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You can’t keep eyes off this car wreck

Slacker Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf) has just attended the funeral of his overachieving twin brother, Ethan. On the way home, he stops at an ATM and the machine inexplicably reports his balance as $750,000 and begins spitting bills at him. He arrives at his apartment to find it filled with bomb-making supplies, heavy artillery and flight plan information.

October 16, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


When a title describes a film too well

If Simon Pegg isn't careful, the title of his latest film could become a description of the British comedian's attempts to become a Hollywood star.

October 05, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


More than your average movie spoof

The funniest movie of the year might also be the most controversial.

September 30, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Rocker’ plays more like broken record

"The Rocker" is supposed to be a star vehicle for Rainn Wilson of "The Office." Problem is, Wilson is upstaged by almost everyone else in the cast.

September 25, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Swing Vote’ plays fair to both politics and satire

You've heard of a non-denial denial in politics? Well, "Swing Vote" is a non-political political movie. It's a fable, grounded in our real recent elections, that would rather make us laugh than stir up controversy.

September 25, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


There’s lots of ham to love in ‘Hamlet 2’

Satire is back, and the world is already becoming a better place. At least, a funnier place.

September 25, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Batman’ raises bar for superhero films

The defining movie of summer 2008 has arrived.

September 01, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


This superhero is simply super bad

Hancock (Will Smith) is an anti-social, apathetic drunk with superhero powers. One day, he reluctantly saves the life of public relations expert Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman), who in return makes it his mission to give Hancock an image makeover. Ray's wife Mary (Charlize Theron) doesn't like the idea and seems to be hiding something.

August 31, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Traitor’ doesn’t live up to expectations

"Traitor" is a shot across the bow. With films like "Towelhead," Oliver Stone's "W" and Bill Maher's "Religulous" due for release within months, in the midst of a tight presidential election, it's going to be a controversial, divisive fall season.

August 31, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


A little robot with a big heart

WALL-E is a lonely, precocious little robot with a big job.

August 31, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Complex plot makes ‘Hellboy’ great

Just when I had given up on comic book movies, along comes "Hellboy II."

August 21, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Journey’ is fantastic family ride

Brendan Fraser maintains his modern matinee idol status with "Journey to the Center of the Earth," a charming adventure movie that faces the uphill climb of opening against Guillermo del Toro's "Hellboy II" and Eddie Murphy's latest yawner, "Meet Dave."

August 14, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Mummy’ 3 can’t revive tired plot

It's August, the final stretch of the summer movie season, and the earth is tired. Tired of teetering on the verge of total destruction, tired of its ancient inhabitants being revived by snooping humans and tired of loud CGI explosions.

August 10, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Who can’t love this panda?

Zohan gets his butt kicked by a panda. Take that, Adam Sandler!

August 07, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Older eye candy can still kick butt

It's just amazing that Harrison Ford can do all those stunts while hooked up to an oxygen tank. And the walker doesn't slow him down at all.

August 01, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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2014 Fall Movie Preview: Can new season of films bring more dollars into box office?

The 2014 domestic box office is down 6 percent from where it was this time last year, by about half a billion dollars. Sure, the foreign box office is picking up some of the slack, but it still raises the stakes very high for Hollywood this fall season.

September 18, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'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


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