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Even at 50, Bond sizzles like new in ‘Skyfall’

The James Bond movie franchise is now 50 years old - a birthday featured prominently in the film's promotional materials, yet "Skyfall" injects the character and the franchise with renewed attitude and purpose.

November 01, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Cloud Atlas’ is a brave effort at complex tale

In 1916, D.W. Griffith followed up his racist yet massively successful film "Birth of a Nation" with "Intolerance," a 3«-hour long epic consisting of four separate stories, each set in a different time and place: ancient Babylon, the time of Christ, France in 1572 and contemporary America.

October 25, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Seven Psychopaths’ parts are better than the whole

Writer-director Martin McDonagh's "Seven Psychopaths" reminded me of the old quote from Euripides: "Cleverness is not wisdom."

October 18, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Argo’ a taut thriller with Oscar in its sights

"Argo" pulls off several amazing feats.

October 11, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Looper’ is smart sci-fi with an action twist

Science fiction used to be a genre of ideas.

October 04, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘End of Watch’ a gritty, must-see cops saga

"End of Watch" is the most intense cop drama to hit wide release in quite some time. Considering its writer/director's past work, that shouldn't be surprising.

September 27, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Curve’ throws a strike, thanks to its stars

It's been a long time since we've been able to say this: the new Clint Eastwood film is a great date movie.

September 20, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Finding Nemo’ re-release sinks in pointless 3-D

Disney/Pixar roll out its latest 3-D re-release this week, and unlike the original film itself, the 3-D version of "Finding Nemo" barely makes a splash.

September 13, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Sex farce a good time for female target audience

"For a Good Time, Call ..." is a modern-day sex farce made for millennial and Generation X women.

September 06, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Fall preview: Hollywood goes big with blockbuster films

I introduced my summer preview by saying Hollywood is counting on 2012 to be the year that audiences return to theaters in greater numbers. The movies are big in scope, feature amazing talent, and are based on reliable characters and properties.

August 30, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Violent 'Lawless' tale of moonshiners runs dry

"Lawless" offers gunfights, drama, some comedy, and strong performances. That should be the makings of something great, but these elements do not mesh. Instead, they produce an uneven, disappointing movie.

August 30, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Action movie not quite premium, but still a rush

I'm a big fan of movies without pretense, movies that embrace rather than try to hide what they really are.

August 23, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Bourne-again ‘Legacy’ is a so-so rehash

Goodbye, Jason Bourne. Hello, Aaron Cross.

August 16, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Campaign’ earns vote as slick, funny satire

The opening scene of "The Campaign" effectively sums up the strategy taken by all modern American political campaigns.

August 09, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Indie film a gem sparkling with wit

"Ruby Sparks" is a gift for anyone who thought wit had disappeared from American movies and proof that some people in Hollywood still know how to write a great screenplay. The truly remarkable thing is that the script was written by the film's lead actress, Zoe Kazan.

August 02, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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Unbalanced female folly funny

Director Nick Cassavetes' female-bonding, cheating-husband-punishing comedy "The Other Woman" sets a new bar for erratic storytelling.

April 24, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘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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