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Zac Efron finally graduates from 'High School'

Transitioning from teen idol to serious adult actor is tricky business, and "Charlie St. Cloud" is obviously part of Zac Efron's attempt to make that move. He recently starred in a Richard Linklater movie called "Me and Orson Welles" which earned strong reviews and zero box office. He then catered to his demographic with "17 Again." And now, he gets to lead a serious, heart-rending rather than heart-throbbing drama.

July 28, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


This action star isn't worth her 'Salt'

I love a really good spy story. Hopefully I'll get to see another one someday soon.

July 21, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Captivating character makes must-see movie

If you're reading this in a public place, pause and look around you. Chances are, you just saw someone reading Stieg Larsson's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." Or maybe one of its sequels, "The Girl Who Played With Fire" or "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest."

July 14, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Despicable' worth its 3-D surcharge

"Despicable Me" shouldn't work as well as it does.

July 07, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


A few open letters to ‘Twilight’ fans ...

Dear Teenage Twihards,

June 30, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Grown Ups’ can’t rise above kid humor

We all know what to expect from "Grown Ups."

June 23, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Toy Story’ reveals playroom’s dark side

You've all heard the phrase, "It's lonely at the top." Well, Pixar no longer needs to worry about that.

June 17, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Fiction of ‘Splice’ fascinating

"Splice" is what you get if you make Frankenstein female and oddly beautiful, give her hip quirky parents and have Sigmund Freud write the screenplay.

June 09, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Summer movie fun starts at 'The Greek'

"Get Him to the Greek" is shamelessly funny. No seriously - it literally has no shame.

June 02, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Dull ‘Prince’ needs a royal upgrade

May isn't even over, and we already have our first summer flop in the making.

May 26, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Another sequel hits its target

We are fortunate to live in a time when actresses older than 40 are no longer considered "over the hill." Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep and many others have proven once and for all that women don't suddenly lose their beauty or their ability to act and draw audiences when they reach a certain age. And there was much rejoicing.

May 26, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Shrek’ bids us a fond farewell — finally

"Shrek Forever After" is the least necessary sequel of 2010. And yes, that includes "Piranha 3D" (releasing in August).

May 19, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Blahness of ‘Hood’ makes you quiver

Can Robin Hood's wooden arrows pierce Iron Man's armor? Doubtful.

May 12, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Believe ‘Iron Man’ hype — mostly

No other movie in 2010 will hit theaters with more hype than "Iron Man 2." You're all waiting for it and you're all going to see it regardless of what I write next, so the real question is, does it live up?

May 05, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Slapstick makes ‘Vengeance’ barely watchable

You know those horror stories you hear about people who went in for minor surgery but wake up to find the doctors mistakenly performed some radical procedure? Like a guy who goes in for a vasectomy but has his leg amputated?

April 28, 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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