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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

‘Dark Shadows’ should have stayed in coffin

The summer movie season has just begun, and we have our first disappointment.

May 10, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

‘Avengers’ is pure comic book fun

To paraphrase that immortal bard, MCA from Beastie Boys, we've been coming to where we are from the get-go.

May 03, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

‘Pirates’ a clever, funny homage to film classics

All animated family movies try to please both kids and parents, but no studio does it as well and as consistently as Aardman Animations.

April 26, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

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