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
Publications: San Diego Reader

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
1/5 43% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
1/5 47% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
0/5 66% The Good Liar (2019) Wait for Britbox. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
3/5 86% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) As stiff-neck storytelling goes, this is pretty damn impressive. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
2/5 21% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
3/5 95% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/5 43% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
2/5 88% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
2/5 88% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
3/5 90% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
2/5 83% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
2/5 91% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
0/5 44% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
2/5 71% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
1/5 64% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
2/5 89% In the Aisles (In den Gängen) (2019) A good cast tries hard, but for a story that finds its origin in short fiction, there's no excuse for letting this run on for over two hours. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
3/5 83% Crawl (2019) Though not a patch on Lewis Teague's charming Alligator, a steady dose of more action-thrillers like this may help send comic-book carcinoma into remission. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Sergeant Pepper (2004) If your kids can read, this is the other movie currently playing that borrows its title from a Beatles tune that deserves your attention. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
3/5 96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) This makes a great companion piece to the "Gaumont Treasures: 1897-1913," a meticulously restored DVD collection that contains a good number of the director's films. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
3/5 99% The Farewell (2019) On the plus side, Ms. Wang puts her Panavision lens to impeccable use. You can count the number of closeups on one hand. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
2/5 86% Pavarotti (2019) See it, if for no other reason than to learn the significance of his characteristic white hankie. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
2/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Why the need for Part 4? There are new characters to merchandise! - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
2/5 74% The Spy Behind Home Plate (2019) Reaching too hard for nostalgia, the distracting wall-to-wall soundtrack plays like a K-Tel collection of wartime hits. And for every talking head author, there's a copy of their book hogging the frame. A fascinating story nonetheless. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
2/5 97% The Proposal (2019) What begins with an absorbing struggle over copyright infringement soon descends into an episode of Ghost Hunters with Magid leaving out a plate of Barragán's favorite cookies in case his spirit is hungry. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
0/5 83% Midsommar (2019) Don't let the studio-manufactured hype fool you; this is a midsummer's matinee bore. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
2/5 98% Maiden (2019) If only director Alex Holmes' ability to commandeer a story was one-tenth as ambitious as his lead character. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
0/5 64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Here's a horror sequel that wants to be anything other than what it is: a picture about an evil doll. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
4/5 78% Green Book (2018) Is it a feel-good charmer poised to rake in greenbacks and Oscar gold? You bet! But don't let that keep you away from this overall well balanced (and timed) look forward from the safe distance of America's motley past. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
0/5 60% Greta (2019) Be sure to wear a watch. It will give you something to look at. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
5/5 95% The Act Of Killing (2013) The Act of Killing is the only 100% original work of cinema to come out this year. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
93% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) Vega's performance is riveting, but writer and co-director Sebastián Leilo's use of sex and gender to shape his narrative is straight out of a '50s melodrama. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
4/5 83% Last Letter (2018) Lovers of unrequited love, rejoice. There is enough handwritten romantic communication exchanged in Shunji Iwai's deceptively uncomplicated romance Last Letter to fill a small post office branch. And no junk mail! - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
1/5 59% The Front Runner (2018) People answer in punchlines here, and leave it to director Reitman to always lead with irony. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2/5 91% Widows (2018) Enough quality action and surprises to keep it interesting. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
4/5 100% Alanis (2017) Whatever preconceived notions about sex industry workers that accompany you into the theatre are bound to be shattered, thanks in large part to Ms. Gala's frank and tender performance. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2/5 95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) For a film that tires so hard to subvert standard methods of storytelling, the action that climaxes the film comes as a cheat, a commercial concession of the lowest order. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
0/5 80% Boy Erased (2018) If you know someone who is thinking of putting their kid though one of these programs, buy them a ticket. If not, what's the point? - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
1/5 36% Viper Club (2018) Susan Sarandon knows how to pick a character; it's her taste in scripts that we need worry about. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/5 93% The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018) When it comes to pure visual comedy, there is no greater director than Buster Keaton. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018