IllinoisTimes - Film - Chuck Koplinski https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-32-1-film-chuck-koplinski.html Thu, 22 Aug 19 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 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...]]>
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...]]>