Chuck Koplinski

Chuck Koplinski

The Screening Room | 'Gun' a worthy swan song for Redford

I have an old gray T-shirt. I can't tell you how many times it's been washed or how many times I've worn it. It's always at the top of the pile in my dresser drawer and is the one I grab when I need something comfortable to wear under another shirt or just want to be casual around the house. If you hold it up to the light, you can see through it, and it is starting to fray at the ends.

Chuck Koplinski | For its director and star, 'First Man' all about human element

CHICAGO — The piece of advice that actor Ryan Gosling and director Damien Chazelle must be following is "Make no small plans."

The Screening Room | Intimate look at space race propels 'First Man'

I was speaking to a friend the other day about how we take the age we live in for granted. We punch 10 numbers into our cellphones and talk to people thousands of miles away and don't give it a second thought. We have cures for diseases that were once fatal. And space travel? Well, does anyone really think about that at all anymore?

The Screening Room | Stars of the show salvage 'Star'

There's a great deal to like in Bradley Cooper's "A Star is Born," the directorial debut from the actor, who pulls off an Orson Welles as in addition to acting in the film he serves as one of the its writers and producers as well.

The Screening Room | 'Assassination Nation' a vicious, cautionary tale

A primal scream from today's generation, Sam Levinson's "Assassination Nation" is a film that brims with anger, a work propelled by confusion and resentment that rages against the machine that is the internet and the hypocrisy that emerges when people's backs are against the wall.

The Screening Room | Grand performances drive 'The Wife'

If you were to look up the word "dutiful" in the dictionary, you'd likely find a picture of Joan Castleman. Loyal to a fault, she's stood by her husband, author Joe Castleman, supporting him as he's amassed an impressive canon, endured his numerous affairs and put up with his insufferable arrogance.

The Screening Room | 'Miseducation' proves a powerful call to action

Based on the novel by Emily M. Danforth, Desiree Akhavan's "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" takes a subtle approach to a complex problem, namely coming to terms with your sexual identity.

The Screening Room | Bracing 'Blindspotting' a highlight of 2018

You can't help but feel for Collin. He has three days left before his probation is over; then he'll be able to take off his ankle monitor, walk around unencumbered, stay out as late as he wants and be free, or at least as free as a young black man can be in Oakland, Calif., circa 2018.

The Screening Room | Two leads bring quiet power to 'Operation Finale'

Unlike many of the other high-ranking members of the Third Reich, Adolf Eichmann, the architect of the Final Solution, survived World War II. He fled to South America, where he continued to live with his family and get up each morning to enjoy the day, a privilege those put to death because of his machinations were denied.

The Screening Room | 'Papillon' a powerful metaphor for troubled times

When it comes to movie remakes, I've been of the mind that perhaps only bad films, or those that could be retold to reflect modern societal issues, should be redone.