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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


Overall, a great chance to see some indie films

The 2008 Atlanta Film Festival has ended, and already the film world of North Georgia is less exciting. The awards have been announced and, in my opinion, almost none make sense - which makes this festival fairly typical of all film competitions, large and small. Nevertheless, my review of the event itself is overwhelmingly positive. Again, there is no way to cover everything, so here are a few more recommendations.

May 05, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Indulge in heartwarming indie drama

This year's Atlanta Film Festival is in full swing. It kicked off last Thursday with a gala opening night screening of "The Lena Baker Story" and will wrap up on Saturday with a screening of "The Visitor." Crammed in between are film industry workshops, appearances by filmmakers and actors, and best of all, loads of independent and foreign films. Here are some of the high points among the films I've seen so far.

April 27, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Football shows its sensitive side

Film reviewers are the most fickle writers in existence, and they should not - under any circumstances - be trusted.

April 20, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Greed gets the better of ‘21’

Stop me if you've heard this one.

April 13, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Dialogue, pacing make ‘No Country for Old Men’ great

O' Coen Brothers, where have thou been?

April 11, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Jeff’s holiday film guide

For the boys and girls on the 'nice' list

April 10, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Juno’ rises above film critic clichés

Each year, a film comes along that brings out the critics' clichés. You know, those underdog, low-budget movies that make critics write things like, "a movie with a heart as big as its star" (that's a real quote, by the way). Or, "This Year's 'Little Film That Could'" (also real). And of course, the classic, "you'll laugh, you'll cry ..." You know the rest.

April 10, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Teen formula wears thin in ‘Drillbit’

It's funny how some movies point out their own weaknesses much better than any critic could.

April 07, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Hooray for kid-friendly ‘Horton’

Dr. Seuss' books are beloved by so many people, it's rather risky to adapt them to movies. On the other hand, if you do it well, the payoff is huge.

March 31, 2008 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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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


'The Drop' low-key yet compelling

The talk these days among anyone who has an interest in the movie industry is how badly the North American box office has fallen off.

September 11, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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