The House With a Clock in Its Walls is a big budget children's horror film with all the schlock and camp expected from anything Eli Roth, but completely lacking the gorier elements of his previous works. The abundance of onscreen talent from veteran actors Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, and Kyle MacLachlan make for an enjoyable and breezy watch across the film's 105 minute runtime, in spite of the myriad of blatant flaws including atrocious performances by the child actors, and some pacing issues in the final act.
Phantom Thread is quite simple and straightforward compared to the director's previous films, but is still able to retain a sense of mystery and a dash of spirituality. The plot is akin to the classic romance novels typical of the Bronte sisters and Jane Austen, and I mean that in the best way possible. While this aspect may cause some folks to call the film boring, those who can appreciate a slow-burn love story with a tear-inducing twist so subtle…