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‘30 Minutes or Less’ is long enough for stale raunch-com

Haven't we seen a raunchy, stoner comedy with some action sequences and slapstick thrown in?

August 11, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Apes’ rise again, resurrect series in surprise blockbuster

"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" might be the best of this summer's blockbusters, which no one in the world saw coming.

August 04, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'The Change-Up’ is a worn-out gross-out

"The Change-Up" is a body switch comedy. For anyone, say, 30 years of age or older, that statement alone might be enough to make you stay away.

August 04, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Cowboys & Aliens’ is just that: Cliched escapist action

"Cowboys & Aliens" is the most efficient movie title I've encountered in quite some time.

July 28, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Boring and blue: Cartoon revival too dumb to be cute

The "Smurfs" television series first aired in the U.S. in 1981. Since I graduated in the late '80s, I supposed I should feel nostalgic about a Smurfs movie.

July 28, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Movies midyear report: OD’d on 3-D

The Year 2011 is more than half over, and the state of the movies is just as troubling as the state of the union.

July 21, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Silly old bear is back for nostalgic fun

All hail Stephen J. Anderson and Don Hall, the co-directors of "Winnie the Pooh."

July 14, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Potter finale saves the best for last

True landmark events are hard to come by in the world of movies, an art form dominated by disposable entertainment.

July 14, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Indulge your dark side with ‘Bosses’

Just about everyone has had a boss who made their lives miserable, so we can all relate to this summer's darkest but funniest comedy.

July 07, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Larry Crowne’ offers dose of reality with a smile

Hollywood's "Diversity in Summer" strategy continues with the release of "Larry Crowne," a romantic dramedy about middle-aged characters, which should provide very welcome counterprogramming to this week's other big release, the obnoxious, idiotic "Transformers: Dark of the Moon."

June 30, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Cars 2’ changes gears with clever spy tale

Pixar, the studio that brought us the "Toy Story" movies, "Finding Nemo," "Ratatouille," etc., has never released a "bad" movie. "Cars 2" doesn't change that.

June 23, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘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


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Holiday films mix fresh with familiar

With the work week shortened by one day for two consecutive weeks, many residents may find time to hit the local cinema to see movies gearing up for Oscar nods or blockbuster status.

December 18, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Bad script, casting plagues 'Exodus'

To what do we owe the second coming of the biblical epic?

December 11, 2014 | By Jake Coyle AP Film Writer | Movie reviews


Chris Rocks' stand-up stands out in ‘Top Five’

Writer-director Chris Rock is not Andre Allen, the stand-up comedian turned movie star lead of "Top Five." But, it's almost impossible to watch his latest effort, a cutting comedy about showbiz, creativity and ambition, and not wonder what material Rock took from his own life. While that's a fun and compelling draw, thankfully, it's only part of the triumph of the film.

December 11, 2014 | BY LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer | Movie reviews


‘Penguins’ spin-off hatches family fun

November 27, 2014 | BY LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer | Movie reviews


‘Bosses 2’ isn’t about bosses at all

November 27, 2014 | BY ROGER MOORE Tribune News Service | Movie reviews


Revolution gathering in ‘Mockingjay’

LOS ANGELES - All is not well in Panem. At the conclusion of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," Katniss' (Jennifer Lawrence) force-field shattering arrow left the society in turmoil. The desperate act was perceived as subversion, inciting populist uprisings and devastating counter attacks by the governing elite.

November 20, 2014 | BY LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer | Movie reviews


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