IllinoisTimes - Film - Chuck Koplinski http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-32-1-film-chuck-koplinski.html Wed, 22 Nov 17 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Even Washington can’t save Israel http://illinoistimes.com/article-19389-even-washington-can%25E2%2580%2599t-save-israel.html Even Washington can’t save Israel
 After seeing Dan Gilroy’s Roman J. Israel, Esq., I was left with the feeling I hate most when a movie is done – that of frustration. Featuring one of Denzel Washington’s finest performance...]]>
Justice League: A ‘one step forward, two steps back’ affair http://illinoistimes.com/article-19351-justice-league-a-%25E2%2580%2598one-step-forward-two-steps-back%25E2%2580%2599-affair.html Justice League: A ‘one step forward, two steps back’ affair
 It seems as though every time DC Comics releases a movie based on their heroes, they only end up making their counterpart, Marvel Films, look that much smarter. Such is the case with their lates...]]>
Avoid the mess that is Suburbicon http://illinoistimes.com/article-19333-avoid-the-mess-that-is-suburbicon.html Avoid the mess that is Suburbicon
 I have come to realize what many of my friends and relatives have known for years – I’m not the smartest guy in the world. Over the course of my lifetime, more than a few truly stupid things...]]>
Humor over heroics dooms bloated Ragnarok http://illinoistimes.com/article-19309-humor-over-heroics-dooms-bloated-ragnarok.html Humor over heroics dooms bloated Ragnarok
 Where the Marvel Comics movie universe is concerned, the Thor films have always been treated like the redheaded stepchild. Fans seem to tolerate them as a necessary evil needed to move the overa...]]>
Brave an unexpectedly powerful testament to heroism http://illinoistimes.com/article-19256-brave-an-unexpectedly-powerful-testament-to-heroism.html Brave an unexpectedly powerful testament to heroism
 On June 28, 2013, a lightning strike occurred outside Yarnell, Arizona. Unfortunately, conditions were perfect for the fire to spread rapidly, which it did, threatening the town nearby. Highways...]]>
Battle only provides part of the story http://illinoistimes.com/article-19246-battle-only-provides-part-of-the-story.html Battle only provides part of the story
 The title of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ film Battle of the Sexes refers to far more than the tennis match at its core. Yes, it’s a fascinating, behind-the-scenes account of the grudg...]]>
Blade Runner 2049 a worthy continuation http://illinoistimes.com/article-19209-blade-runner-2049-a-worthy-continuation.html Blade Runner 2049 a worthy continuation
 Going where many filmmakers would fear to tread, director Denis Villeneuve has ventured into dangerous territory by making a sequel to Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner with Blade Runner 2049, a lav...]]>
Circle entertains despite length http://illinoistimes.com/article-19180-circle-entertains-despite-length.html Circle entertains despite length
 There’s a lot to like about Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Matthew Vaughn’s follow-up to his surprise hit from three years ago. There’s almost as much not to like as well. Actually, there’...]]>
Challenging Mother! a dark parable for our times http://illinoistimes.com/article-19171-challenging-mother_-a-dark-parable-for-our-times.html Challenging Mother! a dark parable for our times
 I remember that during one of my father’s melancholy moments, of which there were many, he expressed a theory he had where God and human beings were concerned. He felt as though Earth and all ...]]>
Uneven It still effective, unnerving http://illinoistimes.com/article-19125-uneven-it-still-effective-unnerving.html Uneven It still effective, unnerving
 Having gone through multiple directors and various screenwriters, Stephen King’s It has finally made it to the big screen, an event that’s been a long time coming for those disappointed with...]]>
Lack of focus prevents Tulip from blooming http://illinoistimes.com/article-19106-lack-of-focus-prevents-tulip-from-blooming.html Lack of focus prevents Tulip from blooming
 Like a piece of fresh meat on a kitchen counter, films tend to not get any better the longer they sit. After being completed more than three years ago and delayed for release three times, Justin...]]>
Cast saves Cake$ http://illinoistimes.com/article-19068-cast-saves-cake%2524.html Cast saves Cake$
 Patricia Dowbrowski (Danielle MacDonald) knows there’s more to life than just working odd jobs in New Jersey and cleaning up after her alcoholic mother. She sees the high life in the rap video...]]>
Lapses in logic doom Good Time http://illinoistimes.com/article-19040-lapses-in-logic-doom-good-time.html Lapses in logic doom Good Time
 Critics and fans alike have been heaping praise upon Josh and Benny Safdie’s Good Time since its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. It’s easy to see why, as this is a �...]]>
Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky one of year’s best http://illinoistimes.com/article-19021-soderbergh%25E2%2580%2599s-logan-lucky-one-of-year%25E2%2580%2599s-best.html Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky one of year’s best
 It would be easy to dismiss Stephen Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky as a countrified Ocean’s Eleven. It does revolve around a heist; it does involve a ragtag group of misfits; it does contain its f...]]>
Modest approach topples Tower http://illinoistimes.com/article-18981-modest-approach-topples-tower.html Modest approach topples Tower
 Through sheer force of will, Idris Elba (“The Man Who Would Be Bond”) attempts to make Nikolaj Arcel’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower something of note. Needless to say, his...]]>
