Mark Jenkins

Mark Jenkins appears in the following:

God's Daughter Writes A 'Brand New Testament,' But It Makes For Slight Reading

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Belgian director Jaco Van Dormael's modern fable boasts a promising whimsical premise, but comes off disappointingly glib in execution.


In The Dark Crime Thriller 'Old Stone,' A Taxi Driver Turns Amateur Detective

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Writer-director Johnny Ma's mordant tale of a taxi driver forced to cover the health costs of a man he ran over "shifts from docudrama to "black-hearted thriller," says critic Mark Jenkins.


'Mifune' Can't Quite Capture A Screen Legend

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Critic Mark Jenkins says a new documentary focused on Toshiro Mifune's relationship with director Akira Kurosawa could have used a bit more verve and a few more voices.


Tom Ford Delivers Pristine But Portentous Pulp In 'Nocturnal Animals'

Thursday, November 17, 2016

This bifurcated film cross-cuts between the sterile existence of a coolly patrician L.A. gallery owner and the action of her ex-husband's raw-boned novel.


'The Monster:' A Mother, A Daughter And A Great Big Thing That Goes Bump In The Night

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Trapped in a car in the woods, Lizzy (Ella Ballentine) and her mother (Zoe Kazan) encounter a mysterious creature in a horror movie beset by a leaden script, slow pacing and a disappointing reveal.


In 'Dog Eat Dog,' A Scabrous, Stylized Tale Of Drug Dens — And Diapers

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Cage, Matched: Willem Dafoe teams with Nicolas Cage (and Christopher Matthew Cook) to kidnap a gangster's newborn baby in Paul Schrader's latest uber-violent caper comedy.


'Inferno' Stokes The Embers Of A Dying Franchise

Thursday, October 27, 2016

After three adaptations, including The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, the lively heresies of Dan Brown's bestselling thrillers have sunk into timid incoherence.


In 'Miss Hokusai,' The Daughter Of A Master Artist Comes Into Her Own

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Set in Edo-era Japan, this gorgeous, impressionistic tale follows the life and work of the artist Katsushika Hokusai and his daughter/protege through a series of exquisitely wrought vignettes.


Poignant Pangs In The Pyrenees: 2 Boys Come Of Age In 'Being 17'

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Director André Téchiné returns to a subject he famously explored in 1994's Wild Reeds: sexual awakening between teenage boys. This time, a stripped-down approach imbues his film with raw emotion.


'Danny Says' Surprisingly Little: Documentary About Rock Manager Lacks Insight

Thursday, September 29, 2016

A film about the voluble Danny Fields, a music industry executive who managed the Ramones from 1975 to 1980, manages to be "candid yet unrevealing."


A Korean Celebrity Couple Kidnapped By Kim Jong Il: 'The Lovers And The Despot'

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The fascinating tale of a South Korean movie star and director kidnapped in the 1970s is dutifully recounted in a documentary that fails to explore several lingering questions.


In Chilling Documentary 'Command And Control,' A Nuclear Explosion Narrowly Avoided

Thursday, September 15, 2016

In 1980, a socket dropped from a worker's wrench nearly spelled nuclear disaster at a Titan II missile silo outside Little Rock, Arkansas.


In 'Demon,' A Spirit Proves The Ultimate Wedding Crasher

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Humor leavens the horror in this Polish film about a groom literally possessed by the country's haunted past.


'Seasons In Quincy' Offers A Fractured, Frustrating Portrait Of Critic John Berger

Thursday, September 01, 2016

The documentary, set in and around the French town in which the influential writer now resides, dissects his life in four discrete segments. The approach proves more intriguing than insightful.


'Mia Madre' Weaves Memory, Fantasy And Film Into A Poignant Rumination On Loss

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti's latest is a charming, heartfelt and slyly satirical meditation on cinema — which exists at the crossroads of fantasy and reality — and the loss of a parent.


'War Dogs' Cries Havoc And Lets Slip The Dudes Of War

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Director Todd Phillips' heavily fictionalized, testosterone-fueled account of two bros who engage in war profiteering ultimately loses its way.


Aria Woman Makes Good: In 'Florence Foster Jenkins,' A Weak Voice, A Strong Heart

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Meryl Streep stars in a new biopic about a much-mocked (but well-financed) amateur opera singer whose love of music sustains her — and the film.


In The Warm But Underdeveloped 'Little Men,' Kids Bond While Parents Feud

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Ira Sachs' latest film, about a friendship between two boys, is Chekhovian in its subtlety but withholds too much and fails to attain the emotional impact for which it strives.


A Love Story Set In France's Heady Political Past

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Director Catherine Corsini sets the story of two women in love against a moment in the early 1970s when France was in a period of leftist ferment.


'The Infiltrator' Offers A Familiar But Stylish Look Inside A Drug Kingpin's Empire

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Breaking Malo: In a film based on Robert Mazur's 2009 memoir, Bryan Cranston plays a U.S. Customs agent who goes undercover with the Escobar drug cartel.