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Archive By Author - Jeff Marker


Old methods still scare in ‘Quarantine’

There are all sorts of reasons I should have hated "Quarantine."

November 30, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Depressing ‘Changeling’ may snag awards

"Changeling" is one of the award season's heaviest hitters. Directed by and starring Oscar winners Clint Eastwood and Angelina Jolie, respectively, it has all the ingredients to put statues on mantles.

November 30, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Lies’ is more compelling off screen

The war on terror film genre continues, and as usual the results are mixed.

November 30, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Burn’ lacks Coen brothers’ fire

What do you get when you throw a cast of A-list actors into a film where they all play losers swept up in an intricate yet pointless spy plot? Well, mostly you just get a pointless spy plot.

October 30, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


You can’t keep eyes off this car wreck

Slacker Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf) has just attended the funeral of his overachieving twin brother, Ethan. On the way home, he stops at an ATM and the machine inexplicably reports his balance as $750,000 and begins spitting bills at him. He arrives at his apartment to find it filled with bomb-making supplies, heavy artillery and flight plan information.

October 16, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


When a title describes a film too well

If Simon Pegg isn't careful, the title of his latest film could become a description of the British comedian's attempts to become a Hollywood star.

October 05, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


More than your average movie spoof

The funniest movie of the year might also be the most controversial.

September 30, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Rocker’ plays more like broken record

"The Rocker" is supposed to be a star vehicle for Rainn Wilson of "The Office." Problem is, Wilson is upstaged by almost everyone else in the cast.

September 25, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Swing Vote’ plays fair to both politics and satire

You've heard of a non-denial denial in politics? Well, "Swing Vote" is a non-political political movie. It's a fable, grounded in our real recent elections, that would rather make us laugh than stir up controversy.

September 25, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


There’s lots of ham to love in ‘Hamlet 2’

Satire is back, and the world is already becoming a better place. At least, a funnier place.

September 25, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Batman’ raises bar for superhero films

The defining movie of summer 2008 has arrived.

September 01, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


This superhero is simply super bad

Hancock (Will Smith) is an anti-social, apathetic drunk with superhero powers. One day, he reluctantly saves the life of public relations expert Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman), who in return makes it his mission to give Hancock an image makeover. Ray's wife Mary (Charlize Theron) doesn't like the idea and seems to be hiding something.

August 31, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Traitor’ doesn’t live up to expectations

"Traitor" is a shot across the bow. With films like "Towelhead," Oliver Stone's "W" and Bill Maher's "Religulous" due for release within months, in the midst of a tight presidential election, it's going to be a controversial, divisive fall season.

August 31, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


A little robot with a big heart

WALL-E is a lonely, precocious little robot with a big job.

August 31, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Complex plot makes ‘Hellboy’ great

Just when I had given up on comic book movies, along comes "Hellboy II."

August 21, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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‘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


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