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Here come the summer blockbusters, Part 1

Summer 2012 was unquestionably the best tentpole season Hollywood has offered in years. Summer 2013, however, is wildly unpredictable. While we don't yet know which will hit and which will miss, here are the movies people will be talking about during the warm months. Stay tuned for more next week!

May 02, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


A painful journey to dark laughs

Michael Bay has made a comedy ... sort of.

April 25, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


This sci-fi rip-off is on Cruise control

The audience for Universal's science-fiction blockbuster, "Oblivion," is small and easy to define.

April 18, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘42’ will open doors for actors

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.

April 11, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


A clever idea fades to tedious parade of gore, then never ends

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.

April 04, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


China's human rights struggle focus of independent film

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.

March 28, 2013 | From staff reports | Movie reviews


Hollywood conjures another incredibly lazy comedy

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.

March 14, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Oz’ takes us down familiar yellow-brick road

"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.

March 07, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Latest fairy tale film is a giant mess

Another week, another folk tale hits movie theaters.

February 28, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Snitch’ pairs unlikely stars

"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.

February 21, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


A good day for ‘Die Hard’ to do so

Note: Jeff Marker's weekly movie review column will return next week.

February 14, 2013 | By Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Movie reviews


Director’s big-screen swan song out of tune

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.

February 07, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Quirky comedy is a zombie 'Romeo and Juliet'

First of all, let's get one thing straight. "Warm Bodies" is not a zombie movie.

January 31, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Hoffman’s charming 'Quartet' a little movie with big heart

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.

January 24, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


For your consideration, Part 4: Top contenders in a banner year

This being the last column in which I will mention the 2012 year in movies, it's time to make some observations.

January 24, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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Holiday films mix fresh with familiar

With the work week shortened by one day for two consecutive weeks, many residents may find time to hit the local cinema to see movies gearing up for Oscar nods or blockbuster status.

December 18, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Bad script, casting plagues 'Exodus'

To what do we owe the second coming of the biblical epic?

December 11, 2014 | By Jake Coyle AP Film Writer | Movie reviews


Chris Rocks' stand-up stands out in ‘Top Five’

Writer-director Chris Rock is not Andre Allen, the stand-up comedian turned movie star lead of "Top Five." But, it's almost impossible to watch his latest effort, a cutting comedy about showbiz, creativity and ambition, and not wonder what material Rock took from his own life. While that's a fun and compelling draw, thankfully, it's only part of the triumph of the film.

December 11, 2014 | BY LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer | Movie reviews


‘Penguins’ spin-off hatches family fun

November 27, 2014 | BY LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer | Movie reviews


‘Bosses 2’ isn’t about bosses at all

November 27, 2014 | BY ROGER MOORE Tribune News Service | Movie reviews


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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