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Summer preview (part II): Comedies, drama

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" swung into theaters last weekend, debuting at No. 1 in box office and officially launching the summer season.

May 08, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Spider-Man 2’ not that amazing

It is entirely possible we have exhausted the potential of the mainstream super-hero movie. I say "mainstream" because it will always be possible for some daring storyteller to do something that turns the genre upside down.

May 01, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Get ready for a jam-packed season of summer box office hits

Spider-Man slings us into the summer season this weekend.

May 01, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Unbalanced female folly funny

Director Nick Cassavetes' female-bonding, cheating-husband-punishing comedy "The Other Woman" sets a new bar for erratic storytelling.

April 24, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Railway’ lacks smooth transitions

The British drama "The Railway Man" is based on the memoir of the same title by Eric Lomax, and the best thing I can say for the movie is it makes me want to read the book.

April 17, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Rio 2’ follows predictable pattern

It was inevitable that Blue Sky/20th Century Fox would make a sequel to "Rio," a modest hit in 2011 that earned almost $500 million worldwide. That's what studios do: milk each intellectual property for as much box-office revenue as possible.

April 10, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Captain America' a solid sequel

Another Marvel movie, another set of mixed reactions.

April 03, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Atlanta Film Festival to feature indie diversity

The Atlanta Film Festival runs from March 28 to April 6 with most events taking place at the Plaza Theatre or 7 Stages theatre. This year's festival offers dozens of narrative and documentary features showcasing the diversity of the global independent film movement as well as a variety of film-related events intended to support Georgia's indie scene.

March 27, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


All-star cast can’t save ‘Muppets’ sequel

"The Muppets" became a surprise hit in 2011 and rescued America's favorite puppet franchise from the brink of obscurity.

March 20, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Unfeasible premise, poor script rules ‘Divergent’

"Divergent" will inevitably be compared to the Hunger Games franchise, thanks to its totalitarian themes and teenage girl protagonist played by a talented, emerging star (Shailene Woodley).

March 20, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Anderson's "Budapest" a rich, touching work

No one other than Wes Anderson could have made "The Grand Budapest Hotel."

March 13, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Tim’s Vermeer’ will delight art lovers

Subversive films are rarely as polite and amusing as "Tim's Vermeer," an amicable little documentary about Tim Jenison's quest to "paint a Vermeer."

March 06, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Placing bets on who will take home an Oscar

It's that time of year again, when for one night Americans remember that a place called Hollywood still exists and bask in the irresistible glow of the most glamorous show on Earth.

February 27, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘The Deer Hunter’ not quite a ‘classic’ film

With the Academy Awards only four days away, it seemed an appropriate time to revisit the Oscars of years past.

February 27, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Movie reviews


Bold acting cannot save 'In Secret's' blah script

"In Secret" might have been a much better film had the filmmakers acted as boldly as the characters.

February 20, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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'The Drop' low-key yet compelling

The talk these days among anyone who has an interest in the movie industry is how badly the North American box office has fallen off.

September 11, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Robin Hood’ arrow is just wide of the mark

"The Last of Robin Hood" is the latest in what has become a series of films taking a revisionist look at Hollywood history. It has a certain amount in common with "My Week With Marilyn," for instance, since they both attempt to offer insight into the real person behind a cinematic legend.

September 04, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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