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Scott Marks

Scott Marks
Scott Marks's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): San Diego Reader

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 100% Rewind (2020) Unquestionably difficult to watch - wait until you learn details of Uncle Harold's "punishment" - Neulinger's heroic act of bravery will hopefully encourage and inspire others to come forward.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
3/5 90% Working Man (2020) First-time director Robert Jury's Working Man finds suspense amidst the humdrum, and love among the rubble of a marriage put on hold.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2020
3/5 100% Driveways (2019) This is one of those quiet gems where we get dropped into the lives of a handful of characters at what turns out to be a crucial turning point in all their lives.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
2/4 80% G.B.F. (2014) Director Darren Stein's frequently on-target satire had me laughing enough to keep it interesting.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
2/5 71% Hansel and Gretel Get Baked (2013) The gore gets to be a tad gratuitous, but for the most part [Duane] Journey has a ball ripping into genre conventions. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
2/5 78% Buffaloed (2020) This low rent She-Wolf of Wall Street is not without its charms - it's hard not to find some room in one's heart for a film that works so hard to restore the word "jagoff" to popular usage. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
3/5 91% The Assistant (2020) Green, the first filmmaker to give narrative voice to this subject, posits her day in the life of a witness to workplace gangrene as a grueling example of cinema as frustration.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
4/5 83% The Traitor (2020) Show me a classic cosa nostra saga that doesn't affirm the importance of family and... well, I'll show you Marco Bellocchio's The Traitor, everything one hoped The Irishman would be but wasn't.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
1/5 35% Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words (2020) One of the most controversial political subjects of his generation is thus afforded an unduly sympathetic portrait - but how else would Pack have been able to get Thomas to sit still long enough for the interview portion of our program?‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
75% The Gentlemen (2020) Telegraphing dialogue, Tarantino-speak tributes, and a third act plot logjam are tantamount to bringing ants to the picnic, but there's enough repellent on board so as not to bother or distract too much.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
2/5 59% The Last Full Measure (2020) Not bad for a regulation military movie, but I must confess to a wandering attention span; how else could I notice the cigarette that Jackson removes from the pack of Marlboros is an American Spirit?‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
3/5 83% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) In his own way, the ever-present director is as much a scene-hogger as Joaquin Phoenix with one glaring difference: Brügger's mercenaries are the real-deal, not heavy-handed, makeup-streaked clowns with mommy and daddy issues.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
5/5 98% 63 Up (2019) At first glance, 21 Up played as somewhat of a novelty. That was over forty years ago. Today, it stands as one of cinema's greatest achievements, a use of the medium that's at once blatantly logical and profoundly affecting.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
3/5 96% The Irishman (2019) It didn't take a genius to see that television was finally poised to win the war against movies. I just didn't expect my teacher to be leading the charge against theatrical exhibition.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
5/5 76% Richard Jewell (2019) Has there been a time since the Man With No Name first rode into town when Eastwood wasn't at the top of his game? Don't believe me? Check out Richard Jewell.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
1/5 88% Earth (Erde) (2019) It's a case of the meaningful point in question given a meaningless treatment.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
1/5 99% Midnight Family (2019) At 81 minutes, you won't be bored, but don't be surprised if the car ride home finds you questioning how an audition reel for a reality television program earned a theatrical release.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
3/5 45% Quezon's Game (2020) It may not always qualify as great cinema, but when it comes to presenting a fascinating, emotionally rewarding history lesson, you'll be hanging on every scene.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
2/5 48% Underwater (2020) There's no better feeling than starting the New Year right with an affectionate, action-packed genre picture.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
1/5 83% Just Mercy (2020) It's good acting at its finest in this preaching to the choir "right to life" drama that might have worked had the filmmakers chosen to show the audience a little mercy by not constantly talking down to them.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
0/5 85% The Hottest August (2019) August 2017 was not the hottest on record. Not even close. If one can't get the title right, what chance is there of everything else falling into order?‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
3/5 88% Cunningham (2019) I maintain as much of an appreciation for modern dance as I do for watching golf on TV. But this is a movie, and as such, anything can be, and in this case is, rendered cinematic.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
0/5 14% Dolittle (2020) It is with deep and abiding regret that we report the passing of Robert Downey, Jr. - one of the last of his generation of trailblazers - over to the dark side.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) It's well worth leaving the house for.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
4/5 94% Honey Boy (2019) When it comes to cinema as therapy, LeBeouf put his time (and ours) to superb use here.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
