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‘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


This superhero is simply super bad

Hancock (Will Smith) is an anti-social, apathetic drunk with superhero powers. One day, he reluctantly saves the life of public relations expert Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman), who in return makes it his mission to give Hancock an image makeover. Ray's wife Mary (Charlize Theron) doesn't like the idea and seems to be hiding something.

August 31, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Traitor’ doesn’t live up to expectations

"Traitor" is a shot across the bow. With films like "Towelhead," Oliver Stone's "W" and Bill Maher's "Religulous" due for release within months, in the midst of a tight presidential election, it's going to be a controversial, divisive fall season.

August 31, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


A little robot with a big heart

WALL-E is a lonely, precocious little robot with a big job.

August 31, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Complex plot makes ‘Hellboy’ great

Just when I had given up on comic book movies, along comes "Hellboy II."

August 21, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Journey’ is fantastic family ride

Brendan Fraser maintains his modern matinee idol status with "Journey to the Center of the Earth," a charming adventure movie that faces the uphill climb of opening against Guillermo del Toro's "Hellboy II" and Eddie Murphy's latest yawner, "Meet Dave."

August 14, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Mummy’ 3 can’t revive tired plot

It's August, the final stretch of the summer movie season, and the earth is tired. Tired of teetering on the verge of total destruction, tired of its ancient inhabitants being revived by snooping humans and tired of loud CGI explosions.

August 10, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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"Black or White" discusses gray areas of race relations

"Selma" wasn't the only film about race to get short shrift from Oscar voters this past year. "Black or White" is a frank, touching and very well-acted melodrama about child custody and cultural perceptions of "blackness" and "the race card," and could have earned Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner fresh Oscar nominations.

January 29, 2015 | By Roger Moore Tribune News Service | Movie reviews


Pacino turns down the volume for role in 'The Humbling'

We have forgotten how subtle Al Pacino could be, pre "Hoo Hah!" Something about his Oscar winning turn in "Scent of a Woman" unleashed the beast, a performer as big, broad and puffed up as that mountain of hair he keeps teased about his head.

January 22, 2015 | By Roger Moore Tribune News Service | Movie reviews


Issues from 'Mississippi Burning' still smolder today

In June of 1964, three civil rights workers, two white and one black, went missing in Mississippi. Later found murdered and buried in an earthen dam, the case captured national attention and sparked a massive FBI investigation.

January 22, 2015 | Andrew Akers | Movie reviews


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