Mark Jenkins appears in the following:
Thursday, August 14, 2014
The film adaptation of Lois Lowry's 1993 novel clearly owes a debt to many other stories for teens and adults, and it struggles to find anything new to say.
Thursday, August 07, 2014
James Cameron didn't direct Deepsea Challenge; he's the challenger. And while the film has a surprisingly anticlimactic climax, for explorers of the bottom of the sea, it may hit the spot.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
The very prolific James Franco directs a Cormac McCarthy adaptation that struggles to overcome a repulsive main character with whom it's almost impossible to empathize.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
One of the final performances of Philip Seymour Hoffman comes in the strong John le Carre adaptation.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
The very silly I Origins is ultimately not successful in spinning puns about eyes into mind-blowing epiphanies.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, officially banned from making movies, explores confinement, despair and cinematic structure in his latest project.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
Eric Bana plays a New York police officer and lapsed Catholic who investigates a series of disturbing crimes in the slow-witted occult thriller Deliver Us From Evil.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
The sweet musical film Begin Again brings Mark Ruffalo and a charming Keira Knightley into a story about redemption and music that loses its footing every time it tries to stay close to the ground.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Director Clint Eastwood's adaptation of the Broadway musical Jersey Boys can be engaging and comic, but also often feels a little underdone.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Iranian writer-director Mohammad Rasoulof, currently barred from filmmaking, follows two thugs in the political thriller Manuscripts Don't Burn.
Thursday, June 05, 2014
Veteran Italian director Marco Bellocchio uses a real-life case of euthanasia as the frame for a variety of stories set in a sleeping Italy.
Friday, May 30, 2014
Mark Jenkins reviews We Are The Best! -- the story of three girls who start their own band. While too enamored of their aimlessness at times, the film finds the lively heart of their punk-forged bond.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
X-Men: Days Of Future Past brings in the old mutants, the young mutants, some new mutants and a whole lot of everything. Still, it's lively enough to capture something of the comics' spirit.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
The drama Horses Of God examines the path that two brothers follow from a life of poverty in Morocco to a suicide bombing.
Thursday, May 08, 2014
The R-rated comedy Neighbors, starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, struggles mightily to reconcile its gross-out humor with its effort to seem, of all things, affirming.
Thursday, May 01, 2014
Director Pawel Pawlikowski traces, with visuals reminiscent of silent film, the story of a woman who learns that her history is not everything she thought it might be.
Thursday, May 01, 2014
The new film Whitewash finds Thomas Haden Church playing a man whose unfortunate accident with his snowplow reveals an entire off-kilter relationship.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Who Is Dayani Cristal?, a documentary narrated by actor Gael Garcia Bernal, examines the journey that costs many migrants to the United States their lives.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Two new documentaries, DamNation and Manakamana, examine the natural world in very different ways. One concerns itself with action, and one far more with contemplation.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Writer, director, and leading actor Luke Moran imagines Abu Ghraib during its most notorious year, but misses the forest of corruption for the trees of his protagonist's personal story.