Creative Screenwriting

Creative Screenwriting is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Jeff York
Rating Title/Year Author
2/4 Downhill (2020) Jeff York Remaking foreign films is tricky, especially trying to Americanize one as subtle and insinuating as Force Majeure. A noble effort was made here, although the endeavor was far too much of an uphill battle. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
3/4 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Jeff York Perhaps the greatest sign of female empowerment is that they can now fight, curse, maim, and kill as well as the boys do onscreen. I'm not sure what that says about our society, but it sure makes for some nasty fun at the Cineplex. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
3/4 The Gentlemen (2020) Jeff York The movie is chock full of low-life's, robberies, murders, and double-crosses. It's a lot of fun and a welcome return for Ritchie. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
2/4 Underwater (2020) Jeff York There are moments when the characters here manage to escape the water momentarily, take off their diving helmets, and breathe. If only the film was willing to breathe more as well. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
4/4 Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Jeff York What makes it so special is not just their affair, but the way art plays such a part in it. The two women share a bond that is physical, certainly, but their connection over the aesthetics of artistic expression becomes the truer core of their bond. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2020
3/4 Little Women (2019) Jeff York Filmmaker Greta Gerwig...directs the old chestnut with breezy, contemporary energy, shaking up the structure, the casting, and giving it a modern feminist feel. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
4/4 1917 (2019) Jeff York 1917 stresses the idea that war is hell. To put such a heavy responsibility on two young soldiers...is utterly horrifying. Of course, it's also thrilling, and therefore gives moviegoers one hell of a film experience at the cineplex. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
2.5/4 Richard Jewell (2019) Jeff York It's dramatic, well-acted, and moving, yet there are strains of the worst instincts of the director in parts that keep it from being one of his very best. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2019
3/4 Uncut Gems (2019) Jeff York It may confound and even anger some viewers, but the Safdie brothers know what they're doing. They want their gripping story to put us between a rock and a hard place and make us squirm, just like their protagonist. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
4/4 Knives Out (2019) Jeff York Filmmaker Rian Johnson knows Agatha Christie's oeuvre so well that he's able to honor it and screw with it too, ripping apart its pieces, moving them around, and making the hoary conventions of the procedural genre feel almost completely fresh and vital. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
4/4 Marriage Story (2019) Jeff York Ultimately, Baumbach doesn't fix the blame of the marriage failure here, but rather, he showcases the characters fixing their lives as they're forced to adapt to it. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2019
4/4 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Jeff York The film contains some of the best action scenes on film this year...yet what stands out are the characters and how they respond to all the literal twists and turns in the plot. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/4 The Irishman (2019) Jeff York It's an affecting meditation on old age and regret, a film with more melancholy than Scorsese's usual dark wit. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/4 Parasite (2019) Jeff York Bong Joon Ho has not only delivered one of 2019's very best movies, but the symbolism he's woven throughout the picture is some of the finest placed on film in years. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
2.5/4 Harriet (2019) Jeff York Tubman's story is a fascinating one, but those tasked with telling it here ended up treating her narrative with far too much reverence. They've also squeezed too many chapters of her biography into its 125-minute running time. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
3.5/4 Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Jeff York (The film) is a period piece that has a lot to say about our modern times. It's a rallying cry to fight the power, reinvent yourself to be happy, and realize it takes a village to move mountains. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
Don't Let Go (2019) Jeff York Ultimately, [Jacob Aaron] Estes has made an earnest, compelling, and well-acted film that may be too ambitious for its good. There is much to applaud here, but also far too much that will make you scratch your head as well. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
After the Wedding (2019) Jeff York It's more melodrama than drama, plagued by a few too many twists, yet it remains a moving story about love, loss, adoption, and now, female empowerment. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Good Boys (2019) Jeff York With talented kids throughout the cast of Good Boys, it's a shame that the film doesn't try harder. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Jeff York By couching all of the original shorts in the over-arching small-town kids' story, this adaptation short-shrifts the shorts. There's not enough of them here, and that makes them feel sketchy. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Jeff York [Tarantino] loves show biz and Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood is a bittersweet tribute to the fantasies, as well as the fragilities, of those who play in it. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Jeff York Yet, despite the familiarity, most of it still plays because it's a damn good story. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
