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Summer preview (part II): Comedies, drama

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" swung into theaters last weekend, debuting at No. 1 in box office and officially launching the summer season.

May 08, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Spider-Man 2’ not that amazing

It is entirely possible we have exhausted the potential of the mainstream super-hero movie. I say "mainstream" because it will always be possible for some daring storyteller to do something that turns the genre upside down.

May 01, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Get ready for a jam-packed season of summer box office hits

Spider-Man slings us into the summer season this weekend.

May 01, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Unbalanced female folly funny

Director Nick Cassavetes' female-bonding, cheating-husband-punishing comedy "The Other Woman" sets a new bar for erratic storytelling.

April 24, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Railway’ lacks smooth transitions

The British drama "The Railway Man" is based on the memoir of the same title by Eric Lomax, and the best thing I can say for the movie is it makes me want to read the book.

April 17, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Rio 2’ follows predictable pattern

It was inevitable that Blue Sky/20th Century Fox would make a sequel to "Rio," a modest hit in 2011 that earned almost $500 million worldwide. That's what studios do: milk each intellectual property for as much box-office revenue as possible.

April 10, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Captain America' a solid sequel

Another Marvel movie, another set of mixed reactions.

April 03, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Atlanta Film Festival to feature indie diversity

The Atlanta Film Festival runs from March 28 to April 6 with most events taking place at the Plaza Theatre or 7 Stages theatre. This year's festival offers dozens of narrative and documentary features showcasing the diversity of the global independent film movement as well as a variety of film-related events intended to support Georgia's indie scene.

March 27, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


All-star cast can’t save ‘Muppets’ sequel

"The Muppets" became a surprise hit in 2011 and rescued America's favorite puppet franchise from the brink of obscurity.

March 20, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Unfeasible premise, poor script rules ‘Divergent’

"Divergent" will inevitably be compared to the Hunger Games franchise, thanks to its totalitarian themes and teenage girl protagonist played by a talented, emerging star (Shailene Woodley).

March 20, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Anderson's "Budapest" a rich, touching work

No one other than Wes Anderson could have made "The Grand Budapest Hotel."

March 13, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Tim’s Vermeer’ will delight art lovers

Subversive films are rarely as polite and amusing as "Tim's Vermeer," an amicable little documentary about Tim Jenison's quest to "paint a Vermeer."

March 06, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Placing bets on who will take home an Oscar

It's that time of year again, when for one night Americans remember that a place called Hollywood still exists and bask in the irresistible glow of the most glamorous show on Earth.

February 27, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Harold Ramis impacts popular culture with his films

Harold Ramis died Monday at the age of 69, and I have to admit I am a bit surprised by the volume and intensity of grief about his death.

February 27, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Columnists


Bold acting cannot save 'In Secret's' blah script

"In Secret" might have been a much better film had the filmmakers acted as boldly as the characters.

February 20, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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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


'The Drop' low-key yet compelling

The talk these days among anyone who has an interest in the movie industry is how badly the North American box office has fallen off.

September 11, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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