Mark Jenkins

Mark Jenkins appears in the following:

A 'Wild' Trek Made A Bit Too Neatly

Friday, December 05, 2014

The film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's memoir about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail takes Reese Witherspoon into new territory but never quite achieves the fierceness to which it aspires.


'Before I Disappear': A Long Night's Tale Without A Short Film's Charm

Friday, December 05, 2014

A man struggles through an evening of dark thoughts in Shawn Christensen's feature-length adaptation of his Oscar-winning live-action short.


In A Weekend Or A Year, Remoteness Is Captured On Film

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Documentaries Remote Area Medical, about the operation of a pop-up medical clinic, and Antarctica: A Year On Ice have the extremes of human life in common, but their methods and tone differ vastly.


A Concert Film Without Much Concert Film, 'Pulp' Sketches A Hometown

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The documentary Pulp: A Film About Life, Death And Supermarkets is not much about any of those things, but it does try to take a closer look at the band's singer-songwriter and the town he left.


The Slow-Talking 'Foxcatcher' Goes Long And Comes Up Short

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum star in a bizarre tale of wrestling, wealth and talking very slowly while surrounded by mist.


In 'The Theory Of Everything,' Science Takes A Back Seat

Saturday, November 08, 2014

The new Stephen Hawking biographical film The Theory Of Everything takes such a starry-eyed view of love and life that it seems to be from another era.


In 'Goodbye To Language,' Jean-Luc Godard Seeks New Ways To Make Pictures

Thursday, October 30, 2014

At 83, the Franco-Swiss auteur has made another complex visual poem, this time using 3D technology. The film bubbles with invention, thanks to jittery editing and a jumble of photographic styles.


'Life Of Riley,' Alain Resnais' Final Film, Bids A Sunny Adieu

Friday, October 24, 2014

The film, set in a series of make-believe gardens, follows three couples after they receive devastating news about a mutual friend.


'The Golden Era' Follows A Path From Northern China To Tokyo

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The biographical drama tells the story of a Chinese novelist and poet who spent her brief life in so-called "interesting times."


'Kill The Messenger' Incompletely Unravels A Complex Tale

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb, Kill the Messenger spins a yarn of Washington intrigue, spy drama and investigative journalism.


A Man, A Plane, A Rapture: 'Left Behind'

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Nicolas Cage heads up another try at adapting the incredibly popular rapture novels into films.


A Tall And Silly Tale Signifies Nothing In 'Tusk'

Friday, September 19, 2014

Kevin Smith's horror story about a podcaster who gets his kicks by humiliating others winds up making primarily its own director and cast look bad.


The Music Of Memphis And Glasgow Plays In Two New Films

Friday, September 05, 2014

Belle & Sebastian songwriter Stuart Murdoch imbues God Help The Girl with his band's sensibility, for good and ill. Tim Sutton's Memphis brings an elegant portrait of a wandering soul singer.


More Physical Than Plausible, 'Starred Up' Sharply Portrays Confinement

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The edgy drama from Glasgow-based director David Mackenzie takes a few convenient plot turns, but remains a violent and fiercely acted picture of life in prison.


When The Wedding Is Just The Beginning

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The romantic drama Love Is Strange finds John Lithgow and Alfred Molina playing newly married men whose lives are upended and whose spaces are disrupted.


'The One I Love': A Marriage That's Not Quite What It Appears

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The One I Love begins as an affecting story about marriage, but as it bogs down in too much explanation of its fantasy elements, it squanders good performances from Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass.


'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.