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This teen comedy is refreshingly poignant

"Adventureland" is not what you expect. The publicity for this movie makes it look like a sequel to "Superbad," with all the vulgarity and body jokes we expect from a Judd Apatow production.

April 01, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


These monsters, aliens should be more funny

The highest compliment I can pay "Monsters vs. Aliens" is that it delivers on its promises. The title promises monsters fighting aliens, and that's what we get.

March 25, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Finally, an honestly funny movie

"I Love You, Man" has all the makings of a sleeper. The movie has gotten a minimal marketing push and is flying below the radar.

March 18, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Witch Mountain’ serves as solid fun

Remember when you were a kid and you'd imagine having special powers, like being able to move things with your mind? Or you'd pretend you were an alien coming to Earth as part of a mission to save the universe?

March 11, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Watchmen’ takes new look at superhero

"Watchmen" is a force to be reckoned with. It's a sprawling, epic pop culture spectacle that refuses to let you ignore it.

March 04, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


There's no reason to get 'Fired Up' about this one

This one time, at cheerleader camp, two stud football players pretend to become cheerleaders so they can score with as many girls as possible.

February 25, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Bland bank scandal leaves us feeling blah

Writer/director Tom Tykwer announced his presence with authority back in 1998, thanks to his worldwide hit "Run Lola Run." It was his third feature, and he instantly seemed like the future of cinema.

February 18, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘The Wrestler’ takes grubby actor Rourke to new heights

There's something inspiring, beautiful even, about watching an actor rise to the occasion in what is unmistakably the role of his career.

February 11, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Coraline’ shines amid animated films

It must be difficult living in Tim Burton's shadow. How nice that Henry Selick has managed to escape it.

February 04, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Slumdog’ deserves award-winning buzz

By now, you've probably heard plenty of hype surrounding "Slumdog Millionaire," so there is no point in my lumping onto it.

February 04, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Characters defy past stereotypes

The images the movies usually show us of Jews during the Holocaust are masses of huddled, emaciated, cowering victims.

January 28, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


A slightly satisfying ‘ho-hum’

If you read this column with any kind of regularity, you know I am rarely at a loss for a strong, clear opinion.

January 14, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


And the Jeffie goes to ...

2008 was a good year for comedy, a great year for blockbusters and a so-so year for drama. We saw the return of satire and increasing success of the chick flick. We'll always remember it as the year we lost Heath Ledger. 2008 will linger in more literal ways, too: most award-nominated films used Oscar buzz as publicity, so they won't make it to Gainesville until later in 2009.

January 07, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


When focused, Cruise can shine

You never know what to expect from Tom Cruise these days. Cruise's Scientological couch jumping hovers over every project with which he's involved (why do you think the "Tropic Thunder" folks kept his role a secret?).

January 01, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Christmases’ will give you holiday anxiety

Here's a tip to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to see a new movie: If there are more than two writers credited, be afraid. Be very, very afraid.

January 01, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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Two legends who left an impact

America lost two entertainment legends this week: Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall.

August 14, 2014 | | Movie reviews


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