There’s a strange sense of freedom that comes over us in our youth every summer. Maybe it’s the longer stretches of daylight, the rising heat, or lack of parental supervision as they toil away at their jobs. Whatever it is, it instills an annual hankering for mischief and revelry that lasts for months. Writer/director Kyle Wilamowski’s feature debut "All Summers End" (originally touring festivals as "Grass Stains"), for the most part, successfully captures this sense of autonomy and self-discovery during a time in which memories are made and choices seem infinite. Wilamowski daringly imbues the stereotypical teen drama with a morality tale exploring loss and the rippling consequences that follow. Filled with solid performances from leads Kaitlyn Dever ("Justified") and Tye Sheridan ("Ready Player One"), along with some impressive directorial work, "All Summers End" checks many of the boxes to qualify as a timeless film to be appreciated by all ages. However, it’s sold as a tale of lost love and, unfortunately, the baggage carrying that weight isn’t built to manage it.
Full review: https://elementsofmadness.com/2018/06/01/all-summers-end/