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Archive By Author - Jeff Marker


‘Cloudy 2’ adds hilarity to tasty formula

Moviegoers have plenty of reasons to be skeptical of sequels these days.

September 26, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Gravity’ is a space-spinning thrill ride

Theaters should hand out oxygen masks when moviegoers buy tickets to "Gravity." Director Alfonso Cuarón's science-fiction thriller is many things, but above all else, it is one of the most suspenseful films released in years.

September 19, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Instructions Not Included' is top 10 surprise

"Instructions Not Included" (original title "No se Aceptan Devoluciones") is one of the most interesting cinematic surprises to come along in years.

September 13, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Fall movie preview for 2013 packs a punch

Ah, the fall season has finally arrived. I make no secret of nor apology for my disdain of the summer season. Even when it's a strong lineup of blockbusters, it's a deafening, dumbing few months. And this was a horrible summer season. There's nowhere to go but up for the fall season. Here's a rundown of the more promising films coming our way.

September 05, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Spectacular Now' one of the year's best

Athens native James Ponsoldt's "The Spectacular Now" is a bona fide festival circuit and art house hit that is now widening into multiplexes in our area. This is the moment when the film either breaks into mainstream success or doesn't, and few indies are more deserving of reaching a wider audience.

August 29, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


No ‘Bones’ about this teen fantasy rip-off

If you've ever wondered what would happen if Harry Potter and Bella Swan hooked up, we now know. The offspring would be "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones."

August 22, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Kick-Ass 2' lacks moral punch

Some sequels force us to re-examine what made us like the original film. "Kick-Ass 2" has that effect, because it shares many surface qualities with its predecessor but offers none of its impact.

August 15, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Athens filmmaker receives much praise

Talking with James Ponsoldt makes you excited about movies. The Athens filmmaker has an extensive knowledge of film history and an infectious enthusiasm for his art. Even when diagnosing some of Hollywood's problems, he speaks with optimism and excitement.

August 08, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Still Mine’ full of authentic sentiment

Writer/director Michael McGowan's "Still Mine" is part of a growing trend in independent cinema, films made for mature audiences.

July 31, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Wolverine’ provides sharp contrast in a summer of duds

"The Wolverine" is probably the best blockbuster of the summer season, but that isn't necessarily saying much.

July 25, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Turbo’ uses kid-friendly formula that works

Perhaps the only feat more amazing than a snail racing in the Indianapolis 500 is a group of filmmakers making a good movie about a snail racing in the Indianapolis 500.

July 17, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Pacific Rim’ is all noise, no substance

Another week, another deafening, dumb computer-generated orgy of destruction.

July 10, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Despicable Me 2’ brings laughs, storyline fizzles

Universal Pictures really pulled off something back in 2010 when "Despicable Me" earned more than half a billion dollars worldwide and worked its way into the home video hearts of America.

July 04, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Controversy brings mixed reviews for 'The Lone Ranger'

"The Lone Ranger" is shaping up to be quite a divisive movie.

July 04, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Monsters’ prequel comes of age

"Monsters University" fits into a few ongoing trends.

June 27, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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‘Guardians’ opposite of ‘Avengers’

"Guardians of the Galaxy" is the most purely entertaining movie of the summer. It isn't even a contest.

July 31, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Lucy’ way too out of this world

You're going to hear strange popping sounds Friday afternoon around the time "Lucy" has its first showing. They will be the sounds of scientists' heads exploding all around the world.

July 24, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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