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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


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


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