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For Your Consideration, Part 3: Handicapping the top Oscar performers

Now that the nominees have been announced, the Oscar discussion shifts to predicting winners.

January 17, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


For Your Consideration, Part II: ‘Beasts,’ ‘Master’ on Oscar bubble

And the hits just keep on coming.

January 10, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Zero Dark Thirty’ is controversial but brilliant

One of the year's most controversial films is, in my opinion, also its best.

January 10, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


For Your Consideration: The Oscar buzz begins

This week we begin our annual look at the movies likely to compete for best picture at the Oscars, as well as the actors who might take home a statue. Studios use the award season as low-cost publicity, so this series also serves as a winter preview since some of these films will hopefully make it to area theaters over the next month or two.

January 03, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Cruise is a reach in role, but story still works

Fans of crime writer Lee Child (pen name of Jim Grant) were livid when they heard Tom Cruise would be cast as Jack Reacher in the movie adaptation, and rightly so.

December 27, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Django’ is pure Tarantino schlock, love it or not

Quentin Tarantino. The name inspires a wild mixture of reactions.

December 27, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Les Misérables’ too big for its own good

Confession is good for the soul, so here goes. I do not like the musical "Les Misérables."

December 20, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘This is’ a shrill, empty, tone-deaf disaster

"This Is 40" is among the worst movies bearing the name of writer/director Judd Apatow. And that is really saying something.

December 20, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘The Impossible’ a tidal wave of emotion

"The Impossible" doesn't exactly pull off the impossible (a pun which many reviewers will surely use), but it is an astonishing piece of work.

December 12, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘The Hobbit’ in an unexpected format

With the arrival of Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," another epic adventure begins.

December 12, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Hyde Park’ a royal ramble, but it works

"Hyde Park on Hudson" might be the strangest movie I recommend all year.

December 06, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Stylish ‘Anna Karenina’ fades at the finish

"Anna Karenina" is nearly a great film.

November 29, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Silver Linings Playbook’ is feel-good done right

I'm the kind of person for whom the phrase "feel-good movie" is a negative term. I like to feel good, and I especially like to feel good by the time a movie's end credits roll.

November 22, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Smashed’ is a smashing indie winner

"Smashed" is an example of many things I love about independent film.

November 15, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Wreck-It Ralph’ is built to last

"Wreck-It Ralph" demolished my defenses. I went into this movie with the same mixture of skepticism and hope with which I approach everything I review, but by the end I was pummeled into happy submission. I became a fan, just sitting there loving a movie.

November 08, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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‘Railway’ lacks smooth transitions

The British drama "The Railway Man" is based on the memoir of the same title by Eric Lomax, and the best thing I can say for the movie is it makes me want to read the book.

April 17, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Rio 2’ follows predictable pattern

It was inevitable that Blue Sky/20th Century Fox would make a sequel to "Rio," a modest hit in 2011 that earned almost $500 million worldwide. That's what studios do: milk each intellectual property for as much box-office revenue as possible.

April 10, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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