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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 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 64% 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 75% 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 43% 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 84% 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 95% 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 83% 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 76% 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 88% 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 91% 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 59% 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 67% 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 83% 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 93% 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
1/5 35% The Only Living Boy in New York (2017) The major culprit in the picture is screenwriter Allan Loeb (Here Comes the Boom, Collateral Beauty) a once and future Happy Madison gagman who wants nothing more than to be the next Woody Allen.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
1/5 86% The Midwife (Sage femme) (2017) Deneuve has made a career out of playing these types of eccentric arch-kooks; she could act the role in her sleep.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
3/5 96% Menashe (2017) The curious are welcome, but this one fits snugly in the category of "You Don't Have to Be Jewish, But..." ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
0/5 93% Logan Lucky (2017) In the very least, Hal Needham's Smokey and the Bandit films displayed a fair amount of affection amid the hamming for their shit-kicking rubes.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
4/5 49% The Glass Castle (2017) Dark, dysfunctional, and filled with blinding hope, this is one glass house that's difficult to throw stones at.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
1/5 84% The Fencer (Miekkailija) (2017) Not awful, just uninspired.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
0/5 89% The Ornithologist (O ornitólogo) (2017) Call it an exercise in staring at a screen for two hours that couldn't have ended soon enough. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
0/5 77% Killing Ground (2017) Made with the basest of intentions and aimed at the lowest form of humanity there is, let this be the first and last feature from Damien Power.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
1/5 73% Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge (2017) Honestly, you'd be better off finding the MGM version from 1943.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
2/5 88% Pop Aye (2017) The press notes call it "a crowd-pleaser at the Sundance Film Festival," but don't expect this Pop Aye to be "strong to the finnich."‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
2/5 76% 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 86% 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 82% 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 89% 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 81% 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 89% 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 51% 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 86% 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 66% 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 93% 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 66% 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 85% 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