Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Christopher Llewellyn Reed
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T-Meter Title | Year Review
84% I Am Mother (2019) The end is nigh. Let's celebrate its glorious visualization. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
3/4 59% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Soon, we're in the middle of rousing action/adventure that has no right to be as enjoyable as it is, both supremely stupid and amazingly good fun. Did I mention trash? - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
100% Apollo 11 (2018) Trips with human crews beyond earth's orbit may, for now, be a thing of the past, but thanks to this marvelous movie, they live on in our present-day imagination. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
90% Top End Wedding (2019) With a lovely mix of laughter and tears - shifting from the former to the latter, and then back again, as the film progresses - Blair ... moves things along at a brisk clip. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
2.5/4 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Personally, by the conclusion I felt as if I had eaten too much candy ... If your tolerance for pop junk is higher, you may fare better. At least I laughed more than I didn't. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
86% Shooting the Mafia (2019) Beyond the details of a life, Longinotto ... indicts a socio-political system that has forced endemic poverty and corruption on the people of Palermo and environs. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
100% Gaza (2019) In their movie, Keane and McConnell strive to honor the basic human dignity of a people that just want to live a normal life. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
No Score Yet Desolation Center (2018) Parties in the desert ... have never raged so hard. And thanks to this entertaining look back at the past, they are chronicled for all to revisit, for now and evermore. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
3/4 65% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) The film offers an entertaining mix of satire and horror, though the former is often a little too on-the-nose and the latter inadequately supported by backstory. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
92% Hail Satan? (2019) A profile of the Satanic Temple, the movie follows its members as they engage in their dastardly plan to ... plan peaceful, non-violent demonstrations. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
89% ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch (2018) As the filmmakers release us from our trance, we emerge concerned, horrified, but hopefully motivated to do something. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
100% Midnight Traveler (2019) This is cinema, and when it's over, though we rejoice at some kind of resolution, we miss our time with these fascinating, vibrant souls. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
3/4 90% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Full of many fine messages on the nature of virtue and kindness, the film offers lessons to make any parent proud, and should entertain the kids, as well. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
2.5/4 34% King of Thieves (2019) It's ... a mostly enjoyable ride, but the promise of early greatness haunts the disappointing final act. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
3/4 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) If Stan & Ollie, as a heartfelt eulogy to its titular characters, may not quite do their genius full justice, it certainly offers them full honors. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
91% The Price of Everything (2018) As collector Stefan Edlis comments ... the folks who collect art 'know the price of everything and the value of nothing.' - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
94% What Is Democracy? (2019) Astra Taylor's What Is Democracy? offers the art of thoughtful conversation as an antidote to the fraught political hysteria of the public sphere. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
2/4 37% Glass (2019) It's a medium ado about not much at all, masquerading as a big deal; pull off that mask, as we finally do, and it's just Shyamalan, hardly worth the effort. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
3/4 73% The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2019) It's a textbook taut drama, imperfect in some ways, but still engaging through to the end. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
No Score Yet Tre Maison Das (2018) It's a remarkable film, powerful in its emotional content and profound in its criticism of a system that sets the next generation up for failure. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
4/4 100% Untouchable (2016) Watch and learn. Critical thinking is good for us all. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
1.5/4 72% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Call this the fast-food version of her life ... and expect little in the way of substance. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
79% Buffalo Boys (2019) Overall ... Buffalo Boys delivers on its initial promise of a thrilling tweak to familiar tropes. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
No Score Yet Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey (2017) Part of what makes Dirtbag such an appealing profile is the director's willingness to allow Beckey to come through in all his deeply flawed humanity. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
100% The Distant Barking of Dogs (2018) Filled with beautiful shots ... in opposition to the continuous struggle for survival, The Distant Barking of Dogs serves as a clarion call to ... not ignore this conflict. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
100% Communion (Komunia) (2019) Zamecka, through the pure vérité of her observational lens, offers searing criticisms of Polish society and its full-throated re-embrace of Catholicism since ... communism. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
100% Little Woods (2019) Spare in her writing and expressive in her visuals, DaCosta works with an adept assurance that belies her dearth of experience behind the camera. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
2.5/4 72% Destroyer (2018) If the script ...cannot quite keep up with Kidman's brutal misanthropy, at least the star offers enough of a reason to continue watching. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
93% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Detente has never been so deadly, nor so perverse. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
2.5/4 62% Bird Box (2018) It's an often-effective thriller, though marred by increasingly expositional dialogue and questionable character decisions. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Jenkins proves that the evocative visuals of his previous, Oscar-winning film were no fluke, presenting carefully composed shots ... the actors moving within them in perfectly timed movements - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
2.5/4 65% Aquaman (2018) Check your brain at the door, and you should mostly enjoy its 143 minutes. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
88% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) Overall, this is a delightful affair, full of surprises. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
1/4 62% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Despite an engaging performance from Saoirse Ronan ... first-time director Josie Rourke cannot overcome the dramatic inertia of the increasingly lifeless script. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
2/4 96% Roma (2018) The images may be truly breathtaking to behold, but cinema requires more than mere beauty. There is no there there, merely a vacant (if splendid) filmic vessel. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
2/4 59% Vox Lux (2018) A film that starts with a bang and ends in a fizzle, Vox Lux impresses before it disappoints. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
4/4 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) The friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is back with a vengeance, and I couldn't be happier. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
90% Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) Fortunately, there are filmmakers like Alexis Bloom to ... create complex, thoughtful works of investigative journalism like this documentary. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
74% Clara's Ghost (2018) The fact that the narrative is played mostly for comedy only makes its core message - about the lure and danger of substance abuse - all the more powerful. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/4 85% Dumplin' (2018) The film may have its occasional narrative flaws, yet ultimately emerges as a fulfilling feel-good story with the happiest of vibes. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
3/4 93% The American Meme (2018) We can't #hashtag our way out of this: #fame is the name of the game. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
63% Our New President (2018) It's a surreal movie, so crazy that it can't possibly be true. But it is. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
98% Free Solo (2018) It's scary to watch, but absolutely riveting. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
2/4 75% Never Look Away (2019) Perhaps if it were not over three hours long, the sting of the movie's ultimate narrative failure would hurt less. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
80% Ghost Fleet (2018) Service and Waldron film many of their interviews in extreme close-up, slightly out of frame ... to show the warped, off-kilter remains of what were once fully functional beings. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
3/4 89% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) When it works, it works well; when it doesn't, it's not long before it does again. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
No Score Yet The Ghost of Peter Sellers (2018) Deeply entertaining and profoundly moving, The Ghost of Peter Sellers offers a slice of forgotten movie history that, it turns out, is well worth remembering. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
97% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) A stunning example of cinematic metaphysics, it is a remarkable debut for director RaMell Ross. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
No Score Yet The Kleptocrats (2018) The Kleptocrats ... manages ... to tell a nearly unbelievable documentary tale with jaunty verve and panache, almost belying the awful crimes uncovered within. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
100% What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2018) By the time the documentary ends, we have heard many voices speak, and come away with a broad sense of the very essence of what made Kael tick. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018