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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

‘Lockout’ is a spacey parade of cliches

Oh, Luc Besson, what shall we do with you?

April 19, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

‘Cabin’ puts a fresh slant on slasher flicks

As a horror movie, "The Cabin in the Woods" is pretty good.

April 12, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

‘Wrath’ doesn’t improve on ‘Clash’

I'm one of the few people who were curious to see where Warner Brothers might take the "Clash of the Titans" franchise.

April 04, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

Atlanta festival puts spotlight on Ga. film talent

The 2012 Atlanta Film Festival kicked off last Friday and ends in grand fashion this weekend. The festival offers a full range of narrative and documentary features and shorts, low budget productions and higher budget films using the festival circuit to generate buzz, and films of all kinds from around the world.

March 29, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

‘The Hunger Games’ lives up to the hype

"The Hunger Games" have officially begun.

March 22, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

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‘The Third Man’ still thrills 65 years later

After nearly two years of writing this column, I finally decided to dive into film noir. And I picked a doozy.

October 01, 2015 | Andrew Akers | Movie reviews

Damon charms in ‘The Martian’

Without Matt Damon, the solitary fight for survival on Mars would be lonely indeed. Alone on screen for most of his scenes as an astronaut ...

October 01, 2015 | BY SANDY COHEN Associated Press | Movie reviews


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