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‘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


‘Footloose’ is shopworn ’80s rehash

As the prophetic philosopher Huey Lewis once wrote, "Gotta get back in time." What Professor Lewis obviously meant is that the movies desperately need to get out of the '80s and return to the present.

October 20, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'The Thing’ is back, and still a good scare

Is there anything new under the sun? Apparently not in the southern California sun, at least.

October 13, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Real Steel’ is a rusty mess of a movie

Rather than my usual review, I offer an infomercial instead.

October 06, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘50/50’ an honest, emotional look at cancer’s impact

"50/50," which the marketing has told us is about a young man with cancer, opens with a point of view shot of a jogger choosing music on his iPod, which in a way says it all. This is a movie about how the iPod generation handles a disease that strikes terror in the hearts of every sentient adult.

September 28, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Moneyball’ cleverly delves into the game within the game

"Moneyball" is a thinking man's sports movie, although it's less about the sport than about "the game," the culture and business that drive professional baseball.

September 22, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘The Debt’ a top-line thriller just right for fall

We must be close to autumn. How can I tell? Not because the leaves have begun to turn, and certainly not because cool breezes suddenly greet me as I leave the house in the morning.

September 14, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Contagion’ is gritty realism in search of a point

The word "sobering" was coined for movies like "Contagion."

September 08, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Idiot Brother’ trailer is funnier than pointless movie itself

I saw "Our Idiot Brother" this week. At least, I think I did.

September 01, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Fall preview: Raking over hits, misses of upcoming season

Lo and behold, there are reasons to go to the movies this fall. After one of the worst summer seasons in memory, a veritable slew of worthwhile movies hits wide and limited release over the next few months.

August 25, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Conan’ a barbaric, blood-and-sandals clunker

"Conan the Barbarian" is a movie without fear. It isn't afraid to exploit its actors, it isn't afraid of being too violent and it certainly isn't afraid of offending someone.

August 18, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


3-D 'Glee’ full of songs, dancing — and sometimes itself

The young cast members of "Glee" recently completed a concert tour, and now we get some limited chances to see their vacation slideshow. Although, I guess these days it would be their vacation vlog.

August 11, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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'McFarland, USA' is the feel-good movie of the month

His name is Jim White. He's a coach. But that last name is all the students - his prospective athletes - need to know at McFarland High School.

February 19, 2015 | By Roger Moore Tribune News Service | Movie reviews


From the film archives: 'It Happened One Night' an iconic romantic comedy

With the 2015 Academy Awards falling only eight days after Valentine's Day, it is a great time to revisit one of the best romantic films from early Hollywood.

February 19, 2015 | Andrew Akers | Movie reviews


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