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Unoriginal 'Astro Boy' full of scraps

It seems the makers of "Astro Boy" wanted to combine every science fiction theme into one movie.

October 21, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Staying true to book creates thin storyline in 'Wild Things'

The trailer for "Where the Wild Things Are" manages to dazzle our senses and evoke a host of emotions. Ironically, by the end of the film itself I felt almost nothing.

October 14, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Forget the film; buy a plane ticket instead

"Couple's Retreat" is a sitcom episode masquerading as a feature film.

October 07, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Movie lovers, rejoice in this week's releases

Three new comedies and the re-release of two animated classics hit theaters simultaneously this Friday, and incredibly, all are worth seeing.

September 30, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Meatballs’ full of hearty family fare

Has there ever been a more appropriate week to review a movie called "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs?"

September 23, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Jennifer's Body’ lets pretty girl show her teeth

"Jennifer's Body" is the perfect movie at the perfect time for Megan Fox. She has become a huge star without playing a single lead role or having to really act at all (something even she admits). She has built a career on rocking red carpets and lending her eye candy to action movies.

September 16, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Fall Preview 2009: Escape economic woes with great flicks

For most of 2009, optimism has been in shorter supply than H1N1 vaccines. I'm happy to inject a dose of good news by telling you things are about to get better - at the movies, at least.

September 09, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Finally, we get a funny comedy in 'Extract'

Writer/director Mike Judge captures the hilarity of the workplace as well as anyone. His "Office Space" (an American classic, in my opinion) and "Idiocracy" both flopped in their theatrical runs but have become DVD hits.

September 02, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Film gives tedious look at fake history

Quentin Tarantino's films have been called many things: brilliant, self-indulgent, operatic, ultra-violent, hyperkinetic, irresponsible, and more. But never has Tarantino been boring. Until now.

August 26, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Talented cast can’t tutor ‘Post Grad’

There aren't enough quality movies made for young women, and "Post Grad" does nothing to improve the situation.

August 19, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘The Goods’ is a summer guilty pleasure

Everybody could use a good laugh these days, and humor right now seems all the more fun if we feel we're getting away with something. In other words, it's a great time for a guilty pleasure comedy.

August 12, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Here's a summer movie to sink your teeth into

A reviewer friend once asked me if it is acceptable to praise a movie for what it's not. After seeing "Julie & Julia," I'm finally ready to answer: "Yes!"

August 05, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Apatow hits stride with grown-up humor

Judd Apatow has decided to grow up, and we should all rejoice.

July 29, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Orphan’ is deplorable moviemaking

Sitting through "Orphan" is like being forced, like Alex in "A Clockwork Orange," to watch videos of child abuse. This is easily the worst film of the year, and it exploits child actors so shamelessly I can scarcely believe it's legal. I've seen plenty of bad movies, but it's a rare film that sends me into moral outrage.

July 22, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Another solid chapter in ‘Potter’ saga

Harry Potter comes to our rescue this week. The sixth installment of the Potter series will undoubtedly banish all gay caricatures and obnoxious robots to the bottom of the box office top 10, even though the movie doesn't offer the pyrotechnics we usually expect during summer.

July 15, 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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