Charles Koplinski

Charles Koplinski
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Illinois Times

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4.0/4.0 96% The Irishman (2019) Scorsese doesn't disappoint, and neither do his three principals, each delivering some of the finest work of their respective careers. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
4.0/4.0 91% Dark Waters (2019) And while all of this proves fascinating, it's the quiet sense of rage that courses through the film, that director Todd Haynes consistently stokes, that makes "Waters" the best of the recent spate of social justice films. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
3.5/4.0 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) The most magical thing about this noble film is the subtle trick Hanks pulls off in becoming Rogers as he simply disappears in the role, bringing the beloved educator to life in a quiet, modest manner that proves to be a pure example of screen acting. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
3.5/4.0 97% Knives Out (2019) However, it's Craig's tenacious, Southern-fried Poirot that steals the show. His broad drawl alone is worth the price of admission as is his exuberance once Benoit sinks his teeth into the case. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
3.5/4.0 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Director James Mangold is at the top of his game, keeping a sure hand on what could have been a sprawling, ungainly narrative, keeping his focus on the two mavericks at the film's center, never letting the viewer forget that the human element of the tale. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
3.5/4.0 43% Midway (2019) Roland Emmerich's "Midway" is not simply a rousing adventure film but also a respectful tribute to the men who gave their lives during this decisive battle, marking a new sense of maturity to the director's work. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
4.0/4.0 92% The Lighthouse (2019) One of the year's best. An example of the kind of intelligent, innovative filmmaking that should be cherished and championed. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
2.5/4.0 62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Norton can't get out of his own way in "Brooklyn." - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
1.0/4.0 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) An example of the most soul-sucking viewing that I'm forced to endure. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
3.0/4.0 69% Joker (2019) The film is a desperate, plaintive cry for help, an indictment of a society that ignores the mentally ill within it, calling for more treatment for those afflicted when a tragedy occurs, only to forget about them once the next news cycle begins. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
3.0/4.0 84% Ad Astra (2019) Ponderous "Astra" a worthy exercise. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
3.0/4.0 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) "The Peanut Butter Falcon" is the sort of movie we need right now. It reminds us that simple acts of kindness are what prevent the world from totally spinning into chaos. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
2.0/4.0 48% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) What was initially witty and insightful becomes silly and trite, while the film's mixed message proved far too much to stomach and a bit insulting. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3.0/4.0 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) These moments are so audaciously ridiculous that you can't help but sit back and laugh at the outlandishness of it all. If nothing else, the film goes out of its way to entertain and manages to succeed more times than not. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
2.5/4.0 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino can't get out of his own way with "Hollywood." - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
3.5/4.0 36% Anna (2019) The best action film of the year. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
3.5/4.0 71% All Is True (2019) An intriguing take on Shakespeare's final days. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3.0/.0 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) "Toy Story 4" avoids sequel pitfalls. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
2.5/4.0 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Little fire in "Dark Phoenix" - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3.0/4.0 97% Booksmart (2019) While it scores no points where originality is concerned, the fact that its two protagonists are self-assured, overachieving young women is refreshing. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
3.0/4.0 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) "Parabellum" delivers the goods, stumbles at the end. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3.5/4.0 81% Long Shot (2019) Unlikely duo, Theron & Rogen score in "Long Shot" - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
4.0/4.0 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) A perfect ending to a Marvelous saga. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3.0/4.0 47% Dumbo (2019) You better believe it - "Dumbo" soars! - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
4.0/4.0 44% Captive State (2019) The first major surprise of 2019, Rupert Wyatt's sleeper is an uncommonly smart piece of science fiction that, like all great genre pieces, has a potent subtext. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
3.0/40 60% Greta (2019) Grim 'Greta' a deliciously dark comic thriller. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
1.0/4.0 45% The Kid (2019) The directorial debut of actor Vincent D'Onofrio is a loud, abrasive exercise that bludgeons the viewer rather than entertains. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3.5/4.0 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Her quest is a well-executed one of universal appeal, so much so that the fact she can shoot proton beams seems of little import. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3.0/4.0 90% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) A flawed but satisfying conclusion. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
3.0/4.0 43% The Prodigy (2019) Surprising "Prodigy" hits all the right notes. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
2.5/4.0 76% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) Elliott nearly saves "Hitler...Bigfoot." - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
2.5/4.0 20% Serenity (2019) For better or worse, "Serenity" goes its own way. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
2.5/4.0 37% Glass (2019) A frustrating, intriguing failure. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Powerful "Beale" focuses on tragedy of common racism. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
2.0/4.0 74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) "Basis of Sex" doesn't ring true. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
3.5/4.0 93% The Favourite (2018) A wicked delight. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
1.0/4.0 46% Second Act (2018) Avoid the disaster that's "Second Act." - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3.5/4.0 66% Vice (2018) Bale dominates ambitious "Vice." - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3.0/4.0 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) A magical return. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
4.0/4.0 96% Roma (2018) A powerful, beautiful personal odyssey. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3.5/4.0 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Vibrant, Imaginative "Spider-Verse" a Delight - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3.5/4.0 98% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) Taut, Sharp "Guilty" a Winning Thriller. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3.0/4.0 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) Carrell and Chalamet Shine in Flawed "Boy." - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3.5/4.0 97% Free Solo (2018) Human Drama Grounds "Solo." - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
2.5/4.0 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) "Rhapsody" Missing a Few Vital Notes. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
3.0/4.0 87% The Sisters Brothers (2018) Siblings' Divide Drives "Sisters Brothers." - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
2.0/4.0 79% Halloween (2018) Tasteless "Halloween" Leaves a Bloody, Bad Taste. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3.0/4.0 93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) A worthy swan song for Redford. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3.0/4.0 87% First Man (2018) Intimate look at space race propels "First Man." - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3.5/4.0 73% Assassination Nation (2018) A vicious, timely cautionary tale. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018