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  • Halloween H20: 20 Years Later

    Halloween H20: 20 Years Later

    ★★½

    Rather surprising in fright and fun, "Halloween H20: 20 Years Later" manages to rise above its five predecessors to become probably my second favorite film in the franchise (still hoping for David Gordon Green's film to come through on the hype, though). Yes, the teenage subplots that compromise a majority of the first two acts do bore rather quickly and quite a few of the scares are cheap and ineffective, but the third act is pretty damn awesome and Jamie…

  • Apostle

    Apostle

    ★★★★

    The Body and Blood.

    For what “Apostle” lacks in cleanliness and cohesion, it more than makes up for with false prophets, religious mania, the corruptibility of man, and the sanctity of the land. Writer/director/editor Gareth Evans has traded the high-octane, relentless martial art mazes of his phenomenal “Raid” films for the spattered caves and perverted temples of this slow-burning period mystery, crafting an atmospheric chamber piece that evolves into an unexpectedly pessimistic look at the loss of faith and essential…

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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…

  • 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…