1/5 42% Midway (2019) The digitized combat looks like something traced and transplanted from another war, one that took place in a galaxy far, far away.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
1/5 46% Last Christmas (2019) Still, it's worth a visit to the multiplex to behold cinematographer John Schwartzman (National Treasure: Book of Secrets, The Founder) accept the challenge of illuminating a feature almost entirely by Christmas lights.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
0/5 63% The Good Liar (2019) Wait for Britbox.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
3/5 87% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) As stiff-neck storytelling goes, this is pretty damn impressive.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
2/5 24% The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) The pounding hooves that whisk us through the pre-credit montage recall the manner of storytelling audiences lapped up throughout the '60s, but which is now the stuff that Hallmark Channel dramas are made of. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
2/5 82% The Report (2019) A film as thought-provoking as this should pack more thrills; the majority of the suspense is generated from Driver's countenance, not Burns' ability to captivate an audience.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
3/5 96% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) One is prone to expect excess in a film by François Ozon, [but he] wisely opts to frame the fact-based events as a straightforward crime drama.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
3/5 91% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) When it comes to establishing and maintaining tension, there wasn't a better American genre picture released this year. Refrain from viewing it as historical record and you won't leave disappointed.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/5 44% The Addams Family (2019) Much closer in spirit to Charles Addams' ghoulishly byzantine etchings (Lurch was indeed an escapee from a home for the criminally insane) and the '60s sitcom it spawned than Barry Sonnenfeld's sleepy and pukey remodelings.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2019
3/5 83% Official Secrets (2019) Do yourself two favors: see the picture, and if you're unfamiliar with the outcome of the case, avoid the Google before purchasing a ticket. It'll make for a much more nerve-wracking time at the movies.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
2/5 87% Hustlers (2019) As good as Lopez and her onscreen accomplice Constance Wu are, they can't act what isn't in the script; other than a dedicated work ethic, we're never given access to their thoughts.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
2/5 89% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) CNN Films could have taken a lesson from its subject by not pulling any punches.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
2/5 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) As a fan of the series, I wished for a stronger sendoff with a lot less comic book splatter.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
2/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) For most of its running time, Ad Astra amounts to a rather somber and sterile two-hour orbit.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
4/5 75% The Death of Dick Long (2019) You may not like where the movie takes you, but damn if you won't enjoy the ride. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
3/5 89% Give Me Liberty (2019) Those who demand at least a modicum of originality in exchange for their entertainment dollar won't be shortchanged by this divinely chaotic comedy.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
1/5 86% Ms. Purple (2019) It may look and feel like Hou-Hsiao Hsien (Millenium Mambo) and sound like Wong Kar-Wai (In the Mood for Love), but writer-director Justin Chon (Gook) doesn't have what it takes to do all that paraphrasing and still make the film his own.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
2/5 82% Judy (2019) With the exception of the occasional bout of Jim Bailey trout pout, Renée Zellweger's Judy Garland in Judy convinces in close-up. But did they have to let her sing?‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
0/5 86% The Nightingale (2019) Jennifer Kent is more interested in hammering together a soapbox on contemporary societal horrors than she is in mounting a challenging dramatic framework.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
2/5 90% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) Alas, the potential for sharp political satire takes a back seat to small screen spoofery, nudging this more in the direction of Soapdish, rather than Joe Dante's transcendent The Second Civil War.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
0/5 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) If by some chance the kids corral you into this Jumanji rip-off, at least see it all the way through the spirited, semi-reparative closing credits number.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
2/5 92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) As per usual with these celebrity biodocs, audience satisfaction is best gauged by one's appreciation for the subject matter, not the documentarian's (in this case first timer A.J. Eaton) ability to wow the crowd with innovation.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
0/5 43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Cancer is to melodrama what CGI is to the MCU: a cheap, easy tool to control audience emotions used by filmmakers (in this case, director Simon Curtis and scenarist Mark Bomback) who have nothing to sell but tripe.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
2/5 72% At War (En guerre) (2019) The performances and camerawork are natural and unrehearsed, to the point where one wishes this had something more to show for itself than expert mimicry and an inharmonious act of violence to send audiences packing.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
1/5 63% Our Time (Nuestro tiempo) (2019) The experience must have been a cathartic one for Reygadas, but at 177 minutes, audience members who survive this marathon round of couples therapy deserve to charge an hourly rate.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019