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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 33% 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 82% 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 71% 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 93% 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 41% 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 52% 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 88% 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 18% 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 93% 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 71% 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
1/5 94% Being 17 (Quand on a 17 ans) (2016) If you can buy into the premise, good luck to you. I didn't.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
1/5 83% Kiki, Love to Love (Kiki, el amor se hace) (2016) There might have been more to say about juxtaposing dark laughs against a sunny backdrop, were it not for the director's insistence at setting his dial on fluff.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
1/5 90% Elle (2016) Ultimately the identity of the masked attacker is moot: in [director] Verhoeven's eyes every man is capable of rape.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
4/5 98% Under The Shadow (2016) The shift from family drama to djinn game is so subtle as to be barely perceived‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
1/5 89% Loving (2016) A pair of solemn, unostentatious performances by Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton help to raise the bar just slightly higher than the one set by a benignly routine Lifetime movie.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
3/5 89% Do Not Resist (2016) Doubling down as director and cinematographer, Craig Atkinson proves worthy at both assignments. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
1/5 82% We Are X (2016) When it comes to chronicling their accomplishments on film, all they have to show for themselves is 90 flashy minutes' worth of rockumentary clichés. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
1/5 88% Christine (2016) You'll need a shield to help deflect all the irony director Antonio Campos and screenwriter Craig Shilowich throw before the camera.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
1/5 97% Moonlight (2016) Bullying, poverty, closeted sexuality, drug abuse, and racial strife combine to form an overworked agenda of cultural woes that's more concerned with rubber-stamping issues than telling an original story.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
3/5 95% Gimme Danger (2016) Jarmusch's use of stock footage and snippets of old movies provides perfect backup for the personification of punk nihilism.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
2/5 90% A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016) It starts well, but the deadpan humor quickly runs out of gas.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
3/5 92% Certain Women (2016) Beautifully filmed and performed - the opening sequence using mirrors and doorframes to fuse the torsos of two characters to form a whole - is stunning, but in the end, the overall concept left me in the dark.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
1/5 83% Closet Monster (2016) A film school thesis project that somehow found its way into general release.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
1/5 60% Desierto (2016) As drama, it's predictable, simplistic, exploitative, and otherwise wholly unredeemed.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
3/5 81% My Blind Brother (2016) First-time director Sophie Goodhart coaxes a grown-up performance out of Kroll, and Scott's smarmy contentiousness has never been put to better use.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
1/5 86% Dancer (2016) One's appreciation of this regulation cable biodoc hinges on one's interest in the subject matter, not the medium.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
3/5 82% Denial (2016) It's the ever-spellbinding Timothy Spall who will make audiences squirm. His knotty-pouted advocate for the myth of the six million displays all the seductiveness and in-built logic of a pedophile luring a kindergartner into the back seat of a Buick.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
2/5 100% Ixcanul (2016) The end ultimately justifies the means; whether viewers will want to stick it out is another thing. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/5 84% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Berg's relaxed handling of small talk among the crew members makes the set-up a delight to watch, while the ensuing disasters are convincing enough to give multiplex armrests a gripping workout.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/5 92% Demon (2016) Though it's based on Piotr Rowicki's play Clinging, director Marcin Wrona's spirited staging keeps it from ever dissolving into canned theater.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
0/5 70% Operation Avalanche (2016) Forget about the incongruous use of movie posters; the mugging these nerdy CIA agents display would give Milton Berle cause for alarm.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
1/5 77% London Road (2016) The film is adapted from a stage play, and it shows in every frame.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
2/5 64% Antibirth (2016) Watching Lyonne smoke and drink the trimesters away reminds one just how much her absence from the big screen has been missed. She's pretty much the whole show until the arrival of Meg Tilly whose performance...ranks as one of the year's finest.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
1/5 72% My King (Mon roi) (2016) Love is blind, but the audience isn't, and why these future contestants on The Jerry Springer Show stay together is anyone's guess, particularly Maïwenn's. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
4/5 98% Little Men (2016) Shoring together small moments from the lives of believable characters, in a manner free of special effects and fluky plotting, and with the same dramatic and visual gusto one would apply to an epic is what independent filmmaking should be all about.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016