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April 11, 2014
Movie review: Draft Day
By Carl Kozlowski

Any good film manages to immerse its audience in the world of its characters, drawing viewers in to share the lives, and dilemmas of the people on screen. But the mark of a great film comes when it can lure the interest of an audience that initially doesn’t even care about the subject matter.

The new movie “Draft Day” flirts with greatness by doing just that. Following a nerve-wracking 13 hours in the life of Sonny Weaver Jr. (Kevin Costner), the general manager of the Cleveland...

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April 04, 2014
Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review
By Carl Kozlowski

There’s a theory held by some movie fans that says that when a conspiracy thriller or sci-fi movie has a plot line about the destruction of mass amounts of humanity, the filmmakers are actually trying to warn viewers of real-life doom through clues in the fictional plotline. If that’s the case, then the team behind the new movie “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is working overtime to scare us.

A sequel to the hit 2011 movie “Captain America: The First Avenger,”...

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March 28, 2014
Movie reviews: 'Cesar Chavez' and 'Noah'
By Carl Kozlowski

It’s rare that one might find migrant worker leader Cesar Chavez and Noah of the Ark fame compared to each other, but today’s the day to do it if you’re ever going to try. After all, they’re two stubborn leaders, living thousands of years apart, yet both felt they were called by God to lead the way for their people – and now have new biographical films released on the same day.

The first, “Cesar Chavez,” is a low-budget ($10 million) effort that is so earnest and...

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March 21, 2014
'Divergent' review
By Carl Kozlowski

I grew up in the 1980s, when teen movies were an enormous moneymaker for Hollywood thanks largely to John Hughes. He created an incredible string of hits that have passed the test of time: “Pretty in Pink,” “The Breakfast Club,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” were just three of his fun, touching and indelible portraits of what it’s like to be a teenager with all its angst-ridden drama.

But they truly don’t make ‘em like they used to. Flash-forward 30 years, and the...

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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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