Mark Jenkins

Mark Jenkins appears in the following:

A Head-To-Head Clash Of Political Wills — And Acting Styles — In Northern Ireland

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The pleasures of this imagined conversation between two real-life Northern Ireland political enemies, set in the run-up to 2006 St. Andrews Agreement, are more political/philosophical than dramatic.

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Sam Elliott Ably Plays The Sam Elliott Character In 'The Hero'

Thursday, June 08, 2017

A story of a fading cowboy-movie star and the younger woman who may lift his spirits would logically star Sam Elliott. And the ruefully comic drama The Hero does.

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Youthful Protest Gets Serious In 'Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower'

Friday, May 26, 2017

Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower tells the story of the Occupy Central movement in Hong Kong in 2014. Led by then-teenager Joshua Wong, it ended with a pizza party, but provoked plenty of response.

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'Abacus': The Small Chinatown Bank That Paid A High Price

Thursday, May 18, 2017

In Abacus: Too Small To Jail, Steve James, who made Hoop Dreams, tells the story of a very small bank that really was prosecuted in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.

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'King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword': An Edgy Script, Dulled By CGI

Thursday, May 11, 2017

An Embarrassment of Ritchie: Charlie Hunnam stars as a hunky Arthur in a film that crackles with director Guy Ritchie's distinctive style but sinks under its bloated special effects.

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Documentary 'Last Men In Aleppo' Profiles Rescuers Amid The Rubble

Thursday, May 04, 2017

An intimate and moving examination of the White Helmets, who pull survivors — and corpses — from bombed buildings in Syria's largest city.

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'BANG! The Bert Berns Story': The Complicated Man Behind 'Twist And Shout'

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A new documentary examines the short life — and shady business practices — of the songwriter/producer behind hits like "Tell Him," "Here Comes the Night" and "Hang On Sloopy."

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A Flighty French Farce (Avec Flesh-Eating): 'Slack Bay'

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Bruno Dumont's histrionic if not particularly hysterical comedy pits rich against poor in a picturesque seaside town; the film's leisurely paced slapstick is "more intriguing than involving."

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Richard Gere Is A One-Man Social Network In 'Norman'

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Critic Mark Jenkins calls Joseph Cedar's tale of a cipher (Richard Gere) who finds himself at the center of a web of personal and political machinations "intricate, rollicking and sometimes sad."

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Anne Hathaway As A 'Colossal' Trainwreck Who Wreaks Monster-Movie Havoc

Thursday, April 06, 2017

A binge-drinking American woman unwittingly controls a monster that's destroying Seoul in this tone-deaf comedy; the film's lumbering attempts to subvert our rom-com expectations fall flat.

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A Painter, A Novelist And A Contentious Lifelong Friendship: 'Cézanne et Moi'

Thursday, March 30, 2017

It'll help to brush up on your Impressionists before seeing writer-director Danièle Thompson's decades-spanning portrait of Emile Zola and Paul Cézanne, but the film deftly avoids biopic clichés.

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A Curmudgeonly Know-It-All Meets The Daughter He Doesn't: 'Wilson'

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Director Craig Johnson's film, based on the Daniel Clowes graphic novel, wants us to invest in a misanthrope's grumbling attempts to reconnect to humanity. Yet its uneven tone keeps us at a distance.

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A Unlikely Romance Blossoms, Rooted In A Secret: 'Frantz'

Thursday, March 16, 2017

French writer-director Francois Ozon adapts Broken Lullaby, Ernst Lubitsch's 1932 melodrama about a mysterious Frenchman and a German war-widow in the aftermath of World War I.

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'Raw' Is Not Well Done

Thursday, March 09, 2017

French writer-director Julia Ducournau's debut feature, about a vegetarian veterinary student who develops a taste for viscera, "is as tiresome as it is scandalous," says critic Mark Jenkins.

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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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