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‘Recall’ reboot is a total deja vu drag

"Total Recall" is a tiresome movie.

August 02, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

Below-the-belt comedy is hard to ‘Watch’

"The Watch" was filmed largely in Atlanta, particularly at EUE/Screen Gems studio. That is, unfortunately, the only reason to see it.

July 26, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

'Dark Knight' falls a bit but rises to satisfy in the end

(Please read the following review in a fearful whisper.)

July 20, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

Crest of the comic book movie wave

The release of "The Dark Knight Rises" tonight at midnight is a significant movie moment.

July 19, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

‘Ice Age’ drifts to a slow death

How do you know a movie is mediocre? When the five minute short that precedes it offers more ingenuity, complexity, and development than the 94-minute feature film.

July 11, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

Web slinger reboot is less than Marvel-ous

Peter Parker is back! Again.

July 05, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

‘People Like Us’ offers a break from summertime comic book fare

Hollywood seems to finally be getting the message that it's not only comic book fanboys who like to go to the movies this time of year. This summer, some smaller dramas and comedies are managing to squeeze in among the blockbusters.

June 28, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

Pixar’s not-so ‘Brave’ fantasy flops

Let's play "Name That Studio." I'll give you the basic story elements of "Brave" and you guess which studio produced it.

June 21, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

Celebrating rock in the age of hairspray

"Rock of Ages" is proof that whatever is edgy and threatening initially will someday become mainstream and benign, especially if it is adapted it into a Broadway musical.

June 14, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

‘Prometheus’ takes sci-fi horror to next level

"Prometheus" is a better overall film than "Alien." Now that I have blasphemed in the eyes of diehard "Alien" fans, let me explain and qualify.

June 06, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

‘Madagascar’ a high-energy, madcap romp

The Madagascar franchise has always been silly and madcap, but with "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted," the series takes a turn into the downright absurd.

June 06, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

Darker, grown-up ‘Snow White’ is not for kids

Fairy tales are the new vampires. As the vampire fad fades, a different (notice I didn't say "new") cultural trend is taking over: fairy tales made for more mature audiences.

May 31, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

'Men in Black' is half of a fun sci fi flick

(Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) are back, and that's an extremely mixed blessing.

May 24, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

Summer movie preview: Plenty of hot flicks in store

Ever since January, when Variety and the Hollywood Reporter each ran pieces making similar proclamations, the prevailing wisdom in the industry has been that if the 2012 summer slate can't bring people to the theaters, nothing will. Thus, 2012 has become a make-or-break year for American movie theaters and Hollywood along with it.

May 17, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

‘Expecting’ delivers a few unexpected laughs

At first glance, this seems to be the week when Hollywood hits bottom. The big releases are "Battleship," based on a board game played with pegs, and "What to Expect When You're Expecting," based on a pregnancy guide.

May 17, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

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‘Railway’ lacks smooth transitions

The British drama "The Railway Man" is based on the memoir of the same title by Eric Lomax, and the best thing I can say for the movie is it makes me want to read the book.

April 17, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

‘Rio 2’ follows predictable pattern

It was inevitable that Blue Sky/20th Century Fox would make a sequel to "Rio," a modest hit in 2011 that earned almost $500 million worldwide. That's what studios do: milk each intellectual property for as much box-office revenue as possible.

April 10, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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