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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


Cool concept can’t save ‘Jumper’

During these traditionally "down months" of late winter/early spring, when Hollywood dumps its undercooked clams into theaters, it's a genuine thrill to discover a hidden pearl.

March 03, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Yes, Daniel Day-Lewis is that good

Finally, we can see what everyone has been talking about!

February 29, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


He’s so fine — too bad movie’s not

Who says all action movies are made for men? "Fool's Gold" is an exception to that rule. The violence is minimal and tame, it's romantic (sort of) and mostly this is an excuse to watch People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive for 2005 run around without a shirt.

February 25, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Charlie Wilson’s War’ shows witty restraint

If you'd like to know what "Charlie Wilson's War" is all about, just take a look at Gust Avrakotos (Phillip Seymour Hoffman).

February 14, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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Politics and horror film mix

"The Purge: Anarchy" is a political polemic disguised as a horror film. I view that as a good thing, but horror fans may not.

July 17, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Dawn of Apes’ more than just an action flick

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" swings into theaters this week, continuing one of the most surprisingly enduring franchises in movie history.

July 10, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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