IllinoisTimes - Film - Chuck Koplinski http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-32-1-film-chuck-koplinski.html Wed, 29 Jun 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Johnson, Hart generate vital chemistry in Intelligence http://illinoistimes.com/article-17362-johnson-hart-generate-vital-chemistry-in-intelligence.html Johnson, Hart generate vital chemistry in Intelligence
 One of the most surprising developments in American popular film over the last decade is the emergence of Dwayne Johnson as a major star. Using his popularity in the WWE as a foundation – and...]]>
Magical Dory helps us find ourselves http://illinoistimes.com/article-17350-magical-dory-helps-us-find-ourselves.html Magical Dory helps us find ourselves
 There’s no question that Pixar Animation radically changed the way big-screen cartoons were created, as well as what audiences should expect from them. These brightly told morality tales weren...]]>
Popstar takes no prisoners as it skewers modern pop http://illinoistimes.com/article-17304-popstar-takes-no-prisoners-as-it-skewers-modern-pop.html Popstar takes no prisoners as it skewers modern pop
 To be sure, Andy Samberg is an acquired taste. However, with his brilliant work on the cop show parody “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” he’s shown himself to be a comic with not just crackerjack timi...]]>
Fairy tale Me Before You surprisingly effective http://illinoistimes.com/article-17280-fairy-tale-me-before-you-surprisingly-effective.html Fairy tale Me Before You surprisingly effective
 Many times in life, we often let our hearts overrule our minds. Such is the case with Thea Sharrock’s Me Before You, a slick piece of treacle that manages to charm as it flirts with insulting...]]>
Director’s misstep hinders Nice Guys http://illinoistimes.com/article-17258-director%25E2%2580%2599s-misstep-hinders-nice-guys.html Director’s misstep hinders Nice Guys
 If ever I’ve been on the fence about a movie, it’s with Shane Black’s The Nice Guys.At times uproariously funny, at others maddeningly frustrating, this L.A. film noir set in the late 1970...]]>
Flawed Monster a timely diatribe http://illinoistimes.com/article-17230-flawed-monster-a-timely-diatribe.html Flawed Monster a timely diatribe
 There’s no question that Jodie Foster’s Money Monster is a manipulative exercise, one meant to incite viewers’ ire where the current disparity between the haves and have-nots is concerned....]]>
Comic inspiration aplenty in Keanu http://illinoistimes.com/article-17189-comic-inspiration-aplenty-in-keanu.html Comic inspiration aplenty in Keanu
 Very rarely do I see a comedy that, when I think about it days after, I find myself laughing at the memory of its most inspired moments. Such is the case with Keanu, the film debut of the comedy...]]>
Plodding pace nearly derails War http://illinoistimes.com/article-17162-plodding-pace-nearly-derails-war.html Plodding pace nearly derails War
 From the very start, the Marvel movies have had a certain swagger. That’s not to say that Jon Favreau’s Iron Man had an arrogant air about it, but rather a sense of confidence in its storyte...]]>
Cheadle salvages Miles Ahead http://illinoistimes.com/article-17148-cheadle-salvages-miles-ahead.html Cheadle salvages Miles Ahead
 Making a film biography is fraught with hazards, even more so when tackling the life of an artist. Unless the movie is based on the subject’s autobiography, who can truly say where their inspi...]]>
Vibrant Jungle Book a visual delight http://illinoistimes.com/article-17100-vibrant-jungle-book-a-visual-delight.html Vibrant Jungle Book a visual delight
 A visual knockout from the first frame to the last, Jon Favreau’s re-imagining of The Jungle Book owes as much to Rudyard Kipling’s original stories as it does to the 1967 Disney animated ad...]]>
Gyllenhaal, Watts left to flounder in Demolition http://illinoistimes.com/article-17086-gyllenhaal-watts-left-to-flounder-in-demolition.html Gyllenhaal, Watts left to flounder in Demolition
 One thing you can always count on with Jake Gyllenhaal is that he will devote himself fully to any role he takes. However, I fear that his ambition and dedication are beginning to outdistance th...]]>
Doris more than it appears http://illinoistimes.com/article-17051-doris-more-than-it-appears.html Doris more than it appears
 The most surprising thing about Michael Showalter’s Hello, My Name is Doris is how thematically dense it proves to be. The comedy about one woman’s misguided attraction towards a much younge...]]>
Eye an engaging, complex look at modern warfare http://illinoistimes.com/article-17004-eye-an-engaging-complex-look-at-modern-warfare.html Eye an engaging, complex look at modern warfare
 Smart, taut and timely, Gavin Hood’s Eye in the Sky is an unflinching look at the nature of modern warfare and the devastating emotional effect it has on those who wage it. Focusing on a drone...]]>
Director’s pace, cast’s strength save Allegiant http://illinoistimes.com/article-16975-director%25E2%2580%2599s-pace-cast%25E2%2580%2599s-strength-save-allegiant.html Director’s pace, cast’s strength save Allegiant
 Having salvaged the Divergent series with his fine work on Insurgent, director Robert Schwentke pulls off a similar stunt with Allegiant, the first part of the third entry in Veronica Roth’s d...]]>
Intelligent script grounds Justice http://illinoistimes.com/article-16976-intelligent-script-grounds-justice.html Intelligent script grounds Justice
 With the exception of the recent Star Wars release, no film has generated a sense of anticipation like Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Every press release, on-set picture a...]]>
