IllinoisTimes - Film - Chuck Koplinski https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-32-1-film-chuck-koplinski.html Tue, 23 Oct 18 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 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...]]>
Faris and Derbez keep Overboard afloat https://illinoistimes.com/article-19974-faris-and-derbez-keep-overboard-afloat.html Faris and Derbez keep Overboard afloat
There’s really no reason for Rob Greenberg’s Overboard to exist. The 1987 original with Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn is a perfectly serviceable light comedy that’s readily available on streaming...]]>
Tully takes a mixed look at motherhood https://illinoistimes.com/article-19944-tully-takes-a-mixed-look-at-motherhood.html Tully takes a mixed look at motherhood
 Marlo (Charlize Theron) isn’t overwhelmed by motherhood; she’s consumed by it. With a nine year-old girl, a five year-old boy with special needs and a newborn, whatever part of her individua...]]>
Troopers 2 delivers https://illinoistimes.com/article-19936-troopers-2-delivers.html Troopers 2 delivers
 Comedy troupe Broken Lizard’s Super Troopers 2 may be the future of filmmaking. When the group announced they were setting up a fundraising account to raise money to produce a sequel...]]>
I Feel Pretty’s execution fails its message https://illinoistimes.com/article-19901-i-feel-pretty%25E2%2580%2599s-execution-fails-its-message.html I Feel Pretty’s execution fails its message
 The intention behind Abby Kohn’s and Marc Silverstein’s I Feel Pretty can’t be faulted. The film couldn’t be timelier, as it is a broadside against media representations of unrealistic p...]]>
Anderson creates wondrous Isle https://illinoistimes.com/article-19889-anderson-creates-wondrous-isle.html Anderson creates wondrous Isle
 Anyone who’s ever owned a dog has probably thought at one time or another, “I wonder what he’s thinking? What would he say if he could talk?” As for our beagle, Gracie, I’m quite sure...]]>
Quiet Place’s lack of logic is its undoing https://illinoistimes.com/article-19849-quiet-place%25E2%2580%2599s-lack-of-logic-is-its-undoing.html Quiet Place’s lack of logic is its undoing
 John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place has been impressing audiences at the festivals it has shown at, and now it has the burden of living up to the resulting hype. As with most situations of this sor...]]>
Spielberg’s Ready Player One: Pop Culture 101 https://illinoistimes.com/article-19826-spielberg%25E2%2580%2599s-ready-player-one-pop-culture-101.html Spielberg’s Ready Player One: Pop Culture 101
Some things fit like a hand in a glove, and Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s novel Ready Player One is certainly a “peanut butter meets jelly” kind of moment. Taking place in, o...]]>
Vikander deserves better Raider https://illinoistimes.com/article-19803-vikander-deserves-better-raider.html Vikander deserves better Raider
 “Almost, not quite,” sums up Roar Uthaug’s Tomb Raider, another reboot of a long-dormant property that does its best to rekindle the initial fervor surrounding Lara Croft, the video game c...]]>