Thomas O'Connor

May 7, 2018

Tom Watches Movies: John Woo’s ‘Manhunt’ Fails to Live Up to its Pedigree

If you’re even a casual John Woo fan looking for the usual stamp of quality his name carries, you’re in for disappointment.
March 31, 2018

Tom Watches Movies: ‘Verónica’ Suffers from its Lack of Focus

What should be another entry in the expanding library of fantastic Spanish horror movies instead falls flat for its inconsistency and shallowness.
March 4, 2018

20 Years Later: ‘Dark City’ Still Dazzles and Mystifies

'Dark City' has remained a darling of genre movie geeks, the poster-child for underappreciated gems, and a triumph of production design, atmosphere, and storytelling.
February 14, 2018

Woodland Horror Abounds in Netflix’s ‘The Ritual’

'The Ritual' is a solid little horror flick with atmosphere and effective art direction to spare.
January 19, 2018

Tom Watches Movies: ‘Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters’ Has More Hoverbikes, Fewer Boardrooms

'Planet of the Monsters' is a unique, if rather unsuccessful attempt at taking the Godzilla franchise into some new territory.
November 14, 2017
In This Corner of the World

Tom Watches Movies: ‘In This Corner of the World’ Mixes Sweetness and Sorrow

'In This Corner of the World' mixes harrowing and deeply affecting war drama with slice-of-life sweetness to great effect.
October 26, 2017
Seoul Station

Tom Watches Movies: ‘Seoul Station’ Is Held Back From Greatness By Awkward Animation

For everything that 'Seoul Station' does right, there are a few key factors that keep it from greatness, most notably when it comes to the animation.
October 18, 2017
Studio Ghibli

GKids and Shout! Factory’s Studio Ghibli Blu-Ray Releases Do Justice to the Beloved Classics

How much do these new versions differ from the the Disney releases?
October 3, 2017

Tom Watches Movies: ‘Jackals’ Is Dyed-In-The-Wool Home Invasion Horror

'Jackals' is ultimately competent, but its lack of anything striking or interesting keeps it from being memorable.
September 25, 2017

Fantastic Fest 2017: ‘Jailbreak’ Fails To Stand Out Despite Excellent Action Scenes

'Jailbreak' probably won’t be the game-changer that fight-film fans are hoping for.