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‘The Great Debaters’ delivers more than just hype

Movie publicity tends to promise far more than the movies actually deliver. That's why it's such a pleasant surprise when a movie actually pays off more than we expect. "The Great Debaters" is one of the few films of 2007 that underpromises and overdelivers.

February 14, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Strange wilderness' will actually lower your IQ

Before I begin this week's review, I need to offer a big "thank you" to my editor for arranging a special, private screening for me this week. Reserving the entire theater for only me was a moving display of -

February 14, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Sweeney Todd’ just overcooked gore

Worst pies in London, indeed.

February 14, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Rendition’ stays true to new war genre

The War on Terror has become a movie genre.

January 31, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Lions’ goes out like a lamb

The Movies on Terror trend continues.

January 31, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Gone Baby Gone’ makes great debut

It's a good time to be named "Affleck." Bet you haven't heard that before, have you?

January 31, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


With ‘Gangster,’ don’t believe hype

Sometimes a "slam dunk" isn't a slam dunk.

January 31, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Mr. Magorium’ light but refreshing

The holiday season is upon us, and it's time for movies to make us believe. Or, at least make us feel warm and fuzzy.

January 31, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘August Rush’ works as gritty tale

Music has the power to uplift the downtrodden, unite strangers and bridge insurmountable distances. If you believe in those ideas even a little, be prepared for "August Rush" to win you over.

January 31, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Visuals make for stunning ‘Universe’

"Across the Universe" takes its character names, music and whole inspiration from the Beatles' music. Such a strategy could produce greatness (such as "Tommy" or "The Wall") or it could produce something like the dreadful 1978 "Sgt. Peppers" movie starring Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees (I apologize for reminding you of that).

October 15, 2007 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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‘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


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