Film Reviews

 Jeff York

Claire Foy plays smarter than the rest of Steven Soderbergh’s UNSANE

Claire Foy plays smarter than the rest of Steven Soderbergh’s UNSANE

Sometimes the right actor can make slight horror material work like gangbusters. Think how Vincent Price so often made lesser cuts of the genre seem like prime filet. Such is the case with Claire Foy and the new horror/thriller UNSANE. She elevates the clichés in this material that moviegoers have seen a thousand times before, […]

 Jeff York

“The Death Of Stalin” Presents Russian History Through the Lens of Farce

“The Death Of Stalin” Presents Russian History Through the Lens of Farce

How absurd is our current political climate these days? So ridiculous that a porn star pay-off feels like just another day at the Oval Office? Increasingly crazy, enough so that the HBO comedy series VEEP now plays like a documentary? Risible to the point that watching cable news is almost sadomasochistic? Well, if so…boy, have […]

 Jeff York

The New “TOMB RAIDER” Feels Old but Has a Fresh and Game Lead Lara in Alicia Vikander

The New “TOMB RAIDER” Feels Old but Has a Fresh and Game Lead Lara in Alicia Vikander

Is this excavation necessary?   That’s the question regarding the new reboot of TOMB RAIDER starring Alicia Vikander. Previous leady lady Angelina Jolie’s two outings as the archeologist/adventurer Lara Croft in LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER from 2001 and LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE in 2003 were reasonable successes, but never quite the […]

 Jeff York

“Thoroughbreds” Tells a Dark and Twisted Tale of Friendship

“Thoroughbreds” Tells a Dark and Twisted Tale of Friendship

Cory Finley’s THOROUGHBREDS is one of the slyest new thrillers to come down the pike in some time. The darkly comic character piece about two dangerous teen girls who are toxic together also gives two of the best young actresses working today – Olivia Cooke and Anya Taylor-Joy –  a chance to shine in a […]

 Jeff York

Jessica Chastain and Aaron Sorkin Ace “Molly’s Game”

Jessica Chastain and Aaron Sorkin Ace “Molly’s Game”

There’s something about the danger of cards and casinos and the Mob that almost always makes for compelling cinema. Whether it’s Michael Corleone not seeing eye-to-eye with Moe Green on how to run a casino in THE GODFATHER or James Bond playing cards against a terrorist in CASINO ROYALE, such stories snap, crackle and pop. […]