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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


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


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2014 Fall Preview, Part 2

Last week, I profiled some of the higher-profile movies set to hit theaters in the next few months, but that's only part of the story.

September 25, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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


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