Illinois Times

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Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/4.0 Herself (2020) Charles Koplinski Lloyd's point is to deliver a message of salvation, a reminder that, while difficult and rare, it is possible to change your circumstances, and people are capable of great generosity. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2021
2.0/4.0 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Charles Koplinski To be sure, there are moments in this follow-up, but they are too few and far between as this update of "The Monkey's Paw" moves in fits and starts, never gathering a sense of momentum or wonder. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
3.5/4.0 Mank (2020) Charles Koplinski The more you know about "Kane" and its backstory, the more you'll appreciate Fincher's meta approach. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
2.5/4.0 Ammonite (2020) Charles Koplinski Winslet gives a reserved, coiled performance as Anning, a woman who's retreated within after being ignored and ill-used by the patriarchal society she's doomed to exist in. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
2.5/4.0 The Stand In (2020) Charles Koplinski A "Prince and the Pauper" tale with an acerbic edge, it would be easy to dismiss "The Stand In" as a run-of-the-mill dark comedy if it were not for the involvement of Drew Barrymore. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
3.5/4.0 The Life Ahead (2020) Charles Koplinski Seeing the actress, her towering persona on full display, being chipped away at by the vagaries of dementia proves devastating, driving home the notion that no other actress would have been better suited for the part. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
2.5/4.0 Let Him Go (2020) Charles Koplinski The chemistry between Costner and Lane is the main attraction here, the interactions between the two natural and unforced. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2020
3.5/4.0 Come Play (2020) Charles Koplinski Plucking elements from "The Babadook," "The Ring," and "Mama" among others, writer/director Jacob Chase manages to craft a stylistically creepy tale of alienation and longing, revolving around a little boy partially sealed off from the world. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
3.5/4.0 The Opening Act (2020) Charles Koplinski However, by concentrating on what motivates these performers to lay themselves bare as they do, the movie proves to be something more than just a one-note entertainment. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
2.5/4.0 The War With Grandpa (2020) Charles Koplinski I've seen much better films. I've seen much worse as well...but at least it didn't offend me like the recent releases "Unhinged" and "Antebellum." I guess I'll chalk that up as a small victory. It's been that kind of year, where movies are concerned. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
3.5/4.0 Possessor: Uncut (2020) Charles Koplinski Cronenberg manages to put his own stamp on this film, creating a gripping thriller that deftly shifts from existential crisis to graphic horror before revealing the insidious endgame that's at play. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
3.0/4.0 The Artist's Wife (2019) Charles Koplinski Olin's dynamic performance is worth the price of admission. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2020
4.0/4.0 Spontaneous (2020) Charles Koplinski "Spontaneous" is a vital work as it provides Generation Z with a playbook as to how to live in a mad world they never asked for and do it with sense of grace and purpose that puts us to shame. One of the year's best. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
2.5/4.0 Misbehaviour (2020) Charles Koplinski "Misbehaviour" a bit too tame. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
3.0/4.0 The Secrets We Keep (2020) Charles Koplinski Bearing more than a passing resemblance to Ariel Dorfman's 1990 play "Death and the Maiden," Adler's film is a taut examination of the extremes we turn to when dealing with almost debilitating stress as well as the reliance of memory. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
3.0/4.0 The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) Charles Koplinski Stumbling out of the gate, the film rights itself in the end thanks in large part to the game cast which is skilled enough to bring a sense of charm to the stereotypes they've been saddled with. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2020
2.0/4.0 Tenet (2020) Charles Koplinski The biggest problem with the film is its lack of heart. This is a cold exercise lacking an avenue through which the viewer can become emotionally engaged. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
0/4.0 Unhinged (2020) Charles Koplinski A vile, nasty piece of work, Derrick Borte's "Unhinged" is an irresponsible bit of exploitation cinema that couldn't be released at a more inopportune time. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
3.5/4.0 The One and Only Ivan (2020) Charles Koplinski Tears will fall, and there's no shame in it. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2020
3.0/4.0 Waiting for the Barbarians (2019) Charles Koplinski Fear, paranoia fuel "Barbarians." EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2020
3.0/4.0 She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Charles Koplinski "Tomorrow" effectively speaks to the dread of today. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2020
3.5/4.0 Most Wanted (2020) Charles Koplinski Gripping "Wanted" an unexpected tale of redemption. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
