IllinoisTimes - Film - Chuck Koplinski https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-32-1-film-chuck-koplinski.html Thu, 13 Dec 18 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Vibrant, imaginative Spider-Verse a true delight https://illinoistimes.com/article-20724-vibrant-imaginative-spider-verse-a-true-delight.html Vibrant, imaginative Spider-Verse a true delight
 Sony Pictures has made more than a few questionable moves where the Spider-Man franchise is concerned. After bringing the web head to the big screen with the trilogy directed by Sam Raimi, they...]]>
Great performances save Book https://illinoistimes.com/article-20706-great-performances-save-book.html Great performances save Book
 Whenever a film is based on a true story, certain liberties are taken for a variety of reasons. Events are compressed because of time considerations, two or three people may be combined into one...]]>
Creed II: Focuses on wrong fight https://illinoistimes.com/article-20669-creed-ii-focuses-on-wrong-fight.html Creed II: Focuses on wrong fight
 The most surprising thing about Creed II is that it actually did surprise me … once. An out-of-the-blue appearance from a character long forgotten actually caused me to gasp. This in and of it...]]>
Fractured approach stymies Runner https://illinoistimes.com/article-20641-fractured-approach-stymies-runner.html Fractured approach stymies Runner
 “Stupid is as stupid does.”That famous Gump-ism swirled ‘round and ‘round in my mind as I watched Jason Reitman’s not-as-good-as-it-should-be biopic, The Front Runner, play out. Chroni...]]>
Erased: A tale of understanding https://illinoistimes.com/article-20621-erased-a-tale-of-understanding.html Erased: A tale of understanding
 There’s a vital, timely message of hope contained in Joel Edgerton’s Boy Erased. At first glance it appears to be about one young man’s struggle with coming to terms with his sexual identi...]]>
Carrell and Chalamet shine in flawed Boy https://illinoistimes.com/article-20610-carrell-and-chalamet-shine-in-flawed-boy.html Carrell and Chalamet shine in flawed Boy
 At its best, Felix van Groeningen’s Beautiful Boy captures the sense of frustration, rage and helplessness parents feel when they see one of their children caught in the cycle of addiction. Go...]]>
Rhapsody missing a few vital notes https://illinoistimes.com/article-20578-rhapsody-missing-a-few-vital-notes.html Rhapsody missing a few vital notes
 It is with great regret that I report that Bohemian Rhapsody is not the film Queen fans have been waiting for, nor is it the one the band deserves. A rote exercise from the start, this by-the-nu...]]>
Tasteless Halloween leaves a bloody, bad taste https://illinoistimes.com/article-20555-tasteless-halloween-leaves-a-bloody-bad-taste.html Tasteless Halloween leaves a bloody, bad taste
After deciding to resurrect the Halloween franchise, director David Gordon Green and writer Danny McBride expressed concern that they might embarrass themselves, that their efforts might not do ju...]]>
Gun is a worthy swan song for Redford https://illinoistimes.com/article-20544-gun-is-a-worthy-swan-song-for-redford.html Gun is a worthy swan song for Redford
 I have an old gray T-shirt. I can’t tell you how many times it’s been washed or how many times I’ve worn it. It’s always at the top of the pile in my dresser drawer and it is the one I g...]]>
Intimate look at space race propels First Man https://illinoistimes.com/article-20526-intimate-look-at-space-race-propels-first-man.html Intimate look at space race propels First Man
 I was speaking to a friend the other day about how we take the age we live in for granted. We punch 10 numbers into our cellphones and talk to people thousands of miles away and don’t give it...]]>
Cooper, Gaga salvage Star https://illinoistimes.com/article-20508-cooper-gaga-salvage-star.html Cooper, Gaga salvage Star
 There’s a great deal to like in Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born, the directorial debut from the actor. Cooper pulls off an Orson Welles, where in addition to acting in the film, he serves as...]]>
Timely Assassination a vicious cautionary tale https://illinoistimes.com/article-20471-timely-assassination-a-vicious-cautionary-tale.html Timely Assassination a vicious cautionary tale
 A primal scream from today’s generation, Sam Levinson’s Assassination Nation is a film that brims with anger, a work propelled by confusion and resentment that rages against the machine that...]]>
Favor a mixed bag of good intentions https://illinoistimes.com/article-20448-favor-a-mixed-bag-of-good-intentions.html Favor a mixed bag of good intentions
 I’m a fan of film noir and I’m not averse to a nice dark comedy. So Paul Feig’s A Simple Favor would seemingly be right up my alley, and, for the most part, it works. Simultaneously a paro...]]>
Nun falls short of Blumhouse standard https://illinoistimes.com/article-20432-nun-falls-short-of-blumhouse-standard.html Nun falls short of Blumhouse standard
 As far as the Blumhouse Productions Conjuring series is concerned, the five movies that make up this franchise have been like money in the bank. A surprise hit in 2013, The Conjuring focused on...]]>
Gripping Searching falters at the end https://illinoistimes.com/article-20388-gripping-searching-falters-at-the-end.html Gripping Searching falters at the end
 Every parent’s worst nightmare is at the center of Aneesh Chaganty’s Searching, an at times harrowing abduction story that revolves around one father’s search for his missing daughter. How...]]>
