Jeff York

“Let the Sunshine In” is French Romantic Comedy at its Darkest

“Let the Sunshine In” is French Romantic Comedy at its Darkest

Only the French could call such a bleak, black comedy as “Let the Sunshine In” a rom-com. Through the American lens, it more closely resembles a tragedy, or at least a mournful character study. The story of a middle-aged painter named Isabelle (Juliette Binoche) in search of love, or at least intimacy, has very few […]

 Jeff York

“Disobedience” Finds Glimmers of Hope in a Restrictive World

“Disobedience” Finds Glimmers of Hope in a Restrictive World

Sometimes you don’t have to go too far afield to find worlds that feel utterly foreign. The Orthodox Jewish community at the center of the film “Disobedience” is one that will likely look exceedingly strange to the average person. On display in the story are archaic rituals, ultra-conservative beliefs at odds with modern sensibilities, and […]

 Jeff York

Worlds, Characters, and Shocks Collide in “Avengers: Infinity War”

Worlds, Characters, and Shocks Collide in “Avengers: Infinity War”

Now that Marvel Studios’ ginormous, star-studded, all-hands-on-deck, tentpole “Avengers: Infinity War” has opened and broken worldwide box office records with a take of $630 million worldwide, plot spoilers are everywhere. Thus, this review can critique the whole of the movie, not just its basic premise, and more wholly address the controversies and shocks dominating most […]

 Jeff York

Charlize Theron Strikes the Motherlode in “Tully”

Charlize Theron Strikes the Motherlode in “Tully”

It’s very early in the year, but the Oscars very likely have their first Best Actress nominee. Charlize Theron gives such a commanding, blistering, and raw performance in the new dramedy “Tully” that the Academy would be fools to ignore it. The rest of the film is almost as strong as she is but make […]

 Jeff York

“Ghost Stories” is an Ambitious Tale of That Which Haunts

“Ghost Stories” is an Ambitious Tale of That Which Haunts

Are ghosts real?  That question seems to be the central premise of the new movie “GHOST STORIES” as it starts. Written and directed by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, and available in the US on VOD, it tees up its premise with a character named Professor Phillip Goodman (Nyman, yet again) who does not believe […]