Chuck Koplinski: In appreciation of James Garner

Movie stars aren’t like you and I. That’s not to say they’re better than us morally and some, believe it or not, are quite normal looking once their make up is taken away and normal lighting is applied.  However, they do have a magical quality about them that appears once they’re in front of a camera.

'Child' a realistic look at a thorny issue

Some have labeled Gillian Robespierre’s Obvious Child as an “abortion comedy.”  This is a bit of lazy journalism and something of a misnomer as the film is not as flippant as this description would suggest.  No, it proves refreshing in the way it takes a pragmatic look at this thorny situation from the point of view of a woman who, despite foolishly getting herself

“Begin Again” a cure for summertime movie blues

A tonic for the steady stream of vacuous movies Hollywood has foisted on us this summer John Carney’s Begin Again is a grounded, delightful, human tale buoyed by infectious yet meaningful pop music and dynamic performances from its strong cast.  Unabashedly romantic, the film manages to give us a story that’s manipulative to the core yet somehow present it with such sincerity that

Familiarity the Demon “Evil” Can’t Exorcise

The press notes and movie poster for Deliver us from Evil claim the film is “inspired by the actual accounts of a NYPD sergeant.” This is a good piece of information to have because if I didn’t know better I’d swear the movie was inspired by other much better horror films and police procedurals.  Ralph Sarchie’s book “Beware the Night,” recounts his various experiences on the mean

Up-and-Coming Performers add Human Touch to “Transformers 4”

Upon meeting Jack Reynor and Nicola Peltz you can tell that these two young performers are well aware that they’re lucky to be in the position they’re in.  While both these actors only have a handful of credits between them, they were both cast in one of the summer’s most eagerly awaited films, Transformers” Age of Extinction, a project unlike any they’d ever done before that

"Only God Forgives" a Polemic, Personal Exercise

No other film has proved to be as divisive among critics this year as Nicholas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives, his follow up to 2011’s excellent Drive.

"Rain" still a fresh movie experience

The Art Theater continues to be a film lover’s best friend as it continues to screen classic movies during its weekend late night slots.  This week, Singin’ in the Rain will be screened (Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m.), the influential movie musical that is continually listed on “Best of” lists some 60 years after its release.  Really, it comes as no surprise that this is the