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
1.5/4 38% Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) Perhaps the film's biggest letdown is keeping Jackson and Rock apart for most of the movie. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
3/4 89% Oxygen (2021) Oxygen goes from being a story of survival to one of identity, and it's due entirely to Laurent's layered, perfect performance. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
2.5 80% What Lies West (2019) More than I grew to like these characters, I really was rooting for the relationship between Chloe and Nicolette to stay strong. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2021
2/4 29% Above Suspicion (2021) Above Suspicion is a bit of a functioning mess. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2021
2.5/4 79% The Water Man (2021) The Water Man is an engaging, creative family drama with flashes of fantasy. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2021
3/4 67% Wrath of Man (2021) Wrath of Man is frequently shocking, brutal and explosive in ways that are often familiar... - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
1.5/4 7% Separation (2021) Bell has the unfortunate ability to set the stage for a decent horror story without ever really following through. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
3/4 93% Limbo (2021) Limbo is a reflective, lyrical, gentle piece about being caught in a place until your real life is allowed to continue. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
2.5/4 19% The Virtuoso (2021) This is an odd, although not entirely unpleasant, one. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
3/4 51% Four Good Days (2021) It's Kunis who really owns the screen in Four Good Days - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
3/4 46% Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021) What Without Remorse does so successfully is capture the spirit of Clancy's writing. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
1.5/4 39% Things Heard & Seen (2021) Things Heard and Seen ends up feeling more like a skillfully made Hallmark movie than something that might have once played in theaters. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
2/4 43% Here Are the Young Men (2021) There's nothing about the story's progression that doesn't telegraph exactly where it's headed. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
3.5/4 100% Laddie: The Man Behind the Movies (2019) Laddie is a fantastic trip through one of the most vital, dynamic and versatile times in the movie business. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
2.5/4 55% Mortal Kombat (2021) This from-the-ground-up reboot certainly doesn't skimp on attempting to make things more like the video games (specifically) and more exciting (in general)... - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
3.5/4 77% Stowaway (2021) Stowaway plays out like a chamber play about ethics and human dignity and whether life matters more than mission, all in a science-fiction framework. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
2/4 5% Vanquish (2021) Vanquish is meant to be a portrait of desperation, but it's basically just a non-stop chase movie punctuated by gunplay and occasional explosions - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
2.5/4 49% Monday (2021) The film feels wonderfully intimate at times, but that level of closeness exacts a price in return. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
2/4 61% The Banishing (2020) So much of The Banishing seems half-baked. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
2/4 69% Honeydew (2021) I found it predictable, laborious and ultimately empty. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
3/4 91% Moffie (2019) ...combining the two perspectives under the backdrop of Apartheid makes it feel like something new and worth exploring. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
1.5/4 21% Thunder Force (2021) Can Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone just stop working together? - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
2.5/4 26% Voyagers (2021) The film's production design and general tone are solid, but it's not quite enough to elevate the movie to greater heights. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
3/4 81% The Power (2021) Williams is impossibly good as Val... - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
1.5/4 29% The Unholy (2021) With too many jump scares and subpar ghostly effects, the film quickly lost me as it went on. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
3/4 80% Concrete Cowboy (2021) Concrete Cowboy is at its best when we get to simply hang out with this crew at the stables, - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
3.5/4 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) ...does a fairly solid job pulling the loose threads together into a story about creatures like Godzilla and Kong...and their origins on this planet. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
3/4 93% The Outside Story (2020) These actors are so ridiculously likable that it's an easy film to slip into... - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
2.5/4 66% We Broke Up (2021) Cash and Harper are so darn likable that We Broke Up probably succeeds in places where it might not have with other actors. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
3/4 88% The Dig (2021) 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 Apr 23, 2021
3/4 50% 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 34% 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 92% 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 83% 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 68% 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 3% 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 64% 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 95% 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