IllinoisTimes - Film - Chuck Koplinski http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-32-1-film-chuck-koplinski.html Mon, 31 Aug 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Compton showcases NWA’s vibrant, angry voice http://illinoistimes.com/article-16065-compton-showcases-nwa%25E2%2580%2599s-vibrant-angry-voice.html Compton showcases NWA’s vibrant, angry voice
 If F. Gary Gray’s Straight Outta Compton does anything right – and, for the record, it only errs in soft-peddling the private lives of its dynamic characters – it’s that it accurately de...]]>
U.N.C.L.E. is an entertaining, stylish throwback http://illinoistimes.com/article-16031-uncle-is-an-entertaining-stylish-throwback.html U.N.C.L.E. is an entertaining, stylish throwback
 I doubt that there was ever a great clamor for a big screen adaptation of the 1960’s Cold War television series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and the fact that it’s been in development for over a...]]>
Four far from fantastic http://illinoistimes.com/article-15991-four-far-from-fantastic.html Four far from fantastic
 If nothing else, director Josh Trank has succeeded in doing what I had thought was impossible – he’s made a boring superhero movie. For some inexplicable reason, the Fantastic Four remains t...]]>
Haunting Gift one of the year’s best http://illinoistimes.com/article-15965-haunting-gift-one-of-the-year%25E2%2580%2599s-best.html Haunting Gift one of the year’s best
 Smart, uncompromising and timely, Joel Edgerton’s excellent new thriller The Gift is a sly little film that mirrors its main character in all the best ways. Unassuming and deceptive, the movie...]]>
Satisfying Mr. Holmes http://illinoistimes.com/article-15932-satisfying-mr-holmes.html Satisfying Mr. Holmes
 One would think that, what with Sherlock Holmes being the fictional character who’s appeared in more theatrical films than any other, the well would be dry where coming up with new ways to por...]]>
Fun, imagination propel Ant-Man http://illinoistimes.com/article-15898-fun-imagination-propel-ant-man.html Fun, imagination propel Ant-Man
 After the rather somber and at times pedestrian entry that was Avengers: Age of Ultron, Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man is a much needed breath of fresh air. Lighthearted, fun and imaginative, this is b...]]>
Science saves Self/less http://illinoistimes.com/article-15866-science-saves-self_less.html Science saves Self/less
 Tarsem Singh’s Self/less uses a common wish as the basis for its premise: What would you do if you were given the chance to live your life again? This has been used in the movies many times ov...]]>
Empowering message in Mike XXL http://illinoistimes.com/article-15853-empowering-message-in-mike-xxl.html Empowering message in Mike XXL
 There’s a hard and fast rule as far as storytelling is concerned that states conflict is necessary to drive the plot forward. The sole reason for the existence of Gregory Jacobs’ Magic Mike...]]>
Earl a showcase for young performers http://illinoistimes.com/article-15806-earl-a-showcase-for-young-performers.html Earl a showcase for young performers
 Having taken the Audience Award as well as the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Me and Earl and the Dying Girl comes to theaters with the burden...]]>
Inside the mind universal http://illinoistimes.com/article-15784-inside-the-mind-universal.html Inside the mind universal
 The trouble with Pixar Animation Studios is that it set the bar too high with its first ten films. From Toy Story to Up, each of their features were not only imaginatively rendered but featured...]]>
World a clever hybrid of old and new http://illinoistimes.com/article-15731-world-a-clever-hybrid-of-old-and-new.html World a clever hybrid of old and new
 While a giant meteor may have been to blame for the extinction of the dinosaurs, as long as they continue to generate big box office revenue they’ll never be gone from movie screens. And what...]]>
Business as usual for entertaining Entourage http://illinoistimes.com/article-15615-business-as-usual-for-entertaining-entourage.html Business as usual for entertaining Entourage
 Where Doug Ellin’s film adaptation of Entourage is concerned, it’s more of the same for Vincent Chase and his three faithful cohorts as they continue their Hollywood misadventures. And as we...]]>
Aloha: Say hello to tragedy http://illinoistimes.com/article-15575-aloha-say-hello-to-tragedy.html Aloha: Say hello to tragedy
 Well, it certainly looked good on paper. With a script and direction by Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire) and a cast that features hot as napalm Bradley Cooper as well as Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams,...]]>
Madding a glorious, romantic throwback http://illinoistimes.com/article-15541-madding-a-glorious-romantic-throwback.html Madding a glorious, romantic throwback
 Unabashedly romantic, sumptuously shot and wonderfully acted, Thomas Vinterberg’s adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd is the perfect anecdote for the summer movie overloa...]]>
Ferocious Fury Road a grand vehicular opera http://illinoistimes.com/article-15517-ferocious-fury-road-a-grand-vehicular-opera.html Ferocious Fury Road a grand vehicular opera
