Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Christopher Llewellyn Reed
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T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 100% The Farewell (2019) The Farewell tells the often charming, frequently heartbreaking tale of a family struggling with their aging matriarch's terminal-cancer diagnosis. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
2/4 55% The Lion King (2019) Perhaps it's just me ... but I am tired of stories of hereditary rule and genetic destiny. They once had their place, but surely the human species has outgrown the appeal. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
2.5/4 59% Summer Night (2019) An enjoyable enough, if rambling and slight, study of twentysomething ennui. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) So, silly this was, but mostly well executed. I enjoyed Patel very much, and found the many minor ways in which the world is different fun to watch. - Reel Talk with Christopher Llewellyn Reed EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
3/4 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Spider-Man: Far from Home is hardly high art, but definitely solid summer entertainment. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) There's just so much CGI mayhem and the stakes are often so high that I lose interest because it's tough to care when movie after movie ... the universe [is] always at stake. - Reel Talk with Christopher Llewellyn Reed EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
2.5/4 97% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) If Greenfield-Sanders ... can't quite deliver the electric paean his subject merits, he nevertheless allows enough of her voice to come through to make [the film] ... worth watching. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
2.5/4 88% The Third Wife (2019) It's almost too inert for much of its length ... sidetracked away from important issues into glossy softcore porn. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
3.5/4 90% Framing John DeLorean (2019) There's quite a lot of substance to accompany the flash, and one emerges from the film's 109 minutes well informed and highly entertained. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
2.5/4 59% Ophelia (2019) Ridley and MacKay are sweet together, their chemistry carrying the viewer through the script's saccharine moments. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
2.5/4 98% Toy Story 4 (2019) It's too bad the surrounding story is less than riveting ...but at least Bo Peep gives it something of a charge to carry us through to the end. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3.5/4 89% Plus One (2019) There's not much reinvention of the genre rules here, but the joy is in the execution and the casting. A good time is most definitely had by all. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
2.5/4 54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) The actors make for great company, but as they drop one by one, so does our interest. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/4 80% Late Night (2019) Late Night, missteps and all, makes you laugh (sometimes out loud!) and think, and that's no small achievement. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
2.5/4 22% Men in Black International (2019) The actors delight, even if the script does not or, at least, not much. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
1.5/4 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) It's not that I never had any fun while watching, but ... the downtimes from the highs went quite low ... eventually leaving me baffled as to what was happening why and when. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2.5/4 80% Leto (2019) Lovely artifact though this may be ... its appeal is narrow ... and its drama too much like the atmosphere of the shows it replicates. We want to dance, and instead can only sway. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
3.5/4 100% First to the Moon (2018) Making good use of a veritable treasure trove of archival material ... Hildebrandt walks us through the highlights of the voyage, as well as of NASA's history up to that point. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) Although some might recoil in horror at ... coloring old footage, the way it's done is really quite remarkable and makes this ... footage look ... as if it was just shot yesterday. - The Fog of Truth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
No Score Yet Other Music (2019) Bittersweet paean that this is, however, it is filled with the joy of happy memories, as one interviewee after another pays homage to what once was. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
No Score Yet Anbessa (2019) Director Mo Scarpelli ... follows her subject closely, creating a moving ... documentary that delivers an intimate look at the complexity of modern life in the developing world. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
3/4 90% Rocketman (2019) I forgive Rocketman many of its screenplay sins because of Egerton, the direction and those damn catchy tunes. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
.5/4 55% Ma (2019) Was there a recent Ed Wood contest that I missed? Taylor ...would surely win the prize. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
100% Hondros (2018) May we all celebrate the work that he, and others like him, undertake for our collective benefit. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
4/4 94% Bisbee '17 (2018) As a collective conceptual art project, Bisbee '17 is stirring in its ambition and cathartic in its results. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
3/4 97% Booksmart (2019) Despite Booksmart's occasional missteps, much goes right. Nerds rule. Or was the message that you can goof off and still succeed? I can't remember. But I had a nice laugh. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
4/4 89% Non-Fiction (2019) It's all done with a wink and a shrug, so even the betrayals have a certain charm. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
100% Pearl (2018) And though there be no precious gemstones lying in wait for the movie's central characters, at least we, the audience, have this particular Pearl to cherish. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
78% A Woman's Work: The NFL's Cheerleader Problem (2019) Times are changing, and thanks to Lacy, Maria and their compatriots in arms, perhaps for good. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
3.5/4 90% Walking on Water (2019) To walk on water, one must first earn the right to do so, and these folks strive to deserve that honor. See Walking on Water, and stride vicariously by their side. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
2.5/4 61% Trial by Fire (2019) If not quite a trial, the movie can often try one's patience. Still, when it works, it can make for surprisingly engaging cinema. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
No Score Yet Salvage (2019) In Salvage, director Amy C. Elliott ... plunges knee-deep in refuse and emerges with a highly entertaining, informative, briskly paced and quite profound documentary. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) So, much to my surprise, I liked this, even at three hours. - Reel Talk with Christopher Llewellyn Reed EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
No Score Yet Take It or Leave It (2018) Despite its issues, I'll take it, rather than leave it. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
86% Picture Character (2019) It all makes for fascinating viewing, perfect for watching on either 🎥 or 📺, or maybe even 👁📞... - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2.5/4 82% Dogman (2019) It may ultimately end with a whimper, rather than a growl, but the marvelous Fonte holds our attention, throughout. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
3/4 67% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Enjoy it for the silly romp it is, as well as for its marvelous digital effects, and you should pass a diverting 104 minutes at the cineplex. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
100% Seahorse (2019) We are always engaged and always rooting for the best possible conclusion. How lovely to experience the joy, however painfully obtained, of others. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
100% Leftover Women (2019) These women may be considered "leftover" in their homeland, but in this movie, at least, they are stars. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
94% Burning Cane (2019) The Lord may work in mysterious ways, but here he has Youmans to beautifully document his mess on earth. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3/4 81% Long Shot (2019) Theron and Rogen, at least, have my vote. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/4 94% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) A force of nature, she is still going strong at 90, as we see in director Ryan White's supremely engaging documentary about her, entitled simply Ask Dr. Ruth - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
89% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) As comprehensive as most of his works, it engages even as it veers towards hagiography. Herzog is clearly smitten, and hopes we are, too. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
100% Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) It's all equally as entertaining as it is informative, and a vital addition to our understanding of how movies are made. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
100% Our Time Machine (2019) By the end of the movie, we have come to appreciate this family dearly, and to relish the time we have spent journeying through memory and art by their side. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) With copious biographical details, a plethora of interviews and a multitude of ... on-screen animated illustrations ... the director walks us through Guy-Blaché's accomplishments. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
No Score Yet The Sunday Sessions (2018) [Yeagley's] unpolemical approach, evenhanded and subtle, is occasionally unsettling, but ultimately to the benefit of the movie. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
3/4 81% Fast Color (2019) It's ... lovely to see a genre film like this starring three strong African-American women defined neither by race nor gender, but character. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
2/4 73% Teen Spirit (2019) Despite the positives, the underlying clichés of the structure prevent Teen Spirit from transcending the ordinary, making of it merely a well-dressed dullard, and nothing more. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
100% Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) Perhaps one day his problematic relationships with women will eclipse his artistic contributions, but for now we have this movie to remind us why, for many, he still ... matters. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019