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‘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


‘Cars 2’ changes gears with clever spy tale

Pixar, the studio that brought us the "Toy Story" movies, "Finding Nemo," "Ratatouille," etc., has never released a "bad" movie. "Cars 2" doesn't change that.

June 23, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Penguins’ predictable, but kids will love it

"Mr. Popper's Penguins" is "a Jim Carrey movie." Not that there's anything wrong with that ...

June 16, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Super 8’ is a scary sci-fi thriller

"Super 8" is a summer blockbuster that isn't based on a comic book or in 3D. How's this for a welcome change?

June 09, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Midnight in Paris’ an Allen success

Nobody does a cinematic love letter better than Woody Allen. "Manhattan" is the greatest example of this, of course, but "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" exuded Allen's affection for Spain.

June 09, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Kung Fu Panda 2’ seeks peace in darker, more intense story

When Dreamworks released "Kung Fu Panda" in 2008, no one predicted its success. "Shrek" was still the studio's favorite franchise, and American animation studios had encountered little success translating Asian themes.

May 26, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Summer movie preview: Hits, misses and blockbusters

Let's be honest. The usual summer genres look pretty lame for 2011.

May 25, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Pirates loot another sequel opportunity

It makes perfect sense that "On Stranger Tides," the fourth installment of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, would be in 3D. After all, 3D is little more than Hollywood's way of pillaging and plundering audiences' hard-earned money, so the format is appropriate for a movie about pirates.

May 19, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Bridesmaids’ a romp for the gals

"Bridesmaids" is an improbable movie for numerous reasons.

May 12, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Thor’ a great fantasy — in 2D only

For those of us who hate the 3D trend, Marvel Entertainment and Paramount Pictures have given us the perfect gift. No movie demonstrates the problems with 3D better than "Thor."

May 05, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Franchise fans will race to ‘Fast Five’

With the release of "Fast Five," I guess the summer movie season is upon us. And by "upon us" I mean it is set to trap us in a headlock, strap us to the hood of a muscle car and drive really fast until it crashes into something. Repeatedly.

April 28, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Hanna’ is a heart-pounding thrill ride

"Hanna" is the sort of movie that leaves an impression. That much I expected from a movie about a teenage girl assassin.

April 21, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Rio’ has great harmony with kids

Going to "Rio" is an experience as diverse as rainforest foliage. The movie is fun enough, but the trip begins with some egregious, loathsome marketing.

April 14, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Arthur’ spoils a golden opportunity

Hollywood continues to remake the 80s, and continues to do it badly.

April 07, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Source Code’ is a slick sci fi thrill ride

"Source Code" could easily have been released during the '70s, the era of high concept science fiction and paranoid thrillers. Director Duncan Jones manages to update those formulas, though, into a smart action movie that fits perfectly into 2011 America.

March 30, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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‘No Escape’ taut but deeply troubled

Not since Saigon in the 1970s has an American operation in Southeast Asia been as ill-conceived as "No Escape," a taut, well-made and entirely dubious ...

August 27, 2015 | By Jake Coyle Associated Press | Movie reviews


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