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 87% Hustlers (2019) With Hustlers, Scafaria has perfected the formula for a cocktail that is equal parts pure, high-energy entertainment, humor and crime drama. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
1.5/4 25% The Goldfinch (2019) Oh, this one is shit. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
3/4 93% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) From first-time feature director Janice Engel, Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins is that rare documentary that might have more of an impact on someone unfamiliar with the subject than those who know her fiery work intimately. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
3.5/4 98% Love, Antosha (2019) Be prepared to cry and likely be introduced to a side of Yelchin you never knew existed. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
2.5/4 38% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) I'll give Estes and his players a certain amount of credit for coming up with a mostly original storyline and executing it with a great deal of skill and clarity. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
3/4 81% Overlord (2018) Director Avery is determined to create a horror/war movie that is unforgettable to lovers of both genres, and I think he makes it work. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/4 88% Ready or Not (2019) Thanks to tight, effective directing by the Radio Silence team of Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett and perfect pacing, Ready or Not zings like electricity. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
3/4 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) The Peanut Butter Falcon is sweet without piling on the saccharine and a tremendous story about pain, acceptance and how both can lead to growth. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
3/4 79% Good Boys (2019) The film delivers frequent and mighty laughs, and I cared about these little troublemakers. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
1.5/4 46% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) The ideas informing the film seem petty and ugly, and I could never quite get a grip on why I was expected to care or empathize with any of these narcissists. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3.5/4 99% One Child Nation (2019) Easily one of the finest and most unnerving documentaries you'll see all year. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
2.5/4 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Hobbs & Shaw is at its best when it focuses on the action-a common thread in filmmaker Leitch's work. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
2/4 59% Brian Banks (2019) Shadyac removes every ounce of subtlety from the story...there were better ways to tell this story. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
2.5/4 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) The end result is something like an Indiana Jones for younger kids, but one that has plenty of humor. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/4 79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Each story gives us just enough to quicken our pulses in a way that feels more like a thrill ride than an endurance challenge... - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
90% A Star Is Born (2018) A Star Is Born is layered, fulfilling, and moving to the point where only singing can properly capture the emotional complexity of some of the film's heavier moments. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
2.5/4 92% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) I could easily see this story adapted for an American remake with only a few adjustments to line up with our present political climate. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3.5/4 97% Carmine Street Guitars (2019) Mann allows his camera to simply exist in the space...he just happens to be there when magic is being created and artistry is at play. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3/4 92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Remember My Name is both an excellently researched and illustrated music history lesson, and a personal journey. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
4/4 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) The film is a glorious gift to movie lovers and history lesson of sorts...However you approach it, it's one of Tarantino's finest, most mature works. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
3/4 74% Armstrong (2019) Armstrong is a worthy biography and a solid way to mark the anniversary [of the Moon walk]. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
2/4 53% The Lion King (2019) What we're left with is talking and singing animals that have almost no expression and no hints of playfulness and wonder. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3.5/4 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) In broad strokes, Spider-Man: Far From Home is the greatest movie franchise epilogue in history. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3.5/4 83% Midsommar (2019) I found that it's in those absurd and sometimes confusing moments that Midsommar found its footing - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/4 80% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Marianne & Leonard is told with affection, admiration, and just enough jealousy to make it interesting. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3.5/4 88% The Raft (2019) The Raft ... revives the journey and the memories in a way that seems shockingly relevant at a time when no one on earth seems to get along. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
3/4 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) It's through the impossibly mature and layered performance from Grace that we're able to navigate this classic spook house with anything resembling our minds intact. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
4/4 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) ...see Toy Story 4 because it's one of the only franchise films this summer that doesn't stink up the joint; the other reason to see it is that's it's one of the best movies of the year. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
3.5/4 93% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) Thanks to some truly priceless moments captured behind the scenes and the beautifully restored picture and sound of the concerts, Rolling Thunder Revue is essential viewing, - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
2/4 22% Men in Black International (2019) Men In Black: International is part sequel/part reboot, and the result is exactly what it appears to be: an act of expensive desperation. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
3/4 83% American Woman (2019) By the end of American Woman, we realize that we're looking at a woman who has both transformed completely and remained remarkably true to herself. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
3.5/4 72% All Creatures Here Below (2019) There's an air of danger to the proceedings, but it's laced with compassion and the desire to set things straight... - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
2/4 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) It feels more like a mercy killing than satisfying send off. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
2/4 60% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) The Secret Life of Pets 2 isn't a terrible movie, and I have no doubt that kids will indeed like it a great deal. But it's lacking anything noteworthy... - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3.5/4 59% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2019) The movie sneaks up on you, gets under the skin and wins us over with its astute observations and keen sensibility about the way of the world and the ways the system can be subverted. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
5/10 55% Slice (2018) With works that dabble in horror, it's easy to forgive bad jokes or weak writing if the gore factor is high. But no such luck here. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
8/10 75% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) From its world-weary hero to its no-nonsense, casual swapping of fiction for fact, The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot uses action and something like science fiction to deliver an wholly entertaining, yet poignant message. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
9/10 89% Hereditary (2018) The film's deliberate pacing, commitment to atmosphere over cheap scares, and stellar cast, led by the remarkable Collette, make this work an early contender for one of the best horror films of the year. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
8/10 50% All Rise (2019) It sounds gloomy and somber, it's true, but the emotionally rousing Monster does find threads of hope amid the despair. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
7/10 83% Juliet, Naked (2018) What Juliet, Naked may lack in depth it makes up for in pure, uncut charm - especially from [Rose] Byrne. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2018
8/10 91% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) The film builds an exacting, creeping tension that lasts almost the duration of the running time - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018