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Mark Olsen

Mark Olsen writes about all kinds of movies for the Los Angeles Times as both a feature writer and reviewer. He creates a regular series on independent, documentary and foreign language films under the banner of Indie Focus, also curating and hosting the Indie Focus Screening Series. His work has also appeared in Film Comment, the New York Times, LA Weekly, Sight & Sound and other publications. He is from Kansas.
Review: Lars von Trier's 'The House That Jack Built' is mostly empty

The international arthouse provocateur returns with a serial killer movie that is just enough of a rueful self-examination to keep it from being entirely without worth. But just barely.

Mark Olsen's best movies of 2018: 'If Beale Street Could Talk' stands out in a year that tried to make sense of madness

Across titles including "Widows," "The Favourite," "Support the Girls" and more, many movies in 2018 were preoccupied with what it takes to simply get through one day to the next.

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