Mark Jenkins

Mark Jenkins appears in the following:

Listening To The Ho-Hum Of The Machine

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Mark Jenkins says the new artificial intelligence film Ex Machina is diverting, but ultimately comes to a predictable and unsatisfying conclusion.


The Overstuffed, Overdone, Overlong, Cheerfully Absurd 'Furious 7'

Saturday, April 04, 2015

The seventh installment in one of the action genre's sturdiest franchises doesn't make any more sense than usual, but you can't say it's not "amiably preposterous."


Married Without Children, But With Overgrown Adolescents

Thursday, March 26, 2015

While We're Young, director Noah Baumbach's best film since 2005's The Squid And The Whale, is equally skeptical of some of the flaws it finds in both youth and middle age.


'Kumiko' Follows A Quest For A Film's Snowy Treasure

Thursday, March 19, 2015

In Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, a young Japanese woman sets out in search of the ostensibly real buried treasure from the Coen brothers' Fargo.


Two Sisters And One Tax Inspector Make Up '3 Hearts'

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Director and writer Benoit Jacquot has spent decades making both period and contemporary pieces. His latest, about a man who meets one of two sisters and then the other, begins with a chance meeting.


'Unfinished Business' You're Better Off Not Even Starting

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Tasteless but also discordantly saccharine, Unfinished Business manages to be the one thing it absolutely cannot be if it is to succeed: totally unfunny.


A Disorienting But Electrifying Look At The Troubles

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Director Yann Demange makes '71 an effective look at the Belfast of the early 1970s, even if viewers may find themselves uncertain at times of their narrative surroundings.


'Queen And Country' Follows A Familiar Protagonist Through A New War

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A sequel to 1987's Hope And Glory, Queen And Country traces the effects of the Korean war — and the absence of effects — on his alter ego, Bill Rohan.


'Gett' Follows A Years-Long Quest For Separation

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Israel's official entry for this year's Academy Awards was a drama about a wife whose husband refuses to agree to a divorce under Jewish law — a process that ultimately takes five years.


In 'The Voices,' The Dog And The Cat Talk, But The Film Says Little

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Director Marjane Satrapi is best-known for her graphic novel Persepolis. But her foray into the psyche of a regular Joe who ships toilets for a living and talks to pets goes a bit astray.


'Timbuktu': Stories From A City Held, Then Freed

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Director Abderrahmane Sissako sets several vignettes in the Mali city seized by Islamic militants in 2012, but held for less than a year.


A Lead Performance Keeps 'Still Alice' Grounded

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Julianne Moore — now an Oscar nominee — is the steady presence keeping the emotional weight in a drama about the devastation of Alzheimer's disease, even when the film hits other notes too hard.


Murder, Cows And Bad Funerals In The Absurd Comedy Of 'Li'l Quinquin'

Friday, January 02, 2015

Bruno Dumont's inconclusively plotted story of a boy crossing paths with detectives and other locals was made as a miniseries, but feels little like traditional television.


A Watery 'Goodbye To All That'

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The directorial debut of Angus MacLachlan, who wrote the well-received Junebug, finds its central figure reeling after a divorce, but not as interestingly as you might hope.


An 'Exodus' With Extra Eyeliner And Crocodiles

Friday, December 12, 2014

Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods And Kings strains to draw a meaningful contrast between the two, but mostly offers bluster and silliness.


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.