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September 18, 2015

'Black Mass' proves to be empty and depressing

By Carl Kozlowski

Johnny Depp is an actor who knows how to completely submerge himself in a role, and for most of his career, he has been putting those skills into the service of quirky movies kids could enjoy, ranging from “Pirates of the Caribbean” to “Alice in Wonderland” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” But in the last few years, he’s had one flop after another with flicks like “Dark Shadows” and “The Lone Ranger,” and many fans have been wondering when he’s going to try something completely...

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September 11, 2015

M. Night Shyamalan thrills in new film, 'The Visit'

By Carl Kozlowski

Paying a visit to your grandparents when you’re a kid should be one of the best memories of your childhood. But what if you just knew that something was, well, a little bit odd and off-kilter about them – and that that oddness could possibly be hiding something downright sinister?   That’s the delicious premise of writer/director M. Night Shyamalan’s delicious new scarefest “The Visit,” one of the year’s most innovative and entertaining movies. I guarantee you’ll be moved at...

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September 05, 2015

'A Walk in the Woods' and 'The Gift'

By Carl Kozlowski

There’s something to be said for expert craftsmanship, whether one is considering a car or a fine piece of furniture. It can also apply to artistic formats like movies, and the new film “A Walk in the Woods” is a prime example of how truly ace veteran actors can elevate what might seem to be a simple story into absolutely exquisite entertainment. Starring Robert Redford in the best role he’s had this century, as well as Nick Nolte in the kind of career-capping role that could win him...

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August 29, 2015

'No Escape' movie review

By Carl Kozlowski

Imagine being a dad with a wife, two young daughters, and a well-paying engineering career, and then losing your job abruptly. The best new job that comes up is overseas, in Southeast Asia, which seems like a culture shock, but you hope for the best and sign on.  The company wants you so badly, they’ve even put your image on a giant welcoming banner and hung it outside the finest hotel in the city.   Everything should be great – but you don’t speak the language and haven’t seen a...

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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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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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