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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

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

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Arnold is ‘back’ in ‘Terminator Genisys’

Thirty-one years and counting, and the Terminators keep rolling off the assembly line like new iPhones. They are upgraded with shape-shifting abilities, rebooted Sarah Conner assassination levels and, one presumes, better selfie cameras.

July 02, 2015 | BY JAKE COYLE Associated Press | Movie reviews

Overstuffed plot spoils ‘Ted 2’

"Ted 2" asks a question that we never needed, or particularly wanted, to know the answer to: Is Ted, the magical, foul-mouthed, pot-smoking teddy bear, a person in the eyes of the law?

June 24, 2015 | By Lindsey Bahr Associated Press | Movie reviews


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