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For your consideration part 2: An early look at Oscar

This week we continue our look at the movies in the running for Best Picture and the actresses vying for Best Supporting honors. My list is long, because there have been numerous great performances this year. All of the acting categories are going to be incredibly competitive, but these ladies should all at least be in the conversation.

December 08, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘The Sitter’ leaves us crying for less

The raunchification of American film comedy continues with "The Sitter."

December 07, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


For your consideration: An early look at Oscar

This week we begin a series previewing the movies that will likely compete for Best Picture and for acting awards at the Oscars and other major ceremonies. (Let's hope some of them make it to our area!)

December 01, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Muppets' reunion is a witty delight

There is nothing I didn't love about "The Muppets." No movie has made me laugh so much or lifted my spirits so high in years.

November 24, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Fangs for nothing: Twilight's dim 'Dawn' is a drag-ula

The Twilight movies put reviewers in a no-win situation.

November 24, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Hoover biopic ignores darkest side of his character

Two things are wrong with "J. Edgar." The first problem is J. Edgar Hoover. The second problem is that the movie is about him.

November 17, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘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


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‘No Escape’ taut but deeply troubled

Not since Saigon in the 1970s has an American operation in Southeast Asia been as ill-conceived as "No Escape," a taut, well-made and entirely dubious ...

August 27, 2015 | By Jake Coyle Associated Press | Movie reviews


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