Film Reviews

 Jeff York

Paul Schrader and Ethan Hawke stun with “First Reformed”  

Paul Schrader and Ethan Hawke stun with “First Reformed”  

Ethan Hawke has given many brilliant performances in his 33-year film career, including standouts like “Gattaca”, “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead”, “Boyhood”, and the “Before Sunrise” trilogy. Now, with “First Reformed”, written and directed by Paul Schrader, he tops himself in his most accomplished screen work to date. In this intense drama, Hawke plays […]

 Jeff York

“Deadpool 2” Mixes Snark and Sensitivity in the Franchise Follow-up

“Deadpool 2” Mixes Snark and Sensitivity in the Franchise Follow-up

Jeff York shares his thoughts on Deadpool 2 with Creative Screenwriting Magazine. D2 is both funny and surprisingly poignant too. After the incredible and unexpected success of the first “Deadpool” film in 2016, the filmmakers probably wondered just where to take the sequel. Dirtier? Grosser? More violent? The origins story about Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) […]

 Jeff York

“Revenge” Adds New Twists to an Oft-Told Tale

“Revenge” Adds New Twists to an Oft-Told Tale

Revenge sagas about a woman turning the tables on her attackers are nothing new to the cinema. Filmmakers from Francois Truffaut (“The Bride Wore Black”) to Quentin Tarantino (“Kill Bill, Volumes 1 and 2”) have made indelible impressions with such tales. The sub-genre of ‘rape and revenge films,’ while often more exploitative, has earned its […]

 Jeff York

Margot Robbie’s Femme Fatale Dominates the Stylish Noir of “Terminal”

Margot Robbie’s Femme Fatale Dominates the Stylish Noir of “Terminal”

In celebrity interviews on television, Margot Robbie comes off like “the girl next door.” On screen, however, her persona is more like the girl who will end up putting you in jail or worse. Robbie purred and slithered all over Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” She stole “Suicide Squad” with a Harley […]

 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 […]

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