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Mark Kennedy

Mark Kennedy
Mark Kennedy's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Associated Press

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 74% Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn (2019) The documentary calmly and with dignity documents Cohn's fall: Disbarred and battling AIDS, he is abandoned by his fancy friends - including Trump and dies in 1986.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2020
1/4 78% And We Go Green (2019) At times, it seems like "And We Go Green" is really a long commercial for Formula E, with a little soap opera among the drivers thrown in and a peek into the tech of the cars. But none of it rally stays on the road. ‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
1.5/4 60% Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics (2020) Wasted but not in a good way.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
2/4 73% The Wretched (2020) It's a development worthy of M. Night Shyamalan, but they've run out of runway and there's only enough room left to battle the witch.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
2/4 56% The Hunt (2020) "The Hunt" is not great satire or even a great film. It's an unstylish and heavy-handed horror-thriller that turns into a revenge gore-fest as it mocks everyone with a big clumsy paw.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
1/4 38% Spenser Confidential (2020) It's not even clear why the film is called "Spenser Confidential." There's nothing hush-hush about it except this: Everyone associated with the film might want to keep that confidential.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
2.5/4 49% Burden (2020) Writer and director Andrew Heckler has managed to make a powerful film, if not a very subtle one.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
3.5/4 74% The Photograph (2020) Meghie's script is very human, respectful of hesitancy and thoughtful without being flashy. ‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
3.5/4 64% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) "Nailed it!" screams Sonic at one point and that might be a fitting summary for the film.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
1/4 5% The Last Thing He Wanted (2020) There are moments when Hathaway really reveals a hurt deep inside - a scene in which she opens her dad's empty fridge is deeply affecting - but the individual scenes don't add up to a real portrait. ‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
3/4 29% The Rhythm Section (2020) Morano's camera embraces gorgeous decay, whether in dusty North Africa or the squalor of London. She has a quirk of capturing animals - bugs, sheep, birds and even a lizard - as well as bleak, beautiful loneliness of remote parts of Britain. ‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
0.5/4 65% Gretel & Hansel (2020) "Gretel & Hansel" is as visually arresting as it is tedious, a 90-minute movie that really should have been a three-minute music video for Marilyn Manson or Ozzy Osbourne.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
3/4 59% The Last Full Measure (2020) Despite its flaws, this movie reminds us all of the sacrifices made by soldiers and to be mindful of how we treat them when they come home.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
2/4 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) It's oddly flat and unfunny and has strayed so far from its gritty roots that it might be called "Bad Boys for Life Insurance."‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
2/4 48% Underwater (2020) " Underwater " certainly isn't as bad as it could have been but it is leaking badly long before it reaches its limp conclusion, despite strong work by Kristen Stewart doing her best impression of Sigourney Weaver in "Aliens."‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
83% Just Mercy (2020) The naturalism of the cinematography and acting sometimes clashes with dialogue that seems overly polished.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
2.5/4 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) The result is a largely successful, if more unbalanced ride. It's also oddly wistful and melancholic.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
3.5/4 82% Queen & Slim (2019) "Queen & Slim" is a powerful look at places and issues not often explored in movies, and it's unusual for being a big studio film starring two people of color created by people of color.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
1/4 42% Midway (2019) The director has taken real, living men who acted heroically and turned them into pulp comic strip characters.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
4/4 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Bong's trademark slapstick is still here but the rough edges of his often too-loud lessons are shaved down nicely and his actors step forward‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
1/4 42% The Laundromat (2019) Like the film he made, the director is compromised.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/4 62% Edie (2019) Debbie Wiseman's eager and overemotional score sometimes undermines the actors' more quiet work. But the uplifting "Edie" is worthy of your time, mostly thanks to Hancock and Scotland's natural beauty.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/4 88% Ready or Not (2019) [Weaving is] vulnerable, deadpan funny, scared and resolute, turning a role that could have been one-dimensional into something vibrant and authentic.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
3/4 44% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) The dialogue may be banal - "This place is insane, right?" and "We can't give up!" - yet there is an unpredictability to Roberts' action sequences, both nodding to the conventions of shark thrillers and subverting them.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
2.5/4 92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Crosby is left to awkwardly narrate outside. It's clumsy filmmaking - either go in or cut it out. That's the problem with the overall film, too - it stands outside respectfully and just doesn't go for it.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
