Steven Prokopy

Steven Prokopy
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
For 18 years, Steven "Capone" Prokopy was the Chicago/Midwest Editor for Ain't It Cool News, putting in between 300 and 350 reviews a year. In addition to his work as a film critic, he has hosted Chicago-area Q&A screening events, contributed news items, conducted interviews with filmmakers and actors, and provided coverage of various film festivals and conventions. He is also the Vice President of the Chicago Film Critics Association, and a programmer at the annual Chicago Critics Film Festival. After leaving Ain't It Cool News in 2017, he has moved all such coverage to the Chicago-based arts outlet Third Coast Review. In addition to his regular work for 3CR, Steve's freelance writing can be found regularly at SlashFilm.com (https://www.slashfilm.com/author/steven-prokopy/), Backstory Magazine (backstory.net), and as the writer of bonus interview content for the Chicago's Music Box Theatre's website.
Publications: Slashfilm, Third Coast Review

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 54% The Good Traitor (2020) If for no other reason, check it out because Thomsen truly is one of the greatest actors on the planet who hasn't quite broken through in America... - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
2.5/4 37% Six Minutes to Midnight (2021) Six Minutes to Midnight works as an intriguing spy thriller for about half its running time... - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
3/4 91% Tina (2021) The wisest thing the documentary does is allow the music to do the lion's share of the talking. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
2/4 75% Bad Trip (2020) The film's biggest flaw is that Andre & Co. aren't really that gifted at setting up their outrageous scenarios... - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
3.5/4 82% Nobody (2021) Nobody moves along at an energetic pace, never wearing out its welcome by keeping to around 90 minutes in length and making the characters interesting, memorable and important... - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
3/4 70% Happily (2021) [A] joyfully oddball work about friends who aren't your friends and the price one young couple must pay for always being happy. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
3/4 51% City of Lies (2018) With almost as many twists, turns, false leads, and possible suspects as the JFK assassination, City of Lies is a great showcase for Depp and Whitaker. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
3/4 87% The Courier (2020) The low-key nature of the film almost works against its ability to be emotionally impactful... I found myself gently pulled into this story, almost imperceptibly. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
3/4 88% Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal (2021) A complex but cleanly organized dissection of the 2019 college admissions scandal that takes its name from the actual FBI sting... - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
1/4 4% Cosmic Sin (2021) Clearly made on a budget, the film feels cheap and somehow both overwritten and underwritten. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
3/4 86% Come True (2021) Its primary goal is a sustained, pervasive creeping dread that works its way into your bones and gives you prolonged chills. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
2./4 43% Boogie (2021) This one did something for me I wasn't expecting it to. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
2.5/4 22% Chaos Walking (2021) There's certainly a metaphor to be explored about the relationship between the humans and the indigenous population, but Chaos Walking doesn't seem the least bit interested in exploring it. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
1.5/4 49% Coming 2 America (2021) The fish-out-of-water scenario is gone, along with the edgier jokes. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
3/4 85% F.T.A. (1972) As a film lover, it's incredible watching Fonda and Sutherland from a purely performance standpoint... - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
2.5/4 73% Boss Level (2021) This is a film whose only ambition is to let Grillo kick all the ass he wants... - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
3.5/4 98% Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry (2021) The film is too long, for sure, but that doesn't take away from how impressive it is at points. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2021
2/4 59% Crisis (2021) These three stories don't so much intersect as they do bump into each other sloppily... - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2021
3.5/4 94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Raya and the Last Dragon is a truly stunning piece of animation. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2021
3/4 70% Moxie (2021) What's most exciting about Moxie is watching the process and early states of empowerment and how it changes the lives of these girls forever. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
3.5/4 67% My Zoe (2021) Something that feels almost like science fiction, but isn't. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
2/4 37% Cherry (2021) The truth is, Cherry is too much movie for its own good. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
2.5/4 56% The Violent Heart (2020) The Violent Heart comes so close to being substantial and great that it's almost worse when it makes a hard left into its revelations... - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
1.5/4 80% I Care a Lot (2021) There is a genuinely great movie that will likely be made one day about this type of fraud with human lives as commodity, and when someone makes it, I'll be sure to let you know. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
2.5/4 64% Body Brokers (2021) The film does an admirable job pulling us in and making us care... - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
3/4 53% Silk Road (2021) Silk Road tells two versions of the same story: two men willing to sacrifice everything to win. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021
2/4 27% Blithe Spirit (2021) While the story in this latest adaptation plays out largely the same as the original, it feels problematically dated and not especially funny. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021
2.5/4 78% The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021) You'll likely view The Map of Tiny Perfect Things as low stakes, young adult frivolity, but its primary goal isn't jokes... - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021
3/4 79% Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) It felt good to allow the silliness to infect my brain and rule the day. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021
2.5/4 73% The Mauritanian (2021) The moments that focus on Slahi are beyond gripping. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021
3/4 93% Cowboys (2021) A small story that isn't likely to set the world on fire...the bond between Troy and Joe is genuinely moving and quietly devastating. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021
3.5/4 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) The full impact of the complete work is quite astonishing, inspiring and infuriating. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021
3.5/4 93% Saint Maud (2020) [An] eerie exploration of the madness that can result from religious fervor... - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021
3/4 74% The World to Come (2020) The World to Come is chilling, thought provoking and heartbreaking. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021
3/4 91% Little Fish (2021) The film is more of a series of loosely connected vignettes told out of order... - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021
2/4 27% Bliss (2021) There's nothing to pull Bliss together and make it feel like anything beyond new-age junk science. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021
3/4 57% Malcolm & Marie (2020) the film is also sexy, beautifully photographed...and wickedly funny... - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021
2.5/4 74% Palmer (2021) Whatever lessons may be learned during the course of Palmer, the film avoids feeling preachy or too heavy with messages. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021
2.5/4 81% The Night (2021) The Night is more about sustained creepiness than actual big scares - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021
3/4 79% The Dig (2018) The Dig is most definitely a learning experience, but it's also a chance to observe a place that seemingly stands apart from the rest of the country - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021
1.5/4 67% Penguin Bloom (2021) Penguin Bloom ramps up the obnoxious behavior early and gives us what I think is one of Watts' least interesting performances. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021
2.5/4 34% No Man's Land (2021) ...has a few saving graces but doesn't quite come together as a cohesive unit. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021
1.5/4 25% Brothers By Blood (2021) Less a nuanced examination of small-time underworld behavior in the city of Brotherly Love and more a collection of lame tough-guy behaviors and dialogue... - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021
4/4 100% Derek DelGaudio's In & Of Itself (2020) I'm dying to see this again, not to figure out his tricks, but to figure out the man doing them. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021
3.5/4 85% Our Friend (2020) Our Friend sets the bar higher for what compassion, kindness, and empathy are meant to be. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021
2.5/4 37% The Marksman (2021) The Marksman isn't a particularly good or bad film. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021
3.5/4 97% Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (2021) There are moments in Street Gang that might make you cry, but it's more likely you'll smile all the way through... - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
3.5/4 100% The Sparks Brothers (2021) Wright puts their music in both the context of the larger music scene at the time and how Sparks impacted what came after them... - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
3/4 68% A Glitch in the Matrix (2021) Ascher and his film dive deep into our digital culture and contemplate whether there is any way to prove these theories - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
3/4 76% Eight for Silver (2021) Eight for Silver does a remarkable job establishing a sense of atmospheric dread while also never being afraid to embrace its many monsters. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021