Review – The Snowman

Tomas Alfredson's The Snowman is the first film featured in my Ten Fourth-Quarter 2017 Films to be Excited About! column to be released, alongside A24's The Killing of a Sacred Deer, which hits limited release, this weekend, as well.  I've actually been more excited for the latter - especially after seeing that the reviews for The Snowman were far... Continue Reading →

Review – Happy Death Day

Once again, family commitments kept me from catching this one over opening weekend, but I went out of my way on a Monday to try my best to stay current with as many new releases as I can manage.  From the first trailer for Happy Death Day, I thought this Groundhog Day-meets-Final Destination-meets-Scream concept looked fun... Continue Reading →

Review – Wind River (2017)

In a little over two weeks, I'll get to meet Elizabeth Olsen.  This is a big deal to me because she's been among my favorite actors for a number of years, now - not that she's been around for all that long.  She caught my attention by single-handedly elevating the remake of Silent House from an... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – The Village

Original US release date: July 30, 2004 Production budget: $60,000,000 Worldwide gross: $256,697,520 If you're a regular reader, you may know I was once among M. Night Shyamalan's biggest fans.  He lost me after a handful of subpar films, but has recently been winning me back with The Visit and Split.  This particular film, The... Continue Reading →

Review – Voice from the Stone

Okay, I'm cheating with this one.  So, Emilia Clarke and Tom Hanks both have movies opening, this weekend.  That's awesome for me.  Believe it or not, seeing this one first wasn't the plan.  Voice from the Stone is (for now, at least) a very limited release, only hitting major metropolitan markets, which my hometown is very... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – North by Northwest

Original U.S. release date: July 28, 1959 Production budget: $3,100,000 Worldwide gross: $13, 275,000 Alfred Hitchcock is unquestionably one of the most renowned directors in all of film history, yet if one was to ask an average person on the street to name every Hitchcock film they know, most would quickly exclaim, "Psycho!" and then be... Continue Reading →

Review – A Cure for Wellness

A Cure for Wellness is one I've been looking forward to for quite some time.  It comes to us courtesy of Gore Verbinski, who most people associate with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.  I more readily think of him as being the man who gave us The Ring, which is my favorite horror movie... Continue Reading →

80. The Girl on the Train

If you missed it, The Girl on the Train was the first of my 10 Fourth Quarter 2016 Films to Be Excited About.  As I mentioned in that column, I haven't read the Paula Hawkins novel of the same name on which this film is based, but I love Emily Blunt (both her talent and... Continue Reading →

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