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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


And the worst film of 2008 was ...

Each year, the movies hit thrilling peaks that remind us how powerful the cinema can be, but they also hit shamefully bad valleys that urge us to demand a refund. We'll get to the peaks next week, but first let's take a walk of shame through the valleys of 2008.

December 31, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


A guide to fall movies

The busy fall movie season is upon us. Awards will be won, tears will be shed and it will be safe for grown-ups to go to the movies again. Here's a glance at some of the more intriguing pics to be released during the next few months.

December 31, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Jeff Marker's holiday movie guide!

Let's face it, nobody has a lot of extra money to spend this holiday season.

December 31, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Geeks in ‘Role Models’ get a fair shake

Oh, good. Another film about men who can't grow up.

December 31, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Great voices can’t lift this mouse’s tale

Mice are supposed to be timid and afraid. They are supposed to cower and scurry. All mice know this, except for Despereaux (voiced by Matthew Broderick).

December 30, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Animals inspire laughs for whole family in 'Madagascar 2'

Lions and zebras and hippos and giraffes. Oh my!

December 26, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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‘Rio 2’ follows predictable pattern

It was inevitable that Blue Sky/20th Century Fox would make a sequel to "Rio," a modest hit in 2011 that earned almost $500 million worldwide. That's what studios do: milk each intellectual property for as much box-office revenue as possible.

April 10, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Captain America' a solid sequel

Another Marvel movie, another set of mixed reactions.

April 03, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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