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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


For Your Consideration, Part 3: Handicapping the top Oscar performers

Now that the nominees have been announced, the Oscar discussion shifts to predicting winners.

January 17, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


For Your Consideration, Part II: ‘Beasts,’ ‘Master’ on Oscar bubble

And the hits just keep on coming.

January 10, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Zero Dark Thirty’ is controversial but brilliant

One of the year's most controversial films is, in my opinion, also its best.

January 10, 2013 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


For Your Consideration: The Oscar buzz begins

This week we begin our annual look at the movies likely to compete for best picture at the Oscars, as well as the actors who might take home a statue. Studios use the award season as low-cost publicity, so this series also serves as a winter preview since some of these films will hopefully make it to area theaters over the next month or two.

January 03, 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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