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Jeff York

Jeff York
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 96% Knives Out (2019) Filmmaker Rian Johnson knows Agatha Christie's oeuvre so well that he's able to honor it and screw with it too, ripping apart its pieces, moving them around, and making the hoary conventions of the procedural genre feel almost completely fresh and vital.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
4/4 97% Marriage Story (2019) Ultimately, Baumbach doesn't fix the blame of the marriage failure here, but rather, he showcases the characters fixing their lives as they're forced to adapt to it. ‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
4/4 91% Ford v Ferrari (2019) The film contains some of the best action scenes on film this year...yet what stands out are the characters and how they respond to all the literal twists and turns in the plot.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/4 96% The Irishman (2019) It's an affecting meditation on old age and regret, a film with more melancholy than Scorsese's usual dark wit.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/4 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Bong Joon Ho has not only delivered one of 2019's very best movies, but the symbolism he's woven throughout the picture is some of the finest placed on film in years.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
2.5/4 74% Harriet (2019) Tubman's story is a fascinating one, but those tasked with telling it here ended up treating her narrative with far too much reverence. They've also squeezed too many chapters of her biography into its 125-minute running time.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3.5/4 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) (The film) is a period piece that has a lot to say about our modern times. It's a rallying cry to fight the power, reinvent yourself to be happy, and realize it takes a village to move mountains.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
39% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) Ultimately, [Jacob Aaron] Estes has made an earnest, compelling, and well-acted film that may be too ambitious for its good. There is much to applaud here, but also far too much that will make you scratch your head as well.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
43% After the Wedding (2019) It's more melodrama than drama, plagued by a few too many twists, yet it remains a moving story about love, loss, adoption, and now, female empowerment.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
80% Good Boys (2019) With talented kids throughout the cast of Good Boys, it's a shame that the film doesn't try harder. ‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) By couching all of the original shorts in the over-arching small-town kids' story, this adaptation short-shrifts the shorts. There's not enough of them here, and that makes them feel sketchy.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) [Tarantino] loves show biz and Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood is a bittersweet tribute to the fantasies, as well as the fragilities, of those who play in it.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) Yet, despite the familiarity, most of it still plays because it's a damn good story. ‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
99% The Farewell (2019) And ultimately, even though this wonderfully character-driven comedy is about death, every second of it is filled with glorious, laudable life.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) [T]his one is a genuine winner and never wears out its welcome, even if we've all seen far too many superhero movies this past decade.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) As if being one of the greatest trilogies in film history wasn't enough for the Toy Story franchise, along comes a fourth feature that's just as fun, witty, and incredibly moving as the first three. ‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
23% Men in Black International (2019) [T]his new adventure misses the chance to be edgier and stand out from the pack.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Dark Phoenix nonetheless remains an intriguing and affecting film, particularly in its curt commentary on power and parenting.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) The film is breathless, while never taking a breath, and when everything is big, brassy, and bold, even a manic genie has trouble standing out.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) [T]he John Wick series continues to show the entertainment world how to do action well - in camera, breathlessly executed, and clever as hell. ‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
72% Teen Spirit (2019) Through it all, [Max] Minghella believes in Violet, as does [Elle] Fanning. They both give her character their all, keeping a tight focus on her ups and downs along her journey.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
21% The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019) [Daniel] Farrands has created a small miracle in the true crime genre, a horror tale that is eminently more moving than terrifying.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
70% Climax (2019) At the end of it all, this twisted horror tale is a fascinating demonstration of moviemaking prowess, but beyond that, the message seems either too obvious or even frivolous. ‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) This take on an intimate story is so jumbo that it makes it feel a little dumb.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
27% The Aftermath (2019) [T]his film focuses on a parent who's lost a child and their attempt to overcome the trauma and rejoin society as a functioning human being. That may not be all that sexy, but it makes for a very moving two hours at the Cineplex.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
93% Us (2019) Most acclaim must go to [Jordan] Peele though as he once again has created a horror film that manages to be scary, hilarious, as well as socially relevant.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) Danvers' fish-out-of-water story that occurs when she lands back on earth is where this movie starts to hit its stride.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
60% Greta (2019) [Y]et as is, the film is not memorable or meaningful. ‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
78% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) Its thrills are intense, yet subtle, refraining from bombast, but still delivering a good wallop.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
3/4 69% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) While it doesn't do much that the first one didn't, this follow-up is a rollicking riff with enough laughs and character to stand as a hearty, albeit tardy, sequel.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Its love story is both epic and intimate, personal and political, and one that will haunt you a very long time.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Unfortunately, too much time is spent on luridness which gives this historical drama a feeling more akin to the naughty Showtime series The Tudors. ‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) If Beale Street Could Talk is an extraordinary film with so much to say about our past and our future and a society that still hasn't learn its lessons all that well. ‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Ralph Breaks the Internet skewers its many online targets with a lot of wicked wit.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
78% Green Book (2018) There are too many cringe-worthy moments... where Tommy becomes Shirley's 'white savior.'‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
91% Widows (2018) [T]his genre piece is much more than most of its pulpy brethren showing up in movie theaters and it's refreshing to see such vivid characters, as well as such stinging commentary on racism and sexism on display in a thriller.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
59% The Front Runner (2018) [Jason] Reitman is one of cinema's cleverest filmmakers, but here his blending of humor and sentimentality approaches the maudlin. ‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
89% A Private War (2018) It's one of the year's best roles, performances, and it's contained in a film that undoubtedly matters. Now, more than ever. ‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Instead, the new tale... has too many plot holes and coincidences to be called an assured rebooting of the property and character. ‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
66% Suspiria (2018) Yet, despite the fantastical, nightmare images, this remake ultimately seems to be more of an exercise in filmmaking than storytelling.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
97% The Hate U Give (2018) Ultimately, The Hate U Give is an incredibly powerful character study, a crackling thriller, and even a shrewd editorial on the impact of violence in America.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) This film is a 'portrait of an artist' in its rawest form. It is an unflattering character study, yet also one of the most sympathetic too.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
79% Halloween (2018) While it's competently made and contains a full-throttled performance by star Jamie Lee Curtis, this one lacks frights and fails to add much to the saga.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) What started out as a crackling yarn starts to become a numbing exercise in narrative excess.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
87% First Man (2018) "First Man" soars as much when it's staying grounded as it does when Armstrong and the dreams of the nation finally reach that far-off star. ‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
29% Venom (2018) The final product looks like the result of a lot of last-minute reworking.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
90% A Star Is Born (2018) Both leads do incredibly nuanced work, and while [Lady] Gaga's performance is incredible, so is [Bradley] Cooper's.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
87% Colette (2018) This is a movie that celebrates joy just as Colette did despite her continually trying circumstances. It's a fitting tack to take and makes Colette one of the season's brightest entertainments. ‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
41% Hell Fest (2018) It may be a great setting, but what happens there is far too familiar, even cliché.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
82% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) "Fahrenheit 11/9" is a serious and sobering work, full of verve and vitriol.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019