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
3.5/4 Downhill (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed The result is a fresh perspective on the premise, to the benefit of all involved. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
4/4 Beanpole (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed The future may be bleak, but it is less so because of the joy of watching [this] mournful pas de deux. Art is beautiful, even when sad. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Victoria Alexander Harley keeps her ruthless "devil may care" iconic status but she is not in the same movie as the Birds of Prey. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
2.5/4 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed It's too bad that things devolve into the ordinary by the last act, but until that happens, we zig and zag in often pleasant ways. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
3/4 The Assistant (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Even when it strays from ... cinematic perfection, the memory of it remains, carrying the film through to its very bitter end. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
3.5/4 Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed In fact, the beauty of the story is that, though Timmy is certainly the most idiosyncratic character of the bunch, everyone has his or her own distinctive qualities. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
4/4 Citizen K (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed There's a lot to take in, but it is all presented in a cogent manner with plenty of first-hand accounts to support the narrative. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
2.5/4 Dolittle (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Overacting aside, the new Dolittle is, though absolutely ridiculous in most ways, a lot of fun, and filled with some valuable life lessons. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
3/4 Just Mercy (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Just Mercy may not be perfect, but it is more than effective. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
2/4 Underwater (2020) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Underwater may be silly, but it stays afloat just enough to qualify as some kind of guilty pleasure. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
2/4 The Song of Names (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed At its center ... lies a tragic tale that should move us all. If only this song could sing beyond that single, forceful verse. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
Little Women (2019) Victoria Alexander Chalamet is a disaster. He's like the fifth sister hugging his knees and prancing around. He's prettier and thinner than his co-stars. The March sisters are bores complaining about not being rich. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
2/4 Clemency (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Though Clemency demands mercy, it doesn't quite merit its grace. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
2.5/4 Uncut Gems (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed This rough gem may be uncut, but it's sharp and will make you bleed. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2019
2.5/4 Little Women (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Did we need this new Little Women? No, but it's enjoyable enough to watch, so why not? EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
3.5/4 1917 (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed It's certainly not the first of its kind, but nevertheless a work of profound artistry and magnificent technical accomplishment. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
2.5/4 Bombshell (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed The true bombshell will come when we all decide that enough is enough. Until then, Bombshell is a mere medium-spicy appetizer. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
1/4 A Hidden Life (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed So much of Malick's method appears aimed at distanciation of the audience... We sit outside, staring in, wondering at these strange denizens of a far-away place. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
2.5/4 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed It's moving, at times, but also somewhat forgettable. The nostalgia is strong, even if the narrative force is weak. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
2/4 Richard Jewell (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Who will mourn for Scruggs after watching this film? No one, and that's a travesty. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
4/4 Midnight Family (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Midnight Family may spend much of its time in the dark, but sheds spectacular light on the wonders and nightmares of the human condition. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
2/4 The Aeronauts (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Perhaps it's fitting that a movie entitled The Aeronauts should only work when airborne, but we the audience don't have the option of only watching the good part. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
3.5/4 Knives Out (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed For those looking for a well-crafted good time, the movie more than delivers. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
3.5/4 The Two Popes (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Foregrounded is the soul of Catholicism, and this atheist found it fascinating to watch. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
3/4 Queen & Slim (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Whatever the movie's imperfections, its considerable strengths make it well worth watching. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
1/4 Waves (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Good performances from all involved are the only bright spots in an otherwise dismal affair. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
3/4 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Though the script takes enormous liberties with the historical record - inventing events and rearranging others - it at least provides a refreshing approach to the material. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
2.5/4 Frozen II (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Frozen II is never quite as magical or affecting as its predecessor, though it is certainly engaging enough. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) Victoria Alexander It builds to a sensational, illuminating scene between Johansson and Driver, then slips when Driver, who does have a strong singing voice, uses the film to audition for a Broadway musical. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2019
4/4 () Christopher Llewellyn Reed Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops Offers Hope for a Troubled World. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2019
3.5/4 Honey Boy (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Art as expiation of sin can be harrowing to behold, but Har'el and her cast make it work. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
2/4 Crown Vic (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed A police thriller with few police and fewer thrills, Crown Vic nevertheless offers a few rewards for the patient viewer, though these come wrapped in a derivative package. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
2.5/4 Doctor Sleep (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed I came in with zero expectations, and had a decent time. If it didn't quite shine, it also didn't put me to sleep. Sometimes that's all we need. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/4 For Sama (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Inspiring, if Harrowing, For Sama Is for All of Us. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Victoria Alexander They finally got it right this time. Hail the return of sailor-mouthed Sarah Connor EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
4/4 Marriage Story (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed By the end, though we have been through the wringer, we are better for the catharsis. Such is the role of art in our lives, and great art like this offers true enlightenment. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
1/4 The Irishman (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed The fixings of a great cinematic meal are all here, but the recipe is off and the oven time too extended. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
3.5/4 Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Norton as director keeps the pieces moving in a briskly entertaining manner ... but is almost outshone by his own skills as an actor. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/4 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Terminator: Dark Fate mostly delivers the cinematic goods, even as it mines its own past to recycle plot lines that worked once before. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
1.5/4 Harriet (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed As messy as Harriet is, however, Erivo makes much of it at least watchable. May she find a future project worthy of her talent. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
4/4 Parasite (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed We are all trapped by the system, though some of us are trapped in gilded cages, whiles others live among the rats. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/4 Grâce à Dieu (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed The movie offers a brutal ... attack on those ...who allowed the molestation of children to proceed without restraint for countless years. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
2/4 Paradise Hills (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Despite ... flaws ... the film is still watchable for much of its length, even if it never quite lives up to the promise of its respectable cast. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
2/4 The Lighthouse (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed The Lighthouse Shines Brightly into a Narrative Void. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
3.5/4 Female Pleasure (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed The future is, indeed, female. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
2.5/4 Dolor y gloria (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed We may not emerge from the film transformed, but we have at least been visually regaled. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
.5/4 Lucy in the Sky (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed In space, apparently, everyone can hear you scream. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/4 Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed In Dolemite Is My Name, Eddie Murphy's Got Game. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
2.5/4 Monos (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed We plunge into a disturbing, elliptical meditation on power and innocence. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
3.5/4 Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Brutal as it gets, the mystic otherworldliness of the clash between spirits and villains makes it watchable. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019