Film Reviews

 Jeff York

“Hereditary” is Unsettling Horror That Struggles to Settle on an Ending

“Hereditary” is Unsettling Horror That Struggles to Settle on an Ending

Your enjoyment of “Hereditary” may depend on how many horror movies you’ve seen. If you haven’t seen a lot, most of it will shock the ever-loving bejesus out of you. If you have seen quite a few, you might get a kick out of counting all the bits that you’ve seen in other films from […]

 Jeff York

Shailene Woodley Anchors the Taut and Compelling “Adrift”

Shailene Woodley Anchors the Taut and Compelling “Adrift”

There’s nothing particularly new about a “man versus sea” tale, but having a female protagonist enables the new film “Adrift” to immediately stand out. A number of other qualities give the movie adventure distinction as well. For starters, it’s a true story, based on Tami Oldham’s incredible 2002 biography Red Sky in Mourning: A True […]

 Jeff York

BH Tilt’s “Upgrade” Raises the Bar on Science Fiction Fun

BH Tilt’s “Upgrade” Raises the Bar on Science Fiction Fun

Blumhouse Productions has given film audiences some remarkable and profitable  horror franchises including “Paranormal Activity”, “Insidious”, “The Purge”, and “Sinister.” Blumhouse’s latest release, under the BH Tilt banner, is entitled “Upgrade” and the sci-fi thriller could quickly become the next breakout series for them. It’s wickedly witty, zips along with gusto, and has a rich […]

 Jeff York

There’s More Than Meets the Eye in the Thriller “In Darkness”

There’s More Than Meets the Eye in the Thriller “In Darkness”

You all remember Natalie Dormer, the versatile British actress from Game Of Thrones, Hunger Games and The Tudors. After a long gestation period, she finally makes her screenwriting debut with her taught thriller, In Darkness.  Ever since James Stewart wiled away his hours spying on a murderer across his courtyard in 1954’s “Rear Window”, there […]

 Jeff York

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” is Fun if not Forceful

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” is Fun if not Forceful

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” is a title that works on two levels. First, it’s the origin story about beloved franchise character Han Solo, and second, it’s the first solo film that is not connected to the sequencing of events evident in all the other films. It’s a ton of fun, and well made on […]

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