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‘Robin Hood’ arrow is just wide of the mark

"The Last of Robin Hood" is the latest in what has become a series of films taking a revisionist look at Hollywood history. It has a certain amount in common with "My Week With Marilyn," for instance, since they both attempt to offer insight into the real person behind a cinematic legend.

September 04, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Two legends who left an impact

America lost two entertainment legends this week: Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall.

August 14, 2014 | | Movie reviews


‘Boyhood’ a legend in the making

Any discussion of Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" necessarily begins with how the film was made, because that alone is practically a miracle.

August 07, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Guardians’ opposite of ‘Avengers’

"Guardians of the Galaxy" is the most purely entertaining movie of the summer. It isn't even a contest.

July 31, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘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


‘Dawn of Apes’ more than just an action flick

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" swings into theaters this week, continuing one of the most surprisingly enduring franchises in movie history.

July 10, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Family movie sends bad message

What if I told you a movie was about four bikers who destroy a pawnshop, cause significant damage to a bar and are chased out of it by angry drinkers? Then I told you the same four bikers break into a private residence and a barn, steal two cars, crash a high school party where everyone is drinking and having sex and commit other serious crimes.

July 03, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Orange is the New Black' explores other characters

Netflix's most successful original series returned a few weeks ago for Season 2 with its dazzling array of rich characters and sardonic, femme-skewing wit.

June 26, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Higher education under scrutiny in 'Ivory Tower'

The documentary "Ivory Tower" examines the state of higher education in the United States. And while its entry into limited release this weekend has thus far been quiet, it could end up making a lot of noise.

June 26, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Rover’ reveals Pearce’s acting peak

The most important thing to know about "The Rover" is it's an earnest, fearless attempt to explore the human soul and motion pictures as an art form.

June 19, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘22 Jump Street’ surprisingly smart, funny

In many ways, "22 Jump Street" is a typical comedy of the mid-teens.

June 12, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Edge of Tomorrow’ refreshingly fun

"Edge of Tomorrow" is probably the most entertaining mess we'll see all year. I can't remember the last time I had so much fun watching a movie that makes so little sense.

June 05, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Newest 'X-Men' best film of the summer so far

Each year, critics and fanboys eventually start arguing over which summer blockbuster is the best of the season. It's probably too early to start that conversation, but it's unlikely any other major summer release will equal "X-Men: Days of Future Past" for screenwriting craft, characterization or complexity.

May 22, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Nature goes on rampage in ‘Godzilla’

I am stunned to discover how many moviegoers are excited to see another "Godzilla" movie.

May 15, 2014 | 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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