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Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 12:04 am
As we all know, expectations are a double-edged sword. While they may inspire us so that we may exceed them, at times they can be so great they simply can’t be overcome. The best example I can think...
Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 12:12 am
 While I wouldn’t call 2017 a great year at the movies (that distinction goes to 1939 or 1968), it was a very, very, very good year, one of surprises, diversity and a sense of steadiness, as th...
Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 12:11 am
 Movies are about moments – big moments that erase our cynicism about cinema and remind us of its capacity to dazzle as well as touch us. This happens in a way only possible with a medium that...
Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 12:04 am
On paper, it sounds ridiculous. Then again, most parables do, and Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water is just that: a poignant, powerful fairy tale for our times that speaks to universal concern...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:03 am
 I have a feeling that many viewers will find the premise in Alexander Payne’s Downsizing rather appealing. As written by director and screenwriter Jim Taylor, it posits a future in which peopl...
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 12:05 am

Illinois Times film critic Chuck Koplinski interviews Gary Oldman, star of The Darkest Hour

 With his many larger-than-life roles, it’s a bit disconcerting to discover that Gary Oldman’s presence is far from domineering.  Soft-spoken and standing a trim 5 feet 8 inches, his per...
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 12:04 am
 One of the mistakes that can occur when looking at the past is that we tend to see things more positively than they actually were. The inclination to buy into the notion of “the good old days�...
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 12:04 am
 One of the things I feared would happen when Disney acquired the rights to the Star Wars universe and announced an ambitious slate of movies that would take us to that galaxy far, far away on an...

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