IllinoisTimes - Film - Chuck Koplinski https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-32-1-film-chuck-koplinski.html Wed, 16 Oct 19 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 Gemini Man: New age visuals clash with old-school script https://illinoistimes.com/article-21691-gemini-man-new-age-visuals-clash-with-old-school-script.html Gemini Man: New age visuals clash with old-school script
 While watching any movie, viewers should never be conscious of the process that goes into its making. No matter what the film, an illusion of reality – whatever “reality” said production h...]]>
Thoughtful, flawed Joker a cry for mental health reform https://illinoistimes.com/article-21663-thoughtful-flawed-joker-a-cry-for-mental-health-reform.html Thoughtful, flawed Joker a cry for mental health reform
 Todd Phillips’ Joker arrives in theaters having already created a wave of protests and social media outrage that the titular character would be proud of. Some critics who have seen it are conc...]]>
Ponderous Astra a worthy exercise https://illinoistimes.com/article-21648-ponderous-astra-a-worthy-exercise.html Ponderous Astra a worthy exercise
 Is there more to James Grey’s Ad Astra than meets the eye?  Or is there less? It’s something I’ve been turning over and over in my mind since seeing it a week ago.  I suppose the...]]>
Downton a delight for true fans https://illinoistimes.com/article-21618-downton-a-delight-for-true-fans.html Downton a delight for true fans
 In the interest of full disclosure, I should say that I have never seen a single episode of the hit PBS series “Downton Abbey.”  I don’t know a Crawley from a Talbot and whether the s...]]>
Lazy screenwriting hampers It 2 https://illinoistimes.com/article-21608-lazy-screenwriting-hampers-it-2.html Lazy screenwriting hampers It 2
 Much like It, Andy Muschietti’s follow-up, Chapter 2, is a triumph of production design, a meticulously rendered, at times morbidly beautiful film that is never less than captivating to look a...]]>
Brittany a surprising, moving testament to self-reliance https://illinoistimes.com/article-21614-brittany-a-surprising-moving-testament-to-self-reliance.html Brittany a surprising, moving testament to self-reliance
The power in Paul Down Colaizzo’s Brittany Runs a Marathon comes from the fact that we so easily identify with the titular character, a young woman who isn’t living her life as much as floating th...]]>
Ready a timely, bloody good time https://illinoistimes.com/article-21579-ready-a-timely-bloody-good-time.html Ready a timely, bloody good time
 I have a feeling audiences are going to respond quite favorably to Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s Ready or Not.  Very clever, darkly funny and tautly constructed, the film not...]]>
Falcon a timely tale of compassion https://illinoistimes.com/article-21566-falcon-a-timely-tale-of-compassion.html Falcon a timely tale of compassion
Films such as The Peanut Butter Falcon are tricky when it comes to setting the proper tone and treating its subject and story with respect.  Centered on a young man with Down syndrome, works of t...]]>
Sweet tone buoys Boys https://illinoistimes.com/article-21545-sweet-tone-buoys-boys.html Sweet tone buoys Boys
 There’s much of what you’d expect in Good Boys and a bit of what you wouldn’t.  Produced by the same crew that brought us Superbad (2007) and concerning three middle schoolers, you kn...]]>
Too much Bruce nearly dims Light https://illinoistimes.com/article-21523-too-much-bruce-nearly-dims-light.html Too much Bruce nearly dims Light
 As a Bruce Springsteen fan, I was really looking forward to Gurinder Chadha’s Blinded by the Light, a film based on the life of writer Sarfraz Manzoor, who cites the musician’s work as a pro...]]>
Bernadette a confused mess https://illinoistimes.com/article-21503-bernadette-a-confused-mess.html Bernadette a confused mess
It’s rare that I have the reaction to a movie that I had to Richard Linklater’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette. Adapted from the novel by Maria Semple, this story of a woman who puts her career to t...]]>
Heartfelt Banks a bit heavy-handed https://illinoistimes.com/article-21479-heartfelt-banks-a-bit-heavy-handed.html Heartfelt Banks a bit heavy-handed
 On July 8, 2002, fate threw 17-year-old Brain Banks a curveball that would alter his life forever.  Falsely accused of rape, he was arrested and ultimately brought to trial as an adult.&nbs...]]>
Hobbs & Shaw a surprisingly fun romp https://illinoistimes.com/article-21457-hobbs-shaw-a-surprisingly-fun-romp.html Hobbs & Shaw a surprisingly fun romp
 Surprisingly, there’s more than meets the eye in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, the first of what’s sure to be many spin-offs from the testosterone-fueled franchise. To be su...]]>
Tarantino can’t get out of his own way with Hollywood https://illinoistimes.com/article-21443-tarantino-can%25E2%2580%2599t-get-out-of-his-own-way-with-hollywood.html Tarantino can’t get out of his own way with Hollywood
 Quentin Tarantino is our most seductive filmmaker.  His ability to frame and execute a scene with a crisp sense of vitality, his sharp-edged writing and the way in which he elicits primal p...]]>
Timely Self-Defense a dark comic delight https://illinoistimes.com/article-21436-timely-self-defense-a-dark-comic-delight.html Timely Self-Defense a dark comic delight
 Casey Davies is a loner.  Not by choice, mind you.  The young man is socially awkward and has an unpopular job at the firm he works at – as the company’s accountant, he audits his...]]>
Crawl a B-movie delight https://illinoistimes.com/article-21424-crawl-a-b-movie-delight.html Crawl a B-movie delight
 After having seen the trailer for Alejandro Aja’s Crawl, I realized this was the movie I had been for waiting all summer.  I never thought I would suffer from superhero film fatigue, but...]]>
Stuber’s Nanjiai and Bautista have chemistry on and off-screen https://illinoistimes.com/article-21413-stuber%25E2%2580%2599s-nanjiai-and-bautista-have-chemistry-on-and-off-screen.html Stuber’s Nanjiai and Bautista have chemistry on and off-screen
 You can tell that Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista like each other. They are very much at ease with one another, finish each other’s sentences and laugh at inside jokes while those around the...]]>
Tired Stuber a collection of cliches https://illinoistimes.com/article-21412-tired-stuber-a-collection-of-cliches.html Tired Stuber a collection of cliches
 I don’t mind leftovers.  Actually, some things are better the second time around.  I tend to like spaghetti and meatballs after it has sat in the fridge a day or two.  (I have n...]]>
Joyous Yesterday a moving celebration of the Beatles https://illinoistimes.com/article-21392-joyous-yesterday-a-moving-celebration-of-the-beatles.html Joyous Yesterday a moving celebration of the Beatles
There’s always been a sense of whimsy about the films of Richard Curtis.  Whether Love Actually or About Time, which he wrote and directed, or the many episodes of Blackadder and Mr. Bean he pe...]]>
Besson's Anna: Old-school action done right https://illinoistimes.com/article-21355-bessons-anna-old-school-action-done-right.html Besson's Anna: Old-school action done right
 It’s a shame that Luc Besson’s Anna arrived in theaters under cover of night.  Lionsgate Pictures released it without previewing it to critics and with little in the way of promotion.&n...]]>
Toy Story 4 avoids sequel pitfalls https://illinoistimes.com/article-21345-toy-story-4-avoids-sequel-pitfalls.html Toy Story 4 avoids sequel pitfalls
I think I was one of the few who weren’t knocked out by Pixar’s Toy Story 3. I found it unnecessary, as well as cloying and obvious. I expected much of the same with Toy Story 4, and to be sure, t...]]>
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...]]>