Movie Junkie Mark

Movie Junkie Mark: ‘Race’

MOVIE REVIEW “Race” 2016 – Rated PG-13 2 hr 14 min HHHHI I’m embarrassed to say I knew very little about the great runner Jesse Owens before watching this fine biopic. What an amazing story it is. The film was written by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse and directed by Stephen Hopkins. Its title “Race” serves as a dual role.  […]

Movie Junkie Mark: ‘Rudderless’

MOVIE REVIEW “Rudderless” 2014 – Rated R 1 hr 45 min 4/5 stars William H. Macy isn’t exactly a household name. Yet, I can assure you, you’ve seen him more than once in movies playing supporting roles. “Rudderless” is his directorial debut, and if it’s any indication, we should see many more films from this talented actor turned director. He […]

Movie Junkie Mark: ‘Fathers & Daughters’

MOVIE REVIEW “Fathers & Daughters” 2015 – Rated R 1 hr 56 min “Fathers & Daughters” is a moving and poignant film from Italian director Gabriele Muccino (“Seven Pounds” and “The Pursuit of Happyness”).  It’s been in my queue for a while and I’m glad I finally got around to viewing it. The central theme to this movie is, as […]

Movie Junkie Mark: ‘Short Term 12’

MOVIE REVIEW “Short Term 12” 2013 – Rated R 1 hr 36 min HHHHH I first saw this film shortly after it was released and I was blown away. I recently re-watched it and it had the same effect on me. Not only is it one of the finest indie flicks I’ve ever seen, the cast of relatively unknown actors […]

Movie Junkie Mark: ‘The Wife’

MOVIE REVIEW “The Wife” 2017 – Rated R 1 hr 39 min HHHHI Such an ordinary title for such an extraordinary film. However, after watching “The Wife” it seems quite appropriate. It’s another one of those movies that somehow flew under my radar. When I saw it starred the hugely talented Glenn Close, I knew I was in for a […]

Movie Junkie Mark: ‘People Places Things’

MOVIE REVIEW “People Places Things” 2015 – Rated R 1 hr 25 min HHHII Just about everyone knows the most famous gem from Australia is the opal. Fewer people know what New Zealand’s real gem is: It’s the brilliant actor Jemaine Clement. Okay, that was a bit corny, but I’m serious. I first discovered him in the hilarious 2007 TV […]

Movie Junkie Mark: ‘Oranges and Sunshine’

MOVIE REVIEW “Oranges and Sunshine” 2010 – Rated R 1 hr 45 min HHHHI Hollywood loves to make movies about whistleblowers. Over the years we’ve seen poignant films like “All the President’s Men,” “Serpico,” “Silkwood” and “Erin Brockovich,” to name but a few. We enjoy rooting for the underdog and watch with anticipation as they overcome their hurdles to get […]

Movie Junkie Mark: ‘Ways to Live Forever’

MOVIE REVIEW “Ways to Live Forever” 2013 – Rated PG 13 1 hr 30 min HHHHI Imagine if you will, a movie about a 12-year-old dying of leukemia being an uplifting experience. That’s exactly what “Ways to Live Forever” is. The film is based on a novel by Sally Nicholls and thanks to the sensitive adaptation by Spanish director/writer Gustavo […]

Movie Junkie Mark: ‘To the Stars’

MOVIE REVIEW “To The Stars” 2019 – Not Rated 1 hr 49 min HHHHI I’m a city boy through and through. I can’t imagine growing up in a small town. I especially can’t fathom what that would be like in the early 1960s. That’s the setting for the gentle and evocative “To The Stars.” The film takes place in Wakita, […]

Movie Junkie Mark: ‘The Last Word’


MOVIE REVIEW “The Last Word” 2017 – Rated R 1 hr 48 min HHHII Shirley MacLaine. What an amazing career. From her early films like “The Trouble with Harry” and “The Apartment” to more recent projects including “Steel Magnolias” and “Terms of Endearment,” she’s produced a formidable body of work. She has a reputation for being a headstrong, determined, and […]

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