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Here's a summer movie to sink your teeth into

A reviewer friend once asked me if it is acceptable to praise a movie for what it's not. After seeing "Julie & Julia," I'm finally ready to answer: "Yes!"

August 05, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Apatow hits stride with grown-up humor

Judd Apatow has decided to grow up, and we should all rejoice.

July 29, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Orphan’ is deplorable moviemaking

Sitting through "Orphan" is like being forced, like Alex in "A Clockwork Orange," to watch videos of child abuse. This is easily the worst film of the year, and it exploits child actors so shamelessly I can scarcely believe it's legal. I've seen plenty of bad movies, but it's a rare film that sends me into moral outrage.

July 22, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Another solid chapter in ‘Potter’ saga

Harry Potter comes to our rescue this week. The sixth installment of the Potter series will undoubtedly banish all gay caricatures and obnoxious robots to the bottom of the box office top 10, even though the movie doesn't offer the pyrotechnics we usually expect during summer.

July 15, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Brüno’ makes you pay for discomfort

What kind of a world do we live in when "Brüno" opens to fanfare and a wide release, yet an instant science fiction classic like "Moon" barely makes it to theaters?

July 09, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Public Enemies' gives you a break from summer's robots

"Public Enemies" makes a rather strange midsummer release. This somber gangster piece set in the 1930s comes out at a time when transforming robots and Sacha Baron Cohen's latest affront to comedic taste ("Bruno") look sure to rule the box office for weeks.

July 01, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Explosions maim plot in obnoxious 'Transformers' sequel

"Transformers 2" features the most impressive robots ever programmed into a computer and many battalions of heavily-armed American military men, all of whom blow up everything in sight. And all this carnage adds up to a dizzying, exhausting, loud, clanging, clanking, whirring, headache-inducing scrap pile of a movie.

June 24, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Away We Go' adds great story to summer's film lineup

"Away We Go" provides perfect counterprogramming for those who aren't impressed by computer-generated dinosaurs, overblown violence and all the other trappings of summer blockbusters.

June 18, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Story flaw deflates enjoyable ride of ‘Up’

So right now you're thinking, a review of "Up," isn't Marker a little late on this one?

June 17, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


This movie is an assault on your childhood

"Land of the Lost," this week's only big-budget release, brings an end to this summer's streak of solid releases. It's the immediate frontrunner in the race for worst summer movie.

June 03, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Evil Dead’ mastermind finds his groove

Sam Raimi has gone back to using his powers for evil, and it's a good thing.

May 27, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


The summer movie spectacular

It's mid-May and we're already two releases into summer: "Wolverine" (yawn) and "Star Trek" (neat-o!). From now until September, the movie forecast calls for enormous explosions, spectacular special effects and mediocre writing. Surprisingly, there's also some comedy and romance for those who don't eat testosterone for breakfast. Here are the summer movies on our radar.

May 13, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Star Trek’ sets summer movie bar high

It's difficult to overhaul any successful TV or movie series, but when that series is "Star Trek," it seems downright impossible. Gene Roddenberry's original series has spawned many spinoffs, but fans tend to get a little touchy when someone tampers with Kirk, Spock and the rest of the Enterprise crew.

May 06, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Warmed-over Dickens tale falls flat

"Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" marks a great departure for Matthew McConaughey as an actor: he only takes his shirt off once in this movie.

April 29, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Documentary promises to be historic

We're past the midway point of this year's outstanding edition of the Atlanta Film Festival. Here's a look at a few of the best films to screen so far.

April 22, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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2014 Fall Movie Preview: Can new season of films bring more dollars into box office?

The 2014 domestic box office is down 6 percent from where it was this time last year, by about half a billion dollars. Sure, the foreign box office is picking up some of the slack, but it still raises the stakes very high for Hollywood this fall season.

September 18, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'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


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