Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson
Mark Jackson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Epoch Times
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Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 22% Playing with Fire (2019) Cena, like Dwayne and Arnold before him, has biceps the size of watermelons, and doesn't take himself seriously. This child movie might make you yawn, but kids will think it's grand. Moms will also likely find the biceps very interesting to look at. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
1/5 47% Last Christmas (2019) A whitewashing attempt by the Chinese Communist Party to sneak their vast, illegal, live organ-harvesting trade into our collective subconsciousness via the Trojan Horse vehicle of an innocuous-looking X-mas Rom-Com, using two popular Asian movie stars. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
4/5 84% Chariots of Fire (1981) "Chariots of Fire" reveals the origins of the modern Olympic competitive mindset; the doping, lying, and cheating. Lance Armstrong, anyone? This is the true story of two 1924 Olypians; one a man of deep faith, the other wanting to win at all costs. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
4/5 97% The Irishman (2019) Since Coppola's "The Godfather," these are the men who have shown us the underbelly of American organized crime. It's good this Hollywood royalty of pretend mobsters exposed it. But this will not happen again. A Hollywood, tour de force, mob swan song. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
3.5/5 51% Black and Blue (2019) A powerful addition to the gritty, high-tension, dimly lit, dirty-cop thriller genre, which includes Kurt Russell in "Dark Blue," Denzel Washington in "Training Day," and Richard Gere in "Internal Affairs." - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
2.5/5 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) This latest terminator that can be machine-gunned into different puddles of black goo, which can locate its other black goo puddles and then morph back into a carbonite skeleton? Like Scarlett Johansson in "Lucy," and Tom Hardy in "Spawn"? Yawn. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
4/5 71% The King (2019) Word-wise, it's Shakespeare lite, but producer Brad Pitt's got good taste in movies about manliness, and Timothée Chalamet may be the best actor of his generation. So "The King" has heft. If you like manly, muddy, medieval war movies-it's a must-see. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
3/5 69% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) We're living in the actual zombie apocalypse. People with their faces sucked down their phones and legions of oxy addicts are sho' nuff zombies. Demons are collaborating to waylay our souls and chew our faces off. But it's good to laugh at zombies ... - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
3.5 26% Gemini Man (2019) A cloned human is created by no god, but a human body needs a soul to animate it. Nature abhors a vacuum. What kinds of entities will creep in and animate that human clone are stories the horror genre will address in the future, but this is a good start. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
2.5/5 41% The Laundromat (2019) Meryl Streep plays a sort of geriatric Erin Brockovich (also directed by Soderbergh) who exposes the teeming roach colony of financial misdeeds hiding under the Mossack Fonseca shell company. Supposed to be amusing. Not very. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
4.5/5 96% Groundhog Day (1993) Cult leader Keith Ranieri was my grade school classmate. What do we call his current prison situation? We call it "Groundhog day." Perhaps millennials aren't familiar with the facts about when and how this term became part of America's cultural lexicon... - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
3.5/5 64% The Sound of Silence (2019) Our environment reflects us, which includes the soundscapes we live in. Food for thought. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
3/5 88% Aquarela (2019) There's no question that the environment is being destroyed by modern science. However, it can be argued that the "global warming" narrative here, is more likely a red-green axis created to push for socialist policies. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
4/5 94% Enter the Dragon (1973) In 1974, one left "Enter the Dragon" going, "What'd I just hear? What'd I just see?" I'd watch 8 straight hours of all Bruce's movies, analyzing and re-analyzing, in hopes of gaining insight into this amazing new world of transcendental butt-kickery. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
3/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Is it an excellent movie? Pffft. Is it fun? Well, kinda; it's got fun boy stuff like 'splosions. And Nick Nolte playing Banning's ornery coot of a Vietnam-vet dad is a hoot. Worth $17.15? Nope. Ok to pass your time with if you're a bored boy? Absolutely. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2019
1.5/5 80% Good Boys (2019) Non-stop 11-year-old F-bombs and little white and Asian kids talking like gang members on a drive-by shooting isn't really funny. It's more "*sigh* What's the world coming to?" sad. And you don't even wanna know what they find in Max's parent's bedroom. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2019
