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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
1/5 70% Believer (2018) Perhaps my love for the original clouded my vision for this version, but damn if I didn't spend more time looking at my watch than I did at the screen.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
4/5 85% American Animals (2018) A narrative drama wherein beats the heart of a documentary.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
0/5 33% Mary Shelley (2018) As it stands, this monstrously inept creation is more terrifying than any scenario the author conjured up.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
1/5 68% Ocean's 8 (2018) The best than can be said is Eigil Bryld's cinematography is easier on the eyes than a dimmed screensaver.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
3/5 86% Sollers Point (2018) Jim Belushi is superb in the small role of Keith's father, a man admired and respected by everyone but the one individual he loves more than all the others combined.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
3/5 83% Mountain (2018) Gosh only knows when you'll ever have another chance to see a blooper reel of spills set to Vivaldi.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
3/5 95% Filmworker (2018) Next time you watch a Kubruck movie, take note of the high-contrast black and white, or of how consistent the colors have remained over the decades. Thanks, Mr. Vitale!‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
3/5 94% Beast (2018) Not since Sissy Spacek fell in with Martin Sheen in Badlands has an actress taken us through the process of swapping home and hearth for a homicidal maniac with the manic intensity Buckley displays here. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
0/5 17% Show Dogs (2018) It's true that technology has come a long way since Tex Avery first added animated mouths to real-life animals, but what good is scientific know-how without the imagination needed to power it?‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
0/5 54% Book Club (2018) [Director] Holdermann must have been eager to make a comedy in the worst way. Unfortunately, that's exactly how it turned out.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
1/5 85% Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2018) Still, the sight of the ominously androgynous floating fortress with legs to spare in her civvies alone is worth the price of admission.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
4/5 83% The Desert Bride (La Novia del Desierto) (2018) This is one of the great screen romances in recent memory.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
3/5 82% Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (2018) I'm glad to report that I not only saw the tale of a soldier and his loyal pooch through to the end; at one point, I used a shirt cuff to blot away the wet eyes.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
3/5 77% Beirut (2018) With four Bourne thrillers to his credit, it's safe to assume that screenwriter Tony Gilroy could have penned this in his sleep. He didn't.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
0/5 87% You Were Never Really Here (2018) [Phoenix], the mumbling master of smug self-indulgence, dons another layer of Emperor's new duds to favor us with a performance as subtle as a fart in a sardined elevator and twice as odiferous.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
1/5 43% Baja (2018) The cast is appealing, the location work in Baja is ridiculously colorful, and if you don't go in expecting too much, you won't be disappointed. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
1/5 96% Foxtrot (2018) The best thing to be said of this well-intentioned film is that it doesn't resort to lecturing.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
3/5 70% Finding Your Feet (2018) When given the chance (which is always), the cast unlocks moments that are so intimate and naturally detailed, you would swear that the actors had no idea the cameras were rolling. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
1/5 83% Blockers (2018) On a positive note, this will probably best be remembered for giving the lusty trio of female offspring the ultimate power of post-formal hotel room-veto.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
3/5 100% Oh Lucy! (2018) At its best, it's a comedy of miscommunication, one that hits an occasional rough spot when the location shifts from Tokyo to SoCal and a chase ensues between Lucy and her mother and sister. 2017.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
3/5 97% Leaning Into the Wind (2018) No matter how vivid your home setup might be, it's best to see this in a theatre.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
0/5 39% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) While I'm generally a sucker for imaginative art direction, the Technicolor gargle of overflorid hues on display here barely sticks to the screen, let alone to the memory.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
51% Flower (2018) It is that rare commodity in today's superhero-driven cinema, and unless I'm forgetting something, one has to go back as far as Igby Goes Down to find an honest, brave, and bracingly comic look at adolescence such as this.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
0/5 82% Early Man (2018) The pun-fueled dialogue is a perfect match for the visual ugliness.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
2/5 97% Félicité (2017) Think High Noon set in Kinshasa and backed by a Congolese beat. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
2/5 87% The Post (2018) Streep is superb. What else is new?‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
