Charles Koplinski

Charles Koplinski
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Illinois Times

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4.0/4.0 46% 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 55% Greta (2019) Grim 'Greta' a deliciously dark comic thriller. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
1.0/4.0 42% 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 91% 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 75% 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 19% 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 73% 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 44% 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 78% 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 99% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) Taut, Sharp "Guilty" a Winning Thriller. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3.0/4.0 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) Carrell and Chalamet Shine in Flawed "Boy." - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3.5/4.0 99% 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 86% 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 92% 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 72% Assassination Nation (2018) A vicious, timely cautionary tale. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
2.5/4.0 80% Alpha (2018) A surprisingly effective dog's tale. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3.5/4.0 52% Papillon (2018) A powerful metaphor for our troubled times. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
2.0/4.0 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) A beautiful, bland affair. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
1.0/4.0 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Overbearing McKinnon, bland script sink Spy. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
4.0/4.0 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) ...the philosophy of this series is to embrace the ridiculous and run with it and if the third act comes to resemble a Road Runner cartoon, so be it. Cruise and McQuarrie deliver a thrilling piece of escapist fare. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
3.5/4.0 59% Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) "Dark Web" states in no uncertain terms that while we may think the internet and social media are tools we use to navigate our daily life, they have in fact become a controlling agent that slipped from our grasp sometime ago. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
3.0/4.0 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Breezy Ant-Man and the Wasp great fun. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
2.5/4.0 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Heavy on action, short on conscience. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2018
4.0/4.0 88% American Animals (2018) "Animals" a gripping tale of misspent youth. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2018
3.0/4.0 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) "Kingdom" is fine but familiar. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2018
2.5/4.0 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) "8" a Dim Echo of "11" - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
3.5/4.0 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) A rollicking, entertaining entry in the storied franchise. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
2.0/4.0 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) For good of ill, "Deadpool 2" delivers more of the same. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
3.0/4.0 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) After uneven start, "Infinity War" finishes with a bang. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
2.5/4.0 95% A Quiet Place (2018) "Quiet Place's" faulty logic its undoing. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
3.0/4.0 80% Unsane (2018) Intense Foy salvages "Unsane" - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
3.5/4.0 72% Ready Player One (2018) Spielberg's "Ready Player One": Pop Culture 101 - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
2.5/4.0 87% Annihilation (2018) Tantalizing "Annihilation" fails to come together. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
3.5/4.0 84% Game Night (2018) Bateman and McAdams make "Game Night" fun. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
1.5/4.0 17% Death Wish (2018) "Death Wish" breaks no new ground. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
2.5/4.0 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) "Wrinkle" fine but fails to soar. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
2.0/4.0 23% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) "15:17" a well-intentioned misfire. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
3.0/4.0 97% Black Panther (2018) "Panther" successfully claws its way on screen. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
3.5/4.0 100% Paddington 2 (2018) A balm for our troubled times. - Illinois Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018