Film Reviews

 Jeff York

Passion and Art Collide in the Exquisite “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”

Passion and Art Collide in the Exquisite “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”

Portrait of a Lady on Fire, the newest film from French writer/director Celine Sciamma, is one of the more unique love stories of the 2019 movie season. Currently playing in New York and LA, and rolling out nationwide on February 14, 2020, it concerns the burgeoning relationship between a female artist in 18th century France […]

 Jeff York

Greta Gerwig Gives Us a Thoroughly Contemporary Take on “Little Women”

Greta Gerwig Gives Us a Thoroughly Contemporary Take on “Little Women”

In this overpopulated age of remakes, reboots, and re-imaginings, how do you find a new path in on a property that’s already been told on the big and small screen over a dozen times? Filmmaker Greta Gerwig has managed to make something quite new out of Little Women, the classic and over-exposed Louisa May Alcott […]

 Jeff York

“1917” Presents a New Take (One Take) on the Horrors of War

“1917” Presents a New Take (One Take) on the Horrors of War

Designating the stakes in a war movie is easy. It’s death, destruction, and the obliteration of a nation. Making a war movie that stands apart from so many of the great ones done before? Aye, there’s the rub. 1917 wouldn’t have that problem as not only does it have simple and relatable stakes, but it’s […]

 Jeff York

“Richard Jewell” is a Compelling but Controversial Character Study

“Richard Jewell” is a Compelling but Controversial Character Study

For over a decade now, films directed by Clint Eastwood have been somewhat of a mixed bag. For every good film like Changeling (2008), Invictus (2009), and Sully (2016), there have been those that were less so like The 15:17 to Paris (2018) and The Mule (2018). Still, at 89, you have to hand it […]

 Jeff York

“Uncut Gems” Makes for a Tense and Tumultuous Character Study

“Uncut Gems” Makes for a Tense and Tumultuous Character Study

There are many outstanding qualities to the new film Uncut Gems. It’s a vivid character study that stars Adam Sandler in his best screen performance to date. The dialogue, written by its directors, Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie, along with Ronald Bronstein, has a blunt and profane New York City honesty to it – the […]