Chuck Koplinski

Chuck Koplinski

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.

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?