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‘Semi-pro’ is simply so-so

I'll be honest: "Semi-Pro" is the kind of movie reviewers hate. Not because it's so bad, but because it gives us so little to write. It's much easier - and more fun - to either rave or rant than to be lukewarm.

March 17, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Charlie’ misses mark on teenage life

Remember how all of Ferris Bueller's schoolmates loved him? Ferris' popularity transcended cliques and made the entire high school class structure obsolete.

March 10, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Cool concept can’t save ‘Jumper’

During these traditionally "down months" of late winter/early spring, when Hollywood dumps its undercooked clams into theaters, it's a genuine thrill to discover a hidden pearl.

March 03, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Yes, Daniel Day-Lewis is that good

Finally, we can see what everyone has been talking about!

February 29, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


He’s so fine — too bad movie’s not

Who says all action movies are made for men? "Fool's Gold" is an exception to that rule. The violence is minimal and tame, it's romantic (sort of) and mostly this is an excuse to watch People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive for 2005 run around without a shirt.

February 25, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Charlie Wilson’s War’ shows witty restraint

If you'd like to know what "Charlie Wilson's War" is all about, just take a look at Gust Avrakotos (Phillip Seymour Hoffman).

February 14, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘The Great Debaters’ delivers more than just hype

Movie publicity tends to promise far more than the movies actually deliver. That's why it's such a pleasant surprise when a movie actually pays off more than we expect. "The Great Debaters" is one of the few films of 2007 that underpromises and overdelivers.

February 14, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Strange wilderness' will actually lower your IQ

Before I begin this week's review, I need to offer a big "thank you" to my editor for arranging a special, private screening for me this week. Reserving the entire theater for only me was a moving display of -

February 14, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Sweeney Todd’ just overcooked gore

Worst pies in London, indeed.

February 14, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Rendition’ stays true to new war genre

The War on Terror has become a movie genre.

January 31, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Lions’ goes out like a lamb

The Movies on Terror trend continues.

January 31, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Gone Baby Gone’ makes great debut

It's a good time to be named "Affleck." Bet you haven't heard that before, have you?

January 31, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


With ‘Gangster,’ don’t believe hype

Sometimes a "slam dunk" isn't a slam dunk.

January 31, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Mr. Magorium’ light but refreshing

The holiday season is upon us, and it's time for movies to make us believe. Or, at least make us feel warm and fuzzy.

January 31, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘August Rush’ works as gritty tale

Music has the power to uplift the downtrodden, unite strangers and bridge insurmountable distances. If you believe in those ideas even a little, be prepared for "August Rush" to win you over.

January 31, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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Holiday films mix fresh with familiar

With the work week shortened by one day for two consecutive weeks, many residents may find time to hit the local cinema to see movies gearing up for Oscar nods or blockbuster status.

December 18, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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