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Style, story make ‘Pilgrim’ awesome

"Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" defines its audience from the moment the studio logo appears. The earth spins into view rendered in blocky Atari graphics, then "Universal" wraps around it in lettering reminiscent of the original Donkey Kong or Pac-Man games.

August 12, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Dinner for Schmucks’ less than appetizing

A movie titled "Dinner for Schmucks" pretty much requires me to use some food metaphors, and rather than try to sneak them in as if it's far more clever than it really is, let's just embrace the cliché, shall we? Here's a review of the movie as if it were a seven-course meal.

August 04, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Zac Efron finally graduates from 'High School'

Transitioning from teen idol to serious adult actor is tricky business, and "Charlie St. Cloud" is obviously part of Zac Efron's attempt to make that move. He recently starred in a Richard Linklater movie called "Me and Orson Welles" which earned strong reviews and zero box office. He then catered to his demographic with "17 Again." And now, he gets to lead a serious, heart-rending rather than heart-throbbing drama.

July 28, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


This action star isn't worth her 'Salt'

I love a really good spy story. Hopefully I'll get to see another one someday soon.

July 21, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Captivating character makes must-see movie

If you're reading this in a public place, pause and look around you. Chances are, you just saw someone reading Stieg Larsson's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." Or maybe one of its sequels, "The Girl Who Played With Fire" or "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest."

July 14, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Despicable' worth its 3-D surcharge

"Despicable Me" shouldn't work as well as it does.

July 07, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


A few open letters to ‘Twilight’ fans ...

Dear Teenage Twihards,

June 30, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Grown Ups’ can’t rise above kid humor

We all know what to expect from "Grown Ups."

June 23, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Toy Story’ reveals playroom’s dark side

You've all heard the phrase, "It's lonely at the top." Well, Pixar no longer needs to worry about that.

June 17, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Fiction of ‘Splice’ fascinating

"Splice" is what you get if you make Frankenstein female and oddly beautiful, give her hip quirky parents and have Sigmund Freud write the screenplay.

June 09, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Summer movie fun starts at 'The Greek'

"Get Him to the Greek" is shamelessly funny. No seriously - it literally has no shame.

June 02, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Dull ‘Prince’ needs a royal upgrade

May isn't even over, and we already have our first summer flop in the making.

May 26, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Another sequel hits its target

We are fortunate to live in a time when actresses older than 40 are no longer considered "over the hill." Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep and many others have proven once and for all that women don't suddenly lose their beauty or their ability to act and draw audiences when they reach a certain age. And there was much rejoicing.

May 26, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Shrek’ bids us a fond farewell — finally

"Shrek Forever After" is the least necessary sequel of 2010. And yes, that includes "Piranha 3D" (releasing in August).

May 19, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Blahness of ‘Hood’ makes you quiver

Can Robin Hood's wooden arrows pierce Iron Man's armor? Doubtful.

May 12, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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Unbalanced female folly funny

Director Nick Cassavetes' female-bonding, cheating-husband-punishing comedy "The Other Woman" sets a new bar for erratic storytelling.

April 24, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Railway’ lacks smooth transitions

The British drama "The Railway Man" is based on the memoir of the same title by Eric Lomax, and the best thing I can say for the movie is it makes me want to read the book.

April 17, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Rio 2’ follows predictable pattern

It was inevitable that Blue Sky/20th Century Fox would make a sequel to "Rio," a modest hit in 2011 that earned almost $500 million worldwide. That's what studios do: milk each intellectual property for as much box-office revenue as possible.

April 10, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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