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‘Rango’ an animated treat, but maybe too hip for kids

"Rango" is one of the strangest animated features to hit American theatres in decades. That's mostly a good thing.

March 02, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Number Four’ a pretty teen flick

Is it enough for a movie to have a passable plot as long as the actors are really, really ridiculously good looking? "I Am Number Four" might be the prettiest movie of 2011, and lest you think that's a sexist soft lead, "prettiest" applies to both male and female stars alike.

February 24, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Unknown’ deserving of a little notice

"Unknown" is a movie about redemption, both behind the camera and on screen.

February 17, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


No tragedy, just heart in ‘Gnomeo’

Oh, I can just hear it now. All the Shakespeare purists will soon be noisily picking apart "Gnomeo & Juliet," an unassuming animated family movie that riffs on "Romeo and Juliet." They'll pull out quotes arguing for the gravity with which we must treat The Bard and prove the essentially tragic nature of the original play.

February 10, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Shallow story traps, drowns ‘Sanctum’

Maybe James Cameron should consider making only silent movies.

February 03, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘The Mechanic’ fails to fixate viewers

Poor CBS Films. They just can't pick a winner.

January 26, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


The Green Hornet is a comic book buzzkill

Oh good, another wealthy costumed vigilante with daddy issues. Does anyone else feel like we're using the same fill-in-the-blank template for these movies?

January 20, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Survival guide for the snowed-in

File this under "Columns I never Expected to Write." North Georgia is playing against character type this week, socking all of us with a paralyzing blanket of snow and ice.

January 12, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Without a giant effort, ‘Gulliver’ comes up small

It's a bad sign when the best thing you can say about a movie is: it isn't too long.

January 06, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Young star proves her 'True Grit'

It is a joy to watch an actor embody a role with complete confidence and understanding of the character. You might think I'm referring to the stars and seasoned character actors in "True Grit," which include Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin and Barry Pepper.

December 29, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


2010 Holiday Preview: A naughty and nice list

Hollywood definitely saved its best for last in 2010. No single movie looks to dominate the box office the way "Avatar" did last year, nor does any movie look poised to sweep the awards season (although "The Social Network" seems to be leading the pack for the moment).

December 23, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Black Swan' is no ugly duckling

I've never seen anything like "Black Swan," and I almost never get to say that.

December 16, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Dawn Treader’ recaptures fantasy of Narnia series

The Chronicles of Narnia series returns this week - but it almost didn't.

December 09, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Stars’ chemistry makes this sexy drama sizzle

"Love and Other Drugs" is a testament to the talent and appeal of its stars, Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal.

December 02, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Faster’ is cars, guns, muscles — and cliches

Here's all you need to know about the new Dwayne Johnson star vehicle, "Faster."

November 25, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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‘Railway’ lacks smooth transitions

The British drama "The Railway Man" is based on the memoir of the same title by Eric Lomax, and the best thing I can say for the movie is it makes me want to read the book.

April 17, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Rio 2’ follows predictable pattern

It was inevitable that Blue Sky/20th Century Fox would make a sequel to "Rio," a modest hit in 2011 that earned almost $500 million worldwide. That's what studios do: milk each intellectual property for as much box-office revenue as possible.

April 10, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Captain America' a solid sequel

Another Marvel movie, another set of mixed reactions.

April 03, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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