Pasadena Weekly

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Rating Title/Year Author
A Late Night (2019) Carl Kozlowski 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
A Rocketman (2019) Carl Kozlowski 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. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
D Booksmart (2019) Carl Kozlowski Aside from the acting and very sporadic flashes of true wit, it's one movie that viewers would be smart to avoid. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
A The Biggest Little Farm (2018) Carl Kozlowski 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. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
A Long Shot (2019) Carl Kozlowski 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. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
B Hesburgh (2018) Carl Kozlowski Hesburgh packs a lot of fascinating stories into its 106-minute running time. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
B The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Carl Kozlowski 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
B Breakthrough (2019) Carl Kozlowski 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
F Little (2019) Carl Kozlowski "Little" is one of the most creatively clueless, utterly bankrupt ideas to come out of Tinseltown yet. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
A The Highwaymen (2019) Carl Kozlowski 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
B Gloria Bell (2018) Carl Kozlowski "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. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
C+ Hotel Mumbai (2018) Carl Kozlowski 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
A Dumbo (2019) Carl Kozlowski 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
C Us (2019) Carl Kozlowski 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." EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
B Five Feet Apart (2019) Carl Kozlowski 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
B Captain Marvel (2019) Carl Kozlowski 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
A Fighting With My Family (2019) Carl Kozlowski 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
A Isn't It Romantic (2019) Carl Kozlowski "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. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
B What Men Want (2019) Carl Kozlowski "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. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
A Cold Pursuit (2019) Carl Kozlowski 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
A Glass (2019) Carl Kozlowski 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
A The Upside (2018) Carl Kozlowski 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
F Holmes & Watson (2018) Carl Kozlowski 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
C Second Act (2018) Carl Kozlowski 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
B Aquaman (2018) Carl Kozlowski 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
C Vice (2018) Carl Kozlowski Much of the film plays like a "greatest hits" (or rather, worst moments) version of Cheney's career. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
A Ben Is Back (2018) Carl Kozlowski For those seeking great acting, unpredictable twists and some unexpected heart, it fills the bill. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
A Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Carl Kozlowski This movie is unabashed pure joy that anyone who's human and alive will come out of feeling great. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
B Anna and the Apocalypse (2017) Carl Kozlowski 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
B The World Before Your Feet (2018) Carl Kozlowski 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
A Boy Erased (2018) Carl Kozlowski 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
A Instant Family (2018) Carl Kozlowski 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
D The Front Runner (2018) Carl Kozlowski 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
A Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Carl Kozlowski 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
B Beautiful Boy (2018) Carl Kozlowski If anything, this film seems to be showing the ennui that can set in when one just lets existence pass by. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
Halloween (2018) Carl Kozlowski Seeing her punch, kick and wield all manner of weapons in the epic battle against her tormentor provides a cathartic kick for the audience. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
A Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Carl Kozlowski The characters at the El Royale may be enduring bad times, but moviegoers seeking original filmmaking will find plenty of good times at the theater watching this film. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
A A Star Is Born (2018) Carl Kozlowski It's well worth seeing and marks Gaga and Cooper as two people who have the talent to overcome fame and endure for the long haul. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
B Night School (2018) Carl Kozlowski Somehow its underlying goofy energy and positive message about the importance of education and second chances should leave viewers feeling entertained if they're not expecting high art. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
A Life Itself (2018) Carl Kozlowski This movie made me feel the full range of human emotions, all in the space of two hours, and left me contemplating who and what people and circumstances affect me personally in my own life. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
Five Fingers for Marseilles (2017) Jana Monji A beautifully bleak tale of the morass left by apartheid, but also by the weaker aspects of human nature. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2018
4/5 Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang (2016) Jana Monji In the fascinating documentary Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang, director Kevin Macdonald helps audiences understand the political and social forces that helped develop one of China's major artists and his journey. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
A White Boy Rick (2018) Carl Kozlowski Crafty yet with a surface innocence that keeps winning people over, Ricky is forced to make adult decisions while trapped in a 15-year-old's mind and body. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2018
F Peppermint (2018) Carl Kozlowski Surely a White House gala screening awaits this ugly film, which will leave a sour taste in the mouth of any viewer with a conscience. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2018
C Operation Finale (2018) Carl Kozlowski Considering how utterly slow and anticlimactic the film becomes in its final hour, it's impossible for me to justify saying the film is worth paying today's ticket prices. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
A Searching (2018) Carl Kozlowski Following fast on the heels of the massive success of "Crazy Rich Asians," this is proof positive that a long-overdue Asian invasion is finally hitting American movie theatres, and will hopefully never stop. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2018
Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Jana Monji While I wish Wu's Rachel had more fire, "Crazy Rich Asians" is frivolous fun that challenges non-Asians - white, black, Latino and Native American - to empathize with Asians and Asian-American characters. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2018
A BlacKkKlansman (2018) Carl Kozlowski A film that engages the mind and enrages the spirit while often provoking gales of laughter, "BlacKkKlansman" is can't-miss viewing for adults looking for both fun and substance in the dog days of summer. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2018
A Blindspotting (2018) Carl Kozlowski The duo's way with words in those endeavors lend "Blindspotting" a vibrant sense of language that gives voice to what it is like to be young and a minority in a rapidly changing society. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2018
A Eighth Grade (2018) Carl Kozlowski An extremely intimate look into the mind of an average girl in an era when social media and cellphones have destroyed much of human interaction. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2018