Mark Jenkins

Mark Jenkins appears in the following:

Amiable But Generic 'Rock Dog' Chases Its Own Tail

Thursday, February 23, 2017

This Chinese-U.S. co-production, based on a graphic novel by Chinese rock star Zheng Jun, pads its way through a familiar story about a mastiff who wants to make it big in the music industry.

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'The Great Wall' Isn't, Particularly

Thursday, February 16, 2017

This visually impressive, narratively muddy, pseudo-historic monster movie disappoints. "It's bonkers in theory, but prosaic in execution," says critic Mark Jenkins.

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Maudlin Teen Romance 'The Space Between Us' Burns Up On Re-Entry

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Martian, Martian, Martian!: Asa Butterfield stars as a Mars-born teen who struggles under Earth's gravity — and a treacly script — in this sci-fi romance.

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'The Salesman': A Violent Act Tests A Marriage, And One Actor's Humanity

Thursday, January 26, 2017

As a Tehran couple perform Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, troubling parallels emerge in their home life. Writer-director Asghar Farhadi's nuanced film is one to which attention must be paid.

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'The Red Turtle': An Animated Fable Of Humanity, Nature And The Nature Of Humanity

Thursday, January 19, 2017

In this wordless film, a man stranded on a tropical island struggles against the forces of nature to leave — until those same forces provide a reason to stay.

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'Claire In Motion,' Movie In Stasis

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Betsy Brandt plays a woman whose husband goes missing in this underwritten, willfully ambiguous film from writer-directors Lisa Robinson and Annie J. Howell.

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Two Brothers Head Into 'The Ardennes' But Find Little That's Original

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Belgium's submission for the 2017 best-foreign-film Oscar is a visually stylish but highly derivative crime drama.

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Scorsese's 'Silence': A Clash of Cultures — And Creeds — In 16th Century Japan

Friday, December 23, 2016

Two Portuguese priests travel to Japan to find their mentor in Martin Scorsese's fairly conventional historical drama, which our critic calls "the director's most punishing film since Raging Bull."

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God's Daughter Writes A 'Brand New Testament,' But It Makes For Slight Reading

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Belgian director Jaco Van Dormael's modern fable boasts a promising whimsical premise, but comes off disappointingly glib in execution.

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In The Dark Crime Thriller 'Old Stone,' A Taxi Driver Turns Amateur Detective

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Writer-director Johnny Ma's mordant tale of a taxi driver forced to cover the health costs of a man he ran over "shifts from docudrama to "black-hearted thriller," says critic Mark Jenkins.

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'Mifune' Can't Quite Capture A Screen Legend

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Critic Mark Jenkins says a new documentary focused on Toshiro Mifune's relationship with director Akira Kurosawa could have used a bit more verve and a few more voices.

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Tom Ford Delivers Pristine But Portentous Pulp In 'Nocturnal Animals'

Thursday, November 17, 2016

This bifurcated film cross-cuts between the sterile existence of a coolly patrician L.A. gallery owner and the action of her ex-husband's raw-boned novel.

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'The Monster:' A Mother, A Daughter And A Great Big Thing That Goes Bump In The Night

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Trapped in a car in the woods, Lizzy (Ella Ballentine) and her mother (Zoe Kazan) encounter a mysterious creature in a horror movie beset by a leaden script, slow pacing and a disappointing reveal.

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In 'Dog Eat Dog,' A Scabrous, Stylized Tale Of Drug Dens — And Diapers

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Cage, Matched: Willem Dafoe teams with Nicolas Cage (and Christopher Matthew Cook) to kidnap a gangster's newborn baby in Paul Schrader's latest uber-violent caper comedy.

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'Inferno' Stokes The Embers Of A Dying Franchise

Thursday, October 27, 2016

After three adaptations, including The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, the lively heresies of Dan Brown's bestselling thrillers have sunk into timid incoherence.

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In 'Miss Hokusai,' The Daughter Of A Master Artist Comes Into Her Own

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Set in Edo-era Japan, this gorgeous, impressionistic tale follows the life and work of the artist Katsushika Hokusai and his daughter/protege through a series of exquisitely wrought vignettes.

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Poignant Pangs In The Pyrenees: 2 Boys Come Of Age In 'Being 17'

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Director André Téchiné returns to a subject he famously explored in 1994's Wild Reeds: sexual awakening between teenage boys. This time, a stripped-down approach imbues his film with raw emotion.

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'Danny Says' Surprisingly Little: Documentary About Rock Manager Lacks Insight

Thursday, September 29, 2016

A film about the voluble Danny Fields, a music industry executive who managed the Ramones from 1975 to 1980, manages to be "candid yet unrevealing."

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A Korean Celebrity Couple Kidnapped By Kim Jong Il: 'The Lovers And The Despot'

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The fascinating tale of a South Korean movie star and director kidnapped in the 1970s is dutifully recounted in a documentary that fails to explore several lingering questions.

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In Chilling Documentary 'Command And Control,' A Nuclear Explosion Narrowly Avoided

Thursday, September 15, 2016

In 1980, a socket dropped from a worker's wrench nearly spelled nuclear disaster at a Titan II missile silo outside Little Rock, Arkansas.

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