10 Cloverfield Lane gets half the job done http://illinoistimes.com/article-16949-10-cloverfield-lane-gets-half-the-job-done.html 10 Cloverfield Lane gets half the job done
 Put 10 Cloverfield Lane in the “almost, not quite” file, what with it being a film that straddles two genres yet only succeeds in achieving half of what it sets out to do. Covering some of t...]]>
Fey can’t save disjointed Foxtrot http://illinoistimes.com/article-16905-fey-can%25E2%2580%2599t-save-disjointed-foxtrot.html Fey can’t save disjointed Foxtrot
 More times than not I’ve liked Tina Fey more than the films she’s been in. Baby Mama and Date Night were hit-and-miss affairs, their best moments saved by the comedienne’s deft timing, whi...]]>
Timely message buoys charming, clever Zootopia http://illinoistimes.com/article-16880-timely-message-buoys-charming-clever-zootopia.html Timely message buoys charming, clever Zootopia
 What with the makers of Wreck-it-Ralph and Tangled at the helm, it should come as no surprise that Disney’s Zootopia is the clever, cute and timely movie that it is. While not quite at the lev...]]>
Haunting Witch utilizes high-end horror http://illinoistimes.com/article-16867-haunting-witch-utilizes-high-end-horror.html Haunting Witch utilizes high-end horror
 Likely to disappoint hardcore horror fans, Robert Eggers’ The Witch is a thinking-person’s fright flick, a work that has more to do with the stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne than anything that...]]>
Small but mighty - Oscar-nominated animated shorts pack a powerful punch http://illinoistimes.com/article-16835-small-but-mighty.html Small but mighty - Oscar-nominated animated shorts pack a powerful punch
 For the last ten years, the Oscar Nominated Short Films have been packaged and released to select theaters around the country. What began as an experiment has become an eagerly awaited annual ev...]]>
Coens’ Caesar gently skewers Hollywood http://illinoistimes.com/article-16783-coens%25E2%2580%2599-caesar-gently-skewers-hollywood.html Coens’ Caesar gently skewers Hollywood
 The great thing about the Coen brothers’ films is that they not only entertain but challenge their audience, something wholly unique and altogether welcome where today’s American movies are...]]>
Sincerity keeps Hours afloat http://illinoistimes.com/article-16753-sincerity-keeps-hours-afloat.html Sincerity keeps Hours afloat
 There’s something charming and reassuring about the old-fashioned quality of Craig Gillespie’s The Finest Hours, a throwback to movies of yesterday. It has no problem putting not one but two...]]>
Panda is still vibrant, smart third time around http://illinoistimes.com/article-16722-panda-is-still-vibrant-smart-third-time-around.html Panda is still vibrant, smart third time around
 By the time the third entry in most film franchises is released, much of what made the movies in question distinctive and fresh has gone by the wayside. There’s a labored quality to what’s o...]]>
Talking to Ry http://illinoistimes.com/article-16723-talking-to-ry.html Talking to Ry
 Off we dash through the end of January, heading pell-mell into February like nobody’s business. Look out world; here comes the music, and there’s not a thing you need to do but enjoy it.&nbs...]]>
Carol: A modern take on yesterday’s oppression http://illinoistimes.com/article-16687-carol-a-modern-take-on-yesterday%25E2%2580%2599s-oppression.html Carol: A modern take on yesterday’s oppression
 In adapting Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Price of Salt, director Todd Haynes takes the refreshing approach of looking at the era of repression that was the 1950s through a modern lens. Rathe...]]>
Stunted Forest fails to thrill http://illinoistimes.com/article-16665-stunted-forest-fails-to-thrill.html Stunted Forest fails to thrill
 Not sure why early January has become the time for low-budget horror films to be released, but it’s become a bit of a tradition, at least where the last five years are concerned. And while qua...]]>
Rebirth, revenge propel Inarritu’s gorgeous Revenant http://illinoistimes.com/article-16638-rebirth-revenge-propel-inarritu%25E2%2580%2599s-gorgeous-revenant.html Rebirth, revenge propel Inarritu’s gorgeous Revenant
 Among experts of the era of western exploration of the United States, the legend of scout Hugh Glass is well known. Having been attacked by a grizzly bear in 1823 while on an expedition in South...]]>
Tarantino flirts with greatness with Eight http://illinoistimes.com/article-16596-tarantino-flirts-with-greatness-with-eight.html Tarantino flirts with greatness with Eight
 His most assured and satisfying film since Jackie Brown, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight is unique in the director’s oeuvre in that it’s the only one he’s made he can truly call hi...]]>
Sisters a ribald treat http://illinoistimes.com/article-16583-sisters-a-ribald-treat.html Sisters a ribald treat
 What with their comedy Sisters being released on the same day as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you can’t help but wonder what its stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler did to doom their film to such...]]>
Force brings fun back to Star Wars http://illinoistimes.com/article-16541-force-brings-fun-back-to-star-wars.html Force brings fun back to Star Wars
 Faced with the daunting task of resurrecting Star Wars for the big screen, director J.J. Abrams takes the same approach he did when helming the Star Trek reboot – recycle the past, give fans e...]]>