The Farewell (2019) Jeff York And ultimately, even though this wonderfully character-driven comedy is about death, every second of it is filled with glorious, laudable life. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Jeff York [T]his one is a genuine winner and never wears out its welcome, even if we've all seen far too many superhero movies this past decade. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Jeff York As if being one of the greatest trilogies in film history wasn't enough for the Toy Story franchise, along comes a fourth feature that's just as fun, witty, and incredibly moving as the first three. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Men in Black: International (2019) Jeff York [T]his new adventure misses the chance to be edgier and stand out from the pack. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Jeff York Dark Phoenix nonetheless remains an intriguing and affecting film, particularly in its curt commentary on power and parenting. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Jeff York The film is breathless, while never taking a breath, and when everything is big, brassy, and bold, even a manic genie has trouble standing out. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Jeff York [T]he John Wick series continues to show the entertainment world how to do action well - in camera, breathlessly executed, and clever as hell. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Teen Spirit (2018) Jeff York Through it all, [Max] Minghella believes in Violet, as does [Elle] Fanning. They both give her character their all, keeping a tight focus on her ups and downs along her journey. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019) Jeff York [Daniel] Farrands has created a small miracle in the true crime genre, a horror tale that is eminently more moving than terrifying. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Climax (2018) Jeff York At the end of it all, this twisted horror tale is a fascinating demonstration of moviemaking prowess, but beyond that, the message seems either too obvious or even frivolous. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Dumbo (2019) Jeff York This take on an intimate story is so jumbo that it makes it feel a little dumb. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
The Aftermath (2019) Jeff York [T]his film focuses on a parent who's lost a child and their attempt to overcome the trauma and rejoin society as a functioning human being. That may not be all that sexy, but it makes for a very moving two hours at the Cineplex. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Us (2019) Jeff York Most acclaim must go to [Jordan] Peele though as he once again has created a horror film that manages to be scary, hilarious, as well as socially relevant. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Jeff York Danvers' fish-out-of-water story that occurs when she lands back on earth is where this movie starts to hit its stride. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Greta (2018) Jeff York [Y]et as is, the film is not memorable or meaningful. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Todos lo saben (2018) Jeff York Its thrills are intense, yet subtle, refraining from bombast, but still delivering a good wallop. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
3/4 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Jeff York While it doesn't do much that the first one didn't, this follow-up is a rollicking riff with enough laughs and character to stand as a hearty, albeit tardy, sequel. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Cold War (2018) Jeff York Its love story is both epic and intimate, personal and political, and one that will haunt you a very long time. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Jeff York Unfortunately, too much time is spent on luridness which gives this historical drama a feeling more akin to the naughty Showtime series The Tudors. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Jeff York If Beale Street Could Talk is an extraordinary film with so much to say about our past and our future and a society that still hasn't learn its lessons all that well. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Jeff York Ralph Breaks the Internet skewers its many online targets with a lot of wicked wit. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Green Book (2018) Jeff York There are too many cringe-worthy moments... where Tommy becomes Shirley's 'white savior.' EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Widows (2018) Jeff York [T]his genre piece is much more than most of its pulpy brethren showing up in movie theaters and it's refreshing to see such vivid characters, as well as such stinging commentary on racism and sexism on display in a thriller. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
The Front Runner (2018) Jeff York [Jason] Reitman is one of cinema's cleverest filmmakers, but here his blending of humor and sentimentality approaches the maudlin. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
A Private War (2018) Jeff York It's one of the year's best roles, performances, and it's contained in a film that undoubtedly matters. Now, more than ever. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Jeff York Instead, the new tale... has too many plot holes and coincidences to be called an assured rebooting of the property and character. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Suspiria (2018) Jeff York Yet, despite the fantastical, nightmare images, this remake ultimately seems to be more of an exercise in filmmaking than storytelling. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
The Hate U Give (2018) Jeff York Ultimately, The Hate U Give is an incredibly powerful character study, a crackling thriller, and even a shrewd editorial on the impact of violence in America. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019