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Updated by Joel Copling on October 8, 2015

Welcome to my website. Here, you'll find my reviews of the latest cinematic releases. If you're looking for a review of a particular film, check under the 'Films by Title' section. It just may be there. Not seeing a film you'd like to see reviewed? Send me a Tweet with your recommendation!

Coming soon to Joel on Film: Joel on Oscars! I'm making changes, some cosmetic and others a bit more necessary, to the front page of this website and various others throughout (Pardon my dust as I clean up around here), and that includes tackling the awards season. Yes, this will be a permanent fixture at the site now, updated every two weeks from October to broadcast. Just keep an eye on the top of the page for that soon!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Posted by Joel Copling on November 18, 2016

J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series was never just about wizards, witches, and the castle-like school in which they reside for ten months of the year. Always beneath the surface of the author's seven-book saga (as well as the eight-film series it spawned) was a fable about the ability of love to conquer fear and the inevitability of death that makes all of us, even those with magical abilities and physiology, human. Also prominent within the series was an allegory regarding the evil of prejudice, confronting such a theme through its central plot about a boy wizard who finds them matched against an evil man twisted by his own ideas for power through utter decimation. Of course, sometimes history repeats itself, and in "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," a prequel of sorts set several decades before that boy discovered his fate, we find that such a motivation has existed for a long time. The aforementioned evil wizard had a philosophical predecessor, and so did the boy.

Nocturnal Animals

Posted by Joel Copling on November 18, 2016

Review coming 11/19/16.


Posted by Joel Copling on November 23, 2016

Review coming 11/23/16.

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Posted by Joel Copling on November 23, 2016

Review coming 11/23/16.


Posted by Joel Copling on November 25, 2016

Review coming 11/25/16.

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The Jungle Book (2016)

Posted by Joel Copling on July 22, 2016

It seems that the awe inspired by blockbusters of yesteryear is becoming lesser and further from our grasp in this current climate of superheroes and explosions, so the presence of something like "The Jungle Book" in 2016 is a blessing. Yes, it's another adaptation (this one by screenwriter Justin Marks) of the stories by Rudyard Kipling that have inspired other screen adaptations (from Zoltan Korda's 1942 version to the classic 1967 animated film, which was the last to be overseen directly by Walt Disney, to various sequels and television adaptations). This version, a towering achievement among all of them, immediately justifies its existence in two ways.

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