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November 06, 2015

'Spectre' brings more depth to Bond franchise

By Carl Kozlowski

Daniel Craig may be the sixth man to play James Bond, but he sure knows how to breathe new life into a series that has now spawned 26 films in 52 years. While 2009’s “Quantum of Solace” was a misfire, the others he’s made since taking over the iconic role of Britain’s top assassin — “Casino Royale,” “Skyfall,” and this weekend’s “Spectre” — have been infused with a mix of timely grit and a much greater depth of character for Bond, his support team and his arch-criminal...

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October 23, 2015

'Steve Jobs' an emotional portrait of a complex man

By Carl Kozlowski

The TV ads for the new movie “Steve Jobs,” about the legendary business mogul who founded Apple and gave the world the Macintosh and iMac computers in addition to iPods, iPads and smartphones, ask an intriguing question: “Can a great man also be a good man?” It’s the kind of question Jesus asked frequently in offering His listeners parables such as the one about the Pharisee and the publican, and it’s truly a question for each of us to ask ourselves.   Written by Aaron Sorkin, who...

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October 16, 2015

Some scary movies worth seeing this weekend

By Carl Kozlowski

Everyone loves getting a little scared during Halloween season, and this weekend offers two distinctly different kinds of frights for distinctly different audiences – yet both are highly recommended as being among the best films of the year so far.   “Goosebumps” offers Jack Black at his best in a “Ghostbusters”-quality romp that is the most entertaining family movie of the year (though any age will absolutely love it on their own, regardless of family), while the powerful indie...

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October 09, 2015

'The Walk' is worth running to the theater for

By Carl Kozlowski

When we’re children, we all have a crazy dream inside of us, a secret wish that we could do something so truly amazing that the whole world would notice. For many, it’s a desire to be able to fly, soaring like Superman through the skies.   Most of us get over those dreams as we become more aware of the world and our limitations. But for one Frenchman named Phillippe Petit, the dream of doing something daring in the sky and having the whole world notice never went...

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When faced with pure evil, how far can one go in the pursuit of justice and revenge? That is the fascinating question at the heart of the drug-war thriller “Sicario,” which puts audiences smack in the middle of the action as well as the moral dilemmas of a young female FBI agent surrounded by supervisors who might be corrupt themselves.   Set amid the dusty, almost lunar landscapes of Arizona border towns and the notoriously crime-ridden Mexican city of Juarez, “Sicario” gives...

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September 28, 2015

'The Intern' offers something for everyone

By Carl Kozlowski

In a movie world awash in clichéd romantic comedies or raunchy sex romps, there’s something downright refreshing about the new movie “The Intern.”  It’s a story about a friendship between a man and a woman – one that never threatens to be sexualized, and which shows that there can be great beauty and wisdom shared between the genders, and even more importantly between generations. Coming amid a week in which Pope Francis’ visit to the US is helping (among other things) draw attention to...

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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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