3.5 90% Luce (2019) "Luce" tempts us down our usual knee-jerk pathways to our particular phobias, notions, and prejudices; and just when we think we've got it all figured out, and we're comfortable, it whips the rug out from under us, and exposes all the ways we're biased. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
3.5/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The Hobbs-Shaw relationship may constitute the most high-speed, ping-pong, alpha-male, insult-fest ever to scorch the big screen. It requires great cardio. This actually takes acting ability, and Johnson gets incrementally funnier with each film he does. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
3.5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Quentin Tarantino personally drives me up a wall, but love him or hate him, QT's a cinematic fixture, guaranteed to be in the director Hall of Fame. I have to give credit where credit is due: "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" is too long but very amusing. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
1.5 84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) So ... what's the point? The downtrodden nebbish lived a resentful life, and, once empowered through karate, ruthlessly takes what he wants? Like sex-traffickers Keith Raniere and Jeffrey Epstein? How's their art of self-defense working out for them? - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2019
3.5/5 99% Honeyland (2019) "Honeyland" isn't an in-your-face, "Fracking-is-horrible!" type eco-doc, but carries the same message. Pumping chemicals into shale unbalances the environment, but so does the greed that causes bee genocide. We know what happens when all the bees die. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
3.5/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) This Spidey flick is about young, geek love to the max, all of which can be summed up by that favorite millennial word: "Awkward!" But it's delicious awkwardness with great payoffs of dissonance-resolution. Nice Spidey suit too ... wing-suit capabilities. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
3/5 63% Yesterday (2019) Himesh Patel has to deliver as a credible interpreter of the greatest classic rock band ever, in his movie-star debut. He absolutely pulls it off. He's got good timing, in both the musical and comedic senses, and quite an engaging voice, too. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
3/5 42% Stuber (2019) Stuber would have hit the stratosphere had a different former WWE wrestler; the funny Dwayne Johnson, teamed up with Kumail Nanjiani. Because Kumail Nanjiani is a very, very funny man. But Dave Bautista might eventually catch up to Dwayne. Just not here. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
4/5 98% Maiden (2019) Talk about a dangerous Hero's Journey. You ain't seen nothing till you've seen storms out on the freezing black Southern Ocean near Antarctica, with 500-foot water geysers from giant waves caroming off ghostly icebergs in the mist. These women are Heroic. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet Cold Blood (La mémoire du sang) (2019) A lonely girl searched in vain for the warm heart of a cold billionaire father, only to find that warm heart at the core of a cold-blooded assassin. Great premise, shoddy delivery. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
4/5 93% Wild Rose (2019) Wild Rose" is about trying to realize one's dreams at the expense of others, learning to embrace the difficulty of one's path by sacrificing the dream in order to live with integrity, authenticity, and responsibility-and thereby manifesting the dream. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
4/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) It's highly refreshing to see that the toys are ensconced in their rightful, traditional, existential capacity of enhancing children's imaginations. Nary a cellphone in sight. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
2.5/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Jean Grey herein harnesses cosmic energy. The film fumbles in claiming Jean can handle this energy due to the use of her human emotions. Advanced martial artists can only master this when they move beyond human emotion, by mastering meditative techniques. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/5 97% Booksmart (2019) Olivia Wilde slam-dunks her directorial debut. Is "Booksmart" the G.O.A.T. of high school movies? No, but it's definitely in the top 20. Maybe the top 10. It's heavily influenced by many of the greatest. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
4/5 91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) Depressing eco-docs about fracking absolutely will, and should, stand our collective hair on end, but 'The Biggest Little Farm' will restore your hope in Father Sky and Mother Earth. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
2/5 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Here's a bland movie about a bad boy named Bundy that bagged a bunch of showbiz buzz, but didn't open big, because, although it stars "Baywatch" beefcake Zac Efron, it's almost blasphemously blah. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
