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‘Contagion’ is gritty realism in search of a point

The word "sobering" was coined for movies like "Contagion."

September 08, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Idiot Brother’ trailer is funnier than pointless movie itself

I saw "Our Idiot Brother" this week. At least, I think I did.

September 01, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Fall preview: Raking over hits, misses of upcoming season

Lo and behold, there are reasons to go to the movies this fall. After one of the worst summer seasons in memory, a veritable slew of worthwhile movies hits wide and limited release over the next few months.

August 25, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Conan’ a barbaric, blood-and-sandals clunker

"Conan the Barbarian" is a movie without fear. It isn't afraid to exploit its actors, it isn't afraid of being too violent and it certainly isn't afraid of offending someone.

August 18, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


3-D 'Glee’ full of songs, dancing — and sometimes itself

The young cast members of "Glee" recently completed a concert tour, and now we get some limited chances to see their vacation slideshow. Although, I guess these days it would be their vacation vlog.

August 11, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘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


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‘The Longest Ride’ tells 2 love stories old and new

Ever since "The Notebook" made moviegoers swoon in 2004, Nicholas Sparks' name has been synonymous with teary-eyed romance.

April 08, 2015 | By Sandy Cohen AP Entertainment Writer | Movie reviews


‘Furious 7’ drives hard with action, laughs, tribute

Fast-moving fight scenes, outrageous auto antics and a sprinkling of ridiculous one-liners make "Furious 7" a campy, crowd-pleasing escape.

April 02, 2015 | By Sandy Cohen AP Entertainment Writer | Movie reviews


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