IllinoisTimes - Film - Chuck Koplinski http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-32-1-film-chuck-koplinski.html Sat, 13 Feb 16 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 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...]]>
Choppy Sea fails to engage http://illinoistimes.com/article-16513-choppy-sea-fails-to-engage.html Choppy Sea fails to engage
 On Aug. 12, 1819, the whaling ship Essex left Nantucket with a fresh lease on life. Wanting to keep it operational as long as possible, the company that owned the ship had given it a complete ov...]]>
Victor Frankenstein a misguided monster mash http://illinoistimes.com/article-16483-victor-frankenstein-a-misguided-monster-mash.html Victor Frankenstein a misguided monster mash
 Taking a cue from the literary reimagining that led to the big box office with Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes in 2009 and its sequel in 2011, director Paul McGuigan and screenwriter Max La...]]>
Beautiful Brooklyn a love story for the ages http://illinoistimes.com/article-16458-beautiful-brooklyn-a-love-story-for-the-ages.html Beautiful Brooklyn a love story for the ages
 What a beautiful movie John Crowley has made in Brooklyn, the adaptation of Colm Toibin’s 2009 novel. This loving look back to early 1950’s America and one young Irish girl’s immigrant exp...]]>
Solid, compelling Spotlight is one of the year’s best http://illinoistimes.com/article-16414-solid-compelling-spotlight-is-one-of-the-year%25E2%2580%2599s-best.html Solid, compelling Spotlight is one of the year’s best
 Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight is a movie that doesn’t have to raise its voice. Much like the reporters it focuses on, this is an assured work, firm in its convictions, telling its story in a fact...]]>
Past haunts tepid Spectre http://illinoistimes.com/article-16385-past-haunts-tepid-spectre.html Past haunts tepid Spectre
 Calling Spectre the biggest misstep in the James Bond franchise may be a bit of an overstatement; to say that it’s a missed opportunity of titanic proportions would be more accurate. Failing t...]]>
Gross miscalculation buries Truth http://illinoistimes.com/article-16360-gross-miscalculation-buries-truth.html Gross miscalculation buries Truth
 There’s never any doubt as to what James Vanderbilt’s intent is with his new film Truth.  Based on the memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, the President and the Privilege of Power, the mo...]]>
Kasbah fails to rock http://illinoistimes.com/article-16323-kasbah-fails-to-rock.html Kasbah fails to rock
 It’s never a good sign when, while watching a movie, your mind becomes preoccupied with questions like “I wonder at what point in the production process this went wrong?” and “Didn’t t...]]>
Thrills and chills aplenty in Peak http://illinoistimes.com/article-16318-thrills-and-chills-aplenty-in-peak.html Thrills and chills aplenty in Peak
 The most visually sumptuous film of the year, Guillermo del Toro’s (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) haunted house tale Crimson Peak, is one part Edgar Allen Poe and one part Shirley Jackson, buoye...]]>
Spies: intriguing but incomplete http://illinoistimes.com/article-16258-spies-intriguing-but-incomplete.html Spies: intriguing but incomplete
 In 1957, attorney James Donovan was given the unenviable task of representing accused Russian spy Rudolf Abel when he was charged with conspiracy against the United States. It was a duty he took...]]>
Meandering Walk ultimately rights itself http://illinoistimes.com/article-16244-meandering-walk-ultimately-rights-itself.html Meandering Walk ultimately rights itself
 Director Robert Zemickis has always been enamored with the technology of film, so much so that at times it has become a distraction to the stories he’s told. While his work inWho Framed Roger...]]>
Filmmaker shines a light on Malala - An interview with director Davis Guggenheim http://illinoistimes.com/article-16245-filmmaker-shines-a-light-on-malala.html Filmmaker shines a light on Malala - An interview with director Davis Guggenheim
 “I wondered if she was too good to be true.”No one could blame filmmaker Davis Guggenheim for being skeptical where the subject of his latest documentary, He Named Me Malala, is concerned. A...]]>
Intern delivers exactly what you expect http://illinoistimes.com/article-16203-intern-delivers-exactly-what-you-expect.html Intern delivers exactly what you expect
 I knew exactly what to expect with Nancy Myers’ The Intern and while there can be some comfort in having your expectations met (the idea they might be exceeded should never enter your mind wit...]]>
Grandma’s honesty makes it a cut above http://illinoistimes.com/article-16170-grandma%25E2%2580%2599s-honesty-makes-it-a-cut-above.html Grandma’s honesty makes it a cut above
 You have to give Elle Reid credit. She’s lived her life on her terms and has made no apologies about it. However, now that she’s pushing 70 and her much-younger girlfriend has broken up with...]]>
“Perfect Guy” Laid Low by Predictable Script http://illinoistimes.com/article-16161-%25E2%2580%259Cperfect-guy%25E2%2580%259D-laid-low-by-predictable-script.html “Perfect Guy” Laid Low by Predictable Script
I suppose it’s a bit lazy to say that there’s nothing original where the plot of a movie or novel is concerned.  I’ve heard it said that there are only seven basic stories that can be tol...]]>
The Visit – A Modern Fairy Tale of the Grimm-est Sort http://illinoistimes.com/article-16143-the-visit-%25E2%2580%2593-a-modern-fairy-tale-of-the-grimm-est-sort.html The Visit – A Modern Fairy Tale of the Grimm-est Sort
 If anyone is in need of and deserving of a comeback, it’s writer/director M. Night Shyamalan. Having made a splash with The Sixth Sense in 1999, the filmmaker proceeded to make a series of thr...]]>
Depp Mesmerizing in "Black Mass" http://illinoistimes.com/article-16160-depp-mesmerizing-in-black-mass.html Depp Mesmerizing in "Black Mass"
“If no one sees it, it didn’t happen.” These were the words Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger lived and thrived by, a philosophy of denial and evasion upon which he built a criminal ...]]>
Redford and Nolte make for a pleasant Walk http://illinoistimes.com/article-16117-redford-and-nolte-make-for-a-pleasant-walk.html Redford and Nolte make for a pleasant Walk
 Much like its two main characters, A Walk in the Woods is a film that’s comfortable and familiar. There are no surprises to be had while watching it; the platitudes it espouses we’ve heard a...]]>
Gerwig and Kirke discuss the merits of America http://illinoistimes.com/article-16100-gerwig-and-kirke-discuss-the-merits-of-america.html Gerwig and Kirke discuss the merits of America
 The moniker “Darling of American Independent film” may seem a bit facile, but it’s a title actress Greta Gerwig wears proudly. To be sure, she has more than enough credits to back this up ...]]>
America delusional in its intent http://illinoistimes.com/article-16076-america-delusional-in-its-intent.html America delusional in its intent
 Eventually, we all come to realize that people aren’t always as they seem; it just takes some longer than others to learn this lesson. Take Tracy (Lola Kirke), for example. She’s just come t...]]>
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...]]>