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‘Midnight in Paris’ an Allen success

Nobody does a cinematic love letter better than Woody Allen. "Manhattan" is the greatest example of this, of course, but "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" exuded Allen's affection for Spain.

June 09, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Kung Fu Panda 2’ seeks peace in darker, more intense story

When Dreamworks released "Kung Fu Panda" in 2008, no one predicted its success. "Shrek" was still the studio's favorite franchise, and American animation studios had encountered little success translating Asian themes.

May 26, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Summer movie preview: Hits, misses and blockbusters

Let's be honest. The usual summer genres look pretty lame for 2011.

May 25, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Pirates loot another sequel opportunity

It makes perfect sense that "On Stranger Tides," the fourth installment of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, would be in 3D. After all, 3D is little more than Hollywood's way of pillaging and plundering audiences' hard-earned money, so the format is appropriate for a movie about pirates.

May 19, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Bridesmaids’ a romp for the gals

"Bridesmaids" is an improbable movie for numerous reasons.

May 12, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Thor’ a great fantasy — in 2D only

For those of us who hate the 3D trend, Marvel Entertainment and Paramount Pictures have given us the perfect gift. No movie demonstrates the problems with 3D better than "Thor."

May 05, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Franchise fans will race to ‘Fast Five’

With the release of "Fast Five," I guess the summer movie season is upon us. And by "upon us" I mean it is set to trap us in a headlock, strap us to the hood of a muscle car and drive really fast until it crashes into something. Repeatedly.

April 28, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Hanna’ is a heart-pounding thrill ride

"Hanna" is the sort of movie that leaves an impression. That much I expected from a movie about a teenage girl assassin.

April 21, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Rio’ has great harmony with kids

Going to "Rio" is an experience as diverse as rainforest foliage. The movie is fun enough, but the trip begins with some egregious, loathsome marketing.

April 14, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Arthur’ spoils a golden opportunity

Hollywood continues to remake the 80s, and continues to do it badly.

April 07, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Source Code’ is a slick sci fi thrill ride

"Source Code" could easily have been released during the '70s, the era of high concept science fiction and paranoid thrillers. Director Duncan Jones manages to update those formulas, though, into a smart action movie that fits perfectly into 2011 America.

March 30, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Second film in ‘Diary’ series gets too wimpy

Even though the second movie in the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" franchise is about Greg Heffley's seventh-grade year, a more fitting title would have been "The Sophomore Slump."

March 24, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Paul’ a great trip for sci-fi fans

The funniest comedy team in the world is back.

March 17, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Story lacking in not-so-scary fairy tale

In the latest attempt to cash in on the girls-who-love-monsters phenomenon, director Catherine Hardwicke ("Twilight," "Thirteen") turns "Red Riding Hood" - the fairy tale of a girl stalked by a wolf on the way to grandma's - into a romantic horror movie that fails on every level.

March 10, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Sci-fi doesn’t hurt this love story

Who knew a Philip K. Dick story could be so darned romantic?

March 03, 2011 | 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


'Captain America' a solid sequel

Another Marvel movie, another set of mixed reactions.

April 03, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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