Film Reviews

 Jeff York

“Spider-Man: Far from Home” Spins a Modest and Satisfying Tale

“Spider-Man: Far from Home” Spins a Modest and Satisfying Tale

Where should the Marvel Cinematic Universe go after the epic, all-hands-on-deck finale of Avengers: Endgame? It looks like Spider-Man: Far from Home has the right idea. This Spidey sequel tells a story that’s smaller, more intimate, and with a distinct emphasis on character.  It may not reach the heights that last year’s animated and Academy […]

 Jeff York

Pixar is Four-for-Four with “Toy Story 4”

Pixar is Four-for-Four with “Toy Story 4”

As if being one of the greatest trilogies in film history wasn’t enough for the Toy Story franchise, along comes a fourth feature that’s just as fun, witty, and incredibly moving as the first three. Hats off to Pixar (and parent company Disney) for being four-for-four with Toy Story 4. This new film is one […]

 Jeff York

“Men in Black International” Reboots the Franchise with Familiar Fun

“Men in Black International” Reboots the Franchise with Familiar Fun

After three movies, a TV series, and oodles of other entertainments based on the Men in Black comic books, it was inevitable that the franchise was due for a big screen reboot. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones took their final bows in MIB3 back in 2012, and now some new blood has been infused […]

 Jeff York

“Dark Phoenix” Takes a Somber Look at Power and Parenting

“Dark Phoenix” Takes a Somber Look at Power and Parenting

Bad buzz about Dark Phoenix has been bandied about online for months. The word was that this twelfth film in the X-Men movie franchise might be as troubled as most of DC’s entries in the superhero film world. Well, there are plenty of shortcomings in the story, and it’s not a top-tier X-Men film like […]

 Jeff York

The Live-Action Version of Disney’s “Aladdin” is Too Frenetic for Its Own Good

The Live-Action Version of Disney’s “Aladdin” is Too Frenetic for Its Own Good

There probably hasn’t been a director as ill-suited to the material since Richard Attenborough was tasked with bringing the Broadway smash A Chorus Line to the big screen. Director Guy Ritchie may be expert at gritty, outrageous, crime capers like Snatch and RocknRolla, but who thought such films made him perfect for a Disney musical? […]