 Like a Road Runner cartoon on steroids – replete with gizmos that surely came from ACME, Inc. – George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road is a glorious ode to vehicular destruction, outdoing the...]]>
Pursuit leads to disaster http://illinoistimes.com/article-15476-pursuit-leads-to-disaster.html Pursuit leads to disaster
 The old adage is that “Dying is easy. Comedy is hard,” and that’s never been more evident than while watching Hot Pursuit, an agonizingly bad movie that features Reese Witherspoon and Sofi...]]>
Sleek Machina hindered by rusty plot http://illinoistimes.com/article-15446-sleek-machina-hindered-by-rusty-plot.html Sleek Machina hindered by rusty plot
 Alex Garland’s Ex Machina is a film that revolves around appearances, all of them deceptive. But none more than the movie itself, as its promise of the new is nothing but a lie. Sporting a hig...]]>
A sense of the mechanical plagues Avengers: Ultron http://illinoistimes.com/article-15416-a-sense-of-the-mechanical-plagues-avengers-ultron.html A sense of the mechanical plagues Avengers: Ultron
 For better or worse, Marvel Films has ushered in a new production method, planning out interlocking movies that form a universe all their own. With box office tallies in the billions, this is so...]]>
Questions of identity abound in Young http://illinoistimes.com/article-15383-questions-of-identity-abound-in-young.html Questions of identity abound in Young
 As I’ve told my sons, “If you can avoid it, don’t get old.” Obviously, this good advice is impossible to heed and while there’s that notion that with age comes wisdom, I’d gladly be...]]>
Mirren anchors powerful Woman in Gold http://illinoistimes.com/article-15357-mirren-anchors-powerful-woman-in-gold.html Mirren anchors powerful Woman in Gold
 In 1999, Maria Altmann filed suit against the Austrian government in an effort to regain ownership of five paintings done by Gustav Klimt that once belonged to her family but had been stolen by ...]]>
Furious 7’s only goal is to thrill http://illinoistimes.com/article-15315-furious-7%25E2%2580%2599s-only-goal-is-to-thrill.html Furious 7’s only goal is to thrill
 There’s a great deal of anticipation surrounding James Wan’s Furious 7, the latest and posed to be the most lucrative installment in the greatest gearhead franchise in film history. Not only...]]>
Hard silly, offensive but effective http://illinoistimes.com/article-15285-hard-silly-offensive-but-effective.html Hard silly, offensive but effective
 With their comedic styles like night and day, there was no guarantee that any sort of chemistry would result from the pairing of Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart on screen, but after seeing them toge...]]>
Insurgent ups the ante and succeeds http://illinoistimes.com/article-15254-insurgent-ups-the-ante-and-succeeds.html Insurgent ups the ante and succeeds
 Smart, slick and superior to its predecessor Divergent, Insurgent does what every good adventure tale must, namely give us characters we care for as the whole world goes to hell around them. Thi...]]>
Movie magic in Cinderella http://illinoistimes.com/article-15237-movie-magic-in-cinderella.html Movie magic in Cinderella
 Do we really need another version of Cinderella? I didn’t think so until I saw Kenneth Branagh’s ravishing new rendition that’s buoyed by a reverent approach, perfect casting and a sumptuo...]]>
Business fun, despite its flaws http://illinoistimes.com/article-15201-business-fun-despite-its-flaws.html Business fun, despite its flaws
 There are some films that get past your better judgment. These are called “guilty pleasures,” movies that you can’t really defend from a critical point of view yet you enjoy despite the fa...]]>
Second Exotic: Bland and familiar http://illinoistimes.com/article-15169-second-exotic-bland-and-familiar.html Second Exotic: Bland and familiar
 The last thing I expected going into The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was to hear the whiny blues-rock strains of George Thorogood and the Destroyers. And yet, there was “Who Do You Love?...]]>
McFarland runs a winning course http://illinoistimes.com/article-15151-mcfarland-runs-a-winning-course.html McFarland runs a winning course
 Continuing their series of inspirational, true-life sports stories, Disney Pictures’ McFarland USA is a worthy addition to their cannon, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the likes of Miracle...]]>
Grey a bit anticlimactic http://illinoistimes.com/article-15111-grey-a-bit-anticlimactic.html Grey a bit anticlimactic
 For any story that revolves around sex to have any sort of impact, the characters involved must be complex and appealing. If we can’t come to care about or be intrigued by them, then having th...]]>
Son fails to cast a spell http://illinoistimes.com/article-15083-son-fails-to-cast-a-spell.html Son fails to cast a spell
 Sometimes bad movies happen to good actors. Such is the case with Sergey Bodrov’s Seventh Son, an adaptation of the first book in Joseph Delaney’s The Last Apprentice series – and likely t...]]>
Violent: Much ado about little http://illinoistimes.com/article-15058-violent-much-ado-about-little.html Violent: Much ado about little
 Like the only guy at a party who doesn’t get the joke, I’m wondering what it is about J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year that I’m missing. Riding a wave of good reviews (the film is tren...]]>