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‘Footloose’ is shopworn ’80s rehash

As the prophetic philosopher Huey Lewis once wrote, "Gotta get back in time." What Professor Lewis obviously meant is that the movies desperately need to get out of the '80s and return to the present.

October 20, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'The Thing’ is back, and still a good scare

Is there anything new under the sun? Apparently not in the southern California sun, at least.

October 13, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Real Steel’ is a rusty mess of a movie

Rather than my usual review, I offer an infomercial instead.

October 06, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘50/50’ an honest, emotional look at cancer’s impact

"50/50," which the marketing has told us is about a young man with cancer, opens with a point of view shot of a jogger choosing music on his iPod, which in a way says it all. This is a movie about how the iPod generation handles a disease that strikes terror in the hearts of every sentient adult.

September 28, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Moneyball’ cleverly delves into the game within the game

"Moneyball" is a thinking man's sports movie, although it's less about the sport than about "the game," the culture and business that drive professional baseball.

September 22, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘The Debt’ a top-line thriller just right for fall

We must be close to autumn. How can I tell? Not because the leaves have begun to turn, and certainly not because cool breezes suddenly greet me as I leave the house in the morning.

September 14, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Contagion’ is gritty realism in search of a point

The word "sobering" was coined for movies like "Contagion."

September 08, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Idiot Brother’ trailer is funnier than pointless movie itself

I saw "Our Idiot Brother" this week. At least, I think I did.

September 01, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Fall preview: Raking over hits, misses of upcoming season

Lo and behold, there are reasons to go to the movies this fall. After one of the worst summer seasons in memory, a veritable slew of worthwhile movies hits wide and limited release over the next few months.

August 25, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Conan’ a barbaric, blood-and-sandals clunker

"Conan the Barbarian" is a movie without fear. It isn't afraid to exploit its actors, it isn't afraid of being too violent and it certainly isn't afraid of offending someone.

August 18, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


3-D 'Glee’ full of songs, dancing — and sometimes itself

The young cast members of "Glee" recently completed a concert tour, and now we get some limited chances to see their vacation slideshow. Although, I guess these days it would be their vacation vlog.

August 11, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘30 Minutes or Less’ is long enough for stale raunch-com

Haven't we seen a raunchy, stoner comedy with some action sequences and slapstick thrown in?

August 11, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Apes’ rise again, resurrect series in surprise blockbuster

"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" might be the best of this summer's blockbusters, which no one in the world saw coming.

August 04, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'The Change-Up’ is a worn-out gross-out

"The Change-Up" is a body switch comedy. For anyone, say, 30 years of age or older, that statement alone might be enough to make you stay away.

August 04, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Cowboys & Aliens’ is just that: Cliched escapist action

"Cowboys & Aliens" is the most efficient movie title I've encountered in quite some time.

July 28, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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Pacino turns down the volume for role in 'The Humbling'

We have forgotten how subtle Al Pacino could be, pre "Hoo Hah!" Something about his Oscar winning turn in "Scent of a Woman" unleashed the beast, a performer as big, broad and puffed up as that mountain of hair he keeps teased about his head.

January 22, 2015 | By Roger Moore Tribune News Service | Movie reviews


Issues from 'Mississippi Burning' still smolder today

In June of 1964, three civil rights workers, two white and one black, went missing in Mississippi. Later found murdered and buried in an earthen dam, the case captured national attention and sparked a massive FBI investigation.

January 22, 2015 | Andrew Akers | Movie reviews


'Wedding Ringer' is both touching and comical

"The Wedding Ringer" is "Wedding Crashers Redux," a "Hangover Lite" that softens manic funnyman Kevin Hart's persona into someone almost as funny, but more sentimental than abrasive. That helps "Ringer" work as a bromantic comedy that feels like a romantic comedy.

January 15, 2015 | By Roger Moore Tribune News Service | Movie reviews


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