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Jeff York

Jeff York
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 52% Scoob! (2020) It all manages to be breezy fun...with almost as many in-jokes and cultural references as the AIRPLANE or SCARY MOVIE franchises in their heyday.‐ The Establishing Shot
Read More | Posted May 17, 2020
2/4 79% To the Stars (2020) It tries for scale and scope, striving to say profound things about sexism...commenting as much about today's times as those of the film's period. A lot of it rings true...but it is done with a heavy hand.‐ The Establishing Shot
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2020
4/4 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Filmmaker Eliza Hittman's feature...may have been made for a fraction of what the MCU spends on Robert Downey Jr.'s trailer, but it's more powerful than most anything at the cineplex these days. ‐ The Establishing Shot
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2020
3.5/4 93% Superman: Red Son (2020) WB's animation department is one of the best in the business, equal to Pixar for its savvy and game-changing work. Their adult fare continues to do so here with projects like SUPERMAN: RED SON. ‐ The Establishing Shot
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
2/4 56% The Hunt (2020) As edgy commentaries about society go, it doesn't pack nearly the wallop that it should...both the right and the left get satirized to the point of caricature in the movie.‐ The Establishing Shot
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
1.5/4 92% The Invisible Man (2020) Moss gives it her all, throwing herself into the role, literally and figuratively, with courageous abandon. Still, such attributes feel lost on a film far too content to render story logic and common sense as invisible as the bad guy. ‐ The Establishing Shot
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
2/4 86% Emma. (2020) It's art directed within an inch of its rococo life, costumed as if by peacocks, and acted with enough verve to play to the second balcony...it's so filled with largesse, it feels more like a caricature than a romantic comedy.‐ The Establishing Shot
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2020
3/4 74% The Lodge (2020) Franz and Fiala are superb at creating mood in this atmospheric setting, with an insinuating score helping ratchet up the tension with each new revelation. The scares are honest, with nary a cheap jump scare in sight.‐ The Establishing Shot
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
2/4 37% Downhill (2020) Remaking foreign films is tricky, especially trying to Americanize one as subtle and insinuating as Force Majeure. A noble effort was made here, although the endeavor was far too much of an uphill battle.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
3/4 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Perhaps the greatest sign of female empowerment is that they can now fight, curse, maim, and kill as well as the boys do onscreen. I'm not sure what that says about our society, but it sure makes for some nasty fun at the Cineplex.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
3/4 75% The Gentlemen (2020) The movie is chock full of low-life's, robberies, murders, and double-crosses. It's a lot of fun and a welcome return for Ritchie.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
2/4 48% Underwater (2020) There are moments when the characters here manage to escape the water momentarily, take off their diving helmets, and breathe. If only the film was willing to breathe more as well.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
4/4 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) What makes it so special is not just their affair, but the way art plays such a part in it. The two women share a bond that is physical, certainly, but their connection over the aesthetics of artistic expression becomes the truer core of their bond.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2020
3/4 95% Little Women (2019) Filmmaker Greta Gerwig...directs the old chestnut with breezy, contemporary energy, shaking up the structure, the casting, and giving it a modern feminist feel.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
4/4 89% 1917 (2020) 1917 stresses the idea that war is hell. To put such a heavy responsibility on two young soldiers...is utterly horrifying. Of course, it's also thrilling, and therefore gives moviegoers one hell of a film experience at the cineplex.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
2.5/4 76% Richard Jewell (2019) It's dramatic, well-acted, and moving, yet there are strains of the worst instincts of the director in parts that keep it from being one of his very best.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2019
3/4 92% Uncut Gems (2019) It may confound and even anger some viewers, but the Safdie brothers know what they're doing. They want their gripping story to put us between a rock and a hard place and make us squirm, just like their protagonist.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
4/4 97% 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 95% 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 92% 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 73% 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
42% 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
44% 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
78% 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
98% 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
91% 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
71% 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
19% 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
69% 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 68% 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
62% 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