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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★½

    Kyle MacLachlan – Spice Jesus

    What an utterly fascinating, singularly bizarre, absolutely mystifying garbage fire. "Dune" has its audience and you gotta admire David Lynch for tackling such a massive genre piece, but I found the film incomprehensible. I sat there with my roommate, Hopper, and would just turn to him after nearly every dialogue exchange in complete bewilderment. "Who's this?" "What did she whisper?" "Spice?" The film wanders from location to location, clan to clan, prophecy to prophecy in…

  • Mission: Impossible III

    Mission: Impossible III

    ★★★

    Vanilla Conspiracy.

    When compared to the franchise's previous entry, J.J. Abrams' spin on the life and times of Ethan Hunt ("Mission: Impossible III") is a more lean and consistent film, handling the romantic conflict present far better than "Mission: Impossible 2" ever did. The narrative is focused and gets the mission done while providing a nice array of set pieces and character interactions. Still though, upon revisiting this third chapter, I couldn't help but feel slightly underwhelmed by the picture.…

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  • Gotti

    Gotti

    ½

    The entire film is the Ambien equivalent of wiping the back of a DVD of "Casino" with 40-grit sandpaper until it's literal dust in your hands.

    "Gotti" is dry, flavorless, and overcooked. You've heard it plenty of times by now, but it's entirely true that this biopic is just diet Scorsese in nearly every way. Travolta is trying (hitting one or two decent notes), but he's so stiff and uncharismatic in the role for the majority of the time that…

  • 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…