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 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
2.0/4.0 Halloween (2018) Charles Koplinski Tasteless "Halloween" Leaves a Bloody, Bad Taste. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
3.0/4.0 The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Charles Koplinski A worthy swan song for Redford. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
3.0/4.0 First Man (2018) Charles Koplinski Intimate look at space race propels "First Man." EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
3.5/4.0 Assassination Nation (2018) Charles Koplinski A vicious, timely cautionary tale. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
2.5/4.0 Alpha (2018) Charles Koplinski A surprisingly effective dog's tale. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
3.5/4.0 Papillon (2017) Charles Koplinski A powerful metaphor for our troubled times. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
2.0/4.0 Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Charles Koplinski A beautiful, bland affair. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2018
1.0/4.0 The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Charles Koplinski Overbearing McKinnon, bland script sink Spy. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2018
4.0/4.0 Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Charles Koplinski ...the philosophy of this series is to embrace the ridiculous and run with it and if the third act comes to resemble a Road Runner cartoon, so be it. Cruise and McQuarrie deliver a thrilling piece of escapist fare. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2018
3.5/4.0 Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) Charles Koplinski "Dark Web" states in no uncertain terms that while we may think the internet and social media are tools we use to navigate our daily life, they have in fact become a controlling agent that slipped from our grasp sometime ago. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2018
3.0/4.0 Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) Charles Koplinski Breezy Ant-Man and the Wasp great fun. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2018
2.5/4.0 Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Charles Koplinski Heavy on action, short on conscience. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2018
4.0/4.0 American Animals (2018) Charles Koplinski "Animals" a gripping tale of misspent youth. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2018
3.0/4.0 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Charles Koplinski "Kingdom" is fine but familiar. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2018
2.5/4.0 Ocean's 8 (2018) Charles Koplinski "8" a Dim Echo of "11" EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2018