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Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 12:04 am
 From where I sit, nothing much makes any sense in the world anymore. I understand that I am getting older and find myself committing the sin of doing and thinking all of those things that I said...
Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 12:04 am
 There’s much to like about Scott Cooper’s Hostiles, making it all the more frustrating that it winds up being an incomplete picture. Sporting a $40 million budget and location shooting in Co...
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...

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