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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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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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