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Unfeasible premise, poor script rules ‘Divergent’

"Divergent" will inevitably be compared to the Hunger Games franchise, thanks to its totalitarian themes and teenage girl protagonist played by a talented, emerging star (Shailene Woodley).

March 20, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Anderson's "Budapest" a rich, touching work

No one other than Wes Anderson could have made "The Grand Budapest Hotel."

March 13, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Tim’s Vermeer’ will delight art lovers

Subversive films are rarely as polite and amusing as "Tim's Vermeer," an amicable little documentary about Tim Jenison's quest to "paint a Vermeer."

March 06, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Placing bets on who will take home an Oscar

It's that time of year again, when for one night Americans remember that a place called Hollywood still exists and bask in the irresistible glow of the most glamorous show on Earth.

February 27, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘The Deer Hunter’ not quite a ‘classic’ film

With the Academy Awards only four days away, it seemed an appropriate time to revisit the Oscars of years past.

February 27, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Movie reviews


Bold acting cannot save 'In Secret's' blah script

"In Secret" might have been a much better film had the filmmakers acted as boldly as the characters.

February 20, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


LEGOs remind us it’s OK to play

Before I write anything about "The LEGO Movie," a disclaimer: I love LEGOs. My son loves LEGOs. My wife and I would be embarrassed by how many LEGO bricks currently reside in our house if they hadn't facilitated so many family memories.

February 13, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


A-list cast sells tickets, but falls flat

Hollywood studios have, since their inception, placed their faith in the star system. Put enough A-listers in the cast, and ticket sales will follow.

February 06, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Labor Day’ ladles on melodrama

The funniest unintentional laugh in "Labor Day" is the way adaptor / director Jason Reitman treats this eye-rolling, melodramatic romance novel as if he's got his hands on the works of Dostoevsky or Tolstoy.

January 30, 2014 | BY ROGER MOORE McClatchy Newspapers | Movie reviews


Spring movies on the horizon

As far as I can recall, I have never written a spring preview, because the season has always been nothing but a dumping ground for movies the studios knew wouldn't fare well against the competition during any other time of year.

January 23, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Documentaries you'll want to see

If you are keeping track, and I know you are, I included three documentaries in my top 20 for 2013. Those were not anomalies but rather an indication of what a strong year it was for documentary film. As those films now move to home video, here are some you should track down.

January 15, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Stage classic comes off shrill, cold

"Life is very long."

January 09, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


From the film archives: "Lawrence of Arabia" is still timeless war movie

"Lawrence of Arabia" is one of those movies I have always heard about but never took the time to watch. At almost 3½ hours long, I needed more than an idle recommendation from a friend or family member before I could commit to it.

January 09, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Movie reviews


A Siri-ous look at life with technology

Writer/director Spike Jonze is known for living in his own zip code. His films ("Being John Malkovich," "Adaptation," "Where the Wild Things Are") and music videos combine a childlike yet intellectually curious imagination.

January 02, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Charade’ a constant game of cat and mouse

When I was little, I grew up watching old Hollywood movies on Turner Classic Movies with my grandmother. Some of my favorites starred Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Clark Gable and Cary Grant.

January 02, 2014 | Chelsea Tench | Movie reviews


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Revolution gathering in ‘Mockingjay’

LOS ANGELES - All is not well in Panem. At the conclusion of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," Katniss' (Jennifer Lawrence) force-field shattering arrow left the society in turmoil. The desperate act was perceived as subversion, inciting populist uprisings and devastating counter attacks by the governing elite.

November 20, 2014 | BY LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer | Movie reviews


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