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Award-worthy ‘Artist’ hits Gainesville

The Academy Awards justify their existence this week.

February 23, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

‘This Means War’ a date movie that won’t fill you up

"This Means War" is a gift for those who haven't yet celebrated Valentine's Day. It's perfect for a couple's night out and works despite being a by-the-numbers mishmash of standard Hollywood devices.

February 16, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

‘Journey 2’ is mindless, fun adventure

The "Journey to the Center of the Earth" franchise is back, but it barely resembles the 2008 Brendan Fraser starring vehicle.

February 09, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

‘Potter’ star trades cloak for dagger in scary new vehicle

I love that Daniel Radcliffe's first post-Harry Potter role is in a Hammer Films production.

February 02, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

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

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Nature vs. Nolte in ‘A Walk in the Woods’

In the wake of "Wild," in which Reese Witherspoon's version of Cheryl Strayed hiked the Pacific Crest Trail and reckoned with her demons, we ...

September 03, 2015 | Jake Coyle Associated Press | Movie reviews


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