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There’s an old saying that “You can’t go home again,” meaning that there’s no point in reliving and regretting past glories. But judging by the terribly conceived new reboot of the 1983 Chevy Chase comedy classic “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” the new movie “Vacation” (out today) shows that, at least in this case, you can’t relive a great vacation again either.  

While the original Chase version was rated R, it was relatively tame for the rating and maintained a sweetly goofy charm...

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July 27, 2015
'Paper Towns' movie review
By Carl Kozlowski

Nearly everyone has one huge crush or outright love interest that got away. But what if that person came back into your life one night, and you were single and available, and seemed to be giving you another chance? Would you  take it?

That’s the sweeping romantic question that kicks off  the new movie “Paper Towns,” the second film based on the books of mega-popular Young Adult fiction writer John Green. Following on the smash hit success of last year’s “The Fault In Our Stars” –...

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It’s been impossible to miss the ads for the movie “Trainwreck” this month, and thanks to its extensive cast of comedy stars and basketball great LeBron James, you couldn’t watch a talk show this week that didn’t have someone from the movie as a guest. Every ad and actor made it seem like it was a raunchy celebration of a drunk and promiscuous woman’s wild life.
 
And that it is, to a point. But because it’s a movie directed and produced by Judd Apatow, (“The 40-Year-Old Virgin”,...

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Amy Winehouse’s entire life was a cautionary tale. A British singer who came blasting out of nowhere at the age of 21 with her 2003 debut album “Frank,” she instantly won acclaim and popularity in her homeland, and built on that with the international smash hit “Rehab” three years later.

But this vibrant, unique young woman with a cheeky sense of humor and a voice that could rival some of the greatest soul and jazz singers of all time achieved that fame through a tune that mocked the...

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There are some actors who just can’t break out of typecasting. The Three Stooges never got to do Shakespeare, Michael Richards never stopped being Cosmo Kramer, and Arnold Schwarzenegger will always be The Terminator.
 
Yet while those first two examples were metaphorical, Schwarzenegger really is trapped in the role of the humanoid killing machine who eventually developed a heart of gold. He starred in three “Terminator” films before he switched over to being The Governator, and...

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The movie “Ted” took the movie business by surprise back in 2012, when the silly comedy about a grown man named Johnny played by Mark Wahlberg, who still lives with the teddy bear, Ted, he had as a child. The reason why he kept the childhood memento is because Ted magically came to life one Christmas and became Johnny’s best friend (aka “Thunder Buddy”) for life.

That movie, co-written and directed by Seth MacFarlane of “Family Guy” fame in his live-action filmmaking debut (and...

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The life of the mind - that inner voice that guides us all, that either perks our days up or drags us down into doubt and despair – is an intriguing one that movies have rarely managed to fully explore. “A Beautiful Mind” won a Best Picture Oscar for providing a tragic depiction of genius gone awry, and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” also took home top honors for its surreal portrait of life in an insane asylum.

But neither of those put their entire focus on what goes on in the...

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Anyone lucky enough to have been around in the 1980s regarded it as the greatest era of teen movies ever, as John Hughes served up classics like “The Breakfast Club” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and Cameron Crowe bookended the decade with “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” and “Say Anything.” These were movies that treated teens with respect, showing both the humorous highs and the angst-filled lows of high school life in a way that resonated universally with viewers.
 
Things have...

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June 05, 2015
'Spy' - utterly silly fun
By Carl Kozlowski

There’s no other way to describe actress Melissa McCarthy than as a force of nature, a comic hurricane who crashes onto movie and TV screens and destroys everything in her path in hilarious fashion. The only possible comparison to her in the history of women comics might be Lucille Ball, whose constant and fearless physical-comedy antics on the classic “I Love Lucy” set the path that McCarthy now boldly follows.
Sure, there is one major difference between McCarthy and Ball: McCarthy...

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May 29, 2015
'Aloha' is filled with heart and humor
By Carl Kozlowski

There was a time when it was enough for a filmmaker to make a great movie, and nothing else mattered. There were writers and directors whose name on a poster signified that viewers were in for a treat, whether they were seeing a movie by Preston Sturges or John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock or Frank Capra, Steven Spielberg or Martin Scorsese.

For just over a decade, Cameron Crowe was among those greats, with classics like “Say Anything,” “Jerry Maguire” and his tour de force, “Almost...

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