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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


Cruise is a reach in role, but story still works

Fans of crime writer Lee Child (pen name of Jim Grant) were livid when they heard Tom Cruise would be cast as Jack Reacher in the movie adaptation, and rightly so.

December 27, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Django’ is pure Tarantino schlock, love it or not

Quentin Tarantino. The name inspires a wild mixture of reactions.

December 27, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Les Misérables’ too big for its own good

Confession is good for the soul, so here goes. I do not like the musical "Les Misérables."

December 20, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘This is’ a shrill, empty, tone-deaf disaster

"This Is 40" is among the worst movies bearing the name of writer/director Judd Apatow. And that is really saying something.

December 20, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘The Impossible’ a tidal wave of emotion

"The Impossible" doesn't exactly pull off the impossible (a pun which many reviewers will surely use), but it is an astonishing piece of work.

December 12, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘The Hobbit’ in an unexpected format

With the arrival of Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," another epic adventure begins.

December 12, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Hyde Park’ a royal ramble, but it works

"Hyde Park on Hudson" might be the strangest movie I recommend all year.

December 06, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Stylish ‘Anna Karenina’ fades at the finish

"Anna Karenina" is nearly a great film.

November 29, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Silver Linings Playbook’ is feel-good done right

I'm the kind of person for whom the phrase "feel-good movie" is a negative term. I like to feel good, and I especially like to feel good by the time a movie's end credits roll.

November 22, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Smashed’ is a smashing indie winner

"Smashed" is an example of many things I love about independent film.

November 15, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


‘Wreck-It Ralph’ is built to last

"Wreck-It Ralph" demolished my defenses. I went into this movie with the same mixture of skepticism and hope with which I approach everything I review, but by the end I was pummeled into happy submission. I became a fan, just sitting there loving a movie.

November 08, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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


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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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