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Flawless acting helps flawed film in 'Dallas Buyers Club'

"Dallas Buyers Club" features two of the most powerful acting performances of the year and a handful of deeply moving scenes.

November 14, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Thor' still not the big hammer in ‘Avengers’ franchise

When "Thor" thundered into theaters two years ago, the prospects for the franchise looked very different than they do now.

November 07, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Twisted tween tale a heartless, violent bore

Now that the incredibly lucrative "Twilight" series has gone dark, Summit Entertainment hopes to replace it with another franchise adapted from a popular series of young adult novels: Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game series.

October 30, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


A classic tale of the human spirit

There have only been a few times in my life when I knew upon first viewing I was watching a profound and significant film.

October 24, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Real-life drama gives big-screen thrills

Movies based on real recent events can be tricky. "Captain Phillips" is based on a true story, but as is often the case, it's debatable how truthfully the film tells the story.

October 17, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


From the film archives: ‘Living Dead’ still terrifies audiences

From AMC's "The Walking Dead" to "World War Z," zombies have inundated popular media during the past few years. In honor of zombies and Halloween, I returned to the birth of the modern zombie flick: the 1968 independent film "Night of the Living Dead."

October 17, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Movie reviews


Documenting a dramatic history at the University of Alabama

In spring 1999 while working as a magazine editor in New York and Atlanta, Keith Dunavant traveled to Alabama to do a feature story on Wilbur Jackson, the first African-American to sign a football scholarship with the University of Alabama.

October 10, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Adult-themed movie "Don Jon" a clever comedy

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is on a remarkable streak.

October 03, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Cloudy 2’ adds hilarity to tasty formula

Moviegoers have plenty of reasons to be skeptical of sequels these days.

September 26, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Gravity’ is a space-spinning thrill ride

Theaters should hand out oxygen masks when moviegoers buy tickets to "Gravity." Director Alfonso Cuarón's science-fiction thriller is many things, but above all else, it is one of the most suspenseful films released in years.

September 19, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Instructions Not Included' is top 10 surprise

"Instructions Not Included" (original title "No se Aceptan Devoluciones") is one of the most interesting cinematic surprises to come along in years.

September 13, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Fall movie preview for 2013 packs a punch

Ah, the fall season has finally arrived. I make no secret of nor apology for my disdain of the summer season. Even when it's a strong lineup of blockbusters, it's a deafening, dumbing few months. And this was a horrible summer season. There's nowhere to go but up for the fall season. Here's a rundown of the more promising films coming our way.

September 05, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Spectacular Now' one of the year's best

Athens native James Ponsoldt's "The Spectacular Now" is a bona fide festival circuit and art house hit that is now widening into multiplexes in our area. This is the moment when the film either breaks into mainstream success or doesn't, and few indies are more deserving of reaching a wider audience.

August 29, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


No ‘Bones’ about this teen fantasy rip-off

If you've ever wondered what would happen if Harry Potter and Bella Swan hooked up, we now know. The offspring would be "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones."

August 22, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Kick-Ass 2' lacks moral punch

Some sequels force us to re-examine what made us like the original film. "Kick-Ass 2" has that effect, because it shares many surface qualities with its predecessor but offers none of its impact.

August 15, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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