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Mark Jenkins

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The House Music Of Paris Takes Center Stage In 'Eden'

Thursday, June 18, 2015

A subtle portrait of an EDM Adam, Eden is neither a star-is-born fable nor a soul-is-lost parable. In 1992, teenage Paul (Felix de Givry) gives his life to Paris' house-music scene. Two decades later, he reluctantly takes it back.

This bilingual drama continues in the restrained mode director ...

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A Poet Can Indeed Be Trouble In 'Set Fire To The Stars'

Thursday, June 11, 2015

"How much trouble can one poet be?" That's literature professor John Malcolm Brinnin's rhetorical response to his buttoned-way-down colleagues' fears about a writer's proposed visit to New York in 1950. Today, the query can't be heard as anything other than an inside joke. For the poet is Dylan Thomas, who ...

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A Simplified Brian Wilson In 'Love And Mercy'

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Wouldn't it be nice if Beach Boy Brian Wilson's troubled life were as easily understood as Love & Mercy makes it appear? Where the Pet Sounds auteur is known for multi-part harmonies, director Bill Pohlad's biopic is a series of simple duets.

Scripter Oren Moverman, who shares credit with Michael ...

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'Gemma Bovery': Retelling A Classic With A Light Touch

Thursday, May 28, 2015

French director Anne Fontaine's Gemma Bovery is a comic reworking of Madame Bovary, but that's merely the first of the movie's several layers. The bilingual film is adapted not from Flaubert's classic but from British cartoonist Posy Simmonds' graphic novel, set in contemporary times and with the Boverys as a ...

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In 'The Seeds Of Time,' One Man's Quest To Save Our Food Supply

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Cary Fowler is an easygoing, soft-spoken Tennessee native who travels the world with an urgent message: The human race may starve to death. If that threat becomes likely, however, people can turn to the biological archive that director Sandy McLeod's documentary calls The Seeds of Time.

The ...

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Why 'Forbidden Films' Remain Officially Locked Away

Thursday, May 14, 2015

At the beginning of Forbidden Films, documentarian Felix Moeller's camera warily contemplates a fortified bunker. The contents are, a curator warns, "literally explosive" — Nazi propaganda films on highly flammable nitrocelluloid stock.

The sequence is suitably ominous, but it turns out that the storage facility's thick walls and earthen berm ...

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'The D Train' Rumbles On With Another Hunk/Schlub Comedy

Thursday, May 07, 2015

"Inappropriate," today's foremost throat-clearing adjective, is the appropriate response to The D Train. This squirm-till-you-snicker comedy is about two immature males confronted with sexual possibilities they can't handle. One of the guys is 14; the other is his father.

Dad is Dan Landsman (Jack Black), who lives in Pittsburgh with ...

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In 'Marie's Story,' A Tale Of Teaching And Faith

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Marie Heurtin was born, blind and deaf, just five years after Helen Keller, and experienced a similar liberation through the discovery of sign language. The French girl's tale is the harsher one, since Keller didn't lose sight and sound until she was 19 months old, and was able to communicate ...

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'24 Days' Retells A Brutal Crime With Little Explanation

Thursday, April 23, 2015

24 Days recounts the grisly fate of Ilan Halimi, the young Jewish Parisian who in 2006 was kidnapped, held for ransom and tortured beyond what his body could endure. But it's not Ilan who addresses the camera at the beginning of the film. It's his mother, Ruth Halimi (Zabou Breitman).

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'Monkey Kingdom' Is Best When It's All Monkeys All The Time

Thursday, April 16, 2015

As much fun as a tree full of toque macaques, Monkey Kingdom is arguably the most entertaining of Disneynature's eight features. But purists will recoil as soon as The Monkees theme enters, and there are times when the story told by narrator Tina Fey probably doesn't reflect the extraordinary images ...

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Listening To The Ho-Hum Of The Machine

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The latest British movie to play the imitation game, Ex Machina, is the directorial debut of novelist-screenwriter Alex Garland. This time, the stakes are higher than the Nazi conquest of Europe. The talky sci-fi puzzler turns on nothing less than the potential displacement of humans by artificially intelligent cyborgs.

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

Saturday, April 04, 2015

At the end of The Fast and the Furious, Brian (Paul Walker) gives former enemy Dom (Vin Diesel) a car so he can drive alone into the sunset. Fourteen years and six films later, there's precious little alone time for the Furious clan. This lucrative franchise has so many recurring ...

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Married Without Children, But With Overgrown Adolescents

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Noah Baumbach's best movie since 2005's The Squid and the Whale, While We're Young navigates into more mainstream territory while losing none of the writer-director's rueful wit. Oddly enough, the comedy's major weakness is that it's over-plotted, hardly an issue with such Baumbach flawed-character studies as Frances Ha and Greenberg.

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

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Withdrawn and inarticulate, the heroine of Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter lives primarily inside her own imagination. And during at least two crucial scenes, this deadpan comedy seems to crawl in there with her.

Director David Zellner's film (co-written by brother Nathan Zellner) riffs on an urban legend. In 2001, a ...

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

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The man at the center of 3 Hearts has a unreliable ticker. That may seem a brazen contrivance, but the movie is a melodrama that relishes such narrative ploys. Shot with handheld camera, director and co-writer Benoit Jacquot's movie looks like a naturalistic drama. But the script says otherwise.

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

Thursday, March 05, 2015

It's unclear what commerce is left undone in Unfinished Business, a fumbling mix of sentimental family fable and gross-out sex comedy. Maybe the movie was originally titled Unfunny Business, but someone decided that would be bad for, well, business.

The would-be hilarity begins with a Jerry Maguire moment: Dan (Vince ...

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A Disorienting But Electrifying Look At The Troubles

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Grim, terse and jumpy, '71 effectively evokes the chaos of early-1970s Belfast. A little too effectively, perhaps, since some sequences are as bewildering as the four-way civil war the movie re-creates. American viewers may wish the film came with both subtitles and a study guide.

'71 can be recommended, though, ...

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

Thursday, February 19, 2015

In John Boorman's first semi-autobiographical film, 1987's Hope and Glory, war came to the school-age protagonist's London. In Queen and Country, set roughly a decade later, the director's alter ego goes to war — except that he doesn't. As the Korean conflict rages, 19-year-old Bill Rohan (Callum Turner) is drafted, ...

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'Gett' Follows A Years-Long Quest For Separation

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Seen mostly in a cell-like white room, the characters in Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem circle each other fruitlessly, seeking a resolution that's probably unachievable. Both the scenario and its severity suggest a play by Sartre or Beckett. But these actors are trapped not in an existential void but ...

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

Thursday, February 05, 2015

A serial-killer spoof set in a parody of small-town U.S.A., The Voices wants desperately to be bizarre. But it manages just to be a little odd, and that's mostly because its vision of American gothic was crafted on a German soundstage by a Franco-Iranian director.

The screenplay is by veteran ...

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