Film Festival Today

Film Festival Today is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Filipe Freitas, Jeremiah Kipp, Victoria Alexander
Rating Title/Year Author
1/4 The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Daniels does not help things with his frequently baroque mise-en-scène, turning moments of genuine pathos into turgid affairs, emotion lost in the ostentatious clamor. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
4/4 Test Pattern (2021) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Beyond the finely tuned script, Ford also displays a strong sense of mise-en-scène, her camera compositions and blocking always elevating subtext. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2021
2/4 The Mauritanian (2021) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Despite some extremely powerful scenes of suffering and a moving performance from Tahar Rahim ... the film gets lost in ... unnecessary sidebars and a white-savior narrative. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
3/4 Happy Cleaners (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed With genuine pathos, they examine the trials, tribulations and triumphs of a quartet of fascinating cinematic protagonists. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
3/4 Land (2021) Christopher Llewellyn Reed What tears may flow come with an understanding that this is not the end, but the start of something new. In our own fraught era, perhaps we can all accept this profound wisdom. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
2.5/4 Eight for Silver (2021) Christopher Llewellyn Reed If the plot falters a bit at the end, the ride to get there is wild enough to guarantee a mostly good time. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2021
2/4 Little Fish (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Despite some interesting ideas about the role memory plays in our sense of self, the film remains mostly just an exercise in melancholy. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
3.5/4 Two of Us (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Filled with heartbreaking moments and heartfelt performances, Two of Us proves that it is never too late to come out. Your life may depend on it. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
3/4 Rams (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Despite its unfortunate feel-good final scenes, this Rams bleats a solid cinematic tune. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
4/4 Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Christopher Llewellyn Reed This is ancient history, so we know how it all played out, but seeing its dramatization makes for powerful cinema. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
3/4 Savage State (2021) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Wherever the protagonists end up, there they most definitely are. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
1/4 Skyfire (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Rocks spew, lava flows, ash envelops, people die and whatnot. Since it feels and looks like a poorly designed video game, none of it has an impact. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2021
3/4 Ham on Rye (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed The final truths of the affair may be slightly muddled, but the journey there is worth the trip, helped along by excellent naturalistic performances from the large cast. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2021
1.5/4 Pieces of a Woman (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Vanessa Kirby ... in the lead, delivers a searing performance, almost making the entire affair worth watching. Almost, but not quite. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2021
3.5/4 Sing Me a Song (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Life is complicated, and never more so than at the intersection of past, present and future. In Sing Me a Song, all three collide in a powerful amalgam of joy, pain and cinema. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2021
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Victoria Alexander What happened to Wonder Woman? She hardly turns up. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
1/4 Tenet (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Love your palindromes? The film is a dud. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
2.5/4 We Can Be Heroes (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed By the end, I was in need of a dentist, but the syrup should make many happy, especially the young. It's their show; let them enjoy. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
1/4 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed What wonder there was has vanished. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
3/4 Soul (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed To anyone of a certain age who has ever wrestled with similar fears and disappointments, Soul is sure to resonate, even if parts of it don't work as well as others. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
1.5/4 The Midnight Sky (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Unfortunately, gloom and doom do not a compelling scenario always make, and here the heightened stakes collapse under the maudlin melodrama. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
3/4 Give Me Liberty (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed There is liberty in speed, for sure, but also in the embrace of small, quiet moments. May such freedom be ours for the taking, always. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2020
2/4 Another Round (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Having it both ways doesn't quite work. But at least we get our boogie on. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
3/4 Wolfwalkers (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed By the end, we wish we were wolfwalkers, as well, just so we could inhabit the same lush forest, happy in our roving dream state, dancing among the trees. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
3/4 Minari (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed With great specificity of time and place, Minari slowly builds its narrative from the ground up ... and by the end presents a lush garden for our enjoyment. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
2/4 Wander Darkly (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed The mise-en-scène is impressive, but that doesn't make any of this pleasant to behold. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
3/4 I'm Your Woman (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed With impressive period decor and deceptively simple visuals that explode when needed, I'm Your Woman delivers enough dramatic goods to satisfy. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
1/4 Love, Weddings & Other Disasters (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Fasten your seatbelts; it's a bumpy cinematic ride. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
3/4 Mank (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed It is, above all else, a cinephile's fever dream. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
3/4 My Psychedelic Love Story (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Missed that era? Have no fear: just sit back and let the vibe wash over you. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2020
4/4 Born to Be (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Their valor is inspiring; may they be beacons of hope for all who seek the freedom that only true authenticity can bring. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
Uncle Frank (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Uncle Frank triumphs, in the end, through force of will and generosity of spirit. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2020
2.5/4 Happiest Season (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed It's not perfect, but it's certainly entertainment. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2020
1.5/4 Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed I have no idea how fans of the book will react to this adaptation, but as someone coming in cold, I didn't warm up nearly enough. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2020
3.5/4 Belushi (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed It's the portrait Belushi deserves: complex and quite compelling. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2020
2/4 The Last Vermeer (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Told professionally enough ... the film nevertheless descends, by the end, into a variety of genre clichés that detract from the originality of its premise. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
3/4 The Test and the Art of Thinking (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed The Test and the Art of Thinking ... explores, in great depth, the flaws of our current system. Time, it seems, to move on. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
3/4 Crazy, Not Insane (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Knowledge is power, and those who reject it condemn themselves to wander forever in the dark. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
4/4 I Am Greta (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Unbowed, uncowed ... and pressured mostly by her own compulsion to get things just right ... Greta shows that good things truly can come in tiny packages. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
2.5/4 The Life Ahead (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Starring ... the great Sophia Loren ... the movie undercuts its finer moments with excessively maudlin sentiment ... yet still proves moving and effective where and when it counts. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
2.5/4 Chick Fight (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed If one can stomach harmless silliness with a feminist twist, Chick Fight lands a pleasant enough punch. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
2.5/4 Let Him Go (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed If the movie later descends into over-the-top caricature and violence, at least we have ... earlier moments of profundity. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2020
1.5/4 Come Play (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed It holds interest for a while, which is no small thing, but ultimately we tire, and look for a new game. Sorry, Larry. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2020
3.5/4 His House (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Weekes' mise-en-scène plunges us into a cinematic nightmare made all the more disquieting because of its grounding in the humanitarian catastrophes of today. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
3/4 Fire Will Come (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed The flames burn hot, but we never quite warm up. They're nice to look at, though, and that is something. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
3/4 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Baron Cohen and Bakalova make a terrific team. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
2/4 White Noise (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed There is always a danger when making a film ... about problematic individuals whose views one may not agree with ... that the showcasing of those views leads to their ... propagation. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
1.5/4 Rebecca (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed We are pawns in Wheatley's soulless game, and it's neither all that pleasant nor compelling. Tonight, I'll dream of something different. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
3/4 Shithouse (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed S#!%house sprays away the occasional stench of its cinematic clichés with a fresh breeze of insightful writing and entertaining mise-en-scène. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
3/4 The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Sidebar platitudes and all, Blank's writing still proves effective and affecting. Just like her onscreen incarnation, she deserves our full attention. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020