Brian Marks

June 24, 2018
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Devolves Into Mediocrity

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Directed by J.A. Bayona Written By Derek Connolly & Colin Trevorrow 2018/USA A sentence I never imagined I would utter: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom helped me to better appreciate Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World (2015). That’s not something I would have believed possible only a few days […]
June 15, 2018
Incredibles 2

‘Incredibles 2’ Is a Worthy Sidekick to the Original

Some clumsiness with its messages aside, Incredibles 2 is a sequel that justifies its existence with sharp dialogue and gorgeous visuals.
June 7, 2018

‘Upgrade’ Is an Exploitation Film Disguised As Science Fiction

'Upgrade' doesn’t have quite the same impact or import as the classic '70s revenge films it is inspired by, but it’s a hell of a thriller, which is good enough.
May 19, 2018
Deadpool 2

‘Deadpool 2’ Improves on the Original, but Can’t Outrun its Superhero Origins

There’s still room for improvement, but 'Deadpool 2' is a breath of fresh air compared to the increasingly stale superhero films recently foisted upon us.
May 8, 2018

The Uneven ‘Tully’ Is Jason Reitman’s Best Film in Years

For Tully’s first three-quarters, Reitman and Cody make a sensitive and poignant film about the struggles of parenting - before a late twist threatens to ruin it all.
May 3, 2018
The Terror

‘The Terror,’ Ep. 1.07: “Horrible from Supper” — Mr. Hickey Comes Into Focus

The Terror, Season 1, Episode 7: “Horrible from Supper” Written by Andres Fischer-Centeno Directed by Tim Mielants Airs Mondays at 9 pm ET on AMC Other than Jared Harris’s Captain Crozier, no character on AMC’s The Terror is quite as fascinating as Hickey, played by Adam Nagaitis. The show’s first […]
April 28, 2018

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Is Too Busy for Its Own Good

'Infinity War' is weighed down by endless superheroes, most reduced to cameo status. They’ve stuffed this turkey to the point of bursting.
April 26, 2018
Super Troopers 2

‘Super Troopers 2’ Improves on the Painfully Unfunny Original

Broken Lizard haven't improved on their abilities as a comedy troupe with 'Super Troopers 2,' but they’ve at least made a better movie that’s reasonably funny.
April 26, 2018

‘Downrange’ Forgets to Make Its Trashy Gore Fun

Downrange has stripped horror down to the meat, but what's there is gristly and tough, and perhaps a bit rotten.
April 24, 2018
The Terror A Mercy

‘The Terror,’ Ep. 1.06: “A Mercy” — Madness Infects the Crew

The Terror, Season 1, Episode 6: “A Mercy” Written by Vinnie Wilhelm Directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan Airs Mondays at 9 pm ET on AMC There are two unstated countdowns that have been progressing with every episode of AMC’s The Terror: the first is the steady march toward starvation. The Terror […]