Together Together

Release: Friday, April 23, 2021  👀 Theater Written by: Nikole Beckwith Directed by: Nikole Beckwith Starring: Ed Helms; Patti Harrison     ****/***** More than an acting showcase for its two leads, Nikole Beckwith’s romantic comedy Together Together is a wonderfully subversive effort that reconfigures the way we look at intimate relationships and how they can be formed. IfContinue reading “Together Together”

Palm Springs

Release: Friday, July 10, 2020 (Hulu) →Hulu Written by: Andy Siara Directed by: Max Barbakow Palm Springs, a buzzy new Hulu original starring Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti and J.K. Simmons, for me has an unusual distinction. This romantic comedy about two strangers stuck in a time loop at a wedding boasts one of the best post-credits scenes I’veContinue reading “Palm Springs”

Buffaloed

Release: Friday, February 14, 2020 (limited) →Hulu  Written by: Brian Sacca Directed by: Tanya Wexler Buffaloed is a great example of why I love Zoey Deutch. I haven’t always loved the movies she’s been in — Why Him? (which I’ve seen) and Dirty Grandpa (which I make my life goal to avoid) I like to think are goodContinue reading “Buffaloed”

The Scarlett Johansson Project — #2

Being quarantined at home may be the perfect time to look back on a movie that explores loneliness and connection. This was obviously not something I planned, but social distancing has a way of making us look at things differently and that includes the way we experience certain movies. That’s what’s happening with me andContinue reading “The Scarlett Johansson Project — #2”

Villains

Release: Friday, September 20, 2019 →Hulu  Written by: Dan Berk; Robert Olsen Directed by: Dan Berk; Robert Olsen In terms of competence, small-time criminals Mickey (Bill Skarsgård) and Jules (Maika Monroe) are closer to the Harry and Marv end of the spectrum than they are the Bonnie and Clyde side. These impetuous twenty-somethings are not very good atContinue reading “Villains”

The Beach Bum

Release: Friday, March 29, 2019 →Hulu Written by: Harmony Korine Directed by: Harmony Korine Spoiler alert for those who demand any lessons or morals be taught in a movie: The Beach Bum is not for you. It’s a hedonist adventure “from the mind of” Harmony Korine, a not-for-everyone kind of filmmaker notorious for creating dreamlike experiences that more or less forsakeContinue reading “The Beach Bum”

Month in Review: October ’19

(Flicks a cockroach off keyboard) God! Leave me alone, Wounds!!!! October was certainly bloody and gutsy. I made a conscientious effort to increase the posting frequency while keeping the reviews tailored to the genres of horror/psychological thriller/gross-out (is that a genre? It feels like it should be a genre.) It was a risky approach, becauseContinue reading “Month in Review: October ’19”

Wounds

Release: Friday, October 18, 2019 (Hulu — U.S./Netflix internationally) →Hulu Written by: Babak Anvari Directed by: Babak Anvari The word ‘wounds’ really makes me feel icky. It’s a trigger for me like ‘moist’ is for others. (Sorry if I just made you wince.) I hate. The word. Wounds. Masochist that I am, I chose to watch a movieContinue reading “Wounds”

Little Monsters

Release: Friday, October 11, 2019 (Hulu) →Hulu Written by: Abe Forsythe Directed by: Abe Forsythe With the horror-comedy Little Monsters, Australian director and actor Abe Forsythe is empowering teachers and children alike, arming them with brains and bravery as they try to survive hordes of flesh-eating zombies — the slow kind, not the fast kind. It’s a really admirableContinue reading “Little Monsters”

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 beenContinue reading “Short, Sweet and Screamy: “Huluween” Reviews”