Legendary Pictures' biopic "42" opens this Friday, timed to coincide with Major League Baseball's Jackie Robinson Day, when the league commemorates Robinson's major league debut and the end of the color line in baseball.
Genre filmmaking can be like a great conversation. If both the filmmakers and viewers know the conventions of the genre, it's like they share a common language.
A feature film "Free China: The Courage to Believe" will be screened at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers at The Arts Council's Smithgall Arts Center in Gainesville.
For the second week in a row, a movie fails to live up to the superlative in its title. "Oz the Great and Powerful" was neither great nor powerful, and "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" is a far cry from incredible.
"Oz the Great and Powerful," a prequel to the iconic 1939 adaptation of L. Frank Baum's "The Wizard of Oz," is being framed as a huge gamble for Disney.
Another week, another folk tale hits movie theaters.
"Snitch" offers one of the oddest casting pairings we've seen for a while. I never thought I'd see Dwayne Johnson and Susan Sarandon sharing the screen together in an action movie, but surprisingly, it ends up making sense.
Note: Jeff Marker's weekly movie review column will return next week.
Steven Soderbergh has built one of my favorite careers of all time. Few directors have ever or will ever match the quantity, quality and diversity of his work.
First of all, let's get one thing straight. "Warm Bodies" is not a zombie movie.
If Dustin Hoffman ever decides to quit acting, he could have a fine second career as a director. "Quartet" is Hoffman's official directorial debut, and it is a joyous film.
This being the last column in which I will mention the 2012 year in movies, it's time to make some observations.
Now that the nominees have been announced, the Oscar discussion shifts to predicting winners.
And the hits just keep on coming.
One of the year's most controversial films is, in my opinion, also its best.
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.
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