Carl Kozlowski

Carl Kozlowski
Carl Kozlowski's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Pasadena Weekly
Publications: Pasadena Weekly

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
A 89% Give Me Liberty (2019) "Give Me Liberty" is a must-see. Take some friends. Spread the word. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
B 88% Ready or Not (2019) "Ready Or Not" walks a fine line between extreme bloodshed and dark humor that few movies manage to pull off, and it succeeds most of the time on that level. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
A 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) [Paul Downs] Colazzo and [Jillian] Bell team up to make the movie equally funny and uplifting, while also making its sadder moments deeply affecting. The supporting cast are also vibrant additions to the movie. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
A 88% Blinded by the Light (2019) Most powerfully, "Blinded" is a story of the universally relatable divide that comes between fathers and sons as the younger generation learns to stand as men. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
A 59% Brian Banks (2019) [Aldis] Hodge and [Greg] Kinnear are both terrific in the lead roles, as the sharp screenplay by Doug Atchison ties together relatable emotional drama with a series of surprising twists en route to their goal. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
B 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) While "Falcon" occasionally feels a bit too ramshackle along its lead characters' journey, it still arrives at a destination that's more than satisfying. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
B 43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Director Simon Curtis, who has previously directed arty British dramas, gives the movie a sense of sadness throughout, shot through with an underlying optimism that pays off at key moments. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
A 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The script by longtime "Furious" scribe Chris Morgan and the direction by veteran stuntman-turned-director David Leitch make this movie zip along at a nonstop rapid pace. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
B 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) It's also a kinder, gentler film than one would expect from this master of fast-bursting graphic violence and one that those seeking fun characters, an unpredictable plot and the ability to sit for nearly three hours in a theatre should enjoy. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) It's almost impossible to find anything wrong with the film, continuing the Disney brand's tradition of technical perfection matched with a heartfelt tale. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
A 42% Stuber (2019) "Stuber" is a genuinely entertaining and inventive throwback to the great buddy-cop comedies of the 1980s, while layering in hilarious twists in the details of the film throughout. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
A 63% Yesterday (2019) "Yesterday" is a terrifically good time at the movies, with [Danny] Boyle deftly handling the fantasy, comedy and romantic elements with total grace. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
B 93% Wild Rose (2019) If you love good music or character-based drama "Wild Rose" should smell quite sweet. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
A 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) "Last" doesn't rely much on conventional narrative, but rather is a mesmerizing visual poem and mood piece that grabs viewers from the start and never lets go. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
A 80% Late Night (2019) In a summer filled with special effects-driven action spectacles and endless sequels and reboots, "Late Night" provides a fresh take on lovable characters and helps add a dose of humanity to the season. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
A 89% Rocketman (2019) Egerton does a phenomenal job... His performance is an emotional rollercoaster of extreme highs and lows, but is always underpinned by a heartbreaking wish for true acceptance and love. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
D 97% Booksmart (2019) Aside from the acting and very sporadic flashes of true wit, it's one movie that viewers would be smart to avoid. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
A 91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) This is a film that spotlights not only the rewards of hard work but also the all too forgotten meaning of respecting the wonders of creation both on the ground, beneath the soil and in the gorgeous night skies above. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
A 81% Long Shot (2019) this seemingly simple film actually has a lot to say about life and the world we live in today, and is a sure bet for a great date night and to wind up on my 10 favorites list at the end of the year. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
B 81% Hesburgh (2019) Hesburgh packs a lot of fascinating stories into its 106-minute running time. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
B 29% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) The performances in "La Llorona" are solid across the board, and director Michael Chaves makes his feature-film debut an impressive one by keeping the storyline and the action moving. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
B 60% Breakthrough (2019) Franklin has succeeded by placing quality actors in the service of stories that manage to include some levels of nuance that make them appealing to audiences beyond the proverbial choir. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
F 47% Little (2019) "Little" is one of the most creatively clueless, utterly bankrupt ideas to come out of Tinseltown yet. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
A 56% The Highwaymen (2019) Serves as a bracing reminder that Americans were losing their collective minds over notorious figures in the news decades before the infamous football player captured the nation's attention. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
B 91% Gloria Bell (2019) "Bell" is the kind of film that rests squarely on the shoulders of its star, and Moore delivers a superb portrait of the kind of person who exists anonymously throughout the LA singles scene. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
