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‘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


Who can’t love this panda?

Zohan gets his butt kicked by a panda. Take that, Adam Sandler!

August 07, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Older eye candy can still kick butt

It's just amazing that Harrison Ford can do all those stunts while hooked up to an oxygen tank. And the walker doesn't slow him down at all.

August 01, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Look, up in the sky! A bad movie!

M. Night Shyamalan's new thriller, "The Happening," is the funniest movie I've seen all year. If only the director were in on the joke.

July 17, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Caspian’ battles mature themes

Excuse me, have you seen a lion pass by here recently? He's about yay tall, looks like a symbolic savior?

July 03, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Strength of ‘Iron Man’ lies in its star

And we're out of the summer gate at a Marvel-ous pace!

July 03, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Tense ‘Strangers’ seems too familiar

"The Strangers" is the kind of movie that boosts sales of guns and home security systems. It could incite an explosion in self-defense class enrollments. At the very least, it will encourage you to chain the door and to use the peephole.

July 03, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Candy coating causes crash

Summer has barely started, and already we have the season's first big flop.

June 26, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Pandas and the Hulk roam summer screens

The 2008 summer movie season won't make us wait on the big releases, since most of the highly anticipated movies come out during May. It's impossible to predict how good the summer season will be, but there will at least be plenty of choices. Here's a dash through the prospects.

May 12, 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


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