Mark Jenkins

Mark Jenkins reviews movies for NPR.org, as well as for reeldc.com, which covers the Washington, D.C., film scene with an emphasis on art, foreign and repertory cinema.

Jenkins spent most of his career in the industry once known as newspapers, working as an editor, writer, art director, graphic artist and circulation director, among other things, for various papers that are now dead or close to it.

He covers popular and semi-popular music for The Washington Post, Blurt, Time Out New York, and the newsmagazine show Metro Connection, which airs on member station WAMU-FM.

Jenkins is co-author, with Mark Andersen, of Dance of Days: Two Decades of Punk in the Nation's Capital. At one time or another, he has written about music for Rolling Stone, Slate, and NPR's All Things Considered, among other outlets.

He has also written about architecture and urbanism for various publications, and is a writer and consulting editor for the Time Out travel guide to Washington. He lives in Washington.

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Movie Reviews
8:52 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

'We Have A Pope': Whoops, Maybe We Don't

Reluctant Papa: Michel Piccoli (center) plays Melville, a cardinal surprisingly elected pope by his peers. At a critical moment before he must address his new flock, Melville insists he can't take the job.
Philippe Antonello IFC Film

Originally published on Thu April 5, 2012 3:00 pm

"God sees abilities in me I don't have," laments the protagonist of Italian writer-director Nanni Moretti's new movie. Such self-doubt is hardly novel, but Melville (Michel Piccoli) has a special stake in God's opinion of him — he's just been elected pope.

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Movie Reviews
4:23 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

'The Raid': Hand-To-Hand Thrills In A Jakarta Slum

Gang enforcer Mad Dog (Yayan Ruhian, right) fights off Indonesian SWAT agent Jaka (Joe Taslim) as Jaka's team invades a Jakarta tenement controlled by a brutal gangster.
Akhirwan Nurhaidir Sony Classics

Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 3:19 pm

Arguably the most dynamic Asian action film since the 1990s peaks of John Woo and Tsui Hark, The Raid: Redemption works as sheer gladiatorial ballet: An Indonesian SWAT team fights its way, hand to hand and floor to floor, through a towering inferno of a tenement. But this electrifying movie isn't just a collection of gory moments. It actually goes somewhere.

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Movie Reviews
9:37 am
Fri March 16, 2012

'Pray For Japan': Sorrow, Resilience, Rebuilding

High-school student Kento Ito (right) and friends prepare for a Children's Day ceremony honoring Kento's little brother, Ritsu-kun, and others who perished in the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of March 2011.
PrayForJapanNetwork

Originally published on Thu March 15, 2012 11:51 pm

Among the foreign-born residents of Japan who headed north to volunteer after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami was Stu Levy, an L.A. pop-culture entrepreneur who lives part-time in Tokyo. When not ladling soup or toting rice sacks, the man who brought Sailor Moon to American girls videotaped the survivors and volunteers.

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