Charles Koplinski

Charles Koplinski
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T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/4.0 95% The Suicide Squad (2021) The result is a bit better, the film improving on its predecessor in some areas, treading water in others. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2021
3.5/4.0 89% The Green Knight (2021) There's an illusive quality to "The Green Knight," which is Lowery's intent. It's a film that requires multiple viewings in order to absorb all it has to say and appreciate the artistry it contains. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2021
2.5/4.0 87% Lorelei (2021) Jena Malone and Pablo Schreiber do exceptional work in Sabrina Doyle's "Lorelei." - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2021
3.0/4.0 74% Stillwater (2021) In the end, we realize that "Stillwater" is a plea for reconciliation, which proves elusive in a world in which nothing is as it seems and wrongheaded assumptions dictate our actions. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2021
3.0/4.0 63% Jungle Cruise (2021) The very definition of a summer movie, it goes down easy with a large bucket of buttery popcorn and sugary soda, engaging from the first frame to the last. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2021
3.0/4.0 50% Old (2021) "Old" poses a myriad of intriguing questions regarding how our society looks at aging and disease, while provided a satisfying twist. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2021
1.5/4.0 27% Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) Why the Droogs from "A Clockwork Orange" are there is anyone's guess. Their inappropriate presence speaks to the random nature that went into the making of "Legacy," as well as how woefully misguided it is. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2021
3.0/4.0 38% Joe Bell (2021) The film's message, the sentiment with which it's delivered and uniformly fine performances make "Bell" bearable. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2021
3.0/4.0 90% Fear Street Part Three: 1666 (2021) As a stand-alone feature, this one can stand on its own, something its two predecessors cannot claim. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
3.5/4.0 98% My Heart Can't Beat Unless You Tell It To (2021) The year's best horror film. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2021
3.5/4.0 97% Pig (2021) It's Cage's moving, slow burn performance that sears in the memory. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2021
4.0/4.0 91% No Sudden Move (2020) Soderbergh rewards your patience with a devastatingly cynical conclusion that ties all the seemingly loose ends together, giving us a glimpse of a far-reaching insidious plan. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2021
2.0/4.0 81% Black Widow (2021) The highlight is Pugh who steals the film from Johansson, supplying a sense of barbed humor as well as humanity to her character that's welcomed. A star is born amidst all this chaos. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2021
2.0/4.0 82% Fear Street Part One: 1994 (2021) None of the characters are appealing and the story is woefully predictable. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2021
3.5/4.0 52% The Tomorrow War (2021) It's a clever premise and one that opens up many time travel paradoxes which are addressed with wit and intelligence. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
2.5/4.0 50% Long Story Short (2021) There's more than a bit of Dicken's "A Christmas Carol' as well as desperation in Josh Lawson's "Long Story Short," a romantic comedy that ends up being neither. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2021
1.0/4.0 59% F9 (2021) One of the dumbest the movies I've ever seen, this latest chapter throws all logic out the window as it tries to top the franchise's already ridiculous extremes. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
3.0/4.0 64% 12 Mighty Orphans (2021) Yes, the film is predictible yet the veteran cast, which also includes Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Treat Williams and Wayne Knight, finds the proper tone to drive home the movie's inspirational message without overselling it. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
2.5/4.0 53% Queen Bees (2021) Nothing to offend here, just a pleasant time-filler that will help you while away an afternoon and give you an excuse to eat some movie theater popcorn. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
1.5/4.0 25% The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) The mediocrity on display is exhausting. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
3.5/4.0 92% Holler (2021) Barden gives a fierce performance that has us in Ruth's corner from the start, her strength and anger propelling her towards a sliver of tattered hope. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2021
3.5/4.0 95% In the Heights (2021) It's bold, vibrant, and intoxicating as it sings its universal song. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2021
3.5/4.0 56% The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) "The Conjuring" films are built around two things - elaborate set pieces and the Warrens' relationship, both mined for maximum effect here. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
3.0/4.0 49% Spirit Untamed (2021) I don't belong to the demographic that "Spirit Untamed" is pitched at - I've never spent much time with horses nor have I ever been mistaken for a pre-teen girl - but I'll be darned if I didn't have fun with this latest entry, in the film franchise. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2021
3.0/4.0 70% Blue Miracle (2021) Based on a true story, Julio Quintana's "Blue Miracle" is the sort of film you outwardly scoff at but can't help but be moved by all the same. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
2.5/4.0 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) While the filmmaker is dazzling you with one horrific sight after another, you're not supposed to notice the script's inconsistencies and its characters' bonehead decisions. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
