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Movie lovers, rejoice in this week's releases

Three new comedies and the re-release of two animated classics hit theaters simultaneously this Friday, and incredibly, all are worth seeing.

September 30, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Meatballs’ full of hearty family fare

Has there ever been a more appropriate week to review a movie called "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs?"

September 23, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Jennifer's Body’ lets pretty girl show her teeth

"Jennifer's Body" is the perfect movie at the perfect time for Megan Fox. She has become a huge star without playing a single lead role or having to really act at all (something even she admits). She has built a career on rocking red carpets and lending her eye candy to action movies.

September 16, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Fall Preview 2009: Escape economic woes with great flicks

For most of 2009, optimism has been in shorter supply than H1N1 vaccines. I'm happy to inject a dose of good news by telling you things are about to get better - at the movies, at least.

September 09, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Finally, we get a funny comedy in 'Extract'

Writer/director Mike Judge captures the hilarity of the workplace as well as anyone. His "Office Space" (an American classic, in my opinion) and "Idiocracy" both flopped in their theatrical runs but have become DVD hits.

September 02, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Film gives tedious look at fake history

Quentin Tarantino's films have been called many things: brilliant, self-indulgent, operatic, ultra-violent, hyperkinetic, irresponsible, and more. But never has Tarantino been boring. Until now.

August 26, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Talented cast can’t tutor ‘Post Grad’

There aren't enough quality movies made for young women, and "Post Grad" does nothing to improve the situation.

August 19, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘The Goods’ is a summer guilty pleasure

Everybody could use a good laugh these days, and humor right now seems all the more fun if we feel we're getting away with something. In other words, it's a great time for a guilty pleasure comedy.

August 12, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Here's a summer movie to sink your teeth into

A reviewer friend once asked me if it is acceptable to praise a movie for what it's not. After seeing "Julie & Julia," I'm finally ready to answer: "Yes!"

August 05, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Apatow hits stride with grown-up humor

Judd Apatow has decided to grow up, and we should all rejoice.

July 29, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Orphan’ is deplorable moviemaking

Sitting through "Orphan" is like being forced, like Alex in "A Clockwork Orange," to watch videos of child abuse. This is easily the worst film of the year, and it exploits child actors so shamelessly I can scarcely believe it's legal. I've seen plenty of bad movies, but it's a rare film that sends me into moral outrage.

July 22, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Another solid chapter in ‘Potter’ saga

Harry Potter comes to our rescue this week. The sixth installment of the Potter series will undoubtedly banish all gay caricatures and obnoxious robots to the bottom of the box office top 10, even though the movie doesn't offer the pyrotechnics we usually expect during summer.

July 15, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Brüno’ makes you pay for discomfort

What kind of a world do we live in when "Brüno" opens to fanfare and a wide release, yet an instant science fiction classic like "Moon" barely makes it to theaters?

July 09, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Public Enemies' gives you a break from summer's robots

"Public Enemies" makes a rather strange midsummer release. This somber gangster piece set in the 1930s comes out at a time when transforming robots and Sacha Baron Cohen's latest affront to comedic taste ("Bruno") look sure to rule the box office for weeks.

July 01, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Explosions maim plot in obnoxious 'Transformers' sequel

"Transformers 2" features the most impressive robots ever programmed into a computer and many battalions of heavily-armed American military men, all of whom blow up everything in sight. And all this carnage adds up to a dizzying, exhausting, loud, clanging, clanking, whirring, headache-inducing scrap pile of a movie.

June 24, 2009 | 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


Bad script, casting plagues 'Exodus'

To what do we owe the second coming of the biblical epic?

December 11, 2014 | By Jake Coyle AP Film Writer | Movie reviews


Chris Rocks' stand-up stands out in ‘Top Five’

Writer-director Chris Rock is not Andre Allen, the stand-up comedian turned movie star lead of "Top Five." But, it's almost impossible to watch his latest effort, a cutting comedy about showbiz, creativity and ambition, and not wonder what material Rock took from his own life. While that's a fun and compelling draw, thankfully, it's only part of the triumph of the film.

December 11, 2014 | BY LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer | Movie reviews


‘Penguins’ spin-off hatches family fun

November 27, 2014 | BY LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer | Movie reviews


‘Bosses 2’ isn’t about bosses at all

November 27, 2014 | BY ROGER MOORE Tribune News Service | Movie reviews


Revolution gathering in ‘Mockingjay’

LOS ANGELES - All is not well in Panem. At the conclusion of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," Katniss' (Jennifer Lawrence) force-field shattering arrow left the society in turmoil. The desperate act was perceived as subversion, inciting populist uprisings and devastating counter attacks by the governing elite.

November 20, 2014 | BY LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer | Movie reviews


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