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      Mark Dinning

      Mark Dinning's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Variety Empire Magazine
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      Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
      3/5
      Far and Away (1992) Though blatantly no Eyes Wide Shut, this second on-screen pairing for the Super-A couple remains a class apart from the dross that was Days Of Thunder. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
      3/5
      Jaws 2 (1978) It never comes close to the classic status of its predecessor, but for drive-in horror thrills, this still has sufficient bite. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jul 04, 2017
      4/5
      Princess Mononoke (1997) This imaginative and intriguing Anime deserves all the plaudits heaped upon it. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2013
      3/5
      Carrie (2013) A remake that doesn't see the legacy of Carrie White burn in hell. But not one that adds much to it either. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2013
      3/5
      The Counselor (2013) Ridley Scott finally gets to put Cormac McCarthy on the screen. It's no No Country, but despite its less successful elements is shocking, powerful and - this just in - more gorgeously written than any movie you'll see this year. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2013
      3/5
      Jadoo (2013) [An] enjoyable family feast. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Sep 02, 2013
      4/5
      About Time (2013) Smart and sweet, funny and genuinely moving. Should probably come with a 'there's something in my eye' warning. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Sep 02, 2013
      3/5
      Pain & Gain (2013) Michael Bay goes back to a Bad Boys budget and a big boys' rating, for a true-life crime story that's inconsistent and frenetic, but also funny and wilfully outrageous. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2013
      4/5
      The World's End (2013) Bravely refusing to rigidly adhere to a formula that has been so successful, Wright, Pegg and Frost's Cornetto Trilogy closer has tonal shifts you won't expect, but the same beating heart you've been craving. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2013
      3/5
      ...And Justice for All (1979) If an uneasy mix of humour and sadness never quite gels, its message is clear and its cast uniformly strong. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2013
      4/5
      Jack Reacher (2012) Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise deliver on their promise, with a witty, violent take on Reacher that makes up for its lack of height with an abundance of smarts and thrills. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2012
      3/5
      Trouble With the Curve (2012) You'll know exactly where it's going, but it still has Clint doing full-on-cranky and is a fun finger-up at corporate suits the world over. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2012
      5/5
      Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) If Lucas is Raiders' guts and Kasdan its head, then Spielberg is its beating heart. Little wonder Part IV is still on the cards. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2012
      3/5
      Fast Girls (2012) Despite the whiff of soap, this should get you in the mood for the Olympic summer. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2012
      4/5
      Chronicle (2012) A stunning superhero/sci-fi that has appeared out of nowhere to demand your immediate attention. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2012
      4/5
      Restrepo (2010) Powerful, terrifying and soulful, this real-life Hurt Locker is an intimate, often brilliant insight into combat and comradeship. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Oct 06, 2010
      4/5
      Green Zone (2010) A wham-bam actioner, but its pointed political subtext ensures Damon and Greengrass deliver their most provocative mission yet. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Mar 09, 2010
      4/5
      The Box (2009) Movie Marmite. Many will be perplexed. Donnie Darko fans should lap it up. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Dec 04, 2009
      4/5
      Harry Brown (2009) Caine's mesmerising, tough-as-old-boots performance makes Harry Brown, if no Get Carter 2, somewhere not a million miles removed. Get some. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2009
      3/5
      Big River Man (2009) Entertaining more as a portrait of a slightly unhinged sportsman than the biography of stunt. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Sep 04, 2009
      4/5
      Funny People (2009) An absolute treat. In spite of its disappointing climax, this is Apatow's smartest, rudest and - yes - funniest film yet. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2009
      4/5
      Blow Out (1981) A forgotten gem. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2009
      2/5
      Zombie Strippers (2008) A brilliantly high-concept title and some decent gore aside, you're better off watching the version in your head. It will be infinitely more fun and have markedly improved production values. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2008
      5/5
      The Dark Knight (2008) Nolan cements his position as Hollywood's premier purveyor of blockbuster smarts. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2008
      4/5
      Dumb & Dumber (1994) [Featrues] a plethora of memorable scenes. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2008
      4/5
      Out of the Blue (2006) A haunting, uplifting and never-exploitative portrayal of a terrifying real-life tragedy. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2008
      2/5
      Basic Instinct (1992) Truly bonkers, and perhaps something of a guilty pleasure. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Feb 08, 2008
      2/5
      The Hitcher (2007) A depressingly formulaic reworking of a unique cult favourite that should have been left well alone. Stick with Rutger. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jun 01, 2007
      4/5
      Re-Animator (1985) The plot... took a genre obsessed with masked killers, monsters et al, completely by storm. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2007
      2/5
      Boat Trip (2003) It also has one of the most lame plots in the history of lame plots. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2006
      4/5
      Blade II (2002) Popcorn nonsense for sure, but shot with a wit, skill and understanding of its audience all too rarely seen in the genre. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2006
      4/5
      The Ring (2002) As a concept, it's flawed. As a remake, it's good. As modern horror, it's a firecracker. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2006
      4/5
      Tears of the Black Tiger (2000) Wonderfully shot in an oh-so-bright colour scheme and laced with a delightful sense of humour, the tale of gunslinger Dum and his childhood sweetheart Rumpoey is a joy. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2006
      3/5
      Black Hawk Down (2001) Ambitious, sumptuously-framed and frenetic, Black Hawk Down occasionally errs on the confused, but is nonetheless a rare find of a war movie which dares to turn genre convention on its head. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2006
      1/5
      The In Crowd (2000) Stone the crows! Or is that flog the dead horse? Either way, this is cobblers. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2006
      1/5
      Godsend (2004) It's mangled into an Omen-lite disaster area, thanks to a script torn between making a moral point about cloning and cheap shocks. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jul 03, 2004
      3/5
      Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) Go see it, laugh and flinch in all the right places, have a ball, but don't expect to remember this for years to come. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted May 14, 2004
      4/5
      Near Dark (1987) Kathryn Bigelow took on the big boys and won. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Aug 01, 2003
      4/5
      Catch Me if You Can (2002) A fitting dessert to Spielberg's preceeding entree and main course of A.I. and Minority Report, and one hell of a ride. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Feb 02, 2003
      3/5
      Swordfish (2001) Techno tosh, but fitfully great fun all the same. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2001
      3/5
      Along Came a Spider (2001) In terms of plotting, it's hardly breaking new ground, but spare a thought nonetheless for Morgan Freeman. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted May 07, 2001
      5/5
      Mean Streets (1973) A true rough diamond, Scorsese's breakthrough may be uneven, but at its heart lies fledgling genius. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted May 03, 2001
      The Terminator (1984) A tense, slickly executed thriller, which sent a relatively unknown Austrian bodybuilder screaming into the world's spotlight. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2001
      Beautiful Creatures (2000) Sadly little more than a (very) poor man's Thelma And Louise. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2001
      Nico and Dani (2000) Vilches and ... Ramallo, both strong thesps, make a good pair and help keep the story from slipping into sleaziness. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Feb 07, 2001
      5/5
      Deliverance (1972) There's real substance in themes, performances and John Boorman's superb direction. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jan 01, 2000
      4/5
      Cliffhanger (1993) Action filmmaking at its best -- a career high for director Harlin and arguably Stallone as well. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jan 01, 2000
      4/5
      Dreamscape (1984) Very, very '80s, but lots of fun too. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jan 01, 2000
      4/5
      Chopper (2000) Unsettling and at times uneven, but always fascinating material for anyone prepared for a grim ride. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jan 01, 2000
      5/5
      Amadeus (1984) Entering its third decade, but has lost none of its power to awe. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jan 01, 2000
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