March 14, 2014
Movie reviews: 'Need For Speed' and 'Bad Words'
By Carl Kozlowski

This weekend marks the release of two films I had reasonably high hopes for, due to their lead actors. Unfortunately, the highest of hopes can be dashed by harsh realities, and the ugly truth about the new chase thriller “Need for Speed” and the vile new comedy “Bad Words” is that they are truly awful rather than awesome.

In fact, they’re so bad that they almost made me decide to quit reviewing movies and seek a new career path. Even when watching them for free, and getting...

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March 07, 2014
Movie Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel
By Carl Kozlowski

Over the course of seven prior films, Wes Anderson has co-written and directed some of the most unique movies of our time. From “Bottle Rocket,” “Rushmore” and “The Royal Tenenbaums” through “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” “The Darjeeling Limited,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “Moonrise Kingdom,” his films create entire worlds of their own with highly eccentric characters, stylish dialogue, unpredictable plotlines and lavishly detailed production...

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February 28, 2014
'Non-Stop' Movie Review
By Carl Kozlowski

It’s easy for film critics like me to get caught inside their own self-absorbed bubbles, taking movies way too seriously without remembering that their first job is to let the average Joes and Janes out there know whether a film will deliver on its simple job to entertain. We pick apart performances, lighting, music – but sometimes all that really matters is whether a movie made people laugh, cry or jump out of their seats with excitement.

This week, I was reminded of that vital component...

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February 21, 2014
3 Days to Kill
By Carl Kozlowski

It seems like there's been a million movies in which a spy has to balance his professional killing sprees with the struggles of domestic life as a parent and spouse, to the point that what was a fresh idea 20 years ago in James Cameron's "True Lies" has now become a cliché. But the new Kevin Costner movie "3 Days to Kill" makes a real effort to find fresh angles in this timeworn premise and manages to succeed wildly.
A thoroughly entertaining and surprisingly touching story of a CIA agent...

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February 14, 2014
Movie reviews: A Winter's Tale, About Last Night
By Carl Kozlowski

Catching a movie on Valentine’s Day is usually an easy and romantic night out. But unfortunately, the two romances opening today are unlikely to make Catholic couples happy, for two very different reasons.

First off, “Winter’s Tale” starring Colin Farrell with an intriguing supporting cast that includes Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Eva Marie Saint in addition to newcomer Jessica Brown Findlay, appears to be just the ticket for couples with class. It’s written and...

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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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