From the Fresno Bee: High Entertainment

From the Fresno Bee

"Super 8": Young filmmakers capture a mysterious image. The film has all the trappings of a sci-fi film -- from a mysterious threat to an ominous military presence. Writer/director J.J. Abrams has culled the best paranoia-creating moments from '50s sci-fi movies. It may have all those trappings, but at its heart is a family drama that swirls around Joe (Joel Courtney), a teen trying to deal with the loss of his mother. It's the best blend of sci-fi and family drama since "E.T." phoned home.
Joel Courtney