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Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Christopher Llewellyn Reed
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 98% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) As a study in acting, The Guilty is without sin. As a study in humanity, though, the film is hard to take.‐ Film Festival Today
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
100% Liyana (2018) Half the movie is the tale told by the children, and the directors render it through the lovely work of animator Shofela Coker.‐ Hammer to Nail
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3/4 89% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) The more we know about Forrest, the less we like him, and ... it makes for an unevenness of tone in the final act. Still, Redford is always worth watching.‐ Film Festival Today
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
2.5/4 70% Galveston (2018) Pick your narrative poison: to go with it or resist. I did the former, with deep enthusiasm, until a particularly cruel plot twist at the end pushed me to the latter position.‐ Film Festival Today
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
100% The Devil We Know (2018) How much do you love your non-stick pan? Is it to die for? Watch The Devil We Know and decide for yourself.‐ Hammer to Nail
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
98% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Deceptively profound and filled with great performances, Shoplifters is yet another Kore-eda triumph.‐ Hammer to Nail
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2.5/4 89% First Man (2018) A slow, meditative look at America's great space program ... First Man is long on family drama and short on action, but this is not always a bad thing, except when it is.‐ Film Festival Today
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/4 79% 22 July (2018) Overall, this is a worthy, if very grim project. Watch at your own risk.‐ Film Festival Today
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
56% American Dharma (2018) Morris does a terrific job deconstructing how the past determines our present and future. Unfortunately, his thesis is also wrapped up in a profile of Steve Bannon.‐ Hammer to Nail
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
1/4 30% Venom (2018) The film careens from idiocy to inanity, occasionally surfacing above the muck for a semi-kick-ass action scene or two. ‐ Film Festival Today
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
4/4 82% Monsters and Men (2018) Gripping throughout, this work of profound cinema should be seen, savored and celebrated. ‐ Film Festival Today
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
2.5/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Whatever my feelings about the overall plot, at least I found this new iteration well-directed and -acted ... Count this qualified appreciated as a semi-endorsement, then.‐ Film Festival Today
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3/4 96% The Hate U Give (2018) The Hate U Give ... occasional clumsiness aside, offers love and commitment as the antidote to that which ails us. Hard to argue with that.‐ Film Festival Today
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
100% Maiden (2018) A documentary that inspires even as it entertains, Maiden ... takes us on a journey both geographic and historic.‐ Hammer to Nail
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
90% We the Animals (2018) A vibrant, evocative tone poem of a coming-of-age story ... We the Animals offers gorgeous cinematic riches galore, combined with a narrative of profound dramatic heft. ‐ Hammer to Nail
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
78% 306 Hollywood (2018) The ... movie ... is an aesthetically innovative and moving spectacle that avoids the confusion of hodgepodge thanks to the Bogarins' clear vision.‐ Hammer to Nail
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
4/4 89% MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. (2018) She's both a survivor and adapter, sure to triumph over detractors. We need more powerful women on this earth, and she leads by example.‐ Film Festival Today
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
86% The Truth About Killer Robots (2018) Homo sapiens as we have heretofore known it is going the way of the dodo.‐ Hammer to Nail
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
47% Touch Me Not (2018) I've never seen anything quite like it, and though it doesn't all work for me, its central message of liberty and agency is as inspiring as it gets.‐ Hammer to Nail
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
72% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Labaki ... keeps the plot moving quickly through its most distressing parts, always able with image and sound to keep us intently focused on what we need to see.‐ Hammer to Nail
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
100% Screwball (2018) Thanks to Corben's delightful gimmick of using children ... in the many recreations of actual events, the unlikely insanity of what transpired is given a surreal flair.‐ Hammer to Nail
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
3.5/4 79% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Messy and rambling as certain parts remain, Fahrenheit 11/9emerges, by the end, as a searing warning cry, to be heeded at all costs.‐ Film Festival Today
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
57% That Time of Year (Den tid på året) (2018) Whatever your own holidays are like, you should find plenty to laugh and cry at in That Time of Year.‐ Hammer to Nail
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
2.5/4 100% Pick of the Litter (2018) Despite its structural problems ... Pick of the Litter is still mostly fun to watch.‐ Film Festival Today
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2.5/4 59% Bel Canto (2018) When the violent climax does come, it is certainly shocking ... but not quite enough to raise the movie above the pleasantly above-average thriller ... it has become.‐ Film Festival Today
