Mark Jenkins

Mark Jenkins appears in the following:

In The French Film 'Lover For A Day,' A Mai-Décembre Romance

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Prolific French director Philippe Garrel's latest film once again tells an intimate tale of intersecting Parisian love lives in his signature, timeless manner.


'In The Land Of Pomegranates': Israeli-Palestinian Dialogue, Passionate But Fruitless

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Filmmaker Hava Kohav Beller's documentary focuses on an 2007 encounter session between young Israelis and Palestinians that yields few insights, but starkly illustrates the impasse dividing them.


'Columbus' Is Soulless, By Design

Thursday, August 03, 2017

This stark, cerebral not-quite-romance is set in a city known for its spare modernist architecture, and that sense of severity pervades the film.


Love, Lust And Languor In 'From The Land Of The Moon'

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Marion Cotillard stars as a woman infatuated with infatuation in this "shadowy and sensuous" tale that undercuts its power with an unearned third-act revelation.


Besson's Dazzling But Dull 'Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets'

Thursday, July 20, 2017

French writer-director Luc Besson mounts a hugely imaginative sci-fi spectacle, but builds it around papier-thin characters and dialogue.


In 'A Ghost Story,' A House Is A Home For All Time

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara star as a couple on opposite sides of a divide that should part them — but it doesn't, quite.


'Pop Aye': A Man, An Elephant And An Amiable Amble Across Thailand

Thursday, June 29, 2017

In writer-director Kirsten Tan's first feature, an aging architect reconnects with his long-lost elephant, and the two embark upon a loosely structured, slightly surreal journey.


A Head-To-Head Clash Of Political Wills — And Acting Styles — In Northern Ireland

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The pleasures of this imagined conversation between two real-life Northern Ireland political enemies, set in the run-up to 2006 St. Andrews Agreement, are more political/philosophical than dramatic.


Sam Elliott Ably Plays The Sam Elliott Character In 'The Hero'

Thursday, June 08, 2017

A story of a fading cowboy-movie star and the younger woman who may lift his spirits would logically star Sam Elliott. And the ruefully comic drama The Hero does.


Youthful Protest Gets Serious In 'Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower'

Friday, May 26, 2017

Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower tells the story of the Occupy Central movement in Hong Kong in 2014. Led by then-teenager Joshua Wong, it ended with a pizza party, but provoked plenty of response.


'Abacus': The Small Chinatown Bank That Paid A High Price

Thursday, May 18, 2017

In Abacus: Too Small To Jail, Steve James, who made Hoop Dreams, tells the story of a very small bank that really was prosecuted in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.


'King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword': An Edgy Script, Dulled By CGI

Thursday, May 11, 2017

An Embarrassment of Ritchie: Charlie Hunnam stars as a hunky Arthur in a film that crackles with director Guy Ritchie's distinctive style but sinks under its bloated special effects.


Documentary 'Last Men In Aleppo' Profiles Rescuers Amid The Rubble

Thursday, May 04, 2017

An intimate and moving examination of the White Helmets, who pull survivors — and corpses — from bombed buildings in Syria's largest city.


'BANG! The Bert Berns Story': The Complicated Man Behind 'Twist And Shout'

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A new documentary examines the short life — and shady business practices — of the songwriter/producer behind hits like "Tell Him," "Here Comes the Night" and "Hang On Sloopy."


A Flighty French Farce (Avec Flesh-Eating): 'Slack Bay'

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Bruno Dumont's histrionic if not particularly hysterical comedy pits rich against poor in a picturesque seaside town; the film's leisurely paced slapstick is "more intriguing than involving."


Richard Gere Is A One-Man Social Network In 'Norman'

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Critic Mark Jenkins calls Joseph Cedar's tale of a cipher (Richard Gere) who finds himself at the center of a web of personal and political machinations "intricate, rollicking and sometimes sad."


Anne Hathaway As A 'Colossal' Trainwreck Who Wreaks Monster-Movie Havoc

Thursday, April 06, 2017

A binge-drinking American woman unwittingly controls a monster that's destroying Seoul in this tone-deaf comedy; the film's lumbering attempts to subvert our rom-com expectations fall flat.


A Painter, A Novelist And A Contentious Lifelong Friendship: 'Cézanne et Moi'

Thursday, March 30, 2017

It'll help to brush up on your Impressionists before seeing writer-director Danièle Thompson's decades-spanning portrait of Emile Zola and Paul Cézanne, but the film deftly avoids biopic clichés.


A Curmudgeonly Know-It-All Meets The Daughter He Doesn't: 'Wilson'

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Director Craig Johnson's film, based on the Daniel Clowes graphic novel, wants us to invest in a misanthrope's grumbling attempts to reconnect to humanity. Yet its uneven tone keeps us at a distance.


A Unlikely Romance Blossoms, Rooted In A Secret: 'Frantz'

Thursday, March 16, 2017

French writer-director Francois Ozon adapts Broken Lullaby, Ernst Lubitsch's 1932 melodrama about a mysterious Frenchman and a German war-widow in the aftermath of World War I.