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‘Dear John’ delivers romantic boredom

The latest adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel gets a jump on the Valentine's Day competition this week.

February 03, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Mel returns with bloody fanfare

Remember when Mel Gibson was just a plain old movie star? Gibson made his mark as a charming, sometimes goofy/sometimes glowering action star, and we liked him. But then came preachy Mel, then drunk anti-Semitic Mel, then adulterous yet somehow still devout Catholic Mel.

January 27, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Film gives power to people, not disease

Imagine if Archie Bunker were a world-renowned biochemist. That's basically the character Harrison Ford plays in "Extraordinary Measures," and he brings much needed comic relief to an otherwise fairly somber movie.

January 20, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Lovely Bones' gets stuck in its own sweet syrup

It turns out, there's a fine line between "lovely" and so syrupy sweet it's silly.

January 13, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Uneven ‘Youth’ more bland than grand

"Youth in Revolt" is, in so many ways, a typical January release. Movies in the first month of the year are always like leftover holiday candy - a bit stale, but hey, this is the only food we have left in the house, so why not?

January 06, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Best of the aughts: Some movies shine above the rest

When you look back on it, the past decade of movies stands up better than you might expect. It's easy to develop a low opinion of the movies that pass through our theaters since, admittedly, most of them are just not very good.

December 31, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Get Out


Jeff Marker's holiday movie guide

Hollywood's 2009 campaign to pull us away from shopping and egg nog and into theaters doesn't offer as many new releases as last year. But several fine films already playing or finally coming to our area should make this another strong holiday movie season.

December 23, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Story’s restraint works against ‘Invictus’

"Invictus" teams director Clint Eastwood and actors Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon in a film about Nelson Mandela, one of the most inspiring figures of the 20th century. That combination should be monumental - literally, a monument to heroism and courage.

December 16, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


A ‘Princess’ we’re drawn to love

"The Princess and the Frog" marks a return to the lush, hand-drawn fairy tales that once defined Walt Disney pictures. All the elements are there: beautiful animation, a princess, wishing on a star, endearing secondary characters and a journey that leads to an epiphany.

December 10, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Enlightening, witty 'Fox' highlights holiday movies

Characters in Wes Anderson's movies ("Rushmore," "The Royal Tenenbaums") constantly ponder their circumstances in existential terms. They relate the failure or success of the moment to their identity and often speak as if they know precisely where they are in the story we're watching.

December 02, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Twilight’ saga continues fights — over boys

Bella and her beast returned to theaters last week.

November 24, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘2012’ puts disaster genre on a new level of bad

Everybody run for your lives - it's a Roland Emmerich movie!

November 18, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Once you get comedy in 'Goats,' you get the film ... sort of

"The Men Who Stare at Goats" begins by issuing the statement "More of this is true than you would believe," the same way many films tell us their story is based on true events.

November 11, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


With Dickens film, Santa brings bad presents early

Happy birthday, Jesus. Hope you like nightmares.

November 04, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Big scream fest in low-budget film

Unless you've been in a sensory deprivation chamber for the past month, you've heard there's some horror movie named "Paranormal Activity" ruling the box office. It was made for, like, $10 and has grossed $1 billion or something.

October 28, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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2014 Fall Preview, Part 2

Last week, I profiled some of the higher-profile movies set to hit theaters in the next few months, but that's only part of the story.

September 25, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


2014 Fall Movie Preview: Can new season of films bring more dollars into box office?

The 2014 domestic box office is down 6 percent from where it was this time last year, by about half a billion dollars. Sure, the foreign box office is picking up some of the slack, but it still raises the stakes very high for Hollywood this fall season.

September 18, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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