Jeff York

Jeff York
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Jeff York has been writing film criticism online since 2011. He's the film critic for Creative Screenwriting magazine, as well as for The Establishing Shot. Previously, he was a critic at the Examiner for six years. He's also an optioned screenwriter, illustrator, and SAG member.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/4 92% The Dig (2021) It manages to be compelling and important without ever laboring to appear big. Its strength lies in its modesty, and that in itself is quite the find in any movie season. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
2/4 77% Pieces of a Woman (2020) The film pieces together all of its contradictory notions, but its sum is never quite as good as its various parts. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2021
3/4 98% One Night in Miami (2020) (The film is) clever, earnest, and moving, all expertly assembled by Regina King. It's a stirring night and one not to be missed. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2020
4/4 97% The Dissident (2020) The doc makes for edge-of-your-seat tension that would be any crime or thriller writer's envy. Only here, it's real. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
2.5/4 60% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) (Gadot's) even better this go-round in the action scenes, and when called upon to stretch dramatically, she does her best screen work to date... but it's not quite enough to make the picture work. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
3.5/4 96% Soul (2020) The film is one of Disney/Pixar's best efforts in years. It's full of sublime attributes that eclipse many life-actioners this year. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
4/4 91% Promising Young Woman (2020) This film will startle, provoke, disturb, and get audiences talking. It might be this year's ultimate water-cooler movie - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2020
3.5/4 88% News of the World (2020) It's a compelling western about two vulnerable misfits looking for a future in the new nation after the Civil War. The film also suggests that what made America great then is the same that makes it great now: progressiveness and being open to new ideas. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
3/4 50% The Midnight Sky (2020) Someday, a movie in space will not come weighted with portent, where astronauts manage loneliness without falling apart. This isn't that film, but what Clooney has delivered is unique enough: beautifully visualized and delicately haunting. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
3/4 81% I'm Your Woman (2020) It defies convention at almost every turn despite the tried-and-true premise of a beleaguered mob wife...the film never fails to surprise, or even shock, for that matter. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
3.5/4 88% Black Bear (2020) The wealth of surprises are yours to discover upon viewing this serpentine chamber piece. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2020
3.5/4 96% Sound of Metal (2020) The film immerses us in Ruben's predicament completely. Protagonists in films rarely come as relatable as this. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
3.5/4 91% Luxor (2020) The film is almost a chamber piece, albeit one placed in a setting with utterly spectacular production values. Yet ultimately, it's the interior of a complex woman that is the most compelling sight to see. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
3.5/4 96% Nomadland (2020) It's a harshly critical assessment of our nation's deterioration. Yet, Zhao remains a filmmaker who still believes in an individual's indomitable spirit to not lose themselves entirely in such malaise. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2020
3/4 91% The Mystery Of DB Cooper (2020) (This is) a true-crime doc that fascinates, not only on the merits of the crime but by the extensive testimony of its witnesses, both real and imagined. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
4/4 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Wolfe, et al., have done a spectacular job in bringing Wilson's prose to the screen, turning this adaptation into one of the year's very best film achievements. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2020
3/4 83% Freaky (2020) (The two stars) commit to all the screaming, running, fighting, and killing here 100 % and it makes a lot of what's wholly unsavory - stabbings, slashing, kicks to the nuts - hilariously infectious because they're going full-throttle with it all. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
2.5/4 82% Mank (2020) Fincher has made a detailed and vivid character study of the writer penning the script of Kane, although his film is flawed by one critical omission - - its failure to give the viewer any genuine sense of what Mankiewicz wrote. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
4/4 56% Come Play (2020) The movie refreshes tired tropes, infuses wit and suspense into every scene, and exploits sound, shadow, and performance as well as any frightener of the last decade. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
3/4 85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Cohen is not only challenging the antiquated norms of our nation but also the expectations of an audience not quite ready for how far he will push them as well. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
4/4 87% The Columnist (De Kuthoer) (2020) Dark comedies rarely come better than this one. It's nasty, biting fun. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
2.5/4 49% The Witches (2020) It's a film brimming with heart and technique, though Zemeckis tends to push the material to excess as is often his wont. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
3/4 90% Belushi (2020) Filmmaker R. J. Cutler's piece is a little long, in addition to being a tad too reverential, but it vividly illustrates what made the comic tick and ultimately explode. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2020
3/4 61% Nocturne (2020) Quirke's film isn't quite a modern classic, but it's shrewd, involving, and well-acted, particularly by the estimable Sydney Sweeney. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
3.5/4 86% On The Rocks (2020) It's a sly character study, the kind that is all too rare on the big screen these days, and for that, one cannot applaud the filmmakers enough. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
