Chuck Koplinski

Chuck Koplinski

The Screening Room | Beautiful 'Roma' a powerful personal odyssey

The opening shot of Alfonso Cuaron's gorgeous autobiographical film "Roma" is a curious one at first. The sound of scrubbing is paired with the image of water washing away soap and dirt down a drain. This is repeated again and again, and upon reflection, it serves as a simple metaphor for not only the family at its center but also life itself.

The Screening Room | Stunning 'Suspiria' a glorious mess

Horror aficionados were up in arms when the news was announced that director Luca Guadagnino ("Call Me by Your Name") was going to remake Dario Argento's classic giallo "Suspiria." Considered the high mark of the director's career, the film is considered the "Citizen Kane" of the European genre, a work revered by many and understood by even less.

The Screening Room | Deft, haunting 'Wildlife' an actors showcase

It's inevitable that the veil falls away; there is the moment when you come to realize your parents are not infallible, that they have feet of clay, that the sense of capability they project is nothing but a sham cultivated to the point of believability by repetition on their part and gullibility on yours.

The Screening Room | Fractured approach trips up 'Front Runner'

"Stupid is as stupid does."

That famous "Forrest Gump" quote swirled around and around in my mind as I watched Jason Reitman's not-as-good-as-it-should-be biopic, "The Front Runner," play out.

The Screening Room | Director, novelist behind 'Boy Erased' discuss bullying, recovery

There seems to be a spate of films in theaters this season that deal with troubled youth. "The Miseducation of Cameron Post," "Beautiful Boy" and the upcoming "Ben is Back" are all concerned with teenagers who are at a crossroads where their identity and purpose in life are concerned.

The Screening Room | McCarthy, Grant shine in impressive 'Forgive'

"It seemed like a good idea at the time."

I'm sure we've all said this at one time or another, having come to the realization that what began as an act of good intentions or a white lie has picked up speed and become an entity unto itself, spinning out of control and capable of great damage. You didn't mean to hurt anyone, but ...

The Screening Room | Documentary shines light on film preservation

Mike Zahs is a character, the sort of guy whose personality fills a room, a man who once you meet him, you never forget.

The Screening Room | Two stars shine in flawed 'Beautiful Boy'

At its best, Felix van Groeningen's "Beautiful Boy" captures the sense of frustration, rage and helplessness parents feel when they see one of their children caught in the cycle of addiction.

The Screening Room | 'Bohemian Rhapsody' missing a few vital notes

It is with great regret that I report that "Bohemian Rhapsody" is not the film Queen fans have been waiting for, nor is it the one the band deserves.

The Screening Room | Siblings' divide drives 'The Sisters Brothers'

While reports of the death of the Western have been exaggerated, there's no question that the genre has been on life support for some time.

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