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August 15, 2014
Movie review: 'Let's Be Cops'
By Carl Kozlowski

Nearly every red-blooded American boy dreams of being a cop when he grows up. Most wind up with other careers, but the relatively few brave souls who pursue that dream are generally regarded as society’s protectors against all manner of criminal behavior.

The new movie “Let’s Be Cops” features two men who are going nowhere in their lives, but who get the chance to pretend to be cops. But with only TV-fueled fantasies and no sense of responsibility driving them, the results are...

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August 08, 2014
Movie review: 'Boyhood'
By Carl Kozlowski

There have been plenty of movies about children and especially adolescents. The French classic “The 400 Blows,” “E.T.” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” come to mind immediately. But no one has ever attempted to follow the entire arc of childhood from first grade through high school, as writer-director Richard Linklater has in his latest film, “Boyhood.”

Linklater has been one of our most audacious independent directors for nearly a quarter-century, ever since he made a...

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August 08, 2014
Movie review: 'Calvary'
By Carl Kozlowski

It must be every priest’s worst nightmare: sitting in a Confessional, listening to people anonymously share their darkest secrets and sins, when one person threatens the priest and is utterly unseen thanks to the screen.

In the new movie “Calvary,” small-town Irish priest, Father James, finds himself in just that situation when a mystery man tells him in horrifying detail about the sexual abuse he suffered from another priest as a child, and that he wants to kill Father James as...

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July 31, 2014
Movie review: 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
By Carl Kozlowski

What if Han Solo was the front-and-center star of the original “Star Wars” movies, and what if his team consisted of a talking raccoon, a mutant tree-man, a hulking giant and a hot green woman, instead of a Wookie named Chewbacca, a couple of robots and a clueless brother-sister duo? That’s basically the question asked by the new movie “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and the answer is that you’d still have a pretty good time at the movies, if not a timeless...

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July 18, 2014
Movie reviews: 'Sex Tape' and 'Begin Again'
By Carl Kozlowski

The world has gone video-crazy, with people everywhere recording their greatest moments and sharing them with the world. Two new films, “Sex Tape” and “Begin Again,” offer different spins on this idea, and both have their own distinctly different charms. 

Obviously, most people seeking a Catholic perspective on film will probably already know that a movie called “Sex Tape” is morally problematic, to say the least. It stars Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel as Annie and Jay, a...

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July 11, 2014
Movie review: 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'
By Carl Kozlowski

One of my earliest and most iconic memories from a movie is the ending of the original “Planet of the Apes,” when Charlton Heston discovered the head of the Statue of Liberty lying on a beach and suddenly realized that he was in fact on Earth and humanity had been destroyed and taken over by mutant apes. Watching it on TV at age eight, it shocked me to the core and has remained one of my all-time favorite movies.

There were four film sequels and a TV series after that in the 1970s...

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July 02, 2014
Movie reviews: 'Earth To Echo' and 'Tammy'
By Carl Kozlowski

There are two major movies coming out this weekend in theatres, and both are surprises for unusual reasons. One, “Earth to Echo,” features a cast of literal unknowns and appears to be a knock-off of “E.T.”  and “The Goonies,” with a bit of “Super 8” thrown in at the climax.

The other one, “Tammy,” is the latest comedy from female force-of-nature Melissa McCarthy, and features her as a fat small-town loser who hits the road with her grandmother (played by Susan...

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June 27, 2014
Movie review: 'Transformers: Age of Extinction'
By Carl Kozlowski

I’ll give credit to the “Transformers” movie series for one thing: never has a series of films been so stupid yet attempted to have such pretentious subtitles: “Revenge of the Fallen” was the first sequel, followed by “Dark of the Moon.”  In “Moon,” a battle royale between the good Autobots and humans united against the evil Decepticon Transformers pretty much obliterated Chicago and seemed to bring a conclusion to the series.

Sadly, that assumption was wrong, and now we...

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June 20, 2014
Movie review: 'Jersey Boys'
By Carl Kozlowski

At age 84, Clint Eastwood is setting quite an example that people can stay as productive as ever well past the traditional retirement age. He’s been acting and directing at a rapid clip, and frankly doing some of the best work of his career in the past 20 years with movies like “Unforgiven,” “Gran Torino” and “Million Dollar Baby.”

The fact that he’s the director of the new Broadway musical adaptation “Jersey Boys” comes as a double surprise, then, as Eastwood is tackling...

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June 16, 2014
Film review: '22 Jump Street'
By Carl Kozlowski

These days, it seems a sequel or reboot of a prior hit movie is released seemingly every week. In most cases, the filmmakers involved are so cynical about the product they’re pushing that they fully expect audiences to accept the rehashes unquestioningly.

While this weekend’s “22 Jump Street” seems like yet another example of this disheartening trend, it’s actually the rare sequel to acknowledge that it’s a retread and flip that admission into something that, while often raunchy...

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