Chuck Koplinski

Chuck Koplinski

The Screening Room | 'Cold Pursuit' a bloody misfire

I've spoken of tone before in other reviews — how hard it is to sustain over the course of a film, how difficult it is to maintain a consistent mood on a set over the length of a prolonged shoot, how it can shift and be lost from one scene to the next.

The Screening Room | For better or worse, 'Serenity' goes its own way

I often complain that movie trailers give away far too much about the films they're promoting, revealing key twists and surprises that not only undercut the work of the director but also ruin the film-going experience for the audience.

The Screening Room | Fascinating, intriguing 'Glass' has too many cracks

Comic-book enthusiasts are very defensive of their favorite medium. They contend that there's much more to the superhero stories they love so much, and they'll explain this to you in great detail if you have the patience to listen.

The Screening Room | Jenkins brings intimacy, sincerity to 'Beale Street'

There's a calmness about director Barry Jenkins that belies his enthusiastic approach to his work. Upon arriving in the lobby of the Waldorf-Astoria in Chicago, he nearly gets lost in the crowd at a coffee counter, the other patrons completely unaware of the Oscar-winner in their midst.

The Screening Room | Career-best performance by Roberts drives 'Ben Is Back'

There have been a spate of films dealing with teens in despair over the past six months. "The Education of Cameron Post" and "Boy Erased" focused on youths dealing with gay-conversion therapy, while "Beautiful Boy" examined the destructive nature of drugs on one young man and his family.

The Screening Room | 'Beale Street' a moving take on tragedy of common racism

In a year in which we've had many films dealing with the issue of race in America, Barry Jenkins' "If Beale Street Could Talk" is the most moving of the lot.

The Screening Room | Top 10 movies of 2018: Indies thrive, studios stumble

The thought has crossed my mind that perhaps my indifference to so many movies this year may be due to the fact that I've simply seen too many films. Could the burnout I've been warned about by others have finally set in?

The Screening Room | Dafoe a poignantly haunting van Gogh in 'At Eternity's Gate'

"I just want to be one of them."

One of the things Julian Schnabel focuses on in his beautiful new film is the desire of his subject, Vincent van Gogh, to be accepted and revered by the wave of artists who were turning artistic conventions on their heads in late 19th-century Europe.

The Screening Room | 'Mary Poppins Returns' with some magical fluff

"Everything old is new again" seems to be the mantra at Disney Studios. Never mind the Marvel Cinematic Universe and "Star Wars" franchises — when it comes to Disney properties, the powers that be at the Mouse House are plumbing the vaults, plucking out previously successful projects and repackaging them for a new generation.

The Screening Room | Lackluster story washes out visual spectacles in 'Aquaman'

Neither the knockout that was "Wonder Woman" nor the disaster that was "Justice League," James Wan's "Aquaman" is a rather plodding, by-the-numbers affair that goes far out of its way to provide the sort of undersea spectacle never before seen on screen.