0.5/4 29% The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019) A large part of the problem is the casting of Chris Evans as the leader of the Israeli spy ring that set up the hotel. He is most known for playing Captain America and seems not to have put aside his shield for this film.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/4 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) It goes from sunny pop to acid jazz, from "Saved By the Bell" to "The Matrix."‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
3/4 60% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) If the knock on "The Secret Life of Pets" was that it was a rip-off of "Toy Story," then the second film better grounds itself in its own universe. Like its main three characters, it has learned to be comfortable in its own animated skin.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/4 57% Aladdin (2019) Doubts about Will Smith's casting as the Genie are overblown. It's the guy behind the camera who should be doubted. And stuffed into a small lamp forever.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) This one just feels like a venal money grab from a mega corporation. You've played Pokémon Go, right? Call this one Pokémon Don't Go.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
1/4 18% Hellboy (2019) It's really a series of violent vignettes strung together, getting more and more outlandish and introducing characters at such a blistering pace that you just want it to stop already.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
3/4 57% The Highwaymen (2019) Like its predecessor, there's lots of cultural commentary going on in the moody and enjoyable Netflix take - issues of criminal determinism, ageism, poverty, moral compromising and, of course, celebrity.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
1.5/4 34% Wonder Park (2019) Wonder Park has a great premise about a spunky kid engineer and a world she constructs taking flight, but takes a few too many dark loop-de-loops and crashes hard. If you pass this amusement park, skip it.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
2.5/4 43% The Wedding Guest (2019) So "The Wedding Guest" might not completely work as a thriller or a satisfying rom-com, but for anyone missing India or planning to go, it's a film worth getting lost in.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
3/4 61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) The film crams in so many plot lines that it risks being overstuffed but somehow stays true to its mesmerizing vision and emerges as a sci-fi success, if not a triumph.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
1/4 42% What Men Want (2019) The script is uneven and heavy, with some of the only jokes coming from Badu and a few movie references to "Black Panther" and "Get Out."‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
27% Rent Live (2019) Rent had a chance to show off the flexibility and work ethic of Broadway in the face of a setback - and completely blew it.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
41% The Upside (2019) Few films in memory have squandered so much acting talent in such a cliche-ridden, exploitative and dishonest way. It deserves its frozen grave.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/4 74% Destroyer (2018) It's been a while since we've had a Los Angeles on screen like this one.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3/4 74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Leder... somehow makes a wonky court case about Section 214 of the tax code, which deals with dependent care expenses, into a nail-biting thriller.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
91% Bumblebee (2018) It's a charming tale of a girl and her adorable car-robot, flipping the script on the tired, bloated franchise. While hard-core fan-boys may complain it's too soft, this film may turn out to be the perfect way to save Transformers.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) [It's] a film that's fantastically fresh, both visually and narratively, trippy and post-modern at the same time and packed with intriguing storytelling tools, humor, empathy and action, while also true to its roots.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
60% The Front Runner (2018) The Front Runner is appropriately paced like a thriller, as everyone involved gets pulled down into the drain, helplessly.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
33% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) To be frank, it rather limps to the goal line.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
80% 22 July (2018) With tenderness and toughness, Greengrass has made a great film about a terrible act.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
94% Private Life (2018) Private Life is a deeply personal - perhaps even invasive - look at the challenges facing one privileged, artsy New York couple...played perfectly by Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
0/4 66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Nothing makes a lot of sense in "The House With a Clock in Its Walls," except perhaps when Black's character warns: "This is no place for a kid."‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
1/4 32% The Predator (2018) Scenes are poorly knitted together, especially toward the end. Time and tempo break down, as if the film were snapping apart at the seams.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3/4 91% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) Teen Titans GO! to the Movies might be aimed at fans of the manic and underrated Cartoon Network show but any parent who tags along will likely chortle as the film gleefully skewers the world of superheroes and the film industry itself.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
3/4 52% Equalizer 2 (2018) He's cool, with moral clarity and he's three moves ahead of everyone. No wonder he's such a welcome sight in 2018 America and no wonder Washington wanted another go-around.‐ Associated Press
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018