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  • The Endless

    The Endless

    ★★★★

    Buried within the bending recesses of this Lovecraftian sci-fi thriller is a genuine, even heartfelt comedy of human uncertainty and absurd fear. “The Endless” presents a scenario that just racks your mind until you feel the situation of these existentially upstanding characters literally begin to shatter the fabric of the known world. When the weird gets weirder, the weirder goes pro and gives very little in regards to anything logical. The objective melds with the subjective in the face of…

  • Big Wednesday

    Big Wednesday

    ★★★★

    There's a literary, novel-like quality to John Milius' "Big Wednesday." The minutes pass, the pages turn, and the waves keep on rolling. The increasing realization of destiny, emphasized by the dwindling years of youth and the perversion of U.S. normalcy in the face of the Vietnam War, carries us through this tale of California surfers trying their absolute best to live in the moment while neglecting the truth that time is the cruelest enemy. The look. The drama. The romance.…

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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…

  • Superbad

    Superbad

    ★★★★

    Through all of its obscenities and objective/questionable dirtiness, there's a genuine heart at the core of "Superbad." Yes, there's some cringe given its sexual politics. Sure, a few moments may be crude and contentious. But, the presentation of both friendship and the fears of adulthood in the film conveys an honesty that can reach many to some degree. And as the final moments began to play out, the emotions of the characters ring pretty true.

    Now, I watched the unrated…