IllinoisTimes - Film - Chuck Koplinski https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-32-1-film-chuck-koplinski.html Mon, 22 Apr 19 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 Marshall's Hellboy for true fans only https://illinoistimes.com/article-21145-marshalls-hellboy-for-true-fans-only.html Marshall's Hellboy for true fans only
 I don’t know how to say this without it sounding condescending, but if you don’t read Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, then you simply won’t get Neil Marshall’s new version of the demonic super...]]>
Obvious Sematary a bore https://illinoistimes.com/article-21139-obvious-sematary-a-bore.html Obvious Sematary a bore
 “Sometimes, dead is better.”So says Jud Crandall (John Lithgow), uttering a piece of advice he doesn’t take in Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer’s remake of Pet Sematary.  They should...]]>
Joyous innocence, humor propel Shazam! https://illinoistimes.com/article-21098-joyous-innocence-humor-propel-shazam_.html Joyous innocence, humor propel Shazam!
 The 2007 announcement that Iron Man would be the first superhero film based on a Marvel Comics character other than Spider-Man was met with a great deal of head-scratching among comic book afici...]]>
Peele’s ambitious Us ultimately falls short https://illinoistimes.com/article-21086-peele%25E2%2580%2599s-ambitious-us-ultimately-falls-short.html Peele’s ambitious Us ultimately falls short
 The worlds of art and sports are littered with filmmakers, authors and athletes who have fallen victim to the sophomore slump, having wowed the world with their debut only to fail to live up to...]]>
You better believe it - Dumbo soars! https://illinoistimes.com/article-21090-you-better-believe-it-dumbo-soars_.html You better believe it - Dumbo soars!
 As the Disney money machine continues to roll along, so does its series of live-action remakes of the animated classics.  What with The Jungle Book, Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast prov...]]>
Timely, smart Captive State a stunning surprise https://illinoistimes.com/article-21056-timely-smart-captive-state-a-stunning-surprise.html Timely, smart Captive State a stunning surprise
 There were advanced screenings scheduled for Focus Features’ Captive State. They were cancelled. Commercials and trailers for the film were few and far between and the film opened last week wi...]]>
Grim Greta a deliciously dark comic thriller https://illinoistimes.com/article-21018-grim-greta-a-deliciously-dark-comic-thriller.html Grim Greta a deliciously dark comic thriller
If your tastes run towards Grimms’ Fairy Tales, Neil Jordan’s Greta is likely to be your cup of tea. This nasty little dark comedy effectively taps into the paranoia of the abduction thriller, doi...]]>
Offbeat Captain Marvel a pleasant surprise https://illinoistimes.com/article-21000-offbeat-captain-marvel-a-pleasant-surprise.html Offbeat Captain Marvel a pleasant surprise
As the ambitious 22-movie cycle that Marvel Films initiated 11 years ago winds down, it seems right to pause for a moment to reflect on how groundbreaking this undertaking was. This series has brought...]]>
Family lacks knockout punch https://illinoistimes.com/article-20981-family-lacks-knockout-punch.html Family lacks knockout punch
 The Knight family is a bunch of characters. The father, Ricky, has been a wrestling aficionado all of his life, so much so that he began training his children, Zak and Saraya, in the fine art of...]]>
Dragon III: A flawed but satisfying conclusion https://illinoistimes.com/article-20953-dragon-iii-a-flawed-but-satisfying-conclusion.html Dragon III: A flawed but satisfying conclusion
 Based on the series of books by Cressida Cowell, Dreamworks’ How to Train Your Dragon adaptations have been a success both at the box office and critically.  Having taken in over $1.1 bil...]]>
Surprising Prodigy hits all the right notes https://illinoistimes.com/article-20940-surprising-prodigy-hits-all-the-right-notes.html Surprising Prodigy hits all the right notes
There are very few surprises in Nicholas McCarthy’s The Prodigy, other than the fact that it’s an effective little B-movie shocker that had me giggling with delight over just how much fun it is.&n...]]>
Pursuit a bloody misfire https://illinoistimes.com/article-20903-pursuit-a-bloody-misfire.html Pursuit a bloody misfire
 I’ve spoken of tone before in other reviews – how hard it is to sustain over the course of a film, how difficult it is to maintain a consistent mood on a set over the length of a prolonged s...]]>
Elliott Nearly Saves Hitler…Bigfoot https://illinoistimes.com/article-20900-elliott-nearly-saves-hitler%25E2%2580%25A6bigfoot.html Elliott Nearly Saves Hitler…Bigfoot
 The movie to beat for best film title of the year, Robert Krzykowski’s The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot, is a somber, pulp tale of a man left behind, a veteran whose deeds have gone unsung, unknown by the public he sacrificed so much to save.
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Serenity goes its own way https://illinoistimes.com/article-20879-serenity-goes-its-own-way.html Serenity goes its own way
 I often complain that movie trailers give far too much away about the films they’re promoting, revealing key twists and surprises that not only undercut the work of the director in question bu...]]>
Glass: A frustrating, intriguing failure https://illinoistimes.com/article-20861-glass-a-frustrating-intriguing-failure.html Glass: A frustrating, intriguing failure
 Comic book enthusiasts are very defensive of their favorite medium. They contend there’s much more to the superhero stories they love so much, and they’ll go to great lengths to explain this...]]>
Powerful Beale Street focuses on tragedy of common racism https://illinoistimes.com/article-20842-powerful-beale-street-focuses-on-tragedy-of-common-racism.html Powerful Beale Street focuses on tragedy of common racism
 In a year in which we’ve had many films dealing with the issue of race in America, Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk is the most moving of the lot; this seemingly unassuming story do...]]>
Basis of Sex doesn't ring true https://illinoistimes.com/article-20811-basis-of-sex-doesnt-ring-true.html Basis of Sex doesn't ring true
 During the ‘30s and ‘40s, biopics were a staple of the major studios, particularly Warner Brothers and MGM, where films were made recounting the greatness of the men – and occasional woman...]]>
The Mule a slight piece of post-modernism https://illinoistimes.com/article-20800-the-mule-a-slight-piece-of-post-modernism.html The Mule a slight piece of post-modernism
 Clint Eastwood’s The Mule succeeds more as a piece of post-modern cinematic reflection rather than an engaging narrative, and that’s fine. Very few actors have been as conscious of their scr...]]>
Aquaman a true sea snore https://illinoistimes.com/article-20758-aquaman-a-true-sea-snore.html Aquaman a true sea snore
 Not the knockout Wonder Woman was or the disaster that was Justice League, James Wan’s Aquaman is a rather plodding by-the-numbers affair that goes far out of its way to provide the sort of un...]]>
The Favourite a wicked delight https://illinoistimes.com/article-20742-the-favourite-a-wicked-delight.html The Favourite a wicked delight
 Does an 18th century tale of palace intrigue have any relevance for our times? Well, any story that deals with behind-the-scenes machinations to wrest power at the cost of your moral integrity d...]]>
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...]]>