3.0/4.0 I Used to Go Here (2020) Charles Koplinski Glory days prove tempting in "I Used to Go Here" EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2020
3.0/4.0 The Rental (2020) Charles Koplinski Modest "Rental" comes with genuine surprises. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2020
2.0/4.0 The Old Guard (2020) Charles Koplinski Theron prides herself in having made herself a fixture of the action genre, however, she's become a parody of herself, her tough-gal posture a bit too obvious, her pithy quips a bit too tired and her action sequences a bit too choreographed. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2020
2.5/4.0 Relic (2020) Charles Koplinski The movie is likely to tax even the most patient, but for those who stick with it, "The Relic" ends up striking a chord with anyone who's seen a loved one gradually slip away. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
3.5/4.0 Palm Springs (2020) Charles Koplinski More than anything, "Springs" posits that an appreciation for the small wonders that life presents us is the key to happiness and that the trap so many of us fall into is that we take these for granted. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
3.5/4.0 Greyhound (2020) Charles Koplinski Thrilling "Greyhound" buoyed by vital message. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
4/4 Begin Again (2013) Charles Koplinski Begin Again a cure for the summertime movie blues. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
3.0/4.0 You Should Have Left (2020) Charles Koplinski (Bacon's) assured façade slowly crumbling as the house seemingly closes in on him, the actor is able to generate a degree of sympathy for Theo where perhaps it isn't deserved. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
2.5/4.0 Irresistible (2020) Charles Koplinski The sort of feel-good climax Stewart offers up may have worked in the '30's, but it falls flat. Viewers are far too jaded and knowledgeable to embrace the false hope offered up here, tempted as they might be to do so. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
3.0/4.0 My Spy (2020) Charles Koplinski I fully expect both film critics' associations I belong to will ask for my resignation once this review is published. "My Spy" is no classic, but it made me laugh repeatedly and right now, that's enough. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
3.5/4.0 7500 (2019) Charles Koplinski Taut, tense and well-crafted, 7500 proves to be not just an engaging thriller, but a film anchored by a dynamic performance by an actor willing to challenge himself. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
.5/4.0 Artemis Fowl (2020) Charles Koplinski The kind of film that kills careers. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
3.0/4.0 Sometimes Always Never (2018) Charles Koplinski This is a movie of moments, some funny, some tragic and just enough of them are sincerely rendered to make this enterprise worthwhile. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
3.5/4.0 End of Sentence (2019) Charles Koplinski Wisely taking a deliberate approach, Adalstein allows us to get to know his characters intimately, fostering in the viewer an emotional involvement that makes their ultimate fate all the more meaningful. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
3.0/4.0 The High Note (2020) Charles Koplinski The chemistry between Johnson and Harrison is palpable, so much so that if they were to make another movie or three, I wouldn't mind. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
1.0/4.0 Inheritance (2020) Charles Koplinski Dismal "Inheritance" no gift. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2020
4.0/4.0 Deerskin (2019) Charles Koplinski Dark "Deerskin" a devilish delight. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2020
3.0/4.0 Driveways (2019) Charles Koplinski Less is more in poignant "Driveways." EDIT
Posted May 14, 2020
2.0/4.0 Arkansas (2020) Charles Koplinski Duke's "Arkansas" only half a movie. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2020
3.0/4.0 1BR (2019) Charles Koplinski Taut, timely "1BR" worth checking into. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2020
4.0/4.0 Bull (2019) Charles Koplinski Authentic "Bull" one of year's best. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2020
1.5/4.0 Love. Wedding. Repeat (2020) Charles Koplinski An exhausting rom com that strives to be as witty as "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and fails at every turn. Everyone is guilty of trying too hard. The only thing the film succeeds at is making you appreciate how good Hugh Grant is in similar vehicles. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2020
3.0/4.0 The Lost Husband (2020) Charles Koplinski You can see exactly where this is going but the journey to the couple's final embrace contains enough genuinely poignant moments to make it worthwhile. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2020
2.0/4.0 The Other Lamb (2019) Charles Koplinski A beautiful bore. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2020
4.0/4.0 The Way Back (2020) Charles Koplinski There's a sense of grace about "The Way Back" that makes it exceptional. Affleck's honesty demands our attention; to witness this work is the least the viewer can do. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2020
2.5/4.0 The Invisible Man (2020) Charles Koplinski Lack of urgency trips "Invisible Man." EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2020
2.0/4.0 The Call of the Wild (2020) Charles Koplinski Faulty CGI make s for bland "Wild." EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2020
2.0/4.0 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Charles Koplinski "Birds" never takes flight. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020