Chuck Koplinski

Chuck Koplinski

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.

The Screening Room | Virginia's '2001' screenings offer a film-going odyssey

One of the few modern filmmakers to champion and still use 70 mm film, director Christopher Nolan kept this format alive last year with "Dunkirk," his sprawling tribute to the civilian effort that sprang up to rescue thousands of soldiers stranded on the shores of France.

The Screening Room | 'Crazy Rich Asians' a beautiful, bland affair

In addition to "The Meg," also currently in wide release, "Crazy Rich Asians" is a film co-produced by American and Chinese studios, an effort to appeal not only to viewers in the United States, but also those in the Far East, a market that Hollywood studios are now focusing on.

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.

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