Film Reviews

 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 […]

 Jeff York

Characters Drive the Fast-Moving Story in “Ford v Ferrari”

Characters Drive the Fast-Moving Story in “Ford v Ferrari”

Ostensibly, the new film Ford v Ferrari is all about the true story of how the Ford Motor Company set out to best Enzo Ferrari’s prowess at Le Mans in 1966 through the help of two racing professionals, but at the end of the day, the film is really about pride. The pride of American manufacturing, […]

 Jeff York

Martin Scorsese Meditates on Age and Regret in “The Irishman”

Martin Scorsese Meditates on Age and Regret in “The Irishman”

Much has been made about the technology director Martin Scorsese used in The Irishman to de-age stars Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino. Indeed, it is a marvel, if not a distraction at first, to see the decades digitally erased off of the stars, but it actually helps the idea of the film […]

 Jeff York

“Parasite” Mines the Power of Symbolism In One of 2019’s Best Films

“Parasite” Mines the Power of Symbolism In One of 2019’s Best Films

With Parasite, filmmaker 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. Bong’s visual metaphors are so striking that the movie requires multiple viewings to appreciate all of the subtext going on in […]

 Jeff York

Noble Intentions Hamper the History of “Harriet”

Noble Intentions Hamper the History of “Harriet”

Harriet director Kasi Lemmons is an award-winning filmmaker. Star Cynthia Erivo is one of the most enthralling actresses working today. And the exciting story of American abolitionist Harriet Tubman certainly deserves a big-screen treatment. So, why does this new biopic feel so stiff and formulaic? Tubman’s story is a fascinating one, but those tasked with […]

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