Mark Jenkins

Mark Jenkins appears in the following:

'The Forbidden Room' Might Be Closer Than You Think

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Guy Maddin's latest is a patchwork of pastiches that ages and modifies film to emulate eras, styles and tropes to examine the oddities of the mind.


'Taxi': A Banned Filmmaker Works From The Road

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi has continued to make films since being officially barred from doing so. His latest finds him driving a cab, picking up passengers.


Ridley Scott Finds An Optimistic Space In 'The Martian'

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Starring Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars, The Martian retains the humor and ingenuity of Andy Weir's novel, even if Damon's crewmates are a bit too good-looking after months in space.


Two Men, One Foot, One Film: 'Finders Keepers'

Thursday, September 24, 2015

A new documentary follows the story of two men arguing over ownership of a foot long separated from its owner.


In 'Black Mass' And 'Sicario,' The Collision Of Law And Violence

Friday, September 18, 2015

Johnny Depp and Emily Blunt lead two new gangster epics that feature extreme violence bumping up against both ethical and unethical law enforcement.


A Mom Might Not Be A Mom, And Yes, That's Scary

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The new thriller Goodnight Mommy follows a child's simple what-if question to horrific lengths.


An Inventive Story Of Connection And Isolation In 'Blind'

Friday, September 04, 2015

The story of a blind woman who confines herself to her Oslo apartment explores surprising connections between characters within a deftly constructed narrative.


'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.


'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.


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.


'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.


'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.


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.


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.


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.


'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.


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.


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.


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.


'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.