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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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These days, women can do just about anything men can in movies – including starring in gross-out comedies. Ever since “Bridesmaids” was a smash in theatres three years ago, there has been a steady stream of other female-driven movies which have tried to out-gross that film both in actual content and box-office earnings.

Most of those movies are so poorly made and tasteless that they go straight to DVD or Video On Demand release, but this weekend the new movie “The Other Woman” has...

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April 15, 2014
Movie reviews: 'Heaven is for Real' and 'Joe'
By Carl Kozlowski

Easter is a time of rebirth and redemption, and so it is perfect that this Easter weekend is the time that Sony Pictures picked to release the new film “Heaven Is For Real” into theatres. Based on the purportedly true story of a young boy who claimed to visit Heaven and came back to write a mega-bestselling book about it with his pastor father, the film is the latest in a string of Christian-themed movies that have been scoring impressive runs at the nation’s box offices this...

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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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October 22, 2014

Wednesday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

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