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Joseph Tomastik

I’m very much a late bloomer when it comes to my love of cinema. I took a career path about as far removed from it as you can think, but over the years I realized just how much film could affect me, and how exciting it was to explore and analyze it to the extent I do now. I’ve been writing reviews and discussion pieces since 2018, and now hope to take this relatively new path even further. My favorite genre is easily science fiction, as it opens the door to so many possibilities while still trying to ground itself to varying degrees depending on the story.

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Silent Night: John Woo Movie Review

Silent Night sees John Woo return to form by combining gorgeously brutal action with laughably overbearing drama, making it fun for the right and wrong reasons.

Candy Cane Lane: Prime Film Review

Candy Cane Lane can only squeeze a small amount of decent comedy from its awkward directing and flimsy writing, making for a stale holiday treat.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Review

With stellar performances, direction, and surprises, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 wraps up its original film series on a subversive, bittersweet note.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Review

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 trades the action of the titular games for a dark, tense political thriller that’s just as relevant now as it’s ever been.

Paranormal Activity: Film Review

By using very little to rattle viewers an awful lot, the original Paranormal Activity holds up as one of the scariest films ever made.

Frankenstein Movies: Kenneth Branagh vs. James Whale

James Whale’s Frankenstein movies are beloved classics, but Kenneth Branagh’s Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein takes a different look at adapting the same story.

A Guide to Becoming an Elm Tree: Film Review

A Guide to Becoming an Elm Tree has a good, simple story on paper, but its excessively slow directing works more against it than in its favor.

You’re Not Me: Fantastic Fest Film Review

You’re Not Me successfully spins a well-worn horror/thriller formula by blurring the line between genuine family drama and its more heightened undertones.

The Royal Hotel: TIFF Film Review

Through smartly restrained directing that keeps you hooked on the potential for danger, The Royal Hotel breathes new life into its familiar themes.

American Fiction (2023) Film Review

Half of American Fiction is an engaging family drama, but the other half is a sometimes funny but often overdone satire of representation in entertainment.