February 12, 2014
'Robocop' Review
By Carl Kozlowski

It would be easy to assume that this week’s “Robocop” reboot is just mindless trash eager to make a buck off of people’s fading memories of the original 1987 film of the same name. Heading into a theater to watch an early screening, my hopes for the next two hours were minimal at best.

To my surprise, the new movie is not only action-packed fun like the original (though considerably less graphic), but is actually smart as well - packed with moral, ethical and philosophical...

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February 07, 2014
'The Monuments Men' film review
By Carl Kozlowski

There have been countless war movies throughout the history of cinema, most of them falling either into the camp of being jingoistic, pro-battle propaganda like “The Longest Day” or “The Green Berets,” or tragic portraits of war’s effects on mankind such as “Platoon,” which cause audiences to wonder if there is any point to battles at all.

Yet in the new movie “The Monuments Men,” star-director-producer-co-writer George Clooney has come up with an all-too-rare fresh...

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In the course of just five feature films director Jason Reitman has established himself as a timelessly talented filmmaker. From his wicked satire “Thank You for Smoking” and the hip Oscar-winning comedy “Juno” to “Up In the Air” and the low-key yet biting dramedy “Young Adult,” Reitman has presented stories rooted in unique and memorable characters from America’s heartland.

Now he’s returned with another lyrical tale of average Americans affecting each other’s...

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January 24, 2014
Movie review: 'Philomena'
By Carl Kozlowski

Imagine being a single and pregnant woman in Ireland in the 1950s. Your family would likely disown you and leave you to raise your child alone. The only place that would open its doors to you were Catholic convents where nuns would help women through their pregnancies for free in exchange for the women giving them four years of manual labor and signing away their rights to their children forever.

It certainly would be a tough experience to give away your own baby for life, contractually...

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January 10, 2014
'Her' review
By Carl Kozlowski

In an age when technology has the ability to bring the world closer than ever at a faster pace than ever witnessed before, mankind seems to still be drifting further and further apart – especially when it comes to romance. That problem is brought to vivid life in the new movie “Her,” in which Joaquin Phoenix plays a lonely man who falls in love with his computerized operating system.

I realize that that last sentence is perhaps one of the strangest I’ve ever written, but in this...

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January 02, 2014
My 10 Favorite Films of 2013
By Carl Kozlowski

 This year has proven to be easily the best of the century so far for movies, and picking just ten great films to represent the year’s best has been harder than usual. Since I can’t see literally everything that comes out in a year, I always note that these were my ten favorites, the ones that shook me with the most thrills, laughter or tears.

1.)  “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”

This adaptation of a classic short story by James Thurber was a passion project of star-director Ben...

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"The Wolf of Wall Street" and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"
By Carl Kozlowski
If the Occupy Wall Street movement had any lasting impact, it was in embedding on the American public consciousness that there is a dangerous income inequality building in our society. The top 1 percent of our society are the new kings of our economy and by extension our entire way of living, and the other 99 percent of us are sliding into serfdom.

Two new movies – which both come out Christmas Day - offer...

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December 17, 2013
Movie reviews: Saving Mr. Banks and American Hustle
By Carl Kozlowski

Everyone has a dream in life. And if they’re serious about it, they’ll do almost anything to make it happen.

Two new movies follow people who use highly creative means to pull off their impossible dreams. The Disney drama “Saving Mr. Banks,” about the insane amount of hoops that the legendary Walt Disney had to jump through in order to bring the beloved children’s book “Mary Poppins” to the screen, is one of the season’s top family films despite some dark yet touching...

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December 13, 2013
Movie review: Inside Llewyn Davis
By Carl Kozlowski

Over the course of 18 films in 30 years, writer-director duo Joel and Ethan Coen – aka The Coen Brothers – have introduced viewers to an endless array of inventive characters, from The Dude in “The Big Lebowski” and Marge Gunderson in “Fargo” to Anton Chigurh in “No Country for Old Men” and H.I. and Edwina McDunnough in “Raising Arizona.” But in their latest film “Inside Llewyn Davis,” they’ve created perhaps their most realistic character study yet in...

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December 04, 2013
Film review: 'Out of the Furnace'
By Carl Kozlowski

In the new modern film noir thriller “Out of the Furnace,” Christian Bale plays a man who just can’t seem to catch a break. As Russell Baze, a good-hearted Everyman who works hard in the same mill in which his father toiled, he lives a life that feels stuck in neutral as he now cares for his dad, who’s waiting to die while lying on a couch at home with an IV drip in his arm.

Russell also cares deeply about his brother named Rodney (Casey Affleck), a war vet traumatized by four...

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