2.5/4.0 74% Cruella (2021) As for Thompson, she's having a grand time, her lines dripping with so much disdain, her co-stars likely had to be dried off after each scene. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
3.0/4.0 88% Dream Horse (2021) Short on melodrama but long of sincerity, the film is anchored by the always reliable Toni Colette as Jan Vokes, a woman very much in need of a bit of hope. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2021
3.5/4.0 95% Riders of Justice (2021) A film that constantly keeps you guessing, Anders Thomas Jensen's "Riders of Justice" is a deft balancing act that manages to effectively juggle seemingly conflicting tones to create a truly unique entry in the revenge genre. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
3.0/4.0 58% Georgetown (2019) Waltz has provided himself with a role tailored made to his strengths, while Redgrave is still able to bring her particular brand of fire to the screen - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
3.0/4.0 53% Finding You (2021) I ended up liking this light-hearted romance, a breezy update of "Notting Hill" that gets by on its easy charm and, most importantly, the charisma of its two leads. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
3.0/4.0 60% Profile (2021) The sense of urgency in Kane's performance brings this across the finish line. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
0/4.0 37% Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) Grabage, absolute garbage. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
4.0/4.0 93% The Killing of Two Lovers (2021) Sheer artistry in storytelling, acting, and directing although a somewhat ambiguous ending may leave some viewers needing more. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
2.0/4.0 26% The Woman in the Window (2021) Once the big reveal is made and the bad guy unmasked, it's likely to leave you incredulous. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
2.5/4.0 87% The Djinn (2021) There's a great deal of style here and enough innnovation on display that I'm eager to see what Charbonier and Powell with a bigger budget and a much larger set. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
1.5/4.0 63% Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) The thing that bothers me most about films like "Those" is the sense that everyone involved just decided to phone it in. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
3.5/4.0 68% Monster (2019) Genuinely tense and ultimately poignant, this is a cautionary, timely tale that serves as a bracing reminder of the power and dangers of baseless perception - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
3.5/4.0 66% Wrath of Man (2021) To be sure, "Wrath" is vicious, deliberately so, yet it's a gripping examination of what is wrought when despair and vengeance are the only two things driving a person. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
3.0/4.0 100% Paper Spiders (2021) Moving and at times harrowing, "Paper Spiders" effectively examines mental illness and the ripple effect it has on those close to the afflicted. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
2.0/4.0 46% Here Today (2021) Such is the case with "Here Today", a flawed dramedy from Billy Crystal made all the worse by Haddish's presence. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
2.5/4.0 52% Four Good Days (2021) While there is a bit of manipulation during the third act and the ending seems a bit pat, the movie still effectively shows the tragedy of opioid addiction and its ripple effects on those in the addict's life. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
1.5/4.0 45% Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021) For the millions that must have been spent on sets, machine guns, blank rounds of ammunition, pyrotechnics and everything else that's needed to blow things up real good, Stefano Sollima's "Tom Clancy's Without Remorse" is a surprisingly boring affair. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
3.5/4.0 100% History Is Made At Night (1937) Going from unabashedly romantic to highly comic to overtly melodramatic to sincerely tragic, History makes no apologies for trying to cover as many disparate tones in one film as possible. (Not plausible, but possible...) - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
2.5/4.0 77% Stowaway (2021) To be sure, "Stowaway" could be narratively tighter, but the drama it contains is top-notch, so much so that if you give yourself over to its emotional pull, you'll likely be unable to shake it for days. Be prepared for that last scene... - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
2.0/4.0 91% Together Together (2021) Calling this as bland as white paint would be an insult to that criminally underrated color. The jokes concerning their differing views of childrearing are far too safe to be funny and Matt is such an overbearing jerk, you can tell why he's still single. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
0/4.0 5% Vanquish (2021) Not only the worst film I've seen this year, but perhaps in the last decade. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2021
2.0/4.0 49% Monday (2021) I have a hard time remembering when my feelings for a film fluctuated as much as they did while watching Argyris Papadimitropoulos' "Monday," a love story, sex romp, domestic drama hybrid that - big surprise- can't decide what it wants to be. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2021
3.5/4.0 80% Concrete Cowboy (2021) There's an urgency to this tale, the vibrant nature of its telling making it vital, necessary viewing thanks in large part to the exceptional work of its cast, the authenticity of its setting and the passion through which it is told. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
2.0/4.0 19% Every Breath You Take (2021) If I took nothing else, I took away a reminder and a warning from "Every Breath You Take." Yes, good actors do make bad movies. And beware the therapist who overshares. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021