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Hollywood conjures another incredibly lazy comedy

For the second week in a row, a movie fails to live up to the superlative in its title. "Oz the Great and Powerful" was neither great nor powerful, and "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" is a far cry from incredible.

March 14, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Oz’ takes us down familiar yellow-brick road

"Oz the Great and Powerful," a prequel to the iconic 1939 adaptation of L. Frank Baum's "The Wizard of Oz," is being framed as a huge gamble for Disney.

March 07, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Latest fairy tale film is a giant mess

Another week, another folk tale hits movie theaters.

February 28, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Snitch’ pairs unlikely stars

"Snitch" offers one of the oddest casting pairings we've seen for a while. I never thought I'd see Dwayne Johnson and Susan Sarandon sharing the screen together in an action movie, but surprisingly, it ends up making sense.

February 21, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Director’s big-screen swan song out of tune

Steven Soderbergh has built one of my favorite careers of all time. Few directors have ever or will ever match the quantity, quality and diversity of his work.

February 07, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Quirky comedy is a zombie 'Romeo and Juliet'

First of all, let's get one thing straight. "Warm Bodies" is not a zombie movie.

January 31, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Hoffman’s charming 'Quartet' a little movie with big heart

If Dustin Hoffman ever decides to quit acting, he could have a fine second career as a director. "Quartet" is Hoffman's official directorial debut, and it is a joyous film.

January 24, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


For your consideration, Part 4: Top contenders in a banner year

This being the last column in which I will mention the 2012 year in movies, it's time to make some observations.

January 24, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


For Your Consideration, Part 3: Handicapping the top Oscar performers

Now that the nominees have been announced, the Oscar discussion shifts to predicting winners.

January 17, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


For Your Consideration, Part II: ‘Beasts,’ ‘Master’ on Oscar bubble

And the hits just keep on coming.

January 10, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Zero Dark Thirty’ is controversial but brilliant

One of the year's most controversial films is, in my opinion, also its best.

January 10, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


For Your Consideration: The Oscar buzz begins

This week we begin our annual look at the movies likely to compete for best picture at the Oscars, as well as the actors who might take home a statue. Studios use the award season as low-cost publicity, so this series also serves as a winter preview since some of these films will hopefully make it to area theaters over the next month or two.

January 03, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Cruise is a reach in role, but story still works

Fans of crime writer Lee Child (pen name of Jim Grant) were livid when they heard Tom Cruise would be cast as Jack Reacher in the movie adaptation, and rightly so.

December 27, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Django’ is pure Tarantino schlock, love it or not

Quentin Tarantino. The name inspires a wild mixture of reactions.

December 27, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Les Misérables’ too big for its own good

Confession is good for the soul, so here goes. I do not like the musical "Les Misérables."

December 20, 2012 | 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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