Jeff Nichols Presents "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."
Midnight Special is a film that succeeds as a father-son story first and foremost, as well as a mystery chase film. This Spielbergian slow-burn is one that knows when to "pump the breaks" and when to put the "pedal to the metal" - leaving time for the audience and characters to breathe, and then throwing them right back into the action. Also, the transition into the third act is fucking flawless…
Despite not being as "terrifying" as I wanted it to be at the time, Robert Eggers's The Witch still succeeds as getting under the audiences skin, relying on atmosphere and a gradual build of anxious tension to frighten the audience.
At the film's core, it's not a horror film; it's the story of a family, and the study of how blame is shifted when paranoia takes hold.
While the film is dry at times, and there are a few issues…