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Mark Jenkins

Mark Jenkins appears in the following:

'We Are Your Friends' Gets A Blissful Beat, Sometimes

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Zac Efron is little more than a good-looking void in this story of dance music in the San Fernando Valley, but the film is intermittently engaging as a medley of themes and genres.

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'Learning To Drive' On Well-Traveled Roads

Thursday, August 20, 2015

A charming performance from Patricia Clarkson can't overcome the conventional notes of a story about a privileged woman and a struggling immigrant.

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Generation Y Satire Meets Screwball Comedy In 'Mistress America'

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The latest film from Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig is a jumbled tale of a college student and her future stepsister.

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'The End Of The Tour' Is A Film For David Foster Wallace Buffs

Friday, July 31, 2015

The movie, which draws from journalist David Lipsky's interviews with Wallace in 1996, offers an intriguing (if not altogether convincing) portrait of the Infinite Jest author.

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'A Gay Girl' Who Was Not What She Seemed

Friday, July 24, 2015

A new documentary looks at a blog ostensibly written by a Syrian woman that turned out to have an entirely different origin story.

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A Widely Praised Documentary Gets An Even Better Second Chapter

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The documentary The Act Of Killing looked at a brutal slaughter through the lens of action films. Joshua Oppenheimer's follow-up, The Look Of Silence, is just as powerful and more subtle.

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Coming Back As A Better Slab Of Beef Isn't All It's Cracked Up To Be

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Self/less is a dull rumination on familiar themes about body-swapping and life-swapping, exploring none of the actually provocative questions it raises.

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Investigating The Drug Trade In 'Cartel Land'

Friday, July 03, 2015

A new documentary tells a riveting story of the way power and violence intersect along the Arizona border and in embattled Michoacan, Mexico.

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'Escobar: Paradise Lost' Finds Young Love Overshadowed By Violence

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Loosely inspired by actual events, this story of cocaine baron Pablo Escobar and the young man in love with his beloved niece benefits from the powerful presence of Benicio del Toro.

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The House Music Of Paris Takes Center Stage In 'Eden'

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Director and co-writer Mia Hansen-Love tells the tale of a young man, based on her own brother, who finds and then loses a deep attachment to the electronic dance music of Paris in the 1990s.

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A Poet Can Indeed Be Trouble In 'Set Fire To The Stars'

Thursday, June 11, 2015

While this black-and-white historical drama struggles to find a satisfying conclusion to its storytelling about the poet Dylan Thomas, it's stylishly made and intriguingly staged.

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A Simplified Brian Wilson In 'Love And Mercy'

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Played at different stages of his life by Paul Dano and John Cusack, the Brian Wilson who emerges from this film is a less engaging and complex creator than the real Beach Boy.

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'Gemma Bovery': Retelling A Classic With A Light Touch

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Based on a graphic novel, this updating of Madame Bovary almost manages to maintain its feather-light touch in spite of the heavy source material.

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In 'The Seeds Of Time,' One Man's Quest To Save Our Food Supply

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sandy McLeod's documentary is a portrait of Cary Fowler, an agriculturalist who is building a biological archive to maintain crop diversity.

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Why 'Forbidden Films' Remain Officially Locked Away

Thursday, May 14, 2015

A new documentary looks at the history of quarantined Nazi propaganda films and considers the consequences of trying to keep them away from the public eye.

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'The D Train' Rumbles On With Another Hunk/Schlub Comedy

Thursday, May 07, 2015

James Marsden and Jack Black play two men whose lives have taken very different paths after high school.

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In 'Marie's Story,' A Tale Of Teaching And Faith

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A new French film about a girl born blind and deaf speaks not only to the questions of how she learns, but of her encounters with faith and loss.

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'24 Days' Retells A Brutal Crime With Little Explanation

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The docudrama 24 Days doesn't try to explain the thinking of those who abducted and killed a Jewish Parisian. Instead, it considers what can be known about the motives of others.

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'Monkey Kingdom' Is Best When It's All Monkeys All The Time

Thursday, April 16, 2015

There's some too-cute narration and some suspiciously convenient footage in this sort-of documentary from Disneynature, but when the monkeys are at their best, they're quite charming.

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Listening To The Ho-Hum Of The Machine

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Mark Jenkins says the new artificial intelligence film Ex Machina is diverting, but ultimately comes to a predictable and unsatisfying conclusion.

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