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‘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


Muppets' reunion is a witty delight

There is nothing I didn't love about "The Muppets." No movie has made me laugh so much or lifted my spirits so high in years.

November 24, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Fangs for nothing: Twilight's dim 'Dawn' is a drag-ula

The Twilight movies put reviewers in a no-win situation.

November 24, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Hoover biopic ignores darkest side of his character

Two things are wrong with "J. Edgar." The first problem is J. Edgar Hoover. The second problem is that the movie is about him.

November 17, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Shrek’ yarn plays out with well-heeled feline

The Shrek franchise keeps trudging along, thanks to "Puss in Boots."

November 10, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Murphy back in form in funny ‘Tower Heist’

Allow me to lead by answering what I think most of you are wondering about "Tower Heist."

November 03, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Old suspense trick works to save ‘In Time’

Alfred Hitchcock once summed up the difference between surprise and suspense perfectly. Imagine two people sitting at a table talking. Suddenly, a bomb explodes under the table. The audience, unaware of the bomb, is surprised.

November 03, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Rum Diary’ a loving tribute to ‘gonzo’ master

Hunter S. Thompson wrote "The Rum Diary" in the early '60s when he was a young man and green writer. It was the second novel he had completed, and he couldn't get either work published. "The Rum Diary" didn't make it into print until 1998.

October 27, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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"Black or White" discusses gray areas of race relations

"Selma" wasn't the only film about race to get short shrift from Oscar voters this past year. "Black or White" is a frank, touching and very well-acted melodrama about child custody and cultural perceptions of "blackness" and "the race card," and could have earned Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner fresh Oscar nominations.

January 29, 2015 | By Roger Moore Tribune News Service | Movie reviews


Pacino turns down the volume for role in 'The Humbling'

We have forgotten how subtle Al Pacino could be, pre "Hoo Hah!" Something about his Oscar winning turn in "Scent of a Woman" unleashed the beast, a performer as big, broad and puffed up as that mountain of hair he keeps teased about his head.

January 22, 2015 | By Roger Moore Tribune News Service | Movie reviews


Issues from 'Mississippi Burning' still smolder today

In June of 1964, three civil rights workers, two white and one black, went missing in Mississippi. Later found murdered and buried in an earthen dam, the case captured national attention and sparked a massive FBI investigation.

January 22, 2015 | Andrew Akers | Movie reviews


'Wedding Ringer' is both touching and comical

"The Wedding Ringer" is "Wedding Crashers Redux," a "Hangover Lite" that softens manic funnyman Kevin Hart's persona into someone almost as funny, but more sentimental than abrasive. That helps "Ringer" work as a bromantic comedy that feels like a romantic comedy.

January 15, 2015 | By Roger Moore Tribune News Service | Movie reviews


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