2.5/4 68% The Glorias (2020) THE GLORIAS ends up a fascinating and wholly worthy tribute, albeit one that bites off more than it can properly chew. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
3.5/4 89% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Well told by Sorkin, and acted fantastically across the board. And what it has to say about justice, the fragility of our democracy, and the abuses by those running this nation couldn't be timelier. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
3/4 90% Enola Holmes (2020) The Victorian period is gorgeously recreated and evident in every prop, setting, and costume. Most importantly, Enola is a pickled pill just like the original Sherlock...expertly done by (Millie Bobby) Brown. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2020
1.5/4 28% Antebellum (2020) The film ends up as a misjudged amalgam of horror and history, stumbling over its themes of the black experience and female empowerment, and ending up cringe-worthy to watch. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
2/4 78% The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) Too often, Krinsky seems to be making a movie about rom-com's, not a movie about romance, especially when she hauls out hoary tropes that have been exhausted onscreen for decades. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
3.5/4 87% The Social Dilemma (2020) No horror movie this year will be as frightening as THE SOCIAL DILEMMA. Vampires, zombies, and Martians from outer space have nothing on the horrors being instigated by social media platforms. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
3/4 73% Mulan (2020) It's one of Disney's very best adaptations of their animated classics, a re-telling wise enough to keep the best parts of its predecessor while largely making the film feel very much its own achievement. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
2.5/4 70% Tenet (2020) The film has some great set-pieces, a game cast, and a compelling premise, but the parts are better than the sum. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
3.5/4 82% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) It can be as chilly as the stormy landscape seen onscreen. Ultimately though, Kaufman's film manages to be quite moving, a mournful elegy to lives lost in a wasteland. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
4/4 90% Rising Phoenix (2020) Marvel Studios and DC/WB may think they've cornered the market on superhero movies, but after watching the athletes in RISING PHOENIX, you'll realize just who are the genuine articles. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2020
2.5/4 59% Tesla (2020) The filmmaker's take on the man (Tesla) is not wholly successful, but you have to hand it to Almereyda, his movie has its own weird energy. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
1/4 48% Unhinged (2020) It wants to be profound and edgy, a commentary about today's raging populace, but it's not smart enough or nearly as emotionally moving as it thinks it is. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
1.5/4 60% Chemical Hearts (2020) Despite wanting to be a solemn work about first love, this adaptation of Krystal Sutherland's YA novel all too quickly trots out cliche after cliche while taking itself far too seriously. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
2.5/4 61% Project Power (2020) ...a hyper, volatile film given some surprising nuance and gravitas by the serious-minded turns of stars Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Dominique Fishback - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
3.5/4 94% Boys State (2020) The film ends up being a searing indictment of this nation and the potential leadership amongst Generation Z. It practically plays like an elegy. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
3.5/4 84% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Amy Seimetz's film usurps horror conventions at every turn by avoiding cliches, spooling out intoxicating dread instead of jump-scares, and creating a subtle insidiousness that will have you puzzling over it long after the end credits roll. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2020
3/4 85% I Used to Go Here (2020) Rey has a field day directing the talented cast she's put together to play the host of quirky characters she's written. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
3/4 75% The Rental (2020) The film is an insinuating and sly frightener that showcases Franco's ability with actors, his subtle creation of suspense, and avoidance of egregious cliches that too often plague the genre. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
4/4 94% Palm Springs (2020) ...its story about a time loop is eminently relatable to a citizenry stuck in its own monotonous quarantine routine... even more ironic is the fact that PALM SPRINGS is incredibly watchable over and over again. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2020
3/4 91% Father Soldier Son (2020) Davis and Einhorn let their cameras do the work as fly-on-the-wall observers, letting the raw footage and economical editing stand on their own...the nuanced moments have as much power as the bold ones too. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
3/4 80% The Old Guard (2020) In an era when movie shoot 'em up's have become far too cartoonish, this one manages to make its bloodletting feel consequential. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
3.5/4 79% Greyhound (2020) This is a war film that, despite a lot of action sequences, derives most of its tension from the faces of its players. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
4/4 88% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) The film stands as one of the year's most exquisite, plumbing the depths of an actor's life and the complexity of relationships in the fallout from it. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2020
4/4 100% Athlete A (2020) It's an ugly portrayal of the sport, and yet, despite the horrors of Nasser's actions...hearing the clear-eyed testimony from the now-adult competitors manages to make the film feel almost uplifting. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2020
1.5/4 39% Irresistible (2020) ... it's too cutesy by half, and not nearly scathing enough in its indictment of our current electoral system. - The Establishing Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020