Scarce emotional connection bogs down Detroit http://illinoistimes.com/article-18951-scarce-emotional-connection-bogs-down-detroit.html Scarce emotional connection bogs down Detroit
 As she so adeptly proved in The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, director Kathryn Bigelow is a master at recreating urban warfare on screen, an ability she uses to great effect in her latest fi...]]>
Dazzling Valerian overstays its welcome http://illinoistimes.com/article-18927-dazzling-valerian-overstays-its-welcome.html Dazzling Valerian overstays its welcome
 “Less is more” is a notion director Luc Besson has no use for. His penchant for excess is front-and-center in his latest, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, an adaptation of a Fren...]]>
Impressive Dunkirk hampered by gimmick http://illinoistimes.com/article-18903-impressive-dunkirk-hampered-by-gimmick.html Impressive Dunkirk hampered by gimmick
 There’s no shortage of ambition on display where Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk is concerned. In replicating the evacuation of 400,000 Allied troops from Northwestern France in the late spring...]]>
Deliberate pace nearly undoes Apes http://illinoistimes.com/article-18882-deliberate-pace-nearly-undoes-apes.html Deliberate pace nearly undoes Apes
 Without question, the special effects on display in the new series of the Planet of the Apes films are phenomenal. Using the latest in digital technology coupled with motion-capture performances...]]>
Holland’s exuberance energizes Homecoming http://illinoistimes.com/article-18856-holland%25E2%2580%2599s-exuberance-energizes-homecoming.html Holland’s exuberance energizes Homecoming
 “Amazing,” “astonishing” and “spectacular” are all adjectives that have been used to describe various comic book iterations of the famed web-slinger Spider-Man, and they certainly ar...]]>
Blistering Baby Driver this summer’s sleeper http://illinoistimes.com/article-18833-blistering-baby-driver-this-summer%25E2%2580%2599s-sleeper.html Blistering Baby Driver this summer’s sleeper
 Most of the time, films fail to live up to the massive hype that surrounds them. However, that is certainly not the case with Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver. Coming off a rapturous reception at th...]]>
Lightning strikes again in Cars 3 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18807-lightning-strikes-again-in-cars-3.html Lightning strikes again in Cars 3
 Having put the dismal second entry in the series in its rearview mirror, Pixar’s Cars franchise is once again back in the winner’s circle with its third chapter in the adventures of the ever...]]>
Weisz captivating in My Cousin Rachel http://illinoistimes.com/article-18782-weisz-captivating-in-my-cousin-rachel.html Weisz captivating in My Cousin Rachel
 “Did she or didn’t she?” That’s the question that hangs over Roger Michell’s My Cousin Rachel, an adaptation of the Daphne du Maurier novel that’s long on atmosphere as well as tensi...]]>
Wonder Woman a heroine for the ages http://illinoistimes.com/article-18751-wonder-woman-a-heroine-for-the-ages.html Wonder Woman a heroine for the ages
 The wait was long, but it was worth it.Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman is an inspired breath of fresh air in the DC Comics movie universe, standing in stark contrast to the dark and grimy visions...]]>
Depp distracts from Dead Men http://illinoistimes.com/article-18740-depp-distracts-from-dead-men.html Depp distracts from Dead Men
 I was hoping that perhaps absence would make my heart grow fonder where Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean films were concerned. After all, it’s been six years since On Stranger Tides, the la...]]>
Two young leads nearly save Everything http://illinoistimes.com/article-18702-two-young-leads-nearly-save-everything.html Two young leads nearly save Everything
 Stella Meghie’s Everything, Everything is the sort of movie that’s easy to scoff at. A tale of young love replete with improbable events and inexplicable actions, the film is one of extremes...]]>
Lack of clear direction maroons Covenant http://illinoistimes.com/article-18669-lack-of-clear-direction-maroons-covenant.html Lack of clear direction maroons Covenant
 What began as a simple haunted house story set in outer space has become an enigmatic, existential treatise on man’s place in the universe and his origins. Eager to fill their coffers once mor...]]>
City of Z a fascinating, compelling journey http://illinoistimes.com/article-18643-city-of-z-a-fascinating-compelling-journey.html City of Z a fascinating, compelling journey
 James Gray’s The Lost City of Z is cut from the same cloth of old-fashioned adventure films like The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The Man Who Would Be King, a rousing jaunt that finds one...]]>
Darker Guardians 2 is still great fun http://illinoistimes.com/article-18621-darker-guardians-2-is-still-great-fun.html Darker Guardians 2 is still great fun
 If James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy was Star Wars for the 21st century, then its sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, is surely our new Empire Strikes Back. The writer/director seems to...]]>
Free Fire a slick exercise in nihilism http://illinoistimes.com/article-18579-free-fire-a-slick-exercise-in-nihilism.html Free Fire a slick exercise in nihilism
 While you couldn’t technically call Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire a chamber play, you might be able to get by with referring to it as a pressure chamber movie. Its concept is simple – a limited...]]>