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‘Penguins’ predictable, but kids will love it

"Mr. Popper's Penguins" is "a Jim Carrey movie." Not that there's anything wrong with that ...

June 16, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Super 8’ is a scary sci-fi thriller

"Super 8" is a summer blockbuster that isn't based on a comic book or in 3D. How's this for a welcome change?

June 09, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘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


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Articles by Section - Movie reviews


‘Lucy’ way too out of this world

You're going to hear strange popping sounds Friday afternoon around the time "Lucy" has its first showing. They will be the sounds of scientists' heads exploding all around the world.

July 24, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Politics and horror film mix

"The Purge: Anarchy" is a political polemic disguised as a horror film. I view that as a good thing, but horror fans may not.

July 17, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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