Illinois Times

Illinois Times is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Charles Koplinski
Rating Title/Year Author
3.0/4.0 1917 (2019) Charles Koplinski Bracing "1917" nearly loses its way. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
4.0/4.0 Uncut Gems (2019) Charles Koplinski Sandler shines in brilliant "Gems." EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
3.0/4.0 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Charles Koplinski However, as visually impressive as the film is, it's the quiet moments that resonate. The film wows you, but more importantly, it moves you. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
3.5/4.0 Richard Jewell (2019) Charles Koplinski Socially awkward and overly earnest, Hauser breaks your heart by bringing forth the naivety and blind trust that left Jewell vulnerable to the jackals that surrounded him. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
4.0/4.0 The Irishman (2019) Charles Koplinski Scorsese doesn't disappoint, and neither do his three principals, each delivering some of the finest work of their respective careers. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
4.0/4.0 Dark Waters (2019) Charles Koplinski And while all of this proves fascinating, it's the quiet sense of rage that courses through the film, that director Todd Haynes consistently stokes, that makes "Waters" the best of the recent spate of social justice films. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
3.5/4.0 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Charles Koplinski The most magical thing about this noble film is the subtle trick Hanks pulls off in becoming Rogers as he simply disappears in the role, bringing the beloved educator to life in a quiet, modest manner that proves to be a pure example of screen acting. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
3.5/4.0 Knives Out (2019) Charles Koplinski However, it's Craig's tenacious, Southern-fried Poirot that steals the show. His broad drawl alone is worth the price of admission as is his exuberance once Benoit sinks his teeth into the case. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
3.5/4.0 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Charles Koplinski Director James Mangold is at the top of his game, keeping a sure hand on what could have been a sprawling, ungainly narrative, keeping his focus on the two mavericks at the film's center, never letting the viewer forget that the human element of the tale. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
3.5/4.0 Midway (2019) Charles Koplinski Roland Emmerich's "Midway" is not simply a rousing adventure film but also a respectful tribute to the men who gave their lives during this decisive battle, marking a new sense of maturity to the director's work. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
4.0/4.0 The Lighthouse (2019) Charles Koplinski One of the year's best. An example of the kind of intelligent, innovative filmmaking that should be cherished and championed. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
2.5/4.0 Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Charles Koplinski Norton can't get out of his own way in "Brooklyn." EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
1.0/4.0 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Charles Koplinski An example of the most soul-sucking viewing that I'm forced to endure. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
3.0/4.0 Joker (2019) Charles Koplinski The film is a desperate, plaintive cry for help, an indictment of a society that ignores the mentally ill within it, calling for more treatment for those afflicted when a tragedy occurs, only to forget about them once the next news cycle begins. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
3.0/4.0 Ad Astra (2019) Charles Koplinski Ponderous "Astra" a worthy exercise. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
3.0/4.0 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Charles Koplinski "The Peanut Butter Falcon" is the sort of movie we need right now. It reminds us that simple acts of kindness are what prevent the world from totally spinning into chaos. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
2.0/4.0 Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Charles Koplinski What was initially witty and insightful becomes silly and trite, while the film's mixed message proved far too much to stomach and a bit insulting. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
3.0/4.0 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Charles Koplinski These moments are so audaciously ridiculous that you can't help but sit back and laugh at the outlandishness of it all. If nothing else, the film goes out of its way to entertain and manages to succeed more times than not. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
2.5/4.0 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Charles Koplinski Tarantino can't get out of his own way with "Hollywood." EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
3.5/4.0 Anna (2019) Charles Koplinski The best action film of the year. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
3.5/4.0 All Is True (2018) Charles Koplinski An intriguing take on Shakespeare's final days. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
3.0/.0 Toy Story 4 (2019) Charles Koplinski "Toy Story 4" avoids sequel pitfalls. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
2.5/4.0 Dark Phoenix (2019) Charles Koplinski Little fire in "Dark Phoenix" EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
3.0/4.0 Booksmart (2019) Charles Koplinski While it scores no points where originality is concerned, the fact that its two protagonists are self-assured, overachieving young women is refreshing. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2019
3.0/4.0 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Charles Koplinski "Parabellum" delivers the goods, stumbles at the end. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
3.5/4.0 Long Shot (2019) Charles Koplinski Unlikely duo, Theron & Rogen score in "Long Shot" EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
4.0/4.0 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Charles Koplinski A perfect ending to a Marvelous saga. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
3.0/4.0 Dumbo (2019) Charles Koplinski You better believe it - "Dumbo" soars! EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
4.0/4.0 Captive State (2019) Charles Koplinski 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
3.0/40 Greta (2018) Charles Koplinski Grim 'Greta' a deliciously dark comic thriller. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
1.0/4.0 The Kid (2019) Charles Koplinski The directorial debut of actor Vincent D'Onofrio is a loud, abrasive exercise that bludgeons the viewer rather than entertains. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
3.5/4.0 Captain Marvel (2019) Charles Koplinski 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
3.0/4.0 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Charles Koplinski A flawed but satisfying conclusion. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
3.0/4.0 The Prodigy (2019) Charles Koplinski Surprising "Prodigy" hits all the right notes. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
2.5/4.0 The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot (2018) Charles Koplinski Elliott nearly saves "Hitler...Bigfoot." EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
2.5/4.0 Serenity (2019) Charles Koplinski For better or worse, "Serenity" goes its own way. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
2.5/4.0 Glass (2019) Charles Koplinski A frustrating, intriguing failure. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Charles Koplinski Powerful "Beale" focuses on tragedy of common racism. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
2.0/4.0 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Charles Koplinski "Basis of Sex" doesn't ring true. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
3.5/4.0 The Favourite (2018) Charles Koplinski A wicked delight. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
1.0/4.0 Second Act (2018) Charles Koplinski Avoid the disaster that's "Second Act." EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
3.5/4.0 Vice (2018) Charles Koplinski Bale dominates ambitious "Vice." EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
3.0/4.0 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Charles Koplinski A magical return. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
4.0/4.0 Roma (2018) Charles Koplinski A powerful, beautiful personal odyssey. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
3.5/4.0 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Charles Koplinski Vibrant, Imaginative "Spider-Verse" a Delight EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
3.5/4.0 The Guilty (2018) Charles Koplinski Taut, Sharp "Guilty" a Winning Thriller. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
3.0/4.0 Beautiful Boy (2018) Charles Koplinski Carrell and Chalamet Shine in Flawed "Boy." EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
3.5/4.0 Free Solo (2018) Charles Koplinski Human Drama Grounds "Solo." EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
2.5/4.0 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Charles Koplinski "Rhapsody" Missing a Few Vital Notes. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
3.0/4.0 The Sisters Brothers (2018) Charles Koplinski Siblings' Divide Drives "Sisters Brothers." EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018