2.5/5 51% Tolkien (2019) LOTR is an enlightenment tale. Frodo sheds karma, leaves Middle Earth for the Elvish equivalent of a Buddha paradise. You think you know Tolkien? Can you write the language? This scanty 'Tolkien' contains none of the above. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
4/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) According to Buddhist/Taoist teachings, smaller-particle dimensions are where the heavens are actually located. This is one of the many reasons why "Avengers" movies are tales, that by definition, have to be about gods. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 81% Long Shot (2019) A male fantasy of epic proportions -- beautiful alpha female falls for chubby, sartorially challenged, broke-ity-broke Brooklyn weed-head -- Rogen and Theron make it work to the point where I actually want to see it again. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
3/5 89% Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (2019) Not bad. What's next in the endless stream of Ip Man movies? Probably in the next Matrix, Ip Man teaches Keanu Reeves's Neo, who will then come out of his trance state and proclaim, "I know better kung fu." - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
3/5 90% Shazam! (2019) This is what Shazam! does best: puts you in an underprivileged, bullied teen's head, and lets you feel how mind-blowingly exciting it would be to suddenly have powers with which to smack every bully upside the head. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
3/5 44% The Chaperone (2019) If you relax your twanging synapses (after viewing any Avenger movie), breathe, and slow your pace down, The Chaperone is actually rather enjoyable. And it will give you much to ponder afterward. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
2.5/5 47% Dumbo (2019) Burton's patented creepiness, assortment of oddities, and the CGI steampunk-iness on display here can't compete with the simple pen, ink, and paint of the original. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
3/5 84% Rust Creek (2019) Director McGowan has definitely herewith put herself on the map. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3.5/5 54% Five Feet Apart (2019) The spiritual takeaway here, for our modern understanding, is that if you could never touch the one(s) you love, the pain of that would take over your whole life. So have gratitude that you can just reach out any time you like, and touch your loved ones. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
2.5/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Samuel L. Jackson provides 99 percent of the chuckles here, but then, he does that in just about any movie he's in. Why is this movie suddenly a financial blockbuster? The only blockbuster-ness it warrants is the one Captain Marvel crash-lands in. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/5 75% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Definitely not for feminists and/or liberals; pretty much exclusively for veteran law enforcement personnel with the un-PC first-responder graveyard humor that always accompanies seeing too much death. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
4.5/5 78% Green Book (2018) Sometimes life is stranger than art, sometimes art imitates life, and sometimes life imitates art. If life starts imitating hopeful art-that's uplifting. That's the goal of art, as I see it. "Green Book" uplifts. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
2.5/5 40% Run the Race (2019) "Run the Race" won't convert any nonbelievers, or even spark a "Hmmm!" type of fleeting insight into the nature of faith, but for Christian faith-based families, it'll be quite satisfying. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
3/5 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) The true tale of a British family of headbangers, for whom wrestling is the family business. Their little girl has a wrestler's Hero's Journey: She goes to America and meets "The Rock." Inspiring! - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
4/5 100% Wrestle (2019) A thoroughly engrossing tale of one young coach's attempt to grow boys into men via the discipline of competition grappling, and a blistering depiction of failing public high schools in America. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
3/5 90% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) This Tame-your-dragon installment is not quite as awesome for kids as its two predecessors. Still quite good, though! - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
3/5 88% To Dust (2019) A Hasidic cantor's wife dies, and he's driven batty by the fact that his faith provides no explanation of the decomposition process. He seeks out Ferris Bueller for some answers. Pretty funny. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
3/5 72% Teen Spirit (2019) Elle Fanning might not be at Hailee Steinfeld's level and start a parallel career as a pop star, but as an actress nailing the part of up-and-coming pop star-nail it, she most certainly does. - Epoch Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019