Mark Jenkins appears in the following:
Thursday, March 06, 2014
In a semi-sequel to 2006's 300, a naval battle between the Greeks and Persians gets the over-the-top CGI treatment.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
A new 3-D take on a formative Russian war story has its impressive moments, but ultimately feels contrived and confusing.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Adapted from the 1867 novel Therese Raquin, the drama In Secret follows the relationships between Therese (Elizabeth Olsen), her sickly cousin and husband (Tom Felton), and her lover (Oscar Isaac).
Thursday, February 13, 2014
In a thinky, talky take on identity in American culture, a European psychoanalyst (Matthieu Amalric) becomes enthralled with the case of James Picard (Benicio Del Toro), a Blackfoot Indian suffering from psychic trauma after fighting in World War II.
Thursday, February 06, 2014
Demi-Soeur, the tale of a developmentally disabled elderly woman getting to know her long-lost half-brother, is sweet if shabbily constructed, an amiably retro comedy set in a Gallic wonderland.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Adapted from a theater piece, the film dramatizes recordings from the cockpits of six crashing airplanes. Critic Mark Jenkins says the film's portrayal of mortal struggle makes for a claustrophobic intensity.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
In Hirokazu Kore-eda's latest film, an affluent Tokyo couple is shocked to learn their son was switched with another at birth — and the child they thought was their own comes from a lower-class rural family.
Thursday, January 09, 2014
In The Rocket, the debut feature from documentary director Kim Mordaunt ("Bomb Harvest"), an unlucky outcast in search of a new home enters a sports festival in rural Laos. It's risky — but the Rocket Festival could help him save his struggling family.
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
The Hong Kong entertainment magnate and philanthropist Run Run Shaw, who died today at 106 or 107, isn't that well known in the West. But his fans, from Quentin Tarantino to the Wu-Tang Clan, sure are.
Monday, January 06, 2014
Guiseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso) turns in an English-language romance-cum-mystery about an art auctioneer (Geoffrey Rush) obsessed with a young heiress and collector (Sylvia Hoeks). With Jim Sturgess and Donald Sutherland.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese deliver a wicked tour through the life of a high-living bad boy in The Wolf of Wall Street. Awash in sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, the film is less cautionary tale than exuberant romp.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The documentary Nuclear Nation follows the lives of displaced evacuees from Futuba, a town no longer habitable after the 2011 disaster at Japan's Fukushima power plant.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Just out of prison, a Pennsylvania man (Christian Bale) finds that his girlfriend has moved on and his younger brother is mixed up with criminals, in Out of the Furnace. Zoe Saldana, Woody Harrelson and Casey Affleck costar.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Based on the 2004 novel of the same title, How I Live Now follows a teenager living in the English countryside, trying to survive and find her family after martial law is declared. Directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), the film stars Saoirse Ronan.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Keanu Reeves directs and stars in the tale of a tai chi master (Tiger Hu Chen) who competes in an underground fight-club ring. Filmed in Hong Kong, Beijing and Macau, Man of Tai Chi is a creditable Asian-style action film from one of the genre's notable Hollywood fans.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Documentarian Jehane Noujaim (Control Room) follows a group of young revolutionaries living and protesting in Egypt during the past two tumultuous years in that strife-torn country.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
A spirited Saudi Arabian girl (Waad Mohammed) enters a Quran-chanting competition to raise money to buy the bike she craves in Wadjda, from Haifaa Al Mansour, the country's first female director. (Recommended)
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Set in 1958, this French comedy is about a young woman (Deborah Francois) who's average in every way but two: her looks and her typing speed. It's the latter quality that excites her new boss (Romain Duris), who enters her in international competitions.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Critic Mark Jenkins reviews a quirky double-bill of animal documentaries. One pairs a visual poem about urban crows in Japan with a travelogue following the daily perambulations of a cat living with a German couple in an American suburb.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
When her mother is abducted by a demon, a teen (Lily Collins) learns that she comes from a line of Shadowhunters, who defend the world from supernatural beasties. Directed by Harold Zwart (the latest Karate Kid) it's the first film in a planned franchise based on Cassandra Clare's novels.