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‘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


LEGOs remind us it’s OK to play

Before I write anything about "The LEGO Movie," a disclaimer: I love LEGOs. My son loves LEGOs. My wife and I would be embarrassed by how many LEGO bricks currently reside in our house if they hadn't facilitated so many family memories.

February 13, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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