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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


Indulge in Georgia-bred films

The Atlanta Film Festival begins tonight and runs through April 25, and it promises to highlight homegrown talent while serving as a launching pad for films from around the world.

April 15, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Miley’s movie shockingly tolerable

I did not hate "Hannah Montana: The Movie."

April 08, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


This teen comedy is refreshingly poignant

"Adventureland" is not what you expect. The publicity for this movie makes it look like a sequel to "Superbad," with all the vulgarity and body jokes we expect from a Judd Apatow production.

April 01, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


These monsters, aliens should be more funny

The highest compliment I can pay "Monsters vs. Aliens" is that it delivers on its promises. The title promises monsters fighting aliens, and that's what we get.

March 25, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Finally, an honestly funny movie

"I Love You, Man" has all the makings of a sleeper. The movie has gotten a minimal marketing push and is flying below the radar.

March 18, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Witch Mountain’ serves as solid fun

Remember when you were a kid and you'd imagine having special powers, like being able to move things with your mind? Or you'd pretend you were an alien coming to Earth as part of a mission to save the universe?

March 11, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Watchmen’ takes new look at superhero

"Watchmen" is a force to be reckoned with. It's a sprawling, epic pop culture spectacle that refuses to let you ignore it.

March 04, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


There's no reason to get 'Fired Up' about this one

This one time, at cheerleader camp, two stud football players pretend to become cheerleaders so they can score with as many girls as possible.

February 25, 2009 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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


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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


'Wedding Ringer' is both touching and comical

"The Wedding Ringer" is "Wedding Crashers Redux," a "Hangover Lite" that softens manic funnyman Kevin Hart's persona into someone almost as funny, but more sentimental than abrasive. That helps "Ringer" work as a bromantic comedy that feels like a romantic comedy.

January 15, 2015 | By Roger Moore Tribune News Service | Movie reviews


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