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We’ve entered the dog days of summer, in which all the cool movies were released weeks ago, and we’re stuck with the movies consigned to the cinematic trash heap. This week’s big releases, “American Ultra” and “Hitman: Agent 47,” were barely even shown to critics, if at all.

But sneaking into the bottom of the pile is one movie, “Grandma,” that most critics seem to like – with 80 percent approval according to Rotten Tomatoes, a site that collects dozens of the nation’s critics’...

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We’ve entered the dog days of summer, in which all the cool movies were released weeks ago, and we’re stuck with the movies consigned to the cinematic trash heap. This week’s big releases, “American Ultra” and “Hitman: Agent 47,” were barely even shown to critics, if at all.

But sneaking into the bottom of the pile is one movie, “Grandma,” that most critics seem to like – with 80 percent approval according to Rotten Tomatoes (www.rottentomatoes.com), a site that collects dozens of the...

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August 14, 2015
Three movies to look out for this weekend
By Carl Kozlowski

You never know when you’re going to strike gold at the movie theater. Last week featured choices so dire, including “Ricki and the Flash” starring Meryl Streep in a seemingly ridiculous role as a former rock star in her 60s who takes a second chance at fame, and an absolutely Dead On Arrival reboot of “The Fantastic Four.”

This week offers three distinct choices, all of which have their own distinct audiences. I’ll do briefs on two of them – “Straight Outta Compton” and “The Man from...

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We’re turning the corner on August, with only a month left in the year’s most fun movie season. So this week, I’m going to let everyone know about the new “Mission Impossible” movie, while giving a quick recommendation to both “Pixels” and “Ant-Man” as exciting and funny fun for the whole family. They’re rated PG-13, but mostly for the cartoon-style action violence found within.  

But let’s dig into the new “Mission”, which is the fifth in the series of movies starring Tom Cruise as...

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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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