Jeff York

Little Things Make a Big Difference in “Ant-Man and the Wasp”

Little Things Make a Big Difference in “Ant-Man and the Wasp”

Of all the Marvel Cinematic Universe properties, Ant-Man is inherently the most comical. Tony Stark may be a glib smart-ass, and Thor, a vain-glorious beef head, but a superhero who can shrink down to the size of a dime immediately trumps all comers with physics. And despite the more serious tones in the MCU’s “Black […]

 Brock Swinson

Writer-Director Drew Pearce On ‘Hotel Artemis,’ Trigger Songs & Tonal Shifts

Writer-Director Drew Pearce On ‘Hotel Artemis,’ Trigger Songs & Tonal Shifts

Drew Pearce is the man behind blockbusters like Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and Iron Man 3, but he’s also just released Hotel Artemis and has writing credits for upcoming films like Sherlock Holmes 3 and an untitled Ghostbusters project. For Hotel Artemis, the story got started when Pearce scribbled down the words, “bad guy hospital.” The […]

 Jeff York

“Ghost Stories” is an Ambitious Tale of That Which Haunts

“Ghost Stories” is an Ambitious Tale of That Which Haunts

Are ghosts real?  That question seems to be the central premise of the new movie “GHOST STORIES” as it starts. Written and directed by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, and available in the US on VOD, it tees up its premise with a character named Professor Phillip Goodman (Nyman, yet again) who does not believe […]

 Jeff York

Pacino Renders a Devastating Portrait of “Paterno” for HBO

Pacino Renders a Devastating Portrait of “Paterno” for HBO

Despite the name “Paterno” on the new HBO TV-movie, it’s not a biopic focusing on the 45-year career of Joe Paterno, head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions. Rather, it deals with the 11 days after his record-setting 409th career victory, when his part in the cover-up of a child sex scandal brought an […]

 Jeff York

“Blockers” Runs Interference on its Comedy with Maudlin Moves

“Blockers” Runs Interference on its Comedy with Maudlin Moves

There is a moment in the new film “Blockers” where you can visualize what the comedy could have been if it wanted to be smarter. Spying mother Lisa (Leslie Mann) finds herself stuck under the hotel bed where her daughter Julie (Kathryn Newton) is about to loses her virginity to her boyfriend Austin (Graham Phillips). […]