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There has never been a movie studio that has utterly dominated the family marketplace more strongly than Disney right now. Bearing control over not only its own illustrious lineage of famous characters and films, but also of other mega-popular entertainment brands including Pixar, Marvel, “Star Wars” and the Muppets, it seems there is no way the famed conglomerate can do wrong.

That theory is put to the test this weekend with the new movie “Tomorrowland,” produced by Disney and based...

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When’s the last time you thoroughly enjoyed a movie from beginning to end, that put a big grin on your face from start to finish and made you want to feel like you could get up and dance and belt out songs with the  best of the actors on screen? Improbable as it sounds, “Pitch Perfect 2” is exactly that kind of movie – and as over-the-top entertaining as a movie can get.

Now before anyone accuses me of being a shill for the movie, or the kind of critic that says outrageously happy...

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It’s rare to find a mainstream Hollywood movie where the heroine is a Christian who’s open and proud about her faith, and is never shown to be a hypocrite. Unfortunately, that’s one of the few  pleasant surprises of the new comedy “Hot Pursuit,” in which Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara of TV’s “Modern Family” improbably team up in the kind of storyline that makes you cringe even as you’re realizing you’ve seen something like it a thousand...

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The summer movie season is officially upon us this weekend, with the release of the new “Avengers: Age of Ultron” leading the annual flood of superheroes, action movies and broad comedies into theatres.  But while the new movie costs $250 million and features an array of star actors including Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johannsen and Jeremy Renner in its cast, there is a more intriguing science fiction film that’s also in theatres now, called “Ex Machina.”

The two movies...

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The idea of a little faith being able to change lives, and even the world, goes back as far as the parable of the mustard seed: that even faith as small as a mustard seed can move a mountain. The new movie “Little Boy,” out in theatres today, hinges on that parable but also is a prime example itself of that tale’s principles in action.

Starring the remarkable child actor Jakob Salvati as an 8 year old kid nicknamed “Little Boy” by everyone around him because he’s tiny for...

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April 17, 2015
Movie review: 'While We're Young'
By Carl Kozlowski

Midlife crises are always rife with complications, and those complications often make great fodder for fiction. The new movie “While We’re Young,” written and directed by the outstanding young filmmaker Noah Baumbach, shows that the topic can be funny, a bit touching and even a tad mysterious all at the same time.
“Young” features the powerhouse foursome of established stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts, and red-hot rising stars Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried, as two couples who...

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Last weekend, while most of us Catholics were focused on Easter weekend and the three most holy days of the year, the movie “Furious 7” – the seventh movie in the “Fast and the Furious” series of action movies - was breaking records at the box office. While seemingly just an action film filled with two hours of mayhem involving fast cars, explosions and the race to control a microchip that could create the most powerful surveillance system on the planet, the movie resonates...

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There was a time in the 1930s through the ‘50s when Bible-based films were regularly released by Hollywood, as grand spectacles filled with moviedom’s biggest stars. Many of these became timeless classics, watched each year during the Easter and Christmas seasons.

Who doesn’t love watching “The Ten Commandments” every Easter, with an all-star cast of legends led by Charlton Heston bringing some of the most exciting stories ever recorded to life? It still plays today on ABC...

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March 27, 2015
'Get Hard' movie review
By Carl Kozlowski

There are some comedies that walk the line so precariously between being raunchily funny and patently offensive that one has to wonder throughout, which types of people are going to love it and which people are going to be thoroughly disgusted?  The new movie “Get Hard,” starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart in a storyline that utterly destroys any sense of political correctness or decency while often being raucously funny, is a prime example.

“Get Hard” stars Will Ferrell as...

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March 23, 2015
New Christian movie asks filmgoers 'Do You Believe?'
By Carl Kozlowski

There’s been an interesting movement going on in Hollywood over the past couple of years, one which could almost be called a revolution. Movies with strong Christian or Biblical messages are coming out at a pretty fast pace, ranging from movies like “Son of God” and “Noah” to “Heaven Is For Real” and “Unbroken.”

But one movie in particular seemed to capture the zeitgeist of that wave of films more than most: a little $2 million movie called “God’s Not Dead,” which...

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