C+ 77% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Since it's known that many innocents died in the assault, any sense of fun is gone, and the film's unrelentingly evil portrait of the young Muslims with no redeeming characters from that faith makes it feel irresponsible. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
A 47% Dumbo (2019) Such an enchanting wonder that there's not much to say about it without spoiling the magic of director Tim Burton's most engaging film in many years. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
C 93% Us (2019) This is a stunning fall for Peele, who's trying to make a commentary about our light and dark sides, as well as class warfare, but it has none of the punch and effectiveness of "Get Out." - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
B 55% Five Feet Apart (2019) This is a film that hinges almost completely on the strengths of the two leads, and they deliver by showing a love that is selfless, true and profound. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
B 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Plenty of other Easter eggs abound throughout, but the only wish I have is that this and future MCU movies remember to keep the human side as strong as the super heroics and not devolve into murky mayhem when the action hits. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
A 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) A surprisingly vibrant and extremely entertaining film, far better than one would have any right to expect when hearing that it's about the life of a pro wrestler. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
A 70% Isn't It Romantic (2019) "Romantic" tears apart seemingly hundreds of ridiculous rom com tropes while constantly creating fresh takes on the timeworn genre, and Strauss-Schulson keeps everything moving with high energy. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
B 44% What Men Want (2019) "Men" succeeds greatly by handling its standard-level core material extremely well. Led by Henson and Morgan, the cast is uniformly excellent, providing a constant stream of laughs while also handling the more heartfelt moments solidly as well. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
A 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) Coming after a January that served up relatively gentle fare, "Cold Pursuit" kicks February off with an impressive bang. Here's hoping it's a hit, so that similarly smart shoot-em-ups keep having their shot at the cinema. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
A 37% Glass (2019) Shyamalan's shot compositions are impressive to behold throughout, making "Glass" often appear like a living, breathing artwork and inducing grins in this reviewer throughout over his audacious shot and color choices. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
A 41% The Upside (2019) As we launch into a new year, filled with hopes and a short-lived determination to make our lives better, a film like this can serve as an extra level of inspiration. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
F 11% Holmes and Watson (2018) But even beyond wasting the talents of Ferrell and Reilly, writer-director Ethan Coen piles on one stupid anachronistic joke after another throughout the movie and then doesn't even bother to take them to their logical climaxes. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
C 45% Second Act (2018) Lopez knocks her well-rounded role out of the park, but "Second Act" unfortunately has a number of gaping plot holes and logical lapses that render it a bit second-rate. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
B 65% Aquaman (2018) Aquaman actually breaks the dour DC mold and delivers a gonzo, highly inventive piece of entertainment that has a surprisingly fresh vision overseen by director James Wan. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
C 67% Vice (2018) Much of the film plays like a "greatest hits" (or rather, worst moments) version of Cheney's career. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
A 82% Ben is Back (2018) For those seeking great acting, unpredictable twists and some unexpected heart, it fills the bill. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
A 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) This movie is unabashed pure joy that anyone who's human and alive will come out of feeling great. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
B 78% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) John McPhail ensures that an anything-goes sense of fun saves the day, even if these plucky kids can't always save their town and their loved ones. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
B 100% The World Before Your Feet (2018) The film and Matt's quest serve as valuable reminders of some of life's most precious lessons: that we don't need a ton of possessions and electronic gadgetry to be happy, and to appreciate the incidental beauty that is around us constantly. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
A 81% Boy Erased (2018) Amid an era in which Americans are too often divided by rigid beliefs on either side of the sociopolitical spectrum, "Boy Erased" sets an example of the power of film to create understanding and increase acceptance of those with whom we differ. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
A 82% Instant Family (2018) The film has depth in casting that goes well beyond most such films. Put it all together and this is a family film that adults can enjoy as well, a film that can not only produce solid laughs but possibly even save lives. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
D 60% The Front Runner (2018) At a time when the public is burned out on political divisiveness and media oversaturation, the last thing moviegoers are likely going to want is two hours of film showing them how we got to such a national low point. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
A 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) If you love great rock music presented with dynamic flair, this is one movie that will make you want to wax rhapsodically. Well worth the money for anyone who loves great rock and roll, it's like having a concert and a movie rolled into one. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
B 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) If anything, this film seems to be showing the ennui that can set in when one just lets existence pass by. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
79% Halloween (2018) Seeing her punch, kick and wield all manner of weapons in the epic battle against her tormentor provides a cathartic kick for the audience. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018