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Mark Jenkins

Mark Jenkins appears in the following:

Beyond Earth's Gravity, A Space Opera Goes Flat

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Earth-side specialists patch together footage of a failed mission to a Jovian moon to understand what went horribly wrong. Critic Mark Jenkins says Europa Report is commendably committed to technological plausibility — but nonetheless pretty silly in the end.

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Crime And Punishment, Mainland China Style

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Veteran Hong Kong filmmaker Johnnie To dives into a story about a mainland drug war. Using a variety of languages and vantage points, To creates an eye-opening and surprisingly pointed commentary on the Chinese criminal justice system. (Recommended)

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Adam Sandler, Insisting Again That He's A Really Great Guy

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Grown Ups 2, the latest from Hollywood's simmeringly hostile man-child, is a series of riffs, skits and sight gags without much — aside from a low-comedy fascination with excreta and flatulence — to string them together.

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For Power-Pop Fans, The Woeful Ballad Of 'Big Star'

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

For many, the entry point into Big Star's legacy is the opening theme song of That '70s Show. But long before Ashton Kutcher met Mila Kunis, a cult-favorite Memphis band struggled to make it big — and some of its members died trying.

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In Swinging '60s London, A Frisky 'Look Of Love'

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Michael Winterbottom's newest film may be tamer than his earlier 9 Songs, but there's no shortage of suggestive scenes to go around. It's a biodrama about the onetime richest man in Britain and three women — wife, daughter, lover — who shape his career.

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In Vienna, A Gallery Of Hours That Add Up To Art

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Filmmaker Jem Cohen goes looking for art in the everyday in Museum Hours, which takes a Vienna art museum and its Breughels as its primary backdrop. Critic Mark Jenkins says the film is leisurely in its pacing — but gently witty and warmly humane.

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In Tel Aviv, An 'Attack' With Consequences For The Heart

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Ziad Doueiri's film, based on a novel by Yasmina Khadra, is a surprisingly tender take on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His experience on the sets of Pulp Fiction and West Beirut has culminated in a masterfully paced and profoundly intimate picture. (Recommended)

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'More Than Honey' Sees A World Without Bees

Thursday, June 13, 2013

More Than Honey is an expansive journey of a documentary — ranging from California to China — on a topic whose implications are even more far-reaching: the rapid disappearance of bees, or "colony collapse." Filmmaker Markus Imhoof looks at our global dependence on the threatened insects.

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Resnais' Lively, Metatheatrical Look At Death

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Alain Resnais' latest film, You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet, is a surprisingly lighthearted — if disorienting — take on two Jean Anouilh plays, Eurydice and Dear Antoine: Or, the Love That Failed.

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Teenage 'Kings Of Summer' Rule A Predictable Sitcom World

Thursday, May 30, 2013

In a TV director's film debut, jokes overwhelm the characters and plot. Though the cast includes such likable personalities as Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, the runaway boys at the film's core subsist on rotisserie chicken, telegraphed situations and sour gags.

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Will, Jaden Smith In Space, Without Fun

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Now this is a movie all about how two humans live 1,000 years from now. Neither one's got even a lick of mirth as they land with a creature back on ruined Earth. Will Smith, Jaden Smith, M. Night Shyamalan — might have been better if one got his humor on.

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'We Steal Secrets': A Sidelong Look At WikiLeaks

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The latest documentary from the prolific Alex Gibney digs into the genesis — and the implications — of what creator Julian Assange describes as "an intelligence agency of the people." (Recommended)

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'Bidder 70,' Still Raising His Hand To Be Heard

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Scientist Terry Root, author and activist Terry Tempest Williams and filmmaker Robert Redford all turn up in this documentary on eco-activist Tim DeChristopher, who bid on — and won — mineral rights to a chunk of federal land just to tie them up. He was prosecuted and sentenced to federal prison.

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'Augustine' And Her Diagnosis Get Another Look

Thursday, May 16, 2013

A 19th-century neurologist develops an intense relationship with an illiterate teenage maid who experiences erotic pleasure during intense bouts of "hysteria." French writer-director Alice Winocour's feature debut is based on an actual 19th-century case history.

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'In The Air,' A Sense Of Stakes For A '70s Youth

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Olivier Assayas' smart, clear-eyed movie unfolds in the aftermath of the May 1968 student-worker uprising that shook France. (Recommended)

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In 'Paradise,' Pursuing Something Less Than Love

Thursday, April 25, 2013

There's some raw, real footage in Ulrich Seidl's Paradise: Love, an admirably bracing story of European sex tourism in the Southern Hemisphere.

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'Arthur Newman': A Bored Man's Bland Ambition

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Two talented Brits play undistinguished Americans in a film of escapin' identity — but Dante Ariola's wan comedy hasn't much of a personality.

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Building A Home For A Client Who Can't Live In It

Thursday, April 18, 2013

A troubling political art piece wrapped in a high-concept documentary, Herman's House follows the efforts of a provocative artist to build a model of a solitary confinement prisoner's dream home. Neither the home nor the prisoner is properly detailed, but the journey is unsettling.

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A Hazy Ode 'To The Wonder' Of Hidden Worlds

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Terrence Malick's latest cinematic meditation doesn't seem to have much to do with anything; it's pretty but largely pointless, a globe-trotting film with a fondness for lyrical internal monologues and unlikely international juxtapositions.

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Robert Redford Keeps Revolutionary'Company'

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Lesser talents could lose track of the high-wattage cast that joins the actor-director in The Company You Keep. But this modern-day journalistic revisit to the revolutionary turmoil of the 1970s succeeds because Redford knows how to keep his marquee-name ensemble on the same page.

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