IllinoisTimes - Film - Chuck Koplinski https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-32-1-film-chuck-koplinski.html Tue, 18 Jun 19 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 MIB: Int’l a pointless drag https://illinoistimes.com/article-21315-mib-int%25E2%2580%2599l-a-pointless-drag.html MIB: Int’l a pointless drag
 I was pretty sure the world didn’t need another Men in Black movie.  I’m sad to say that after sitting through the latest installment of the franchise, I now know I was right.2019’s �...]]>
Little fire in Dark Phoenix https://illinoistimes.com/article-21301-little-fire-in-dark-phoenix.html Little fire in Dark Phoenix
“The women are always saving the men around here.  You may want to think about changing the name from X-Men to X-Women.”So says defiant X-Women herself, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) in Dark Phoe...]]>
Brightburn a tepid, missed opportunity https://illinoistimes.com/article-21274-brightburn-a-tepid-missed-opportunity.html Brightburn a tepid, missed opportunity
 When you have to write stories on a consistent basis for the same character, you’re bound to run out of ideas.  After cranking out tales for Batman, Spider-Man and their respective stable...]]>
Visual middle steals Monsters’ thunder https://illinoistimes.com/article-21289-visual-middle-steals-monsters%25E2%2580%2599-thunder.html Visual middle steals Monsters’ thunder
 While Warner Brothers has stumbled badly in creating its own shared universe of superhero movies and Universal Pictures’ efforts to do the same with its famous stable of monsters is getting a...]]>
Familiar but confident, Booksmart a wise commentary https://illinoistimes.com/article-21251-familiar-but-confident-booksmart-a-wise-commentary.html Familiar but confident, Booksmart a wise commentary
 Tell me if you’ve heard this one before. Two high school students are intent on finding a party that all of their peers are going to.  Unfortunately, they don’t have the address and in...]]>
Wick: Parabellum delivers goods, stumbles at the end - Chuck Koplinski https://illinoistimes.com/article-21225-wick-parabellum-delivers-goods-stumbles-at-the-end.html Wick: Parabellum delivers goods, stumbles at the end - Chuck Koplinski
 In the classic Hollywood musicals starring Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, it wasn’t uncommon for them to use props as they danced.  In addition to their partners – which included Jerry th...]]>
Flimsy Intruder quite timely https://illinoistimes.com/article-21196-flimsy-intruder-quite-timely.html Flimsy Intruder quite timely
 On the surface, Deon Taylor’s The Intruder is nothing more than a home invasion thriller akin to Pacific Heights and Unlawful Entry, thrillers from the ‘90s in which yuppie landlords were te...]]>
Unlikely duo Theron and Rogen score in Long Shot https://illinoistimes.com/article-21179-unlikely-duo-theron-and-rogen-score-in-long-shot.html Unlikely duo Theron and Rogen score in Long Shot
 I have a feeling that Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen will not go down in cinematic history as this generation’s Hepburn and Tracy. Yet based on their recent collaboration, Long Shot, I’d be...]]>
Long Shot’s O’Shea Jackson Jr. is Ready to Shine https://illinoistimes.com/article-21175-long-shot%25E2%2580%2599s-o%25E2%2580%2599shea-jackson-jr-is-ready-to-shine.html Long Shot’s O’Shea Jackson Jr. is Ready to Shine
 With legendary rapper Ice Cube as his father, O’Shea Jackson, Jr. is no stranger to the world of movies, as he often visited the sets where his dad shot his many films as a child.  He’s...]]>
Endgame a perfect ending to a marvelous saga https://illinoistimes.com/article-21170-endgame-a-perfect-ending-to-a-marvelous-saga.html Endgame a perfect ending to a marvelous saga
Expectations couldn’t be higher for Marvel Films’ Avengers: Endgame, arguably the most anticipated movie in film history.  Having already broken pre-ticket sales records before one frame has...]]>
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...]]>