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For your consideration, Part 4: Top contenders in a banner year

This being the last column in which I will mention the 2012 year in movies, it's time to make some observations.

January 24, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


For Your Consideration, Part 3: Handicapping the top Oscar performers

Now that the nominees have been announced, the Oscar discussion shifts to predicting winners.

January 17, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


For Your Consideration, Part II: ‘Beasts,’ ‘Master’ on Oscar bubble

And the hits just keep on coming.

January 10, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Zero Dark Thirty’ is controversial but brilliant

One of the year's most controversial films is, in my opinion, also its best.

January 10, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


For Your Consideration: The Oscar buzz begins

This week we begin our annual look at the movies likely to compete for best picture at the Oscars, as well as the actors who might take home a statue. Studios use the award season as low-cost publicity, so this series also serves as a winter preview since some of these films will hopefully make it to area theaters over the next month or two.

January 03, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Cruise is a reach in role, but story still works

Fans of crime writer Lee Child (pen name of Jim Grant) were livid when they heard Tom Cruise would be cast as Jack Reacher in the movie adaptation, and rightly so.

December 27, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Django’ is pure Tarantino schlock, love it or not

Quentin Tarantino. The name inspires a wild mixture of reactions.

December 27, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Les Misérables’ too big for its own good

Confession is good for the soul, so here goes. I do not like the musical "Les Misérables."

December 20, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘This is’ a shrill, empty, tone-deaf disaster

"This Is 40" is among the worst movies bearing the name of writer/director Judd Apatow. And that is really saying something.

December 20, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘The Impossible’ a tidal wave of emotion

"The Impossible" doesn't exactly pull off the impossible (a pun which many reviewers will surely use), but it is an astonishing piece of work.

December 12, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘The Hobbit’ in an unexpected format

With the arrival of Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," another epic adventure begins.

December 12, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Hyde Park’ a royal ramble, but it works

"Hyde Park on Hudson" might be the strangest movie I recommend all year.

December 06, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Stylish ‘Anna Karenina’ fades at the finish

"Anna Karenina" is nearly a great film.

November 29, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Silver Linings Playbook’ is feel-good done right

I'm the kind of person for whom the phrase "feel-good movie" is a negative term. I like to feel good, and I especially like to feel good by the time a movie's end credits roll.

November 22, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Smashed’ is a smashing indie winner

"Smashed" is an example of many things I love about independent film.

November 15, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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‘Guardians’ opposite of ‘Avengers’

"Guardians of the Galaxy" is the most purely entertaining movie of the summer. It isn't even a contest.

July 31, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Lucy’ way too out of this world

You're going to hear strange popping sounds Friday afternoon around the time "Lucy" has its first showing. They will be the sounds of scientists' heads exploding all around the world.

July 24, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Politics and horror film mix

"The Purge: Anarchy" is a political polemic disguised as a horror film. I view that as a good thing, but horror fans may not.

July 17, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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