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‘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


‘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


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