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Director dials it back in ‘After Earth’

There is nothing innovative or surprising about "After Earth." It plays out a simple scenario, tells its story efficiently and doesn't try to reach beyond the filmmaker's abilities.

May 30, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Fast & Furious 6' takes car worship to the extreme

Nothing about "Fast & Furious 6" makes sense. The initial premise, every aspect of character development, and every plot point are all ridiculously, shockingly mindless.

May 23, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Mayan Blue’ a stunning film with Ga. ties

"Mayan Blue" is an atypical Georgia film. Most of the crew either come from or live in North Georgia, yet the film was shot entirely in Guatemala and features an abundance of breathtaking underwater cinematography.

May 16, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Gatsby’ all glitz and little substance

Sandwiched among the usual superheroes and science-fiction epics comes a very odd summer tentpole release, an extravagant, big budget adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's literary masterpiece, "The Great Gatsby," directed by Baz Luhrmann ("Moulin Rouge!", "Romeo + Juliet") and in 3-D.

May 09, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Jeff Marker’s summer 2013 movie preview, Part II

Last week we looked at the upcoming movies for summer 2013 in the action and drama categories. This week, we finish the season's preview lineup with a peek at family flicks and movies to make us laugh.

May 09, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Iron Man 3’ doesn’t fit the suit

"Iron Man 3" is a fine movie as long as you turn off your brain completely. If, however, you view it with even a casually critical eye, you will see a movie full of choices driven by commercial goals rather than what serves the story, characters or even its devoted fan base.

May 02, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Here come the summer blockbusters, Part 1

Summer 2012 was unquestionably the best tentpole season Hollywood has offered in years. Summer 2013, however, is wildly unpredictable. While we don't yet know which will hit and which will miss, here are the movies people will be talking about during the warm months. Stay tuned for more next week!

May 02, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


A painful journey to dark laughs

Michael Bay has made a comedy ... sort of.

April 25, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


This sci-fi rip-off is on Cruise control

The audience for Universal's science-fiction blockbuster, "Oblivion," is small and easy to define.

April 18, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘42’ will open doors for actors

Legendary Pictures' biopic "42" opens this Friday, timed to coincide with Major League Baseball's Jackie Robinson Day, when the league commemorates Robinson's major league debut and the end of the color line in baseball.

April 11, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


A clever idea fades to tedious parade of gore, then never ends

Genre filmmaking can be like a great conversation. If both the filmmakers and viewers know the conventions of the genre, it's like they share a common language.

April 04, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


China's human rights struggle focus of independent film

A feature film "Free China: The Courage to Believe" will be screened at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers at The Arts Council's Smithgall Arts Center in Gainesville.

March 28, 2013 | From staff reports | Movie reviews


Hollywood conjures another incredibly lazy comedy

For the second week in a row, a movie fails to live up to the superlative in its title. "Oz the Great and Powerful" was neither great nor powerful, and "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" is a far cry from incredible.

March 14, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Oz’ takes us down familiar yellow-brick road

"Oz the Great and Powerful," a prequel to the iconic 1939 adaptation of L. Frank Baum's "The Wizard of Oz," is being framed as a huge gamble for Disney.

March 07, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Latest fairy tale film is a giant mess

Another week, another folk tale hits movie theaters.

February 28, 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


‘Robin Hood’ arrow is just wide of the mark

"The Last of Robin Hood" is the latest in what has become a series of films taking a revisionist look at Hollywood history. It has a certain amount in common with "My Week With Marilyn," for instance, since they both attempt to offer insight into the real person behind a cinematic legend.

September 04, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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