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‘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


Story lacking in not-so-scary fairy tale

In the latest attempt to cash in on the girls-who-love-monsters phenomenon, director Catherine Hardwicke ("Twilight," "Thirteen") turns "Red Riding Hood" - the fairy tale of a girl stalked by a wolf on the way to grandma's - into a romantic horror movie that fails on every level.

March 10, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Sci-fi doesn’t hurt this love story

Who knew a Philip K. Dick story could be so darned romantic?

March 03, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘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


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2014 Fall Movie Preview: Can new season of films bring more dollars into box office?

The 2014 domestic box office is down 6 percent from where it was this time last year, by about half a billion dollars. Sure, the foreign box office is picking up some of the slack, but it still raises the stakes very high for Hollywood this fall season.

September 18, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'The Drop' low-key yet compelling

The talk these days among anyone who has an interest in the movie industry is how badly the North American box office has fallen off.

September 11, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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