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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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June 10, 2014
Film review: 'Third Person'
By Carl Kozlowski

In 2004, a writer-director named Paul Haggis took Hollywood by surprise when he released the movie “Crash,” a highly charged take on racial relations in Los Angeles that went on to win the Best Picture Oscar and place him near the top of the industry’s hottest directors. Interweaving the travails of numerous Angelenos of every race and gender as they fell into one culture clash after another, that movie had a visceral impact on moviegoers and critics.

The beauty of the movie, and...

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June 06, 2014
Movie review: 'The Fault In Our Stars'
By Carl Kozlowski

There’s been a void in movie theaters in the past 26 years since John Hughes wrote and produced “Some Kind of Wonderful,” his last flick aimed specifically at teenagers. That movie ended a string of six films – including “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “The Breakfast Club,” and “Pretty in Pink” – that portrayed teens with a level of respect, intelligence, humor and warmth that was unprecedented in Hollywood.

Since then, teens have kept going to the movies, but aside...

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It’s hard being a parent these days, with 500 channels on television and countless ways for kids to see movies. This weekend, a couple of wildly different movies hit theaters – one, “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” that no kids should be allowed within 500 yards of, and the other, “Maleficent,” that is intended for kids but might terrify those under 8 or 10 years of age.

Let’s start with “Million,” a Western spoof in the vein of “Blazing Saddles,” and is...

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May 23, 2014
'Blended' movie review
By Carl Kozlowski

Over the past few decades, it has become an unfortunate reality that divorce rates have risen to new heights in the US, with one of the results being families that are forced to live together when the parents decide to remarry. While this doesn’t meet approval from the Catholic Church and many other denominations, people do deal with these situations, and the new movie “Blended” offers both laughs and some touching moments as it shows what can go wrong on the way to finally...

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Mark Ciardi is no stranger to challenges, having worked his way up to the major leagues, albeit for a brief stint back in 1987. This past weekend, he faced another one in a completely different career field when the movie he produced, “Million Dollar Arm,” had to open against the biggest monster movie of summer, “Godzilla.”

The movie opened decently with $10.5 million, but received an A in audience surveys, which should help it stick around a while on word of mouth. As noted in...

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May 16, 2014
Movie review: 'Million Dollar Arm'
By Carl Kozlowski

One thing is for certain when it comes to Hollywood’s movie releases most weekends: there’s usually a pretty clear contrast between the new movies. That’s certainly the case this weekend, with the competing debuts of the umpteenth version of a “Godzilla” monster movie, and the inspirational Disney-made sports film “Million Dollar Arm.”

You could watch the giant radioactive lizard-beast rampage across cities, causing wanton destruction everywhere – after all, it’s...

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May 09, 2014
Movie reviews: 'Chef' and 'Mom's Night Out'
By Carl Kozlowski

This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and one of the many ways to spend some time with yours is by seeing a film. But in a world packed with movies starring Spider-Man and Captain America, catching a flick might not seem so appealing to her.

Thankfully, there are a couple of alternatives coming out this weekend that are a refreshing change from the usual summer shoot-‘em-ups, and which instead focus on normal people with relatable lives dealing with their problems in funny fashion. “Chef” is a...

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May 02, 2014
Spider Man 2 review
By Carl Kozlowski

Most superheroes seem larger than life, even in their human alter egos. Superman’s Clark Kent keeps most of his powers even when he’s out of his suit, while Batman’s Bruce Wayne is still a billionaire who knows how to destroy opponents with martial arts and keeps the keys to the Batmobile.

But when the “Spider-Man” films were launched in 2002, star Tobey Maguire and director Sam Raimi gave us a truly human, decent and sympathetic teenage hero in Peter Parker. Learning such life...

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