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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


2010 Holiday Preview: A naughty and nice list

Hollywood definitely saved its best for last in 2010. No single movie looks to dominate the box office the way "Avatar" did last year, nor does any movie look poised to sweep the awards season (although "The Social Network" seems to be leading the pack for the moment).

December 23, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Black Swan' is no ugly duckling

I've never seen anything like "Black Swan," and I almost never get to say that.

December 16, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Dawn Treader’ recaptures fantasy of Narnia series

The Chronicles of Narnia series returns this week - but it almost didn't.

December 09, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Stars’ chemistry makes this sexy drama sizzle

"Love and Other Drugs" is a testament to the talent and appeal of its stars, Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal.

December 02, 2010 | 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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