Tom Hall

Film

A Quiet Place is silent but deadly

Upon hearing that John Krasinski, best known as Jim from the American version of The Office, has written and directed a horror film starring himself and his wife, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it was destined to be a complete and utter disaster. However, A Quiet Place manages to create a suspenseful atmosphere through…

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Game Night is a non-trivial pursuit

Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams) are an ultra-competitive couple whose weekly game nights are disrupted by Max’s older, more successful brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler). He offers to hold a different sort of game night at his mansion in the hills. Things take a turn for the kidnappy, however, when Brooks is abducted by…

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Three Billboards: powerful and powerfully funny

Departing from the farcical, often metatextual tone established by his previous films In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, writer-director Martin McDonagh tackles heavier themes of grief and redemption in his latest cinematic offering. Frances McDormand stars as Mildred Hayes, a grieving mother who, dismayed by the police’s failure to find her daughter’s killer, rents the titular…

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Review – Bone Tomahawk

Bone Tomahawk opens with the sound of a man’s throat being cut, with hisses, pops, and crunches as each vein, tendon, and ligament is sliced clean through. The grisly act would appear to foreshadow a film full of violence and bloodshed, yet Bone Tomahawk largely sidesteps the B-movie path, and instead presents a measured Western…