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‘Spider-Man 2’ not that amazing

It is entirely possible we have exhausted the potential of the mainstream super-hero movie. I say "mainstream" because it will always be possible for some daring storyteller to do something that turns the genre upside down.

May 01, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Get ready for a jam-packed season of summer box office hits

Spider-Man slings us into the summer season this weekend.

May 01, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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


'Captain America' a solid sequel

Another Marvel movie, another set of mixed reactions.

April 03, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Atlanta Film Festival to feature indie diversity

The Atlanta Film Festival runs from March 28 to April 6 with most events taking place at the Plaza Theatre or 7 Stages theatre. This year's festival offers dozens of narrative and documentary features showcasing the diversity of the global independent film movement as well as a variety of film-related events intended to support Georgia's indie scene.

March 27, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


All-star cast can’t save ‘Muppets’ sequel

"The Muppets" became a surprise hit in 2011 and rescued America's favorite puppet franchise from the brink of obscurity.

March 20, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Unfeasible premise, poor script rules ‘Divergent’

"Divergent" will inevitably be compared to the Hunger Games franchise, thanks to its totalitarian themes and teenage girl protagonist played by a talented, emerging star (Shailene Woodley).

March 20, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Anderson's "Budapest" a rich, touching work

No one other than Wes Anderson could have made "The Grand Budapest Hotel."

March 13, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Tim’s Vermeer’ will delight art lovers

Subversive films are rarely as polite and amusing as "Tim's Vermeer," an amicable little documentary about Tim Jenison's quest to "paint a Vermeer."

March 06, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Placing bets on who will take home an Oscar

It's that time of year again, when for one night Americans remember that a place called Hollywood still exists and bask in the irresistible glow of the most glamorous show on Earth.

February 27, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘The Deer Hunter’ not quite a ‘classic’ film

With the Academy Awards only four days away, it seemed an appropriate time to revisit the Oscars of years past.

February 27, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Movie reviews


Bold acting cannot save 'In Secret's' blah script

"In Secret" might have been a much better film had the filmmakers acted as boldly as the characters.

February 20, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


LEGOs remind us it’s OK to play

Before I write anything about "The LEGO Movie," a disclaimer: I love LEGOs. My son loves LEGOs. My wife and I would be embarrassed by how many LEGO bricks currently reside in our house if they hadn't facilitated so many family memories.

February 13, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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‘San Andreas’ just might move you

Disaster movies, which pre-date the zeitgeist's fascination with a world falling apart around us, are always great measures of the state of the Hollywood art of special effects.

May 27, 2015 | Roger Moore Tribune News Service | Movie reviews


Tomorrow isn’t what it used to be in ‘Tomorrowland’

"Tomorrowland" is Brad Bird's Jeremiad against the dystopia that is modern culture, with its yen for zombie apocalypses, environmental catastrophes and the 24 hours of fear telecast by cable news.

May 20, 2015 | By Roger Moore Tribune News Service | Movie reviews


‘Pitch Perfect 2’ hits sweet notes

"Who run the world? GIRLS!" sing those irrepressible Barden University Bellas, channeling Beyonce, in "Pitch Perfect 2."

May 13, 2015 | By Jocelyn Noveck Associated Press | Movie reviews


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