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  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★★½

    A creature feature of superb beauty and near brilliance. Aspects of the first half’s pace didn’t exactly align and allow for as much breathing room as I was hoping for with this tale, but the second half of “The Shape of Water” delivers an even mix of resonant emotion and stunning spectacle while also giving way to an absolutely stellar finale that will capture every single shred of your imagination. Hell, the film firmly grabs hold of your imagination from…

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★★

    You’re eyes, hungry and hunting, will be on the delicate cusp of tears for 130 minutes. This curious teetering is not the result of melancholy per se, but from the stirring and rapturous relief that a film like “Phantom Thread” actually exists. Through painstaking precision, invasive examination, and searing desires like no other, Anderson has certainly made our dreams come true.

    A breath of David Lean’s monumental romanticism collides with the gothic and erotic shades of Hitchcock’s work. Though the…

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  • Transformers: The Last Knight

    Transformers: The Last Knight

    ½

    Yesterday evening was honestly pretty special. My friends and I, along with hundreds of others, had the exciting opportunity to attend the Chicago premiere of Transformers: The Last Knight. For many of us, this was our first large-scale, red carpet event. Michael Bay was there to introduce the evening and the film. Joining him was much of the core cast as well, including Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, and Laura Haddock. The gleeful smile smacked across my face was…

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★★

    Decisions of the past find themselves echoed in a haunted present. Legends return to illuminate the cavernous shades of morality. Heroes and villains look within for the truths they seek, thus deconstructing their own shattered psyches. The tyranny of the wicked births the very flame that’ll burn it down. “Powerful light, powerful darkness.” Cosmic interconnectedness at its most poetic and epic. At the center of it all, the Force brings not only balance, but also an overwhelming peace.

    With all…