Jeff York

5 Ways Political Thrillers Like “The Report” Are So Palpable

5 Ways Political Thrillers Like “The Report” Are So Palpable

As the world seems increasingly fraught with danger, and Washington D.C. traffics in partisan battles day in and day out, it’s not surprising to see that political thrillers have been coming back in vogue. Argo, Bridge of Spies, and even Captain America: The Winter Soldier… they’re all political thrillers in their own way. If you’re a […]

 Jeff York

Rian Johnson Hilariously Riffs on Agatha Christie with “Knives Out”

Rian Johnson Hilariously Riffs on Agatha Christie with “Knives Out”

Agatha Christie’s estate in England has made a concerted effort over the past few years to revitalize the late, great author’s works, particularly in adaptations for the big and small screen. Kenneth Branagh and John Malkovich both rebooted Hercule Poirot in various vehicles, and the BBC produced two critically-acclaimed TV movies with And Then There […]

 Jeff York

The Subject Of Divorce And How It Plays On Screen

The Subject Of Divorce And How It Plays On Screen

Divorce is an ugly word. Don’t believe anyone who tells you that such break-ups are amicable and amenable. Even if the parties agree that the relationship must end, there are always hard feelings, resentments, and difficult reckonings. Divorce does, however, almost always make for gripping and endlessly fascinating drama onscreen. Stories of divorce have made […]

 Jeff York

What Makes Gangster Stories So Endlessly Fascinating?

What Makes Gangster Stories So Endlessly Fascinating?

With The Irishman, Martin Scorsese has once again made a gangster movie that’s earning big box office bucks and capturing a ton of Oscar buzz. Cinema fans love the genre, going back to the early 1930s when stars like James Cagney (The Public Enemy) and Edward G. Robinson (Little Caesar) made films about the underworld […]

 Jeff York

“Marriage Story” Chronicles Characters Who Grow Through the Travails of Divorce

“Marriage Story” Chronicles Characters Who Grow Through the Travails of Divorce

Noah Baumbach is exceedingly clever. In his latest film Marriage Story the filmmaker not only confounds expectations, starting with a title that could actually be entitled “Divorce Story,” but he usurps our filmgoer presumptions all the way through. He sets up his dueling partners even-handedly to make it difficult for the audience to take sides. Baumbach keeps […]

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