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Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 12:04 am
On paper, it sounds ridiculous. Then again, most parables do, and Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water is just that: a poignant, powerful fairy tale for our times that speaks to universal concern...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:03 am
 I have a feeling that many viewers will find the premise in Alexander Payne’s Downsizing rather appealing. As written by director and screenwriter Jim Taylor, it posits a future in which peopl...
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 12:05 am

Illinois Times film critic Chuck Koplinski interviews Gary Oldman, star of The Darkest Hour

 With his many larger-than-life roles, it’s a bit disconcerting to discover that Gary Oldman’s presence is far from domineering.  Soft-spoken and standing a trim 5 feet 8 inches, his per...
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 12:04 am
 One of the mistakes that can occur when looking at the past is that we tend to see things more positively than they actually were. The inclination to buy into the notion of “the good old days�...
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 12:04 am
 One of the things I feared would happen when Disney acquired the rights to the Star Wars universe and announced an ambitious slate of movies that would take us to that galaxy far, far away on an...
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 12:04 am
 Tell me if you’ve heard this one – a teenage girl, feeling lost and misunderstood, goes to a new high school where her feelings of isolation are assuaged a bit when she meets and becomes fri...
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 12:04 am
 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...
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 12:01 am
 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...

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