherer (2016) The deck (and performance) stacked as they are - the guy is even determined to put an end to his illiteracy - rookie writer-director Joshua Locy makes it difficult to dislike the hapless jamoke.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet Alias Maria (2015) As the sweltering Colombian rainforest becomes the personification of a threatening norm, Torres's growing anxiety translates to audience tension.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
1/5 80% Beyond the Gates (2016) The fresh-faced cast and first-time director Jackson Stewart give it their best, but once the tape enters the machine, all bets are off.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
3/5 92% La La Land (2016) This is one crowd-pleaser worth getting behind.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
4/5 89% Jackie (2016) Together [director Larrain and star Portman] trap the character on film, like a rose frozen in a block of ice.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
0/5 41% Office Christmas Party (2016) Even a third act demolition derby tribute to The Blues Brothers can't revitalize this stiff.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
3/5 75% Miss Sloane (2016) Following a pair of sojourns to the adorable Marigold Hotel, John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) takes a giant step forward with this perfectly timed tale of how to draw and quarter a lobbyist.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
3 95% The Similars (Los Parecidos) (2016) Most episodes of The Twilight Zone run 30 minutes, and there's barely enough material here to justify a feature, but Ezban makes it work.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016