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September 26, 2014
'The Equalizer' review
By Carl Kozlowski

Denzel Washington has long established himself as one of the classiest actors in Hollywood, rarely if ever engaging in sex scenes and nearly always playing men of deeply heroic character. His new movie "The Equalizer" - a reinvention of a beloved 1980s TV thriller that ran on CBS, about a retired British secret agent who stepped in vigilante-style to solve New Yorkers' crime-related problems when the police could not - maintains those moral traditions, but there are a few elements of...

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September 19, 2014
'A Walk Among the Tombstones' review
By Carl Kozlowski

Ever since he reinvented himself as an action star in the 2009 surprise hit “Taken,” Liam Neeson has succeeded Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger as the leading cinematic butt-kicker of our times. Yet while his string of thrillers has been fun and generally well-produced, they have begun to take on a sense of sameness, leaving serious viewers wishing that Neeson would dial things down a notch and again show some of the gravitas he used to classic effect in his prior career as...

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The transition from summer movie season to fall is easily the worst stretch of the year for film fans, with Hollywood using the first week of September to scrape the dregs from the bottom of its creative barrel. Families have one glimmer of hope this weekend with “Dolphin Tale 2,” the sequel to the much-loved “Dolphin Tale,” and can be assured that it’s good clean fun for anyone.

But I’m going to try and draw attention to one more underappreciated effort, “God Help the...

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September 05, 2014
'Magic in the Moonlight' movie review
By Carl Kozlowski

Woody Allen turns 79 this year, easily putting him in an age bracket where he could have long since retired. But unlike 84-year-old Clint Eastwood, whose last several films have grown increasingly tedious and uneven, Allen has been enjoying a remarkable career renaissance for the past decade since he finally decided to leave New York City behind and expand his artistic palette to include some of the world’s most glamorous locations, including Barcelona, Paris, London and Rome.

The...

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August 29, 2014
Movie Review: 'The Trip to Italy'
By Carl Kozlowski

It’s easy to forget that America isn’t the only country that produces film stars, and that the people we consider our top comedic or dramatic actors might be surpassed by completely different performers in other nations. A perfect case in point is Steve Coogan, a hugely popular comic actor and writer in England who had only nibbles of cult-level success in the US until he co-wrote and starred with Judi Dench in “Philomena” last year and that film both became a hit and earned him a...

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August 23, 2014
'When the Game Stands Tall' review
By Carl Kozlowski

There’s something about great sports movies that inspires viewers even when they don’t care about the sport in question. Many people find boxing brutal, for instance, but you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who didn’t love the original “Rocky” and its noble blue-collar underdog Rocky Balboa.

The same holds true for the new football movie “When the Game Stands Tall,” which isn’t destined for greatness but which will definitely send some heartwarming chills and perhaps a...

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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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