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‘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


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


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Two legends who left an impact

America lost two entertainment legends this week: Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall.

August 14, 2014 | | Movie reviews


‘Boyhood’ a legend in the making

Any discussion of Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" necessarily begins with how the film was made, because that alone is practically a miracle.

August 07, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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