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‘Charlie Wilson’s War’ shows witty restraint

If you'd like to know what "Charlie Wilson's War" is all about, just take a look at Gust Avrakotos (Phillip Seymour Hoffman).

February 14, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘The Great Debaters’ delivers more than just hype

Movie publicity tends to promise far more than the movies actually deliver. That's why it's such a pleasant surprise when a movie actually pays off more than we expect. "The Great Debaters" is one of the few films of 2007 that underpromises and overdelivers.

February 14, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Strange wilderness' will actually lower your IQ

Before I begin this week's review, I need to offer a big "thank you" to my editor for arranging a special, private screening for me this week. Reserving the entire theater for only me was a moving display of -

February 14, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Sweeney Todd’ just overcooked gore

Worst pies in London, indeed.

February 14, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Rendition’ stays true to new war genre

The War on Terror has become a movie genre.

January 31, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Lions’ goes out like a lamb

The Movies on Terror trend continues.

January 31, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Gone Baby Gone’ makes great debut

It's a good time to be named "Affleck." Bet you haven't heard that before, have you?

January 31, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


With ‘Gangster,’ don’t believe hype

Sometimes a "slam dunk" isn't a slam dunk.

January 31, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Mr. Magorium’ light but refreshing

The holiday season is upon us, and it's time for movies to make us believe. Or, at least make us feel warm and fuzzy.

January 31, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘August Rush’ works as gritty tale

Music has the power to uplift the downtrodden, unite strangers and bridge insurmountable distances. If you believe in those ideas even a little, be prepared for "August Rush" to win you over.

January 31, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Visuals make for stunning ‘Universe’

"Across the Universe" takes its character names, music and whole inspiration from the Beatles' music. Such a strategy could produce greatness (such as "Tommy" or "The Wall") or it could produce something like the dreadful 1978 "Sgt. Peppers" movie starring Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees (I apologize for reminding you of that).

October 15, 2007 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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‘Lucy’ way too out of this world

You're going to hear strange popping sounds Friday afternoon around the time "Lucy" has its first showing. They will be the sounds of scientists' heads exploding all around the world.

July 24, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Politics and horror film mix

"The Purge: Anarchy" is a political polemic disguised as a horror film. I view that as a good thing, but horror fans may not.

July 17, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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