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‘Jump Street’ a fun twist on iconic ’80s series

"21 Jump Street" is one of the first great surprises of 2012.

March 15, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

'John Carter' tale turns into a cliched Martian muddle

"John Carter" bears all the telltale signs of a troubled production. Unmotivated actions, logical leaps and undeveloped subplots litter the red planet's landscape from beginning to end.

March 08, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

Seuss’ ‘The Lorax’ skips laughs for political message

A few months ago, the show "Follow the Money" on the Fox Business Channel took aim at "The Muppets" movie. The anchors and some "expert" condemned "liberal Hollywood" for "depicting a successful businessman as evil."

March 01, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

Award-worthy ‘Artist’ hits Gainesville

The Academy Awards justify their existence this week.

February 23, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

‘This Means War’ a date movie that won’t fill you up

"This Means War" is a gift for those who haven't yet celebrated Valentine's Day. It's perfect for a couple's night out and works despite being a by-the-numbers mishmash of standard Hollywood devices.

February 16, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

‘Journey 2’ is mindless, fun adventure

The "Journey to the Center of the Earth" franchise is back, but it barely resembles the 2008 Brendan Fraser starring vehicle.

February 09, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

‘Potter’ star trades cloak for dagger in scary new vehicle

I love that Daniel Radcliffe's first post-Harry Potter role is in a Hammer Films production.

February 02, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

Our chance to see Oscar contender 'The Descendants'

The Academy Award nominations have been announced, and studios are beginning to seize the Oscar buzz and re-release their films into more theatres. Hence, "The Descendants" is finally coming to Gainesville.

January 26, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

‘The Grey’ a gripping tale of horror, survival

"The Grey" is one of the most intense movies to come along in a while. Writer/director Joe Carnahan's movie is half survival tale, half horror film and thoroughly riveting.

January 26, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

‘Haywire’ launches new female action star

How about this for strange casting? "Haywire" features Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Channing Tatum and Bill Paxton.

January 19, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

‘Contraband’ launches butt-kicking winter fare

January has apparently become thriller month on the movie calendar. The next few weeks will be dominated by high action, often violent, gritty action movies, including "Underworld: Awakening," "Haywire," "Red Tails," "The Grey," and "Man on a Ledge."

January 12, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

‘Young Adult’ a sardonic look at beauty turned beast

"Young Adult" is a rare, genuinely original comedy. Director Jason Reitman re-teams with screenwriter Diablo Cody - that's the duo that gave us "Juno" - for a sardonic look at a former high school bombshell wallowing in the depths of delusion.

January 05, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

Looking back at the best of 2011

We've looked ahead to the Oscars in recent weeks, but we all know the Academy voters miss the mark as often as they hit it. And one of the funnest things about this time of year is debating what was best about the cinematic year that was. What follows is not an awards forecast, but my own list of the films that merit mention.

December 29, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

Critics name ‘The Descendants’ best film for 2011

The Southeastern Film Critics Association has named "The Descendants" the Best Film of 2011.

December 22, 2011 | For Get Out | Movie reviews

‘War Horse’ is a long, melodramatic nag

"War Horse" should be great.

December 22, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

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‘The Third Man’ still thrills 65 years later

After nearly two years of writing this column, I finally decided to dive into film noir. And I picked a doozy.

October 01, 2015 | Andrew Akers | Movie reviews

Damon charms in ‘The Martian’

Without Matt Damon, the solitary fight for survival on Mars would be lonely indeed. Alone on screen for most of his scenes as an astronaut ...

October 01, 2015 | BY SANDY COHEN Associated Press | Movie reviews


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