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'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


‘Jobs’ tells history of Apple

The new biopic "Jobs" is a solidly informative and entertaining "Brief History of Apple," as seen through the eyes of its co-founding genius. We experience 30 years of Steve Jobs' mercurial life and times, with plenty of tastes - but only tastes - of triumph plus a few dashes of comeuppance.

August 15, 2013 | By ROGER MOORE McClatchy Newspapers | Movie reviews


Athens filmmaker receives much praise

Talking with James Ponsoldt makes you excited about movies. The Athens filmmaker has an extensive knowledge of film history and an infectious enthusiasm for his art. Even when diagnosing some of Hollywood's problems, he speaks with optimism and excitement.

August 08, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Elysium,’ sci-fi straight from the news headlines

Neill Blomkamp may be well on his way to becoming the only sci-fi writer-director who matters. And if "Elysium" is more an evolutionary leap than a revolutionary one from his break-out hit "District 9," it still shows him in great form telling a story from the future ripped from today's political hot-button issues.

August 07, 2013 | Roger Moore McClatchy Newspapers | Movie reviews


‘Still Mine’ full of authentic sentiment

Writer/director Michael McGowan's "Still Mine" is part of a growing trend in independent cinema, films made for mature audiences.

July 31, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Wolverine’ provides sharp contrast in a summer of duds

"The Wolverine" is probably the best blockbuster of the summer season, but that isn't necessarily saying much.

July 25, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Turbo’ uses kid-friendly formula that works

Perhaps the only feat more amazing than a snail racing in the Indianapolis 500 is a group of filmmakers making a good movie about a snail racing in the Indianapolis 500.

July 17, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Pacific Rim’ is all noise, no substance

Another week, another deafening, dumb computer-generated orgy of destruction.

July 10, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Despicable Me 2’ brings laughs, storyline fizzles

Universal Pictures really pulled off something back in 2010 when "Despicable Me" earned more than half a billion dollars worldwide and worked its way into the home video hearts of America.

July 04, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Controversy brings mixed reviews for 'The Lone Ranger'

"The Lone Ranger" is shaping up to be quite a divisive movie.

July 04, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Monsters’ prequel comes of age

"Monsters University" fits into a few ongoing trends.

June 27, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Zombie apocalypse film pays off

"World War Z" might go down in film history as one of the greatest recoveries of all time.

June 20, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Man of Steel’ buckles under pressure

One thing I can virtually guarantee is "Man of Steel" will not receive a fair chance to succeed, either critically or commercially. And so much is riding on this movie.

June 13, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Purge’ fails to deliver on promises

"The Purge" suffers from an identity crisis.

June 06, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Duo attempts to grow up, falls short

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are back in theaters trying to grow up again, and the result is about as good as the previous 10 times they've attempted it.

June 06, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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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


'The Drop' low-key yet compelling

The talk these days among anyone who has an interest in the movie industry is how badly the North American box office has fallen off.

September 11, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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