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‘Due Date’ swings hard, strikes out

In theory, the New York Yankees should win the World Series every year. Their total payroll is more than double that of 21 of the 29 other teams in Major League Baseball, and over $40 million more than the team with the second highest payroll. Which means every year they field more talent than each of their competitors. It also means their fans expect them to be perfect.

November 11, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Megamind’ has new laughs, old story

At last, the big blue head arrives.

November 03, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Hornets Nest’ a fitting end to trilogy

One of the most exciting movie events of the decade is entering its endgame this month. The last chapter of the Millenium trilogy, "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest," hits limited theatrical release this week and will hopefully spread out over the coming weeks.

October 27, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Jackass 3D’ is the worst movie ever

Sitting through "Jackass 3D" was the worst 90 minutes I've spent in a movie theater. Hands down, no contest, ever. I can't imagine a more disgusting, stupid, pointless movie ever making it to mainstream theaters.

October 21, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Red’ is ridiculous, campy fun with lots of action

It's fashionable these days to say that 40 is the new 30, 50 is the new 40, and so on. In "Red," however, 50 is still 50, 60 is still 60, and that's the whole point.

October 14, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Let Me In’ a chilling adaptation

One of my greatest pet peeves is American remakes of great foreign films. I know there are people, probably plenty of you reading this, who simply don't enjoy reading subtitles. But I will never understand why it's better to watch an inferior remake just to avoid having to glance down to briefly read some dialogue.

October 06, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'The Social Network' is worth friending

Because it doesn't already consume enough of our lives, Facebook will now take over movie theaters beginning this Friday. If the very idea of a Facebook movie makes you groan, believe me, I understand. That was my initial reaction, too.

September 30, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Wall Street not a revealing investment

At first glance, Oliver Stone's "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" seems to be hitting the market at exactly the right moment. But the timing might not be perfect after all.

September 23, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Easy A' a romp worth talking about

I don't think I've ever been so glad to have grown up male. If surviving high school is really as difficult for girls as "Easy A" makes it seem, young women should receive medals along with their diplomas.

September 16, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Subdued spy film divides audiences

A man in plain clothes walks alone through the dim, narrow cobblestone streets of a small Italian town. His name might be Jack or it might be Edward. He is handsome but otherwise unremarkable, able to blend into crowds easily.

September 09, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘The Last Exorcism’ short on scare tactics

In most ways, "The Last Exorcism" is not a typical horror movie. Whether that's a good thing will be up to you.

September 02, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Fall will be hotter than summer

I can't remember when I've been so happy for a summer movie season to end. It may have been the hottest summer on record outside the theater, but it was ice cold inside. As in, usually the air conditioning was the best part of the movie.

August 25, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Nanny Mcphee’s return is welcome

Despite what Summer would have us think, not all movies need to be long, loud or monumental. Sometimes a nice little movie is exactly what's needed.

August 20, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Style, story make ‘Pilgrim’ awesome

"Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" defines its audience from the moment the studio logo appears. The earth spins into view rendered in blocky Atari graphics, then "Universal" wraps around it in lettering reminiscent of the original Donkey Kong or Pac-Man games.

August 12, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Dinner for Schmucks’ less than appetizing

A movie titled "Dinner for Schmucks" pretty much requires me to use some food metaphors, and rather than try to sneak them in as if it's far more clever than it really is, let's just embrace the cliché, shall we? Here's a review of the movie as if it were a seven-course meal.

August 04, 2010 | 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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