IllinoisTimes - Film - Chuck Koplinski http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-32-1-film-chuck-koplinski.html Wed, 31 Aug 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Don’t Breathe is a thrilling, fun house ride http://illinoistimes.com/article-17606-don%25E2%2580%2599t-breathe-is-a-thrilling-fun-house-ride.html Don’t Breathe is a thrilling, fun house ride
 Having employed a ferociously violent aesthetic in rebooting Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead (2013), director Fede Alvarez takes a decidedly different approach with Don’t Breathe, an intriguing si...]]>
Plenty to chew on in Sausage Party http://illinoistimes.com/article-17568-plenty-to-chew-on-in-sausage-party.html Plenty to chew on in Sausage Party
 Not only does Seth Rogen’s Sausage Party have the greatest title in the history of cinema, it also features talking hot dogs, graphic scenes of various food items having sex, scads of racial s...]]>
Jenkins hits all the right notes http://illinoistimes.com/article-17543-jenkins-hits-all-the-right-notes.html Jenkins hits all the right notes
 Where a film like Florence Foster Jenkins is concerned, finding the right tone is key to its success. Director Stephen Frears knows a thing or two about creating the proper mood and intent of a...]]>
Suicide Squad executed in half-measures http://illinoistimes.com/article-17521-suicide-squad-executed-in-half-measures.html Suicide Squad executed in half-measures
 There’s a great deal of potential (most of it wasted) in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, which is Warner Brothers latest effort to get its stable of DC Comics characters on firm cinematic footin...]]>
Silliness obscures Moms’ message http://illinoistimes.com/article-17502-silliness-obscures-moms%25E2%2580%2599-message.html Silliness obscures Moms’ message
 Having found success after writing the Hangover trilogy, Jon Lucas and Scott Moore set out to show that women can act just as stupidly as men with Bad Moms. Much to their own and their character...]]>
Lights Out a fun frightshow http://illinoistimes.com/article-17467-lights-out-a-fun-frightshow.html Lights Out a fun frightshow
 In order for a horror film to work, it’s required that at certain points, its characters act … without thinking? I don’t want to use the word “stupid,” as I surely don’t know how I w...]]>
Infiltrator not invasive enough http://illinoistimes.com/article-17444-infiltrator-not-invasive-enough.html Infiltrator not invasive enough
 Has the increase in quality television affected the way we (or maybe it’s just me) watch films? For the last decade, many convincing arguments have been put forth that what with the coming of...]]>
Swiss Army Man: A multi-purpose disaster http://illinoistimes.com/article-17434-swiss-army-man-a-multi-purpose-disaster.html Swiss Army Man: A multi-purpose disaster
 I’ve seen some very bad movies lately, but Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s Swiss Army Man is by far the worst of the year, a film so misguided, confused and insulting that I sat slack-jawed...]]>
Yates’ Tarzan a rousing, moving success http://illinoistimes.com/article-17401-yates%25E2%2580%2599-tarzan-a-rousing-moving-success.html Yates’ Tarzan a rousing, moving success
 Legendary film producer Darryl Zanuck once said, “The secret to success in Hollywood is giving the public what it wants before it knows it wants it.” In the spirit of that statement and in a...]]>
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...]]>