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Story’s restraint works against ‘Invictus’

"Invictus" teams director Clint Eastwood and actors Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon in a film about Nelson Mandela, one of the most inspiring figures of the 20th century. That combination should be monumental - literally, a monument to heroism and courage.

December 16, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


A ‘Princess’ we’re drawn to love

"The Princess and the Frog" marks a return to the lush, hand-drawn fairy tales that once defined Walt Disney pictures. All the elements are there: beautiful animation, a princess, wishing on a star, endearing secondary characters and a journey that leads to an epiphany.

December 10, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Enlightening, witty 'Fox' highlights holiday movies

Characters in Wes Anderson's movies ("Rushmore," "The Royal Tenenbaums") constantly ponder their circumstances in existential terms. They relate the failure or success of the moment to their identity and often speak as if they know precisely where they are in the story we're watching.

December 02, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Twilight’ saga continues fights — over boys

Bella and her beast returned to theaters last week.

November 24, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘2012’ puts disaster genre on a new level of bad

Everybody run for your lives - it's a Roland Emmerich movie!

November 18, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Once you get comedy in 'Goats,' you get the film ... sort of

"The Men Who Stare at Goats" begins by issuing the statement "More of this is true than you would believe," the same way many films tell us their story is based on true events.

November 11, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


With Dickens film, Santa brings bad presents early

Happy birthday, Jesus. Hope you like nightmares.

November 04, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Big scream fest in low-budget film

Unless you've been in a sensory deprivation chamber for the past month, you've heard there's some horror movie named "Paranormal Activity" ruling the box office. It was made for, like, $10 and has grossed $1 billion or something.

October 28, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Unoriginal 'Astro Boy' full of scraps

It seems the makers of "Astro Boy" wanted to combine every science fiction theme into one movie.

October 21, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Staying true to book creates thin storyline in 'Wild Things'

The trailer for "Where the Wild Things Are" manages to dazzle our senses and evoke a host of emotions. Ironically, by the end of the film itself I felt almost nothing.

October 14, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Forget the film; buy a plane ticket instead

"Couple's Retreat" is a sitcom episode masquerading as a feature film.

October 07, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Movie lovers, rejoice in this week's releases

Three new comedies and the re-release of two animated classics hit theaters simultaneously this Friday, and incredibly, all are worth seeing.

September 30, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Meatballs’ full of hearty family fare

Has there ever been a more appropriate week to review a movie called "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs?"

September 23, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Jennifer's Body’ lets pretty girl show her teeth

"Jennifer's Body" is the perfect movie at the perfect time for Megan Fox. She has become a huge star without playing a single lead role or having to really act at all (something even she admits). She has built a career on rocking red carpets and lending her eye candy to action movies.

September 16, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Fall Preview 2009: Escape economic woes with great flicks

For most of 2009, optimism has been in shorter supply than H1N1 vaccines. I'm happy to inject a dose of good news by telling you things are about to get better - at the movies, at least.

September 09, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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Holiday films mix fresh with familiar

With the work week shortened by one day for two consecutive weeks, many residents may find time to hit the local cinema to see movies gearing up for Oscar nods or blockbuster status.

December 18, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Bad script, casting plagues 'Exodus'

To what do we owe the second coming of the biblical epic?

December 11, 2014 | By Jake Coyle AP Film Writer | Movie reviews


Chris Rocks' stand-up stands out in ‘Top Five’

Writer-director Chris Rock is not Andre Allen, the stand-up comedian turned movie star lead of "Top Five." But, it's almost impossible to watch his latest effort, a cutting comedy about showbiz, creativity and ambition, and not wonder what material Rock took from his own life. While that's a fun and compelling draw, thankfully, it's only part of the triumph of the film.

December 11, 2014 | BY LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer | Movie reviews


‘Penguins’ spin-off hatches family fun

November 27, 2014 | BY LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer | Movie reviews


‘Bosses 2’ isn’t about bosses at all

November 27, 2014 | BY ROGER MOORE Tribune News Service | Movie reviews


Revolution gathering in ‘Mockingjay’

LOS ANGELES - All is not well in Panem. At the conclusion of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," Katniss' (Jennifer Lawrence) force-field shattering arrow left the society in turmoil. The desperate act was perceived as subversion, inciting populist uprisings and devastating counter attacks by the governing elite.

November 20, 2014 | BY LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer | Movie reviews


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