Film Reviews

 Jeff York

“Haunt” Conjures Up Fresh Scares in Its Familiar Setting

“Haunt” Conjures Up Fresh Scares in Its Familiar Setting

The new horror movie Haunt starts with a simple, yet potent premise. Its setting is one of those makeshift haunted house attractions that pop up in vacant storefronts or suburban lots around Halloween to challenge customers to “survive” its maze of scares. The college kids who enter the one in this film have no idea […]

 Jeff York

“Don’t Let Go” Twists Its Mystery into a Mobius Strip

“Don’t Let Go” Twists Its Mystery into a Mobius Strip

One has to commend writer/director Jacob Estes for his committed and earnest attempt to turn the mystery genre on its ear. For starters, he grounds his new film Don’t Let Go in the middle-class black community of Los Angeles, a setting that rarely gets showcased in mainstream cinema. Next, his story touches on compelling topics […]

 Jeff York

The “After the Wedding” Remake Gender-Flips the Leads in a Moving New Adaptation

The “After the Wedding” Remake Gender-Flips the Leads in a Moving New Adaptation

In 2006, the Danish film After the Wedding was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It told the story of two men, Jacob and Jorgen, whose paths cross when the latter invites the former to Copenhagen with a promise to subsidize the Indian orphanage he runs. Jacob is excited to have […]

 Jeff York

Comedies Like “Good Boys” Mine Laughs But Fail to Cut Deeper

Comedies Like “Good Boys” Mine Laughs But Fail to Cut Deeper

How funny you found the film Good Boys that opened this past weekend likely depended upon how hysterical you regard the word “f*ck.” In this new raucous comedy, a trio of sixth graders mouth it a lot, as does everyone else around them. The word can be a stitch, but by the time the kids […]

 Jeff York

“Scary Stories” Will Frighten Kids, But for Adults, This Isn’t “It”

“Scary Stories” Will Frighten Kids, But for Adults, This Isn’t “It”

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, adapted from the popular fictional anthologies written by Alvin Schwartz, has the unenviable timing of opening in the week after the horrible shooting tragedies. Fictional ghost stories can’t hold a candle to the horrors of the real world. PG-13 rated frighteners rarely have the impact of the R-rated […]