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‘The Deer Hunter’ not quite a ‘classic’ film

With the Academy Awards only four days away, it seemed an appropriate time to revisit the Oscars of years past.

February 27, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Movie reviews


Bold acting cannot save 'In Secret's' blah script

"In Secret" might have been a much better film had the filmmakers acted as boldly as the characters.

February 20, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


LEGOs remind us it’s OK to play

Before I write anything about "The LEGO Movie," a disclaimer: I love LEGOs. My son loves LEGOs. My wife and I would be embarrassed by how many LEGO bricks currently reside in our house if they hadn't facilitated so many family memories.

February 13, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


A-list cast sells tickets, but falls flat

Hollywood studios have, since their inception, placed their faith in the star system. Put enough A-listers in the cast, and ticket sales will follow.

February 06, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Labor Day’ ladles on melodrama

The funniest unintentional laugh in "Labor Day" is the way adaptor / director Jason Reitman treats this eye-rolling, melodramatic romance novel as if he's got his hands on the works of Dostoevsky or Tolstoy.

January 30, 2014 | BY ROGER MOORE McClatchy Newspapers | Movie reviews


Spring movies on the horizon

As far as I can recall, I have never written a spring preview, because the season has always been nothing but a dumping ground for movies the studios knew wouldn't fare well against the competition during any other time of year.

January 23, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Documentaries you'll want to see

If you are keeping track, and I know you are, I included three documentaries in my top 20 for 2013. Those were not anomalies but rather an indication of what a strong year it was for documentary film. As those films now move to home video, here are some you should track down.

January 15, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Stage classic comes off shrill, cold

"Life is very long."

January 09, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


From the film archives: "Lawrence of Arabia" is still timeless war movie

"Lawrence of Arabia" is one of those movies I have always heard about but never took the time to watch. At almost 3½ hours long, I needed more than an idle recommendation from a friend or family member before I could commit to it.

January 09, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Movie reviews


A Siri-ous look at life with technology

Writer/director Spike Jonze is known for living in his own zip code. His films ("Being John Malkovich," "Adaptation," "Where the Wild Things Are") and music videos combine a childlike yet intellectually curious imagination.

January 02, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Charade’ a constant game of cat and mouse

When I was little, I grew up watching old Hollywood movies on Turner Classic Movies with my grandmother. Some of my favorites starred Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Clark Gable and Cary Grant.

January 02, 2014 | Chelsea Tench | Movie reviews


Gritty war epic full of controversy

Action movies aren't known for sparking debate, but "Lone Survivor" will likely incite disagreement among both veterans and civilians.

January 02, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'12 Years' tops this year's best

The movie year 2013 was a tale of two seasons. Summer was so disappointing numerous people began ringing the death knell for the American movie industry. Steven Spielberg warned Hollywood was heading for "an implosion," and he seemed right, given the alarming number of blockbuster flops and generally awful major studio product.

December 26, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Wolf of Wall Street' lacks energy

I recently wrote parts of "American Hustle" seemed like a Martin Scorsese film without the energy. "The Wolf of Wall Street" actually is a Scorsese film without the energy.

December 26, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Saving Mr. Banks’ is pure Disney spin

"Saving Mr. Banks" is Disney's latest attempt to tug at our wide-eyed hearts, but there isn't enough sugar in the world to make this medicine go down.

December 19, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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2014 Fall Preview, Part 2

Last week, I profiled some of the higher-profile movies set to hit theaters in the next few months, but that's only part of the story.

September 25, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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


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