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Family movie sends bad message

What if I told you a movie was about four bikers who destroy a pawnshop, cause significant damage to a bar and are chased out of it by angry drinkers? Then I told you the same four bikers break into a private residence and a barn, steal two cars, crash a high school party where everyone is drinking and having sex and commit other serious crimes.

July 03, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Higher education under scrutiny in 'Ivory Tower'

The documentary "Ivory Tower" examines the state of higher education in the United States. And while its entry into limited release this weekend has thus far been quiet, it could end up making a lot of noise.

June 26, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Orange is the New Black' explores other characters

Netflix's most successful original series returned a few weeks ago for Season 2 with its dazzling array of rich characters and sardonic, femme-skewing wit.

June 26, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Rover’ reveals Pearce’s acting peak

The most important thing to know about "The Rover" is it's an earnest, fearless attempt to explore the human soul and motion pictures as an art form.

June 19, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘22 Jump Street’ surprisingly smart, funny

In many ways, "22 Jump Street" is a typical comedy of the mid-teens.

June 12, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Edge of Tomorrow’ refreshingly fun

"Edge of Tomorrow" is probably the most entertaining mess we'll see all year. I can't remember the last time I had so much fun watching a movie that makes so little sense.

June 05, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Newest 'X-Men' best film of the summer so far

Each year, critics and fanboys eventually start arguing over which summer blockbuster is the best of the season. It's probably too early to start that conversation, but it's unlikely any other major summer release will equal "X-Men: Days of Future Past" for screenwriting craft, characterization or complexity.

May 22, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Nature goes on rampage in ‘Godzilla’

I am stunned to discover how many moviegoers are excited to see another "Godzilla" movie.

May 15, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Neighbors’ offers inappropriate laughs

"Neighbors" is the next big comedy of the summer season and pretty much exactly what you'd expect from a movie co-starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron.

May 08, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Summer preview (part II): Comedies, drama

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" swung into theaters last weekend, debuting at No. 1 in box office and officially launching the summer season.

May 08, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Spider-Man 2’ not that amazing

It is entirely possible we have exhausted the potential of the mainstream super-hero movie. I say "mainstream" because it will always be possible for some daring storyteller to do something that turns the genre upside down.

May 01, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Get ready for a jam-packed season of summer box office hits

Spider-Man slings us into the summer season this weekend.

May 01, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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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Politics and horror film mix

"The Purge: Anarchy" is a political polemic disguised as a horror film. I view that as a good thing, but horror fans may not.

July 17, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Dawn of Apes’ more than just an action flick

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" swings into theaters this week, continuing one of the most surprisingly enduring franchises in movie history.

July 10, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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