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‘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


Finding Nemo’ re-release sinks in pointless 3-D

Disney/Pixar roll out its latest 3-D re-release this week, and unlike the original film itself, the 3-D version of "Finding Nemo" barely makes a splash.

September 13, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Sex farce a good time for female target audience

"For a Good Time, Call ..." is a modern-day sex farce made for millennial and Generation X women.

September 06, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


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


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