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Documenting a dramatic history at the University of Alabama

In spring 1999 while working as a magazine editor in New York and Atlanta, Keith Dunavant traveled to Alabama to do a feature story on Wilbur Jackson, the first African-American to sign a football scholarship with the University of Alabama.

October 10, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Adult-themed movie "Don Jon" a clever comedy

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is on a remarkable streak.

October 03, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Cloudy 2’ adds hilarity to tasty formula

Moviegoers have plenty of reasons to be skeptical of sequels these days.

September 26, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Gravity’ is a space-spinning thrill ride

Theaters should hand out oxygen masks when moviegoers buy tickets to "Gravity." Director Alfonso Cuarón's science-fiction thriller is many things, but above all else, it is one of the most suspenseful films released in years.

September 19, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Instructions Not Included' is top 10 surprise

"Instructions Not Included" (original title "No se Aceptan Devoluciones") is one of the most interesting cinematic surprises to come along in years.

September 13, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Fall movie preview for 2013 packs a punch

Ah, the fall season has finally arrived. I make no secret of nor apology for my disdain of the summer season. Even when it's a strong lineup of blockbusters, it's a deafening, dumbing few months. And this was a horrible summer season. There's nowhere to go but up for the fall season. Here's a rundown of the more promising films coming our way.

September 05, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Spectacular Now' one of the year's best

Athens native James Ponsoldt's "The Spectacular Now" is a bona fide festival circuit and art house hit that is now widening into multiplexes in our area. This is the moment when the film either breaks into mainstream success or doesn't, and few indies are more deserving of reaching a wider audience.

August 29, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


No ‘Bones’ about this teen fantasy rip-off

If you've ever wondered what would happen if Harry Potter and Bella Swan hooked up, we now know. The offspring would be "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones."

August 22, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Kick-Ass 2' lacks moral punch

Some sequels force us to re-examine what made us like the original film. "Kick-Ass 2" has that effect, because it shares many surface qualities with its predecessor but offers none of its impact.

August 15, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Jobs’ tells history of Apple

The new biopic "Jobs" is a solidly informative and entertaining "Brief History of Apple," as seen through the eyes of its co-founding genius. We experience 30 years of Steve Jobs' mercurial life and times, with plenty of tastes - but only tastes - of triumph plus a few dashes of comeuppance.

August 15, 2013 | By ROGER MOORE McClatchy Newspapers | Movie reviews


Athens filmmaker receives much praise

Talking with James Ponsoldt makes you excited about movies. The Athens filmmaker has an extensive knowledge of film history and an infectious enthusiasm for his art. Even when diagnosing some of Hollywood's problems, he speaks with optimism and excitement.

August 08, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Elysium,’ sci-fi straight from the news headlines

Neill Blomkamp may be well on his way to becoming the only sci-fi writer-director who matters. And if "Elysium" is more an evolutionary leap than a revolutionary one from his break-out hit "District 9," it still shows him in great form telling a story from the future ripped from today's political hot-button issues.

August 07, 2013 | Roger Moore McClatchy Newspapers | Movie reviews


‘Still Mine’ full of authentic sentiment

Writer/director Michael McGowan's "Still Mine" is part of a growing trend in independent cinema, films made for mature audiences.

July 31, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Wolverine’ provides sharp contrast in a summer of duds

"The Wolverine" is probably the best blockbuster of the summer season, but that isn't necessarily saying much.

July 25, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Turbo’ uses kid-friendly formula that works

Perhaps the only feat more amazing than a snail racing in the Indianapolis 500 is a group of filmmakers making a good movie about a snail racing in the Indianapolis 500.

July 17, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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‘Lucy’ way too out of this world

You're going to hear strange popping sounds Friday afternoon around the time "Lucy" has its first showing. They will be the sounds of scientists' heads exploding all around the world.

July 24, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Politics and horror film mix

"The Purge: Anarchy" is a political polemic disguised as a horror film. I view that as a good thing, but horror fans may not.

July 17, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Dawn of Apes’ more than just an action flick

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" swings into theaters this week, continuing one of the most surprisingly enduring franchises in movie history.

July 10, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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