2/5 90% I, Tonya (2018) [Robbie] transforms what could easily have been just another grotesquerie in a grand guignol into a fully rounded, albeit unsympathetic, character. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
4/5 91% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) One couldn't help but think of the obvious, heavy-handed messaging we'd be spared if all directors followed Kaurismäki's expert smuggling techniques.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
3/5 95% Dealt (2017) "What he does with cards, a magician can't do," says [Turner's] son and stage manager Asa Spades Turner. Director Luke Korem's documentary proves the lad's point. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
2/5 100% Bill Nye: Science Guy (2017) Biggest takeaway? Nye's previous mission of making science accessible to children is nothing compared to the challenge in convincing adults of the perils of climate change.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
3/5 75% Frank Serpico (2017) A must for fans of upstanding citizenry.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
4/5 99% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) The pair makes an oddly compelling Harold and Maude coupling, touring the countryside in a minibus-cum-box camera and honoring the locals by turning the facades of buildings into ephemeral open-air portrait galleries.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
0/5 77% Thank You for Your Service (2017) Keep moving, folks; there's nothing here you haven't seen done better a hundred times before.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet Susan Hero (Lost in New Mexico: The Strange Tale of Susan Hero) (2007) As is the case with almost all anthology pictures this size, two or three segments stand out.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
2/5 66% Manolo, The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards (2017) Recreations of the master's past are laughably bad: a numbing state of self-congratulatory and overly theatrical theatricality appears to have stricken all participants. So why was I never bored?‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
1/5 76% Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton (2017) If it's a quality film about surfing you crave, track down John Milius' Big Wednesday.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
4/5 98% Lucky (2017) A film comprised of first-rate actors, each given the opportunity to spin a yarn or two.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
1/5 40% The Mountain Between Us (2017) The romance is forced and phony - after only two weeks together, the two are behaving like an old married couple.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
1/5 85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) All that's expected from the leads is that they put forth a competent degree of mimicry; the secondary characters, meanwhile, are left with little to do but flounder.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
1/5 70% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2017) The last thing one expected was for the Belgian Dardenne brothers to dote on a murder mystery, particularly one involving a medico turned amateur sleuth that's fraught with coincidence like so much of what's already out there.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
4/5 96% Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017) Maybe one temple of learning will inspire a visit to another: see the movie, then pop into your local biblioteca.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
0/5 85% Beach Rats (2017) Let's call this what it is: a fetishistic After-School Special complete with closeups of trimmed pubes and squeaky-clean sphincters.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
2/5 77% Crown Heights (2017) The sole fresh twist, one that should have been more than enough to drive the show - one friend dedicating his life to exonerating the other - is repeatedly undermined by their unequal presentation.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
1/5 90% RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017) What we have here is less an exploration of personal artistry than an entry-level history lesson.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
1/5 50% The Confessions (2017) Those expecting the brand of hefty satire found in Andò's last film, Long Live Liberty, will have to wait.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
3/5 89% After Love (L'économie du couple) (2017) For most of its running time, director and co-writer Joachim Lafosse gives the impression that he's drilled a hole into the side of a married couple's home in order to afford audiences an unmediated, worm's eye view of their gradual dissolution.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
0/5 56% Lemon (2017) Be prepared for what will prove to be far and away the longest 83 minutes you'll spend watching a movie this year. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
2/5 57% Tales Of An Immoral Couple (La Vida Inmoral De La Pareja Ideal) (2017) The four lead performances keep what might have been a contrived comedy of errors on an even keel.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
1/5 82% Patti Cake$ (2017) The performances are all first-rate - particularly Bridget Everett as Macdonald's haggard mother - but first time writer-director Geremy Jasper makes more bad choices than his misguided characters here.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
4/5 89% Escapes (2017) Be it divine intervention or just pure dumb luck, Fancher never lost his foothold on the fringes of cinema. He lived his life as if it was a movie waiting to be made.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017