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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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Dear Evan Hansen: Good Intent, Uneven Results (Review)

Dear Evan Hansen boasts excellent songs and performances, but they struggle against the film’s difficulty in handling the sour taste of its story.

Malignant: A Confused, Bloody Mess (Review)

James Wan’s Malignant tries so hard to scare and shock its viewers that it forgets to figure out what it even wants to be.

The Night House: A Chilling Portrayal of Grief (Review)

David Bruckner’s The Night House crawls its way under your skin with a powerful lead performance and frightening mysteries, if not the greatest answers.

The Man Who Sold His Skin: A Reflection on Human Exploitation (Edinburgh Review)

The Man Who Sold His Skin explores the ugly treatment of humans for the sake of art and power, and a man who risks trading his soul alongside his skin.

“Why I’ve Grown Tired of the Marvel Cinematic Universe”

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has kept me coming back for years. But its flaws have piled up, and that track record has reached its end.

Werewolves Within: Just Enough Bite to Satisfy (Review)

Josh Ruben’s Werewolves Within juggles genre and tone to deliver a moderately pleasing diversion for fans of comedy and horror.