Mark Jenkins

Mark Jenkins appears in the following:

'The Giver' Strikes Old And Ominous Notes About The Dark Side Of Serenity

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.


James Cameron Takes The 'Deepsea Challenge' At The Ocean's Bottom

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.


A 'Child Of God,' Or Maybe Not

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.


'A Most Wanted Man': A Parable Grounded In The Real World

Thursday, July 24, 2014

One of the final performances of Philip Seymour Hoffman comes in the strong John le Carre adaptation.


'I Origins': There's More Than One 'I' In 'Ridiculous'

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The very silly I Origins is ultimately not successful in spinning puns about eyes into mind-blowing epiphanies.


A 'Closed Curtain' Conceals A Director's Real Confinement

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, officially banned from making movies, explores confinement, despair and cinematic structure in his latest project.


The Devil's In The Derails: 'Deliver Us,' Indeed

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.


'Begin Again,' A Music Fantasy Both Sticky And Sweet

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.


You're A Little Flat, 'Boys'

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.


In 'Manuscripts,' A Barred Filmmaker Considers Dissident Art

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Iranian writer-director Mohammad Rasoulof, currently barred from filmmaking, follows two thugs in the political thriller Manuscripts Don't Burn.


All Eyes Turn To One 'Beauty' In Interwoven Tales Of Families And Politics

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.


Punk Is Alive And Living In Three Swedish Girls

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.


Dizzy From Time Travel, Overstuffed With Mutants

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.


In 'Horses Of God,' A Sprawling Slum Breeds A Violent Act

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.


'Neighbors' Just Wants To Be The Gross Joke Next Door

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.


Travel And Discovery, For 'Ida' And The Filmmaker Who Watches Her

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.


From A Single Snowplow To A Tragicomic Partnership

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.


Tracing One Life, Lost In The Desert

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.


The Rush Of A River; The Rise Of A Gondola

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.


'Boys Of Abu Ghraib' Focuses Too Tightly On An Army Of One

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.