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Our chance to see Oscar contender 'The Descendants'

The Academy Award nominations have been announced, and studios are beginning to seize the Oscar buzz and re-release their films into more theatres. Hence, "The Descendants" is finally coming to Gainesville.

January 26, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘The Grey’ a gripping tale of horror, survival

"The Grey" is one of the most intense movies to come along in a while. Writer/director Joe Carnahan's movie is half survival tale, half horror film and thoroughly riveting.

January 26, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Haywire’ launches new female action star

How about this for strange casting? "Haywire" features Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Channing Tatum and Bill Paxton.

January 19, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Contraband’ launches butt-kicking winter fare

January has apparently become thriller month on the movie calendar. The next few weeks will be dominated by high action, often violent, gritty action movies, including "Underworld: Awakening," "Haywire," "Red Tails," "The Grey," and "Man on a Ledge."

January 12, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Young Adult’ a sardonic look at beauty turned beast

"Young Adult" is a rare, genuinely original comedy. Director Jason Reitman re-teams with screenwriter Diablo Cody - that's the duo that gave us "Juno" - for a sardonic look at a former high school bombshell wallowing in the depths of delusion.

January 05, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Looking back at the best of 2011

We've looked ahead to the Oscars in recent weeks, but we all know the Academy voters miss the mark as often as they hit it. And one of the funnest things about this time of year is debating what was best about the cinematic year that was. What follows is not an awards forecast, but my own list of the films that merit mention.

December 29, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Critics name ‘The Descendants’ best film for 2011

The Southeastern Film Critics Association has named "The Descendants" the Best Film of 2011.

December 22, 2011 | For Get Out | Movie reviews


‘War Horse’ is a long, melodramatic nag

"War Horse" should be great.

December 22, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


For your consideration, Part 4: An early look at Oscar

All of the films we've highlighted thus far have been art house fare, destined to reach only limited release. But the Academy Awards, unlike critics organizations and other awards shows, don't often stray too far from the mainstream. They tend to choose well-crafted and crowd-pleasing movies.

December 22, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Great promise of ‘Tintin' unfulfilled

"The Adventures of Tintin" boasts one of the most impressive pedigrees of 2011.

December 22, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Dragon Tattoo’ a daring adaptation

David Fincher's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" is a force to be reckoned with, just like its central character, Lisbeth Salander.

December 15, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


For your consideration, Part 3: An early look at Oscar

The major awards races continue to take shape as each week more organizations (American Film Institute, Broadcast Film Critics Association, etc.) announce their winners.

December 15, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


For your consideration part 2: An early look at Oscar

This week we continue our look at the movies in the running for Best Picture and the actresses vying for Best Supporting honors. My list is long, because there have been numerous great performances this year. All of the acting categories are going to be incredibly competitive, but these ladies should all at least be in the conversation.

December 08, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘The Sitter’ leaves us crying for less

The raunchification of American film comedy continues with "The Sitter."

December 07, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


For your consideration: An early look at Oscar

This week we begin a series previewing the movies that will likely compete for Best Picture and for acting awards at the Oscars and other major ceremonies. (Let's hope some of them make it to our area!)

December 01, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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Holiday films mix fresh with familiar

With the work week shortened by one day for two consecutive weeks, many residents may find time to hit the local cinema to see movies gearing up for Oscar nods or blockbuster status.

December 18, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Bad script, casting plagues 'Exodus'

To what do we owe the second coming of the biblical epic?

December 11, 2014 | By Jake Coyle AP Film Writer | Movie reviews


Chris Rocks' stand-up stands out in ‘Top Five’

Writer-director Chris Rock is not Andre Allen, the stand-up comedian turned movie star lead of "Top Five." But, it's almost impossible to watch his latest effort, a cutting comedy about showbiz, creativity and ambition, and not wonder what material Rock took from his own life. While that's a fun and compelling draw, thankfully, it's only part of the triumph of the film.

December 11, 2014 | BY LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer | Movie reviews


‘Penguins’ spin-off hatches family fun

November 27, 2014 | BY LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer | Movie reviews


‘Bosses 2’ isn’t about bosses at all

November 27, 2014 | BY ROGER MOORE Tribune News Service | Movie reviews


Revolution gathering in ‘Mockingjay’

LOS ANGELES - All is not well in Panem. At the conclusion of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," Katniss' (Jennifer Lawrence) force-field shattering arrow left the society in turmoil. The desperate act was perceived as subversion, inciting populist uprisings and devastating counter attacks by the governing elite.

November 20, 2014 | BY LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer | Movie reviews


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