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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

There's no doubt about this film's greatness

"Doubt" is the ideal Christmas gift for fans of great acting. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep are two of our finest living actors, and this film allows them to spar and dance like two heavyweights.

December 24, 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 17, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

Dialogue nearly ruins ‘Pride and Glory’

"Pride and Glory" is a solid cop corruption yarn and a compelling family drama, if only you can wade through the macho noise that covers up its better qualities.

November 30, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

Old methods still scare in ‘Quarantine’

There are all sorts of reasons I should have hated "Quarantine."

November 30, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

Depressing ‘Changeling’ may snag awards

"Changeling" is one of the award season's heaviest hitters. Directed by and starring Oscar winners Clint Eastwood and Angelina Jolie, respectively, it has all the ingredients to put statues on mantles.

November 30, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

‘Lies’ is more compelling off screen

The war on terror film genre continues, and as usual the results are mixed.

November 30, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

‘Burn’ lacks Coen brothers’ fire

What do you get when you throw a cast of A-list actors into a film where they all play losers swept up in an intricate yet pointless spy plot? Well, mostly you just get a pointless spy plot.

October 30, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

You can’t keep eyes off this car wreck

Slacker Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf) has just attended the funeral of his overachieving twin brother, Ethan. On the way home, he stops at an ATM and the machine inexplicably reports his balance as $750,000 and begins spitting bills at him. He arrives at his apartment to find it filled with bomb-making supplies, heavy artillery and flight plan information.

October 16, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

When a title describes a film too well

If Simon Pegg isn't careful, the title of his latest film could become a description of the British comedian's attempts to become a Hollywood star.

October 05, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

More than your average movie spoof

The funniest movie of the year might also be the most controversial.

September 30, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

‘Rocker’ plays more like broken record

"The Rocker" is supposed to be a star vehicle for Rainn Wilson of "The Office." Problem is, Wilson is upstaged by almost everyone else in the cast.

September 25, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

‘Swing Vote’ plays fair to both politics and satire

You've heard of a non-denial denial in politics? Well, "Swing Vote" is a non-political political movie. It's a fable, grounded in our real recent elections, that would rather make us laugh than stir up controversy.

September 25, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

There’s lots of ham to love in ‘Hamlet 2’

Satire is back, and the world is already becoming a better place. At least, a funnier place.

September 25, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

‘Batman’ raises bar for superhero films

The defining movie of summer 2008 has arrived.

September 01, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

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From the film archives: The Duke comes a-courtin’ in Ireland

As everyone has donned green and celebrated St. Patrick's Day, I went looking for a good Irish-themed movie to commemorate the holiday.

March 19, 2015 | Andrew Akers | Movie reviews

Actors of a Certain Age try to ‘Run All Night’

"Run All Night" is a first-person shooter thriller for the Grecian Formula generation.

March 12, 2015 | BY ROGER MOORE Tribune News Service | Movie reviews


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