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‘Paul’ a great trip for sci-fi fans

The funniest comedy team in the world is back.

March 17, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Story lacking in not-so-scary fairy tale

In the latest attempt to cash in on the girls-who-love-monsters phenomenon, director Catherine Hardwicke ("Twilight," "Thirteen") turns "Red Riding Hood" - the fairy tale of a girl stalked by a wolf on the way to grandma's - into a romantic horror movie that fails on every level.

March 10, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Sci-fi doesn’t hurt this love story

Who knew a Philip K. Dick story could be so darned romantic?

March 03, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Rango’ an animated treat, but maybe too hip for kids

"Rango" is one of the strangest animated features to hit American theatres in decades. That's mostly a good thing.

March 02, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Number Four’ a pretty teen flick

Is it enough for a movie to have a passable plot as long as the actors are really, really ridiculously good looking? "I Am Number Four" might be the prettiest movie of 2011, and lest you think that's a sexist soft lead, "prettiest" applies to both male and female stars alike.

February 24, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Unknown’ deserving of a little notice

"Unknown" is a movie about redemption, both behind the camera and on screen.

February 17, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


No tragedy, just heart in ‘Gnomeo’

Oh, I can just hear it now. All the Shakespeare purists will soon be noisily picking apart "Gnomeo & Juliet," an unassuming animated family movie that riffs on "Romeo and Juliet." They'll pull out quotes arguing for the gravity with which we must treat The Bard and prove the essentially tragic nature of the original play.

February 10, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Shallow story traps, drowns ‘Sanctum’

Maybe James Cameron should consider making only silent movies.

February 03, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘The Mechanic’ fails to fixate viewers

Poor CBS Films. They just can't pick a winner.

January 26, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


The Green Hornet is a comic book buzzkill

Oh good, another wealthy costumed vigilante with daddy issues. Does anyone else feel like we're using the same fill-in-the-blank template for these movies?

January 20, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Survival guide for the snowed-in

File this under "Columns I never Expected to Write." North Georgia is playing against character type this week, socking all of us with a paralyzing blanket of snow and ice.

January 12, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Without a giant effort, ‘Gulliver’ comes up small

It's a bad sign when the best thing you can say about a movie is: it isn't too long.

January 06, 2011 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Young star proves her 'True Grit'

It is a joy to watch an actor embody a role with complete confidence and understanding of the character. You might think I'm referring to the stars and seasoned character actors in "True Grit," which include Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin and Barry Pepper.

December 29, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


2010 Holiday Preview: A naughty and nice list

Hollywood definitely saved its best for last in 2010. No single movie looks to dominate the box office the way "Avatar" did last year, nor does any movie look poised to sweep the awards season (although "The Social Network" seems to be leading the pack for the moment).

December 23, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Black Swan' is no ugly duckling

I've never seen anything like "Black Swan," and I almost never get to say that.

December 16, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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‘The Longest Ride’ tells 2 love stories old and new

Ever since "The Notebook" made moviegoers swoon in 2004, Nicholas Sparks' name has been synonymous with teary-eyed romance.

April 08, 2015 | By Sandy Cohen AP Entertainment Writer | Movie reviews


‘Furious 7’ drives hard with action, laughs, tribute

Fast-moving fight scenes, outrageous auto antics and a sprinkling of ridiculous one-liners make "Furious 7" a campy, crowd-pleasing escape.

April 02, 2015 | By Sandy Cohen AP Entertainment Writer | Movie reviews


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