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Jeff York

Jeff York
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 84% Ad Astra (2019) Filmmaker James Gray's latest movie is as intellectual as it is visceral. It's a film that is also thrilling and profoundly moving.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 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
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
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
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 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) It's the storytelling, never rushed, nuanced and complex, weaving bits of animation and design effortlessly throughout, that resonates the most.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
4/4 97% 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
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
3.5/4 69% Joker (2019) Searing onto the screen as both a revisionist backstory of an iconic villain character and a pointed commentary on the cuddlier aspects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the new Joker movie is bold, violent, and unnerving. ‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 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
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
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
3/4 67% 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
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
3/4 71% Haunt (2019) Haunt is a brisk and stimulating ride, one you'll likely come out of feeling spooked and quite satisfied.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
3/4 72% 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
2.5/4 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
2.5/4 74% 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
2/4 49% 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
99% Eighth Grade (2018) Such honesty in presenting a teenage girl makes writer/director Bo Burnham's movie a superior coming-of-age story.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 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
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
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
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) In a summer that has seen too many sequels already, this one stands out from the crowd as its crown jewel.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 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
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) It may be cringe-worthy at times, what with its propensity for showing the Soviet world of violence, torture, and bloodletting, but for those who like their parables to be challenging and salty, do not miss this exceptional film.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) America should be well past the events told in this film, but because we aren't, this film is here to remind us. It's all the more incredible for being so entertaining while doing so.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
96% Roma (2018) "Roma" is the year's most gorgeous film too, capturing people and places with stunning clarity and intimacy.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
95% A Quiet Place (2018) [A] quiet, dark, and chilling film to experience.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 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
94% Incredibles 2 (2018) [I]f you're going to do a sequel, "Incredibles 2" is the way to do it. It echoes all the best things from the original and may have even surpassed the terrific action set-pieces from the first.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
93% First Reformed (2018) "First Reformed" is not only a rich and detailed character study, but it also serves as a timely and scathing critique of politics, the church, and society's middle finger to the environment.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
93% Revenge (2018) What makes [Coralie] Fargeat's tale rather unique is its female perspective.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 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
92% Searching (2018) [The] film is not only a clever mystery filled with rich characters, but it packs an emotional wallop like few others in the genre due to its harrowing story of a father desperately trying to find his missing daughter.‐ 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
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
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
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Rare is the film one can describe as effervescent, but "Crazy Rich Asians" is just that. It bubbles like champagne, gleams like gold, and keeps up an energy level seldom seen onscreen these days. ‐ 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
90% Isle of Dogs (2018) There are many charms to this film in both its story and animation style. ‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 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
89% Hereditary (2018) ["Hereditary"] falters at the finish line. Not only are the last 20 minutes desperate undisciplined, but the actions are screen don't tingle the spine.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 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
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) "Ant-Man and the Wasp" is content to merely bring the funny. It aims small and therefore is a sizable success.‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 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
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
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
87% Upgrade (2018) "Upgrade" could have been just a B-picture, albeit an expensively-produced one, but [Leigh] Whannell is as serious about his social commentary as he is about entertaining us. ‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
86% Thoroughbreds (2018) ["Thoroughbreds" features] sharp dialogue and vivid characterizations. ‐ Creative Screenwriting
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019