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Film - Chuck Koplinski
Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006 12:00 am

The classics aren’t always boring

Classic novels were once a primary source of material in Hollywood back in its more original days. The moguls had a penchant for raiding everyone from Brontë (Wuthering Heights) to Tolstoy (Anna
Film - Chuck Koplinski
Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006 12:00 am

To find truly gritty police stories, go back to the ’70s

No occupation has commanded more attention in movies and television than the police officer, but there has been a wide chasm between the two mediums. The Golden Age of cop movies, in the 1970s, aimed
Film - Chuck Koplinski
Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2006 12:00 am

Few directors are as skilled at creating unique worlds

His obsessive fans have labeled him the new Hitchcock; his detractors vilify him as a hack who relies too heavily on tired old twist endings. M. Night Shyamalan, whose latest film is Lady in the Water
Film - Chuck Koplinski
Wednesday, July 26, 2006 12:00 am

Teen idol comes into his own as a respected adult actor

Overnight sensations often experience quick burnout, whereas those who build their careers over long periods enjoy sustained success. Matt Dillon definitely falls into the latter category, despite his
Film - Chuck Koplinski
Monday, July 24, 2006 12:00 am

Acceptance isn’t easy, when culture and attitudes clash

Stanley discovers that he has a teenage son at the most inopportune time — just as he’s about to undergo sex-change surgery. The title of Transamerica (2005) refers to Stanley’s tran
Film - Chuck Koplinski
Wednesday, July 12, 2006 12:00 am

Superman Returns isn’t as promising as its predecessors

Is it possible to breathe new life into a story as overused as Superman? Apparently the makers of Superman Returns couldn’t answer that question, either. The problems lie in the s
Film - Chuck Koplinski
Thursday, July 6, 2006 12:00 am

As long as he sticks to the formula, box-office gold is guaranteed

Click continues Adam Sandler’s reign as the king of movie comedy, a position he inherited from Jim Carrey. Being the contemporary Jerry Lewis does have its drawbacks. As long as h
Film - Chuck Koplinski
Thursday, June 29, 2006 12:00 am

A look back at some of the veteran actor’s best work

Paul Newman recently announced that he would star in one more movie before ending his extraordinary career. What a relief! No screen legend should end his career as a cartoon voice. He’s upped t
Film - Chuck Koplinski
Thursday, June 22, 2006 12:00 am

Ridiculing society’s foibles a joy to behold

I listened to Garrison Keillor’s radio show once, many years ago, and I found it dull. The miracle of Robert Altman’s new film, a fictional depiction of the program’s final
Film - Chuck Koplinski
Thursday, June 15, 2006 12:00 am

It’s easy and sometimes funny -- on the big screen

Breaking up is easy to do if you try hard enough. Just make a clean break and be done with it. Gary (Vince Vaughn) and Brooke (Jennifer Aniston), the sparring couple in The Break-Up, ca


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