Isaac, Kingsley arresting in Finale https://illinoistimes.com/article-20376-isaac-kingsley-arresting-in-finale.html Isaac, Kingsley arresting in Finale
 Unlike many of the other high-ranking members of the Third Reich, Adolf Eichmann, the architect of the Final Solution, survived World War II. He fled to South America where he continued to live...]]>
Papillon a power metaphor for troubled times https://illinoistimes.com/article-20343-papillon-a-power-metaphor-for-troubled-times.html Papillon a power metaphor for troubled times
 When it comes to movie remakes, I’ve been of the mind that perhaps only bad films should be redone, or those that could be retold to reflect modern societal issues. The former is never attempt...]]>
Crazy a beautiful, bland affair https://illinoistimes.com/article-20323-crazy-a-beautiful-bland-affair.html Crazy a beautiful, bland affair
 In addition to The Meg, which is also currently in wide release, Crazy Rich Asians is a film co-produced by American and Chinese studios, an effort to appeal not only to viewers in the United St...]]>
BlacKkKlansman a fascinating, timely tale https://illinoistimes.com/article-20293-blackkklansman-a-fascinating-timely-tale.html BlacKkKlansman a fascinating, timely tale
 In the fall of 1978, eager to make a name for himself, Colorado Springs police office Ron Stallworth approached his superiors with the idea of infiltrating the local Ku Klux Klan chapter in orde...]]>
Overbearing McKinnon, bland script sink Spy https://illinoistimes.com/article-20259-overbearing-mckinnon-bland-script-sink-spy.html Overbearing McKinnon, bland script sink Spy
 Some performers have a tendency to want to dominate whatever production they’re in. A good director knows that actors such as this need to be kept in check, lest the spotlight constantly falls...]]>
Stunning, spectacular Fallout delivers https://illinoistimes.com/article-20236-stunning-spectacular-fallout-delivers.html Stunning, spectacular Fallout delivers
 The hallmark of the Mission: Impossible franchise is that it takes its title seriously, setting the bar higher and higher with each entry to show us that what might seem impossible is actually q...]]>
Unnerving Dark Web is a terrifying cautionary tale https://illinoistimes.com/article-20225-unnerving-dark-web-is-a-terrifying-cautionary-tale.html Unnerving Dark Web is a terrifying cautionary tale
 Earlier this year critics were falling all over themselves in praising Ari Aster’s Hereditary as a horror classic, a game changer in the genre that defied expectations and left viewers a quive...]]>
First Purge’s vital message obscure https://illinoistimes.com/article-20203-first-purge%25E2%2580%2599s-vital-message-obscure.html First Purge’s vital message obscure
 In 2013, James DeMonaco’s The Purge seemed like another throwaway entry in the horror genre, a slickly made and at times effective thriller in the Blumhouse Productions mold – cheaply but pr...]]>
Breezy Ant-Man and the Wasp is great fun https://illinoistimes.com/article-20168-breezy-ant-man-and-the-wasp-is-great-fun.html Breezy Ant-Man and the Wasp is great fun
 After the Sturm und Drang of Avengers: Infinity War, Peyton Reed’s lighthearted and breezy Ant-Man and the Wasp comes off as an effective palette cleanser. While the titular heroes face their...]]>
Soldado heavy on action, short on conscience https://illinoistimes.com/article-20141-soldado-heavy-on-action-short-on-conscience.html Soldado heavy on action, short on conscience
 Depending on your political leanings, Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado is either the film we need right now or a piece of inflammatory propaganda that only focuses on one side of a complex issue. W...]]>
Kingdom is fine but familiar https://illinoistimes.com/article-20128-kingdom-is-fine-but-familiar.html Kingdom is fine but familiar
 It’s odd, but whenever a Jurassic Park-type movie is about to be released, more than a few people ask if I like these sorts of films. I guess the assumption is that as a critic I wouldn’t en...]]>
Stylish Incredibles 2 hits all the right notes https://illinoistimes.com/article-20088-stylish-incredibles-2-hits-all-the-right-notes.html Stylish Incredibles 2 hits all the right notes
A great deal has changed where pop culture and superheroes are concerned. Since the release of The Incredibles 14 years ago, the world of caped heroes with extraordinary powers was thought to be the p...]]>
Poignant Adrift a personal survival story https://illinoistimes.com/article-20077-poignant-adrift-a-personal-survival-story.html Poignant Adrift a personal survival story
 I think the reason we like fact-based survival movies is that we can’t help but put ourselves in the place of whatever poor soul it is we see on screen and ask, “Would I be able to do that?�...]]>
Terminal true to its name https://illinoistimes.com/article-20039-terminal-true-to-its-name.html Terminal true to its name
 Today’s movie lovers live in a golden age whether they realize it or not. While the quality of what appears on screen is questionable at times, never before have there been more films being ma...]]>
For good or ill, Deadpool 2 delivers more of the same https://illinoistimes.com/article-19994-for-good-or-ill-deadpool-2-delivers-more-of-the-same.html For good or ill, Deadpool 2 delivers more of the same
 One of the secrets to the success of the character Deadpool is that he is the ultimate vicarious instrument. Much like Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry, he says what we’d like to say and respond...]]>