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Tense ‘Strangers’ seems too familiar

"The Strangers" is the kind of movie that boosts sales of guns and home security systems. It could incite an explosion in self-defense class enrollments. At the very least, it will encourage you to chain the door and to use the peephole.

July 03, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Candy coating causes crash

Summer has barely started, and already we have the season's first big flop.

June 26, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Pandas and the Hulk roam summer screens

The 2008 summer movie season won't make us wait on the big releases, since most of the highly anticipated movies come out during May. It's impossible to predict how good the summer season will be, but there will at least be plenty of choices. Here's a dash through the prospects.

May 12, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Overall, a great chance to see some indie films

The 2008 Atlanta Film Festival has ended, and already the film world of North Georgia is less exciting. The awards have been announced and, in my opinion, almost none make sense - which makes this festival fairly typical of all film competitions, large and small. Nevertheless, my review of the event itself is overwhelmingly positive. Again, there is no way to cover everything, so here are a few more recommendations.

May 05, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Indulge in heartwarming indie drama

This year's Atlanta Film Festival is in full swing. It kicked off last Thursday with a gala opening night screening of "The Lena Baker Story" and will wrap up on Saturday with a screening of "The Visitor." Crammed in between are film industry workshops, appearances by filmmakers and actors, and best of all, loads of independent and foreign films. Here are some of the high points among the films I've seen so far.

April 27, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Football shows its sensitive side

Film reviewers are the most fickle writers in existence, and they should not - under any circumstances - be trusted.

April 20, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Greed gets the better of ‘21’

Stop me if you've heard this one.

April 13, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Dialogue, pacing make ‘No Country for Old Men’ great

O' Coen Brothers, where have thou been?

April 11, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Jeff’s holiday film guide

For the boys and girls on the 'nice' list

April 10, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Juno’ rises above film critic clichés

Each year, a film comes along that brings out the critics' clichés. You know, those underdog, low-budget movies that make critics write things like, "a movie with a heart as big as its star" (that's a real quote, by the way). Or, "This Year's 'Little Film That Could'" (also real). And of course, the classic, "you'll laugh, you'll cry ..." You know the rest.

April 10, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Teen formula wears thin in ‘Drillbit’

It's funny how some movies point out their own weaknesses much better than any critic could.

April 07, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Hooray for kid-friendly ‘Horton’

Dr. Seuss' books are beloved by so many people, it's rather risky to adapt them to movies. On the other hand, if you do it well, the payoff is huge.

March 31, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Catch ‘Bank job’ before it’s stolen away

I joked a few weeks ago that I'd let you know if I found an unexpected gem among the lame spring movies.

March 24, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Semi-pro’ is simply so-so

I'll be honest: "Semi-Pro" is the kind of movie reviewers hate. Not because it's so bad, but because it gives us so little to write. It's much easier - and more fun - to either rave or rant than to be lukewarm.

March 17, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Charlie’ misses mark on teenage life

Remember how all of Ferris Bueller's schoolmates loved him? Ferris' popularity transcended cliques and made the entire high school class structure obsolete.

March 10, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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Two legends who left an impact

America lost two entertainment legends this week: Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall.

August 14, 2014 | | Movie reviews


‘Boyhood’ a legend in the making

Any discussion of Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" necessarily begins with how the film was made, because that alone is practically a miracle.

August 07, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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