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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

‘Recall’ reboot is a total deja vu drag

"Total Recall" is a tiresome movie.

August 02, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

Below-the-belt comedy is hard to ‘Watch’

"The Watch" was filmed largely in Atlanta, particularly at EUE/Screen Gems studio. That is, unfortunately, the only reason to see it.

July 26, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

'Dark Knight' falls a bit but rises to satisfy in the end

(Please read the following review in a fearful whisper.)

July 20, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

Crest of the comic book movie wave

The release of "The Dark Knight Rises" tonight at midnight is a significant movie moment.

July 19, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

‘Ice Age’ drifts to a slow death

How do you know a movie is mediocre? When the five minute short that precedes it offers more ingenuity, complexity, and development than the 94-minute feature film.

July 11, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

Web slinger reboot is less than Marvel-ous

Peter Parker is back! Again.

July 05, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

‘People Like Us’ offers a break from summertime comic book fare

Hollywood seems to finally be getting the message that it's not only comic book fanboys who like to go to the movies this time of year. This summer, some smaller dramas and comedies are managing to squeeze in among the blockbusters.

June 28, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

Pixar’s not-so ‘Brave’ fantasy flops

Let's play "Name That Studio." I'll give you the basic story elements of "Brave" and you guess which studio produced it.

June 21, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

Celebrating rock in the age of hairspray

"Rock of Ages" is proof that whatever is edgy and threatening initially will someday become mainstream and benign, especially if it is adapted it into a Broadway musical.

June 14, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

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2014 Fall Movie Preview: Can new season of films bring more dollars into box office?

The 2014 domestic box office is down 6 percent from where it was this time last year, by about half a billion dollars. Sure, the foreign box office is picking up some of the slack, but it still raises the stakes very high for Hollywood this fall season.

September 18, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

'The Drop' low-key yet compelling

The talk these days among anyone who has an interest in the movie industry is how badly the North American box office has fallen off.

September 11, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

‘Robin Hood’ arrow is just wide of the mark

"The Last of Robin Hood" is the latest in what has become a series of films taking a revisionist look at Hollywood history. It has a certain amount in common with "My Week With Marilyn," for instance, since they both attempt to offer insight into the real person behind a cinematic legend.

September 04, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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