Mark Keizer is a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. He also co-hosts the IGN Digigods podcast and serves as executive producer of Studio E!, which airs Monday nights at 8 on E! Entertainment Television.


Author Archives: Mark Keizer


'Steve Jobs' Movie: Michael Fassbender Career-Making Performance in 'Riveting' Biopic

'Steve Jobs' movie poster. 'Steve Jobs' movie: 'Riveting, high speed' biopic starring Michael Fassbender at his best On the outside, computers are clean, symmetrical slabs of molded polycarbonate; pleasant, or at least inoffensive, to look at. On the inside, however, the part most consumers don't see, is a bento box […]


'The Martian' Movie: Ridley Scott Has Some Greatness Left

The Martian movie: Matt Damon stars as an astronaut stranded on Mars. 'The Martian' movie review: Ridley Scott still has 'greatness left in him' The Martian is the story of a man in trouble and in desperate need of saving. Brilliant and resourceful, he must marshal all of his creative […]


'Truth' Movie: Cate Blanchett Flawless in Compelling But Slanted Drama

Truth movie: Cate Blanchett “flawless” as 60 Minutes' Mary Mapes. 'Truth' movie: Gripping and well-acted drama can't hide '60 Minutes' producer Mary Mapes' role in the 'devolution of TV journalism' The devolution of TV journalism into partisan point-scoring and sophistic bloviating was in full stride by the time 60 Minutes […]


'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation': Tom Cruise Is The Last Action Hero

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation with Tom Cruise: Star vehicle. 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation': Tom Cruise is the movies' Last Action Hero There are two impossible missions in the latest Mission: Impossible. The first involves Chechen terrorists, political assassinations, the Vienna Opera House, and a car that unlocks when […]


'Ant-Man' Movie: Full Marvel Power Result in 'Just Okay' Superhero Entry

Ant-Man movie: Full Marvel Cinematic Universe power results in “minor” effort. Paul Rudd stars as the title character. 'Ant-Man' movie: Full Marvel Cinematic Universe push doesn't quite save latest entry For those wondering or possibly hoping that Ant-Man was going to be Marvel's first certified turkey, the Cars 2 of […]


Amy Winehouse Movie: 'Amy' Is 'Heartbreaking' & 'Impressive' Work

Amy Winehouse. Amy Winehouse movie: Asif Kapadia's documentary is both 'impressive' & 'heartbreaking' In an era of disposable pop music, the songs of the late Amy Winehouse feel timeless. Her sound spans the decades: bluesy and jazzy, a little bit punk and a little bit gansta. She was an old soul belting out […]


'Spy' Movie: Melissa McCarthy Carries 'Transgressive' Feminist Statement

Spy movie with Melissa McCarthy. 'Spy' movie review: 'Transgressive' feminist statement There's been a lot of talk around the ol' virtual water cooler about the feminist messaging embedded in Mad Max: Fury Road. George Miller's riveting, post-apocalyptic free-for-all features the male title character taking a back seat to a fierce, […]


'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Review: Marvel Cinematic Universe Wearing Thin

Avengers: Age of Ultron review: Chris Evans as Captain America and Chris Hemsworth as Thor in gargantuan, by-the-book The Avengers sequel. 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' review: More of same in 'The Avengers' gargantuan sequel Someday somebody's going to make a superhero tentpole movie that doesn't involve the fate of the world or […]


'Interstellar': Space Movie Shows Whole Less Than Sum of Ravishing Parts

Interstellar: Space movie with Anne Hathaway. 'Interstellar': Space movie is 'ravishing' & 'overextended' There are many intriguing questions raised in director Christopher Nolan's ravishing, overextended mind-bender Interstellar. One of the first: has a theoretical physicist ever received an executive producer credit on a nine-figure, studio movie? Probably not, but if […]


'Transformers: Age of Extinction': Michael Bay Least Aggravating Bot Movie

Transformers: Age of Extinction with Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor. 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' review: Michael Bay's latest 'Transformers' movie 'least aggravating of a very aggravating lot' Suffice it to say, there are many special effects in the Transformers movies of which Transformers: Age of Extinction is the latest and, […]


'X-Men: Days of Future Past': Surefire Hit Has What Other Superhero Movies Lack

X-Men: Days of Future Past with Hugh Jackman as The Wolverine. 'X-Men: Days of Future Past': Bryan Singer has a surefire hit with latest 'X-Men' sequel With yet another spring and summer movie season overstuffed with superhero extravaganzas, 20th Century Fox's X-Men series, which debuted in 2000 and spans more than […]


'The Amazing Spider-Man 2': Green Goblin Wasted in 'Mediocre' Sequel

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man. 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2': 'Professionally mediocre' sequel Part of the appeal of Spider-Man, in all his paper and celluloid incarnations, is the character's recognizably human scale. Neither a trillionaire industrialist (Batman), a Norse God (Thor), nor an indestructible Christ figure (Superman), […]