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Mark James Patrick Kermode (born Mark James Patrick Fairey; July 2, 1963) is an English film critic, writer and musician who presented the 2001 documentary Alien Evolution. He is the chief film critic for British newspaper The Observer, a contributor to Kermode and Mayo's Film Review and Sight and Sound magazine, co-presents the BBC Two arts programme The Culture Show and discusses other branches of the arts for the BBC Two programme Newsnight Review. Kermode also writes and presents a film-related video blog for the BBC. He is also an active musician, having co-founded skiffle band The Dodge Brothers.