Mark Jenkins appears in the following:
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Chinese writer-director Jia Zhangke follows his characters from 1999 all the way forward to 2025, where a sun-bleached tomorrowland threatens alienation from tradition.
Friday, February 05, 2016
Chile's selection for the Oscar for foreign language film is admirable but arduous, following a story of defrocked priests living in a house together.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Critic Mark Jenkins finds parallels between Quentin Tarantino's snowbound revisionist Western and this story of a constable and his son in search of an escaped slave.
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Director Phillipe Garrel may seem to be making one of those French films that slowly ponders daily life, but in fact, he's packing the undoing of a marriage into 70 minutes.
Thursday, January 07, 2016
Romanian writer-director Corneliu Porumboiu follows two men using a metal detector to find riches a family once buried.
Thursday, December 24, 2015
David O. Russell re-teams with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in a film based on the story of a real-life inventor. Unfortunately, the story is neither believable nor particularly interesting.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
The innovatively shot drama about a man attempting to protect the dignity of one boy offers little in the way of reflection, but its kinetic focus on one story strives to be utterly truthful.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Director Adam McKay is better known for films like Anchorman, but even those comedies aren't any nuttier than this fact-based story about the guys who profited from the 2008 financial crisis.
Thursday, December 03, 2015
Writer-director Paolo Sorrentino creates a world of incidents and asides in a Swiss spa hotel, where pals played by Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel like to get away from it all.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
It doesn't have much of an ending, but Victor Frankenstein is a livelier updating of a British classic than, say, the latest from James Bond.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Tom Hardy plays both of the London-gangster Kray brothers and gives both palpable menace that helps boost a sometimes too-Hollywood story.
Thursday, November 05, 2015
A new film explores the life of Dalton Trumbo, who wrote films like Spartacus and Roman Holiday despite being blacklisted as a former communist.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Director Gaspar Noe manages to make his blandest feature to date despite — or as a result of — filling almost half its running time with raw, unsimulated sex.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
There could be some subversion in a comedy about a music manager trying to get a singer on the American Idol counterpart, Afghan Star, but in the end, there isn't.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
The director's frequent collaborator, Tom Hanks, plays an American lawyer enlisted to carry out a complicated swap of one captured man for another.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
A new documentary follows the story of two men arguing over ownership of a foot long separated from its owner.
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.