Top That! My Ten Favorite Films of 2019

It's Oscar weekend, so I figured now is as good a time as any to announce my ten favorite movies of 2019. There's not a whole lot of science that goes into my process; it's mostly gut feeling that determines what goes into this list and how I'm arranging it. The emotional response is the … Continue reading Top That! My Ten Favorite Films of 2019

Short, Sweet and Screamy: “Huluween” Reviews

There's no denying short films have gotten short shrift on Thomas J. I've got a few stashed away here and there (and here, too) but the overwhelming majority of my total output has been focused on feature-length productions. And why not? It's very difficult to review a short film and not spoil it! I've been … Continue reading Short, Sweet and Screamy: “Huluween” Reviews

I Am Mother

Release: Friday, June 7, 2019 →Netflix Written by: Michael Lloyd Green Directed by: Grant Sputore I Am Mother is another movie ideally suited for those of us already harboring a healthy distrust of robots. An often disconcerting experience, this post-apocalyptic thriller from Australian and first-time director Grant Sputore uses the relationship between a matronly AI and her flesh-and-blood daughter to … Continue reading I Am Mother

Searching

Release: Friday, August 31, 2018 →Theater Written by: Aneesh Chaganty; Sev Ohanian Directed by: Aneesh Chaganty Searching is undoubtedly among the year's most pleasantly surprising discoveries. Featuring a unique presentation style that repurposes your local big screen as a 20-foot-tall facsimile of your own favorite personal devices, as well as a crucially sympathetic performance from star John Cho (of … Continue reading Searching

Dunkirk

Release: Friday, July 21, 2017 →IMAX Written by: Christopher Nolan Directed by: Christopher Nolan In memory of my late grandfather, John Little. In his first historical drama, one that gives the acclaimed writer-director an opportunity to fly that British flag high, Christopher Nolan is deeply committed to creating a singular, sensory experience that goes beyond a mere reenactment. … Continue reading Dunkirk

Morgan

Release: Friday, September 2, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Seth W. Owen Directed by: Luke Scott No movie, especially one dabbling in the science fiction genre, has an obligation to make the viewer feel all warm and cuddly inside. You can be both the coldhearted bastard and The Year's Best Movie, but if you plan on being as brutally dispassionate … Continue reading Morgan

Don’t Breathe

Release: Friday, August 26, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Fede Álvarez; Rodo Sayagues Directed by: Fede Álvarez Don't Breathe, the sophomore effort from Uruguayan director Fede Álvarez, is what you'd get if you expanded into a full-length feature that scene from The Silence of the Lambs in which Buffalo Bill stalks a terrified Clarice Starling with night vision goggles while … Continue reading Don’t Breathe

The Invitation

Release: Friday, April 8, 2016 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Phil Hay; Matt Manfredi Directed by: Karyn Kusama Dinner parties tend to get awkward when guests start dropping dead. Karyn Kusama (Jennifer's Body; Aeon Flux) invites you inside the strange goings-on of what was supposed to be a casual get-together among longtime friends, friends reuniting after a traumatic event. Paranoia … Continue reading The Invitation