Film Reviews

 Jeff York

Comedies Like “Good Boys” Mine Laughs But Fail to Cut Deeper

Comedies Like “Good Boys” Mine Laughs But Fail to Cut Deeper

How funny you found the film Good Boys that opened this past weekend likely depended upon how hysterical you regard the word “f*ck.” In this new raucous comedy, a trio of sixth graders mouth it a lot, as does everyone else around them. The word can be a stitch, but by the time the kids […]

 Jeff York

“Scary Stories” Will Frighten Kids, But for Adults, This Isn’t “It”

“Scary Stories” Will Frighten Kids, But for Adults, This Isn’t “It”

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, adapted from the popular fictional anthologies written by Alvin Schwartz, has the unenviable timing of opening in the week after the horrible shooting tragedies. Fictional ghost stories can’t hold a candle to the horrors of the real world. PG-13 rated frighteners rarely have the impact of the R-rated […]

 Jeff York

Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is Masterful, but Not Quite a Masterpiece

Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is Masterful, but Not Quite a Masterpiece

As Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) carves a swastika into the forehead of Nazi Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz) in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, the American quips, “I think this just might be my masterpiece.” It was a fantastic curtain line, as well as the filmmaker’s clever opinion of his work. Indeed, for my money, that […]

 Jeff York

“The Lion King” Remake Tells Its Familiar Tale with Technical Bravado

“The Lion King” Remake Tells Its Familiar Tale with Technical Bravado

How you react to the remake of The Lion King will likely depend upon your attitude towards Disney’s “reimagining’” of their classics library. Some will see their latest effort as little more than box office greed, a new way to ring up dollars off an established property. Others will view the studio more generously, tipping […]

 Jeff York

“The Farewell” Is The Feel-Good Film Of The Summer

“The Farewell” Is The Feel-Good Film Of The Summer

The Farewell, written and directed by Lulu Wang, has already racked up a slew of audience awards from various film festivals including Sundance, and it surely will be the feel-good movie of this summer as well. It tells a warm and biographical story about a family that has just learned that their grandmother back in […]