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Mark Jenkins

Mark Jenkins appears in the following:

'The Club': A Gathering Of Men In Exile

Friday, February 05, 2016

At the beginning of The Club, four men and a woman are living quietly in a small Chilean seaside town. Their days are filled with prayer and religious songs, but also wine and greyhound racing.

One of the house's residents, Vidal (Alfredo Castro) is devoted to the village's stray dogs, ...

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'Aferim!' May Be Romania's 'Hateful Eight'

Thursday, January 21, 2016

When Aferim! debuted at the Berlin Film Festival a year ago, some called it a Romanian 12 Years a Slave. Now that it's on U.S. screens, there's an even closer analogy: Aferim! is Romania's The Hateful Eight.

Both movies are revisionist Westerns, with verbosely profane dialogue and stories shadowed by ...

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Paris And A Perilous Marriage 'In The Shadow Of Women'

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The opening vignette of In the Shadow of Women shows a man in front of a wall, slightly off-center in the widescreen frame. Pierre (Stanislas Merhar) does little more than chew on a bite of sandwich for about a minute, an opening that suggests this will be one of those ...

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For 2 Men, A Search For 'Treasure'

Thursday, January 07, 2016

One day, late to pick up his 6-year-old from school, a low-level Bucharest civil servant attempts to distract the boy with a reference to their mutual hero, Robin Hood. "You're not Robin Hood," the kid (Nicodim Toma) tells his dad, Costi (Cuzin Toma).

Is that a dare? Maybe not to ...

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A Sagging 'Joy' That Doesn't Live Up To Its Inspiration

Thursday, December 24, 2015

The business of America is business, to paraphrase a line delivered by Calvin Coolidge four years before 1929's version of The Big Short. But Hollywood, no small industry itself, rarely tells the stories of people like Joy Mangano, inventor of the Miracle Mop and the inspiration for David O. Russell's ...

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The Holocaust Remains Just Out Of Frame In 'Son Of Saul'

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The immensity of the Holocaust requires the filmmaker — even one making an eight-hour documentary — to exclude many aspects of the systematic savagery. None has done so more resolutely than Hungary's Lazlo Nemes, director and co-writer of Son of Saul. The grim yet kinetic drama spends all its time ...

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The Guys Who Put Monster Bets On Bad Outcomes In 'The Big Short'

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The two best American movies of the year so far, Spotlight and The Big Short, are both docudramas, yet are entirely different in tone. Where the former is sober and pitch-perfect, the latter is garish, overreaching, and farcical. All of which is justified by the real-life burlesque act that's its ...

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'Youth' In Themes And Variations

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Paolo Sorrentino is only 45, but the Italian writer-director is looking forward to looking back. His last four movies are journeys into the past, featuring actors and characters older than himself.

In the best of them, 2013's The Great Beauty, the protagonist is a weary veteran journalist whose apartment overlooks ...

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A Lively 'Victor Frankenstein' Gives Igor The Spotlight

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The world of Victor Frankenstein — red brick and gray skies, clanking gears and straining pulleys, exploding dials and jury-rigged gizmos — is utterly steampunk. But the latest resurrection of Mary Shelley's horror classic has a tech-era vibe that adds to its modest appeal.

Rather than Swiss, this Victor (exuberant ...

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Two Tom Hardys Give A Boost To 'Legend'

Thursday, November 19, 2015

In revisiting the saga of real-life swinging-London gangsters the Kray twins, Legend has two advantages over 1990's The Krays: Tom Hardy and Tom Hardy. The actor plays both the seething Ronnie and the cooler Reggie, and endows each with more palpable menace than did Gary and Martin Kemp, the prettier ...

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In 'Trumbo,' Bryan Cranston Brings A Long-Uncredited Writer To Life

Thursday, November 05, 2015

For most of the 1950s, Hollywood had the ideal screenwriter. He worked fast and cheap and even won Oscars. Also, he didn't mouth off in public, or try to take all the credit.

In fact, Dalton Trumbo didn't take any credit, at least under his name. That's because he was ...

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Graphic Doesn't Mean Interesting, Particularly In 'Love'

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Roughly half of Gaspar Noe's Love consists of raw, unsimulated sex acts — presented in 3D, no less. Add a dollop of young-adult romantic upheaval and the result is the Franco-Argentinian filmmaker's blandest feature to date.

Of course, that's by comparison to his previous movies, which depict rape, murder, psychedelic ...

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Bill Murray Can't Bring The Rhythm To 'Rock The Kasbah'

Thursday, October 22, 2015

When it comes to music, Afghanistan is famous for the Taliban's ban on it during their rule. And when it comes to Afghan women and music, well, they tend to face the same constraints as in every other arena. Yet women have competed on Afghan Star, the local counterpart of ...

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Spielberg Takes On The Cold War In 'Bridge Of Spies'

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Your country may be wrong, Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies sadly admits. But it maintains that a solid American family man can always be trusted. In the Cold War, as at home, father knows best.

That father is Spielberg regular Tom Hanks, or rather James Donovan, who presents himself as ...

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'The Forbidden Room' Might Be Closer Than You Think

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Eccentric Canadian cinephile Guy Maddin simulates battered 1920s films so brilliantly that it's easy to miss what else he does. His The Forbidden Room, co-directed by protege Evan Johnson, plays like an anarchic collage of late-silent-era melodramas, action flicks, and horror movies, just unearthed after going unseen for nearly a ...

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'Taxi': A Banned Filmmaker Works From The Road

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.

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Ridley Scott Finds An Optimistic Space In 'The Martian'

Thursday, October 01, 2015

The filmmaker who did more than any other to bum us all out about space travel now wants us to feel inspired by it again.

That's the rough arithmetic behind The Martian, the feel-good (and real good), NASA-condoned, Damon-powered survival adventure flick from director Ridley Scott. More a visual stylist ...

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Two Men, One Foot, One Film: 'Finders Keepers'

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Long before Hot Bench, King Solomon reportedly ended a dispute between two women who claimed maternity of the same baby by ordering the child cut in two. But even the wisdom of Solomon would be insufficient to resolve the dispute at the center of Finders Keepers. That's because the foot ...

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In 'Black Mass' And 'Sicario,' The Collision Of Law And Violence

Friday, September 18, 2015

A double bill from someplace near Hell, Black Mass and Sicario both feature extreme violence, ethically unmoored lawmen, and abundant father-child trauma. What links these two gangster epics most closely, though, is their doleful music. Neither Tom Holkenborg's strings (Black Mass) nor Johann Johannson's synths (Sicario) ever let viewers forget ...

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A Mom Might Not Be A Mom, And Yes, That's Scary

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Whether mummy or mommy, a creature whose face is cloaked in bandages is eerie. So it might seem reasonable for twins Lukas and Elias (Lukas and Elias Schwarz) to be distrustful when their mother (Susanne Wuest) returns from the hospital with a wrapped face. As Goodnight Mommy soon reveals, however, ...

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