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Gritty war epic full of controversy

Action movies aren't known for sparking debate, but "Lone Survivor" will likely incite disagreement among both veterans and civilians.

January 02, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'12 Years' tops this year's best

The movie year 2013 was a tale of two seasons. Summer was so disappointing numerous people began ringing the death knell for the American movie industry. Steven Spielberg warned Hollywood was heading for "an implosion," and he seemed right, given the alarming number of blockbuster flops and generally awful major studio product.

December 26, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Wolf of Wall Street' lacks energy

I recently wrote parts of "American Hustle" seemed like a Martin Scorsese film without the energy. "The Wolf of Wall Street" actually is a Scorsese film without the energy.

December 26, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Saving Mr. Banks’ is pure Disney spin

"Saving Mr. Banks" is Disney's latest attempt to tug at our wide-eyed hearts, but there isn't enough sugar in the world to make this medicine go down.

December 19, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Hobbit' sequel not faithful to book

So much could be said about "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" it's difficult to know where to begin.

December 12, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


American Hustle: One of 2013's best films

"American Hustle" is now officially one of the buzziest films of the awards season.

December 04, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Flawless acting helps flawed film in 'Dallas Buyers Club'

"Dallas Buyers Club" features two of the most powerful acting performances of the year and a handful of deeply moving scenes.

November 14, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


'Thor' still not the big hammer in ‘Avengers’ franchise

When "Thor" thundered into theaters two years ago, the prospects for the franchise looked very different than they do now.

November 07, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Twisted tween tale a heartless, violent bore

Now that the incredibly lucrative "Twilight" series has gone dark, Summit Entertainment hopes to replace it with another franchise adapted from a popular series of young adult novels: Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game series.

October 30, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


A classic tale of the human spirit

There have only been a few times in my life when I knew upon first viewing I was watching a profound and significant film.

October 24, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Real-life drama gives big-screen thrills

Movies based on real recent events can be tricky. "Captain Phillips" is based on a true story, but as is often the case, it's debatable how truthfully the film tells the story.

October 17, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


From the film archives: ‘Living Dead’ still terrifies audiences

From AMC's "The Walking Dead" to "World War Z," zombies have inundated popular media during the past few years. In honor of zombies and Halloween, I returned to the birth of the modern zombie flick: the 1968 independent film "Night of the Living Dead."

October 17, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Movie reviews


Documenting a dramatic history at the University of Alabama

In spring 1999 while working as a magazine editor in New York and Atlanta, Keith Dunavant traveled to Alabama to do a feature story on Wilbur Jackson, the first African-American to sign a football scholarship with the University of Alabama.

October 10, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Adult-themed movie "Don Jon" a clever comedy

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is on a remarkable streak.

October 03, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Cloudy 2’ adds hilarity to tasty formula

Moviegoers have plenty of reasons to be skeptical of sequels these days.

September 26, 2013 | Jeff Marker | 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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