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‘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

‘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

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Pacino turns down the volume for role in 'The Humbling'

We have forgotten how subtle Al Pacino could be, pre "Hoo Hah!" Something about his Oscar winning turn in "Scent of a Woman" unleashed the beast, a performer as big, broad and puffed up as that mountain of hair he keeps teased about his head.

January 22, 2015 | By Roger Moore Tribune News Service | Movie reviews

Issues from 'Mississippi Burning' still smolder today

In June of 1964, three civil rights workers, two white and one black, went missing in Mississippi. Later found murdered and buried in an earthen dam, the case captured national attention and sparked a massive FBI investigation.

January 22, 2015 | Andrew Akers | Movie reviews

'Wedding Ringer' is both touching and comical

"The Wedding Ringer" is "Wedding Crashers Redux," a "Hangover Lite" that softens manic funnyman Kevin Hart's persona into someone almost as funny, but more sentimental than abrasive. That helps "Ringer" work as a bromantic comedy that feels like a romantic comedy.

January 15, 2015 | By Roger Moore Tribune News Service | Movie reviews


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