Chuck Koplinski

Chuck Koplinski

The Screening Room | Timely 'BlacKkKlansman' is necessary viewing

In the fall of 1978, eager to make a name for himself, Colorado Springs police Officer Ron Stallworth approached his superiors with the idea of infiltrating the local Ku Klux Klan chapter in order to more closely monitor their plans and activities.

The Screening Room | Hammy co-star, bad script sink 'Spy Who Dumped Me'

Some performers have a tendency to want to dominate whatever production they're in, and a good director knows that these actors need to be kept in check lest the spotlight constantly fall on them at the expense of the rest of the cast and the story.

The Screening Room | Stunning, spectacular 'Mission Impossible: Fallout' delivers

The hallmark of the "Mission: Impossible" movies is that it takes its title seriously, setting the bar higher and higher with each entry to show us that what might seem impossible is actually quite doable in the hands of star Tom Cruise and writer/director Christopher McQuarrie.

The Screening Room | 'Unfriended' sequel a thrilling look at tech's hold on us

Earlier this year, critics were falling all over themselves in praising Ari Aster's "Hereditary" as a horror classic, a game-changer in the genre that defied expectations and left viewers a quivering mess. I was ambivalent about the whole thing, seeing that film as overwrought, directionless and hardly worth the time invested once its premise was revealed.

The Screening Room | Sloppy directing obscures vital message in 'First Purge'

In 2013, James DeMonaco's "The Purge" seemed like another throwaway entry in the horror genre, a slickly made and at-times-effective thriller in the Blumhouse Pictures mold — cheaply but professionally done, with just enough scares to satisfy fans of the genre.

The Screening Room | Breezy 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' proves to be great fun

After the Sturm und Drang of "Avengers: Infinity War," Peyton Reed's light-hearted, breezy "Ant-Man and the Wasp" comes off as an effective palette cleanser.

The Screening Room | Rogers doc a touching reminder of a good 'Neighbor'

After seeing Morgan Neville's wonderful new documentary about children's television host Fred Rogers, "Won't You Be My Neighbor," I was left with a great many conflicting emotions.

The Screening Room | 'American Animals' a gripping tale of misspent youth

On Dec. 17, 2004, college students Warren Lipka, Spencer Reinhard, Eric Borsuk and Charles Allen II embarked on a scheme that they knew would make them rich.

Chuck Koplinski | Ethan Hawke stuns in 'First Reformed'

Director/writer Paul Schrader has always been uncompromising with his art. His best screenplays ("Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull") and directorial efforts ("Affliction," "Auto Focus") deal with uncomfortable issues and are, by his own admission, often pieces of self-examination.

Chuck Koplinski | 8 is not enough: Newest 'Ocean's' sinks more than it swims

One of the reasons Stephen Soderbergh's "Ocean's Eleven" was such a success is that it contains an effortless sense of cool from a bygone era.