Film Reviews

 Jeff York

The Revisionist “Joker” Challenges the Norms of Comics and Villainy

The Revisionist “Joker” Challenges the Norms of Comics and Villainy

********* SPOILER WARNING ********* Searing onto the screen as both a revisionist backstory of an iconic villain character and a pointed commentary on the cuddlier aspects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the new Joker movie is bold, violent, and unnerving. There have been many exceedingly dark takes on the greatest foil of Batman’s through the […]

 Jeff York

“Ad Astra” Explores the Outer Reaches of Space and the Innermost Feelings of an Astronaut

“Ad Astra” Explores the Outer Reaches of Space and the Innermost Feelings of an Astronaut

The title Ad Astra is Latin for “to the stars.” Perhaps it’s a touch on-the-nose for a space travel adventure, but this is more of a character study anyway. The outer edges of the galaxy may be where Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) may venture in search of his long-lost astronaut father Clifford (Tommy Lee Jones), […]

 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 […]

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