Jeff York

“The Favourite” Vamps the World of Politics, Power and Feminine Wiles

“The Favourite” Vamps the World of Politics, Power and Feminine Wiles

The Favourite would be an exceptional, noteworthy film in any year. It’s whip-smart, raucous, and daring, a pungent black comedy that’s expertly produced and provides a rare showcase for three actresses at the top of their game. But in the era of Trump, Brexit, and burgeoning autocracy worldwide, it is impossible not to read The […]

 Jeff York

Noble Intentions Can’t Keep “Green Book” From Playing as an Outdated Throwback

Noble Intentions Can’t Keep “Green Book” From Playing as an Outdated Throwback

Mahershala Ali gives one of the best performances of the year as Dr. Don Shirley in the new movie Green Book. Nuanced and witty, his take on the role of the virtuoso pianist being chauffeured around the South for a concert tour is filled with grace, humanity and wry humor. Too bad the rest of the […]

 Brock Swinson

“Writing To A Target Demographic Is Creative Suicide.” Writer-Director Wash Westmoreland Talks ‘Colette.’

“Writing To A Target Demographic Is Creative Suicide.” Writer-Director Wash Westmoreland Talks ‘Colette.’

Writer-director Wash Westmoreland would describe his new film Colette as a period piece and a reflection of the times. According to the official description, “Colette is pushed by her husband to write novels under his name. Upon their success, she fights to make her talents known, challenging gender norms.” Colette, played by Keira Knightley, lived […]

 Jeff York

“Kin” Jumbles Genres and Tones in a Messy Mix

“Kin” Jumbles Genres and Tones in a Messy Mix

The new film “Kin” wants to be many things: a sci-fi fantasy, a road trip comedy, a coming-of-age story, and a brutal actioner. At times, it succeeds in individually essaying all of them, but taken as a whole, the film is quite a mess. One minute it wants the audience to mourn the violent murder […]

 Jeff York

“Searching” Displays Old School Mystery in the Most Modern of Ways

“Searching” Displays Old School Mystery in the Most Modern of Ways

Hollywood has made a number of thrillers that have been set on the computer screen in the past decade, including superior entries like 2014’s “Open Windows” and this past spring’s “Unfriended: Dark Web.” It’s no longer novel to tell a tale through the gimmick of desktop windows and its emails, social media posts, and streaming […]