Mark Jenkins appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, May 07, 2015
James Marsden and Jack Black play two men whose lives have taken very different paths after high school.
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.
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.
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.
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.