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'Public Enemies' gives you a break from summer's robots

"Public Enemies" makes a rather strange midsummer release. This somber gangster piece set in the 1930s comes out at a time when transforming robots and Sacha Baron Cohen's latest affront to comedic taste ("Bruno") look sure to rule the box office for weeks.

July 01, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Explosions maim plot in obnoxious 'Transformers' sequel

"Transformers 2" features the most impressive robots ever programmed into a computer and many battalions of heavily-armed American military men, all of whom blow up everything in sight. And all this carnage adds up to a dizzying, exhausting, loud, clanging, clanking, whirring, headache-inducing scrap pile of a movie.

June 24, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Away We Go' adds great story to summer's film lineup

"Away We Go" provides perfect counterprogramming for those who aren't impressed by computer-generated dinosaurs, overblown violence and all the other trappings of summer blockbusters.

June 18, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Story flaw deflates enjoyable ride of ‘Up’

So right now you're thinking, a review of "Up," isn't Marker a little late on this one?

June 17, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


This movie is an assault on your childhood

"Land of the Lost," this week's only big-budget release, brings an end to this summer's streak of solid releases. It's the immediate frontrunner in the race for worst summer movie.

June 03, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Evil Dead’ mastermind finds his groove

Sam Raimi has gone back to using his powers for evil, and it's a good thing.

May 27, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


The summer movie spectacular

It's mid-May and we're already two releases into summer: "Wolverine" (yawn) and "Star Trek" (neat-o!). From now until September, the movie forecast calls for enormous explosions, spectacular special effects and mediocre writing. Surprisingly, there's also some comedy and romance for those who don't eat testosterone for breakfast. Here are the summer movies on our radar.

May 13, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Star Trek’ sets summer movie bar high

It's difficult to overhaul any successful TV or movie series, but when that series is "Star Trek," it seems downright impossible. Gene Roddenberry's original series has spawned many spinoffs, but fans tend to get a little touchy when someone tampers with Kirk, Spock and the rest of the Enterprise crew.

May 06, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Warmed-over Dickens tale falls flat

"Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" marks a great departure for Matthew McConaughey as an actor: he only takes his shirt off once in this movie.

April 29, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Documentary promises to be historic

We're past the midway point of this year's outstanding edition of the Atlanta Film Festival. Here's a look at a few of the best films to screen so far.

April 22, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Indulge in Georgia-bred films

The Atlanta Film Festival begins tonight and runs through April 25, and it promises to highlight homegrown talent while serving as a launching pad for films from around the world.

April 15, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Miley’s movie shockingly tolerable

I did not hate "Hannah Montana: The Movie."

April 08, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


This teen comedy is refreshingly poignant

"Adventureland" is not what you expect. The publicity for this movie makes it look like a sequel to "Superbad," with all the vulgarity and body jokes we expect from a Judd Apatow production.

April 01, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


These monsters, aliens should be more funny

The highest compliment I can pay "Monsters vs. Aliens" is that it delivers on its promises. The title promises monsters fighting aliens, and that's what we get.

March 25, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Finally, an honestly funny movie

"I Love You, Man" has all the makings of a sleeper. The movie has gotten a minimal marketing push and is flying below the radar.

March 18, 2009 | 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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