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It’s OK to laugh at these gods

Somewhere, stop-motion animation legend Ray Harryhausen is shrugging his shoulders and saying, "Is that the best you whippersnappers with your fancy computers can do?"

March 31, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Dragon' comes close to being a classic

Don't you hate it when dragons storm your village and steal your sheep?

March 24, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Gristle can't give 'Repo Men' any taste

"Repo Men" is an "interesting" movie in the same way the "Bodies" exhibition (the one with human cadavers variously posed) is "interesting" art. Is this good art? Bad art? Is it art at all? Answers to these questions vary widely, but no one can deny that it's "interesting."

March 17, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Green Zone’ adds politics to action

Director Paul Greengrass teamed up with Matt Damon for two of the past decade's best action films, "The Bourne Supremacy" and "The Bourne Ultimatum." Those movies achieved something rare by both satisfying critics and scoring huge at the box office.

March 11, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Get lost in Alice’s fantasy world

"Alice in Wonderland" constitutes a meeting of three long-established, distinctive brands. Disney produces, Tim Burton directs and Lewis Carroll provides the story. It's the sort of pedigreed project that generates excitement and high expectations. Which means someone's going to be disappointed.

March 03, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Homage to buddy cops rocks our Glocks

The tagline for "Cop Out" might just say it all: "Rock out with your Glock out."

February 25, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Shutter’ takes Scorsese out of comfort zone

"Shutter Island" is set in 1954, during postwar years in which the economy boomed, WWII veterans struggled to cope with unimaginable trauma and psychological theory and practice started to creep into the American consciousness.

February 17, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Lightning' strikes action-packed fun

Stop me when you've heard this one.

February 10, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Dear John’ delivers romantic boredom

The latest adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel gets a jump on the Valentine's Day competition this week.

February 03, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Mel returns with bloody fanfare

Remember when Mel Gibson was just a plain old movie star? Gibson made his mark as a charming, sometimes goofy/sometimes glowering action star, and we liked him. But then came preachy Mel, then drunk anti-Semitic Mel, then adulterous yet somehow still devout Catholic Mel.

January 27, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Film gives power to people, not disease

Imagine if Archie Bunker were a world-renowned biochemist. That's basically the character Harrison Ford plays in "Extraordinary Measures," and he brings much needed comic relief to an otherwise fairly somber movie.

January 20, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Lovely Bones' gets stuck in its own sweet syrup

It turns out, there's a fine line between "lovely" and so syrupy sweet it's silly.

January 13, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Uneven ‘Youth’ more bland than grand

"Youth in Revolt" is, in so many ways, a typical January release. Movies in the first month of the year are always like leftover holiday candy - a bit stale, but hey, this is the only food we have left in the house, so why not?

January 06, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Jeff Marker's holiday movie guide

Hollywood's 2009 campaign to pull us away from shopping and egg nog and into theaters doesn't offer as many new releases as last year. But several fine films already playing or finally coming to our area should make this another strong holiday movie season.

December 23, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Story’s restraint works against ‘Invictus’

"Invictus" teams director Clint Eastwood and actors Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon in a film about Nelson Mandela, one of the most inspiring figures of the 20th century. That combination should be monumental - literally, a monument to heroism and courage.

December 16, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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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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