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'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


Boring and blue: Cartoon revival too dumb to be cute

The "Smurfs" television series first aired in the U.S. in 1981. Since I graduated in the late '80s, I supposed I should feel nostalgic about a Smurfs movie.

July 28, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Movies midyear report: OD’d on 3-D

The Year 2011 is more than half over, and the state of the movies is just as troubling as the state of the union.

July 21, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Silly old bear is back for nostalgic fun

All hail Stephen J. Anderson and Don Hall, the co-directors of "Winnie the Pooh."

July 14, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Potter finale saves the best for last

True landmark events are hard to come by in the world of movies, an art form dominated by disposable entertainment.

July 14, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Indulge your dark side with ‘Bosses’

Just about everyone has had a boss who made their lives miserable, so we can all relate to this summer's darkest but funniest comedy.

July 07, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Larry Crowne’ offers dose of reality with a smile

Hollywood's "Diversity in Summer" strategy continues with the release of "Larry Crowne," a romantic dramedy about middle-aged characters, which should provide very welcome counterprogramming to this week's other big release, the obnoxious, idiotic "Transformers: Dark of the Moon."

June 30, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Cars 2’ changes gears with clever spy tale

Pixar, the studio that brought us the "Toy Story" movies, "Finding Nemo," "Ratatouille," etc., has never released a "bad" movie. "Cars 2" doesn't change that.

June 23, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Penguins’ predictable, but kids will love it

"Mr. Popper's Penguins" is "a Jim Carrey movie." Not that there's anything wrong with that ...

June 16, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Super 8’ is a scary sci-fi thriller

"Super 8" is a summer blockbuster that isn't based on a comic book or in 3D. How's this for a welcome change?

June 09, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Midnight in Paris’ an Allen success

Nobody does a cinematic love letter better than Woody Allen. "Manhattan" is the greatest example of this, of course, but "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" exuded Allen's affection for Spain.

June 09, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Kung Fu Panda 2’ seeks peace in darker, more intense story

When Dreamworks released "Kung Fu Panda" in 2008, no one predicted its success. "Shrek" was still the studio's favorite franchise, and American animation studios had encountered little success translating Asian themes.

May 26, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Summer movie preview: Hits, misses and blockbusters

Let's be honest. The usual summer genres look pretty lame for 2011.

May 25, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Pirates loot another sequel opportunity

It makes perfect sense that "On Stranger Tides," the fourth installment of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, would be in 3D. After all, 3D is little more than Hollywood's way of pillaging and plundering audiences' hard-earned money, so the format is appropriate for a movie about pirates.

May 19, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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