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A-list cast sells tickets, but falls flat

Hollywood studios have, since their inception, placed their faith in the star system. Put enough A-listers in the cast, and ticket sales will follow.

February 06, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Spring movies on the horizon

As far as I can recall, I have never written a spring preview, because the season has always been nothing but a dumping ground for movies the studios knew wouldn't fare well against the competition during any other time of year.

January 23, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Documentaries you'll want to see

If you are keeping track, and I know you are, I included three documentaries in my top 20 for 2013. Those were not anomalies but rather an indication of what a strong year it was for documentary film. As those films now move to home video, here are some you should track down.

January 15, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Stage classic comes off shrill, cold

"Life is very long."

January 09, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


A Siri-ous look at life with technology

Writer/director Spike Jonze is known for living in his own zip code. His films ("Being John Malkovich," "Adaptation," "Where the Wild Things Are") and music videos combine a childlike yet intellectually curious imagination.

January 02, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Gritty war epic full of controversy

Action movies aren't known for sparking debate, but "Lone Survivor" will likely incite disagreement among both veterans and civilians.

January 02, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'12 Years' tops this year's best

The movie year 2013 was a tale of two seasons. Summer was so disappointing numerous people began ringing the death knell for the American movie industry. Steven Spielberg warned Hollywood was heading for "an implosion," and he seemed right, given the alarming number of blockbuster flops and generally awful major studio product.

December 26, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Wolf of Wall Street' lacks energy

I recently wrote parts of "American Hustle" seemed like a Martin Scorsese film without the energy. "The Wolf of Wall Street" actually is a Scorsese film without the energy.

December 26, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Saving Mr. Banks’ is pure Disney spin

"Saving Mr. Banks" is Disney's latest attempt to tug at our wide-eyed hearts, but there isn't enough sugar in the world to make this medicine go down.

December 19, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Hobbit' sequel not faithful to book

So much could be said about "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" it's difficult to know where to begin.

December 12, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


American Hustle: One of 2013's best films

"American Hustle" is now officially one of the buzziest films of the awards season.

December 04, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Flawless acting helps flawed film in 'Dallas Buyers Club'

"Dallas Buyers Club" features two of the most powerful acting performances of the year and a handful of deeply moving scenes.

November 14, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Thor' still not the big hammer in ‘Avengers’ franchise

When "Thor" thundered into theaters two years ago, the prospects for the franchise looked very different than they do now.

November 07, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Twisted tween tale a heartless, violent bore

Now that the incredibly lucrative "Twilight" series has gone dark, Summit Entertainment hopes to replace it with another franchise adapted from a popular series of young adult novels: Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game series.

October 30, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


A classic tale of the human spirit

There have only been a few times in my life when I knew upon first viewing I was watching a profound and significant film.

October 24, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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'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


‘Robin Hood’ arrow is just wide of the mark

"The Last of Robin Hood" is the latest in what has become a series of films taking a revisionist look at Hollywood history. It has a certain amount in common with "My Week With Marilyn," for instance, since they both attempt to offer insight into the real person behind a cinematic legend.

September 04, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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