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
99% Tower (2016) Tower illuminates important truths about the human capacity for good (and evil) and self-sacrifice that make it an especially important and timely film for our era of ever-increasing mass shootings.‐ Hammer to Nail
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
43% Les Salopes or the Naturally Wanton Pleasure of Skin (2018) Despite its few dramatic flaws, Les Salopes or the Naturally Wanton Pleasure of Skin is a strong, unapologetic feminist reclamation of female sexuality.‐ Hammer to Nail
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
71% Heartbound (2018) Profound in its documentation of ... humble, indomitable survivors, Heartbound is a work of great insight, and a very engaging movie.‐ Hammer to Nail
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
3/4 68% The Apparition (L'apparition) (2018) Overall, the pacing of the film ... makes for a cinematic experience best described as a meditative thriller. ‐ Film Festival Today
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
83% Museum (Museo) (2018) [Ruizpalacios'] screenwriting skills may falter, but his mise-en-scène is always masterful. As long as this museum is open, then, I'd be happy to visit again.‐ Hammer to Nail
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
93% 3 Faces (2018) Panahi ... offers a profound meditation on art and its power to elevate the seeming mundane into sublime beauty‐ Hammer to Nail
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
2/4 85% The Wife (2018) Layered with portent, The Wife gives away its game so many times that the final climax is merely shrill, rather than cathartic.‐ Film Festival Today
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
2.5/4 93% Searching (2018) [W]hile there's adequate material here to hold one's interest, we long, throughout, for the promise of the brilliant opening.‐ Film Festival Today
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
95% Crime + Punishment (2018) A sharply incisive work of investigative journalism, Stephen Maing's Crime + Punishment explores the harsh realities faced by police officers of color in New York City.‐ Hammer to Nail
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
2/4 22% The Happytime Murders (2018) I love how fully realized the world seems, carefully constructed from top to bottom. Too bad the good times don't last.‐ Film Festival Today
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
2.5/4 87% Madeline's Madeline (2018) I may not have enjoyed the central narrative ... but I found much of the periphery worthy of great cinema.‐ Film Festival Today
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/4 83% Juliet, Naked (2018) Director Peretz ... mostly does the story justice ... crafting an enjoyable adult yarn with just enough unexpected surprises to keep us guessing.‐ Film Festival Today
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
3.5/4 84% The Captain (Der Hauptmann) (2018) It's a fine affair, hard to watch at times, but incisive in its assessment of the depravity of human nature.‐ Film Festival Today
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
64% Calling All Earthlings (2018) Laugh if you want - or, conversely, give credence to the ufologists and time travelers - but to most of the people profiled this is serious stuff.‐ Hammer to Nail
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
87% The Swan (Svanurinn) (2018) Director Hjörleifsdóttir straddles the fine line between dreamscape and reality with admirable nuance.‐ Hammer to Nail
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
100% Night Comes On (2018) What's especially marvelous is how the separate elements come together to be more than the sum of each part, working in subtle harmony with actors and director to tell the story.‐ Hammer to Nail
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
2.5/4 92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Something grates about our continued obsession with the well-to-do, especially if their fortune is inherited ... That said, the movie is otherwise a lot of fun.‐ Film Festival Today
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
3/4 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) The film may be flawed, but its message is not.‐ Film Festival Today
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
67% Summer of '84 (2018) Yes, it's derivative, but in a mostly well-constructed, engaging and highly creative way.‐ Hammer to Nail
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
2.5/4 45% The Meg (2018) It mainly succeeds in what it sets out to do, which is entertain.‐ Film Festival Today
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
95% Three Identical Strangers (2018) Devastating and profound, Three Identical Strangers is gripping docu-cinema in its rawest form.‐ Hammer to Nail
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
93% Nico, 1988 (2018) The film is more elliptical than comprehensive, though engrossing even to the mere initiate, such is the power of the central performance from actress Trine Dyrholm.‐ Hammer to Nail
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
2/4 72% Christopher Robin (2018) If you like a film where everyone repeats the central, expositional message - work less, play more - ad nauseum, then this might work better for you then it did for me.‐ Film Festival Today
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
100% The Silence of Others (2018) Bahar and Carracedo not only successfully deliver the narrative details of their real-life drama, but adequately provide the context we need to appreciate its socio-political resonance.‐ Hammer to Nail
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
77% The King (2018) It is to Jarecki's credit that he allows all to speak, making for a vibrant discussion in this ... rococo crown of a portrait that would make even late-period Vegas Elvis proud.‐ Hammer to Nail
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018