IllinoisTimes - Film - Chuck Koplinski http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-32-1-film-chuck-koplinski.html Tue, 07 Jul 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 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...]]>
Black or White a flawed but noble look at race http://illinoistimes.com/article-15025-black-or-white-a-flawed-but-noble-look-at-race.html Black or White a flawed but noble look at race
 Much like American Sniper, Mike Binder’s Black or White is likely to draw a disparate number of responses, interpretations and criticisms as it deals with the issue of race relations, a subjec...]]>
Paddington stuffed with charm http://illinoistimes.com/article-15014-paddington-stuffed-with-charm.html Paddington stuffed with charm
 Michael Bond’s Paddington books were not a part of my childhood, so I went into Paul King’s big screen adaptation of these beloved English children’s stories blissfully ignorant. I’m gla...]]>
Sniper’s aim is true http://illinoistimes.com/article-14967-sniper%25E2%2580%2599s-aim-is-true.html Sniper’s aim is true
 His best and most-assured film since Invictus, Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper covers many themes the filmmaker has touched on over the course of his career. The devastating impact of violenc...]]>
Selma: A reminder of sacrifice and struggle http://illinoistimes.com/article-14935-selma-a-reminder-of-sacrifice-and-struggle.html Selma: A reminder of sacrifice and struggle
 In life, and with releasing films, timing is everything and Ava DuVernay’s Selma could not have opened at a more opportune moment. Obviously set to coincide with the 86th anniversary of Martin...]]>
Chris Rock goes for broke with Top Five http://illinoistimes.com/article-14924-chris-rock-goes-for-broke-with-top-five.html Chris Rock goes for broke with Top Five
 As far as the movie world is concerned, 2014 will be remembered as the year in which things ended with an international bang and a corporate whimper. After having massive numbers of files hacked...]]>
Witherspoon and Vallee fully invest in powerful Wild http://illinoistimes.com/article-14887-witherspoon-and-vallee-fully-invest-in-powerful-wild.html Witherspoon and Vallee fully invest in powerful Wild
 There are many ways that Jean-Marie Vallee’s adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild could have gone wrong. A story anchored more by internal struggles than external conflict, this is the...]]>
Foxx and company flounder in bland Annie http://illinoistimes.com/article-14841-foxx-and-company-flounder-in-bland-annie.html Foxx and company flounder in bland Annie
 Whenever someone decides to tinker with a classic I can’t help but be a bit skeptical about the entire affair. Such is the case with Annie, “a modern re-imagining of a beloved musical” acc...]]>
Spectacle, redemption propel Exodus http://illinoistimes.com/article-14815-spectacle-redemption-propel-exodus.html Spectacle, redemption propel Exodus
 Director Ridley Scott is no stranger to bringing epic visions to the screen. From the sci-fi sagas Blade Runner and Prometheus to the grand ancient tales Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven, the fil...]]>