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Get lost in Alice’s fantasy world

"Alice in Wonderland" constitutes a meeting of three long-established, distinctive brands. Disney produces, Tim Burton directs and Lewis Carroll provides the story. It's the sort of pedigreed project that generates excitement and high expectations. Which means someone's going to be disappointed.

March 03, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Homage to buddy cops rocks our Glocks

The tagline for "Cop Out" might just say it all: "Rock out with your Glock out."

February 25, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Shutter’ takes Scorsese out of comfort zone

"Shutter Island" is set in 1954, during postwar years in which the economy boomed, WWII veterans struggled to cope with unimaginable trauma and psychological theory and practice started to creep into the American consciousness.

February 17, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Lightning' strikes action-packed fun

Stop me when you've heard this one.

February 10, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Dear John’ delivers romantic boredom

The latest adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel gets a jump on the Valentine's Day competition this week.

February 03, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Mel returns with bloody fanfare

Remember when Mel Gibson was just a plain old movie star? Gibson made his mark as a charming, sometimes goofy/sometimes glowering action star, and we liked him. But then came preachy Mel, then drunk anti-Semitic Mel, then adulterous yet somehow still devout Catholic Mel.

January 27, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Film gives power to people, not disease

Imagine if Archie Bunker were a world-renowned biochemist. That's basically the character Harrison Ford plays in "Extraordinary Measures," and he brings much needed comic relief to an otherwise fairly somber movie.

January 20, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Lovely Bones' gets stuck in its own sweet syrup

It turns out, there's a fine line between "lovely" and so syrupy sweet it's silly.

January 13, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Uneven ‘Youth’ more bland than grand

"Youth in Revolt" is, in so many ways, a typical January release. Movies in the first month of the year are always like leftover holiday candy - a bit stale, but hey, this is the only food we have left in the house, so why not?

January 06, 2010 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Jeff Marker's holiday movie guide

Hollywood's 2009 campaign to pull us away from shopping and egg nog and into theaters doesn't offer as many new releases as last year. But several fine films already playing or finally coming to our area should make this another strong holiday movie season.

December 23, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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


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'The Drop' low-key yet compelling

The talk these days among anyone who has an interest in the movie industry is how badly the North American box office has fallen off.

September 11, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Robin Hood’ arrow is just wide of the mark

"The Last of Robin Hood" is the latest in what has become a series of films taking a revisionist look at Hollywood history. It has a certain amount in common with "My Week With Marilyn," for instance, since they both attempt to offer insight into the real person behind a cinematic legend.

September 04, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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