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‘Let Me In’ a chilling adaptation

One of my greatest pet peeves is American remakes of great foreign films. I know there are people, probably plenty of you reading this, who simply don't enjoy reading subtitles. But I will never understand why it's better to watch an inferior remake just to avoid having to glance down to briefly read some dialogue.

October 06, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'The Social Network' is worth friending

Because it doesn't already consume enough of our lives, Facebook will now take over movie theaters beginning this Friday. If the very idea of a Facebook movie makes you groan, believe me, I understand. That was my initial reaction, too.

September 30, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Wall Street not a revealing investment

At first glance, Oliver Stone's "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" seems to be hitting the market at exactly the right moment. But the timing might not be perfect after all.

September 23, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Easy A' a romp worth talking about

I don't think I've ever been so glad to have grown up male. If surviving high school is really as difficult for girls as "Easy A" makes it seem, young women should receive medals along with their diplomas.

September 16, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Subdued spy film divides audiences

A man in plain clothes walks alone through the dim, narrow cobblestone streets of a small Italian town. His name might be Jack or it might be Edward. He is handsome but otherwise unremarkable, able to blend into crowds easily.

September 09, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘The Last Exorcism’ short on scare tactics

In most ways, "The Last Exorcism" is not a typical horror movie. Whether that's a good thing will be up to you.

September 02, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Fall will be hotter than summer

I can't remember when I've been so happy for a summer movie season to end. It may have been the hottest summer on record outside the theater, but it was ice cold inside. As in, usually the air conditioning was the best part of the movie.

August 25, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Nanny Mcphee’s return is welcome

Despite what Summer would have us think, not all movies need to be long, loud or monumental. Sometimes a nice little movie is exactly what's needed.

August 20, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Style, story make ‘Pilgrim’ awesome

"Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" defines its audience from the moment the studio logo appears. The earth spins into view rendered in blocky Atari graphics, then "Universal" wraps around it in lettering reminiscent of the original Donkey Kong or Pac-Man games.

August 12, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Dinner for Schmucks’ less than appetizing

A movie titled "Dinner for Schmucks" pretty much requires me to use some food metaphors, and rather than try to sneak them in as if it's far more clever than it really is, let's just embrace the cliché, shall we? Here's a review of the movie as if it were a seven-course meal.

August 04, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Zac Efron finally graduates from 'High School'

Transitioning from teen idol to serious adult actor is tricky business, and "Charlie St. Cloud" is obviously part of Zac Efron's attempt to make that move. He recently starred in a Richard Linklater movie called "Me and Orson Welles" which earned strong reviews and zero box office. He then catered to his demographic with "17 Again." And now, he gets to lead a serious, heart-rending rather than heart-throbbing drama.

July 28, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


This action star isn't worth her 'Salt'

I love a really good spy story. Hopefully I'll get to see another one someday soon.

July 21, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Captivating character makes must-see movie

If you're reading this in a public place, pause and look around you. Chances are, you just saw someone reading Stieg Larsson's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." Or maybe one of its sequels, "The Girl Who Played With Fire" or "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest."

July 14, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Despicable' worth its 3-D surcharge

"Despicable Me" shouldn't work as well as it does.

July 07, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


A few open letters to ‘Twilight’ fans ...

Dear Teenage Twihards,

June 30, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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2014 Fall Preview, Part 2

Last week, I profiled some of the higher-profile movies set to hit theaters in the next few months, but that's only part of the story.

September 25, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


2014 Fall Movie Preview: Can new season of films bring more dollars into box office?

The 2014 domestic box office is down 6 percent from where it was this time last year, by about half a billion dollars. Sure, the foreign box office is picking up some of the slack, but it still raises the stakes very high for Hollywood this fall season.

September 18, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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