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Archive By Author - Jeff Marker


‘Purge’ fails to deliver on promises

"The Purge" suffers from an identity crisis.

June 06, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Duo attempts to grow up, falls short

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are back in theaters trying to grow up again, and the result is about as good as the previous 10 times they've attempted it.

June 06, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Indie comedy connects with 20-something audience

"Frances Ha" is one of the buzziest movies of the year within the specialty film market - you know, that category of movies where superheroes are not allowed and characters possess remarkable powers of self-examination.

May 30, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Director dials it back in ‘After Earth’

There is nothing innovative or surprising about "After Earth." It plays out a simple scenario, tells its story efficiently and doesn't try to reach beyond the filmmaker's abilities.

May 30, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Fast & Furious 6' takes car worship to the extreme

Nothing about "Fast & Furious 6" makes sense. The initial premise, every aspect of character development, and every plot point are all ridiculously, shockingly mindless.

May 23, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Mayan Blue’ a stunning film with Ga. ties

"Mayan Blue" is an atypical Georgia film. Most of the crew either come from or live in North Georgia, yet the film was shot entirely in Guatemala and features an abundance of breathtaking underwater cinematography.

May 16, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Q&A with Rafael Garcia, director of ‘Mayan Blue’

When did you become aware of Samabaj, and how did the film project get launched?

May 16, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Get Out top stories


Jeff Marker’s summer 2013 movie preview, Part II

Last week we looked at the upcoming movies for summer 2013 in the action and drama categories. This week, we finish the season's preview lineup with a peek at family flicks and movies to make us laugh.

May 09, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Gatsby’ all glitz and little substance

Sandwiched among the usual superheroes and science-fiction epics comes a very odd summer tentpole release, an extravagant, big budget adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's literary masterpiece, "The Great Gatsby," directed by Baz Luhrmann ("Moulin Rouge!", "Romeo + Juliet") and in 3-D.

May 09, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Iron Man 3’ doesn’t fit the suit

"Iron Man 3" is a fine movie as long as you turn off your brain completely. If, however, you view it with even a casually critical eye, you will see a movie full of choices driven by commercial goals rather than what serves the story, characters or even its devoted fan base.

May 02, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Here come the summer blockbusters, Part 1

Summer 2012 was unquestionably the best tentpole season Hollywood has offered in years. Summer 2013, however, is wildly unpredictable. While we don't yet know which will hit and which will miss, here are the movies people will be talking about during the warm months. Stay tuned for more next week!

May 02, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


A painful journey to dark laughs

Michael Bay has made a comedy ... sort of.

April 25, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


This sci-fi rip-off is on Cruise control

The audience for Universal's science-fiction blockbuster, "Oblivion," is small and easy to define.

April 18, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘42’ will open doors for actors

Legendary Pictures' biopic "42" opens this Friday, timed to coincide with Major League Baseball's Jackie Robinson Day, when the league commemorates Robinson's major league debut and the end of the color line in baseball.

April 11, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


A clever idea fades to tedious parade of gore, then never ends

Genre filmmaking can be like a great conversation. If both the filmmakers and viewers know the conventions of the genre, it's like they share a common language.

April 04, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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Articles By Author - Jeff Marker


Unbalanced female folly funny

Director Nick Cassavetes' female-bonding, cheating-husband-punishing comedy "The Other Woman" sets a new bar for erratic storytelling.

April 24, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘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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