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

Luca Guadagnino’s “Suspiria” Remake Scares But Mostly Shows Off

Luca Guadagnino’s “Suspiria” Remake Scares But Mostly Shows Off

Bold is the person who attempts a remake of a classic horror film as distinctive as Dario Argento’s Suspiria. The classic 1977 horror movie about a German dance school for girls doubling as a coven of witches has the Italian filmmaker’s definitive fingerprints all over it. So, why did director Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love, […]

 Jeff York

“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Probes the Issues of Art and Acceptance

“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Probes the Issues of Art and Acceptance

Rare is a film’s protagonist as unpleasant as Lee Israel is in Can You Ever Forgive Me? In the new movie, based on her 2008 memoir, she’s not only a bitter, down-on-her-luck writer, but she’s also an alcoholic, a slob, and rash in action and temperament. Despite authoring numerous magazine articles and three well-received celebrity […]

 Jeff York

The New “Halloween” Struggles to Add to John Carpenter’s Classic

The New “Halloween” Struggles to Add to John Carpenter’s Classic

Expectations were raised sky high with all the press and PR attached to this latest take on Halloween. The new sequel/reboot/annulment of the previous seven sequels was supposed to be the best of all of those that followed John Carpenter’s original 1978 classic. While it’s competently made and contains a full-throttled performance by star Jamie […]

 Brock Swinson

“What Is Truth?” Screenwriters Karey Kirkpatrick & Clare Sera Discuss ‘Smallfoot,’ Starring Channing Tatum & James Corden

“What Is Truth?” Screenwriters Karey Kirkpatrick & Clare Sera Discuss ‘Smallfoot,’ Starring Channing Tatum & James Corden

The Warner Brothers animation project now known as Smallfoot had been in development for three years when Karey Kirkpatrick and Clare Sera came on board. The original idea came from a pitch book known as “Yeti Tracks,” written by Sergio Pablos which was inspired by Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner… When people ask, “What’s Smallfoot?,” the […]

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