Chuck Koplinski

Chuck Koplinski

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.

Chuck Koplinski | Too much gore, not much more make for so-so 'Revenge'

On average, the human body contains anywhere from 1.2 to 1.5 gallons of blood. Coralie Fargeat's "Revenge" does its level best to disprove this fact, as this gore-ridden, feminist vengeance flick goes out of its way to rub audiences' noses in the many gruesome events it contains.

Chuck Koplinski | 'Solo' mines fun, box-office gold from hero's past

Everything old is new again in Ron Howard's "Solo: A Star Wars Story," and that's just fine.

Chuck Koplinski | 'Deadpool 2' too much of the same

One of the secrets to the success of the character Deadpool is that he's the ultimate vicarious instrument.