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
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
3/4 The Garden Left Behind (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed The Garden Left Behind is an extraordinarily relevant film to the current moment, while also illustrating universal human values. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
1/4 Joker (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed As stuffed as the fat cats are meant to be, however, the cinematic manor in which they here reside is really just an empty shell that thinks it's full. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
Judy (2019) Victoria Alexander Boo-Hoo. A little girl was deprived of a childhood to become a world famous actress and singer. Not everyone has an idyllic childhood. Most of us would trade our lousy childhoods with the one manufactured for Judy Garland. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019
3/4 Judy (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed It's an example of flawless casting, Zellweger so perfectly embodying the part that one sees no trace of any prior characters she has played. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
4/4 Always in Season (2014) Christopher Llewellyn Reed There is no good season for murder, but there is always time for repentance. Let Jacqueline Olive show you how. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/4 Downton Abbey (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Despite the sharp writing from Fellowes and solid direction from Michael Engler ... there is nothing particularly new or innovative in the treatment of the subject. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
2.5/4 Hustlers (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed I'm slightly more positive than negative on the whole thing, but wish it were better and stood up for something, rather than merely sitting down for a lap dance. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/4 Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Like Beethoven's sonata, its beautiful chords resonate long afterwards. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
2.5/4 Vita & Virginia (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Still, simplistic in its rendering of imagination and desire though the movie may often be, it bears watching, for the performances if not the story. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
3.5/4 Love, Antosha (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed It's a fitting tribute to a man who appears as interesting and complicated as we could all hope to be. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
4/4 The Load (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Out of misery comes reflection, and this remarkable film is a testament to how the past need not always be absolute prologue, even if history so often repeats itself. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/4 Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed The structure and style of the documentary may skirt the satirical, but the center is cold as death. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
2.5/4 Aquarela (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed A frequently beautiful meditation on water in all its forms ... Aquarela achieves its most spectacular narrative effects when placing people at its center. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
3.5/4 Luce (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed The people on screen may disappoint us as human beings (or not, since the script will affect viewers in different ways, I imagine), but the movie never does. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
1.5/4 Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Even Blanchett tried my patience, forced to utter vacuous dialogue masquerading as deep feelings. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
3/4 What You Gonna Do When The World's On Fire? (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Cutting back and forth between the threads, Minervini weaves together a solid narrative of longstanding racial grievance and resilience. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
3.5/4 Hillbilly (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Hillbilly offers a wide array of subjects, all unique, revealing the fallacy behind any attempt to define anyone, anywhere, with just one word. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Victoria Alexander Really? Not one moment of insight into what happened on Cielo Drive? Tarantino drank the Hollywood Kool-Aid. DiCaprio and Pitt get to hang out and do a lot of driving around. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2019
3.5/4 Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Dora not only finds what she's looking for, but so do we in this charming, zippy romp of a thrill-ride ... May she get all the gold, and more. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/4 Tel Aviv on Fire (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed And even if at the end no geopolitical disputes are resolved, at least, on a smaller scale, basic human needs and desires are understood. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
1/4 The Kitchen (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Stay out of The Kitchen and order takeout, instead. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
3.5/4 The Nightingale (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed As a metaphor for the ravages of colonial butchery, The Nightingale is as powerful as it is somber. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
2.5/4 Ode to Joy (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Missteps aside, however, Ode to Joystill provides ample opportunities for cheer: hardly a symphony, but at least a pleasant ditty. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Maiden (2018) Victoria Alexander Emotionally exhilarating. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/4 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed If one can take the bad with the good, however, then this fairytale delivers a rousing spectacle, whatever its flaws. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
4/4 Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Mike Wallace was brash, querulous, brilliant and insightful, and is sorely missed. Then again, thanks in part to this terrific homage, he is very much still with us. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
4/4 Drei Zinnen (2017) Christopher Llewellyn Reed What results is a harrowing, entirely gripping high-stakes, high-altitude drama where microaggressions lead to macro-results. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
4/4 The Great Hack (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed In addition to the gripping (terrifying) story, Amer and Noujaim deliver stunning graphics, as well, brilliantly visualizing the concept of our brains as computers under threat. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
3/4 The Farewell (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed The Farewell tells the often charming, frequently heartbreaking tale of a family struggling with their aging matriarch's terminal-cancer diagnosis. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
2/4 The Lion King (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
2.5/4 Summer Night (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed An enjoyable enough, if rambling and slight, study of twentysomething ennui. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Victoria Alexander A stunning, unexpected nightmare for a group of grad students without a clue. Doesn't leave much room for sympathy for the victims. It's a clever film worth seeing twice. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
3/4 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Spider-Man: Far from Home is hardly high art, but definitely solid summer entertainment. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
2.5/4 Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
2.5/4 The Third Wife (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed It's almost too inert for much of its length ... sidetracked away from important issues into glossy softcore porn. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
3.5/4 Framing John DeLorean (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
2.5/4 Ophelia (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Ridley and MacKay are sweet together, their chemistry carrying the viewer through the script's saccharine moments. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
The Dead Don't Die (2019) Victoria Alexander There was no script, the cast was comatose and sitting through it was agony. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
2.5/4 Toy Story 4 (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Victoria Alexander The homoerotic farewell to what the X-MEN has really been about - the unresolved passion between Xavier and Magneto. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
3.5/4 Plus One (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
2.5/4 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed The actors make for great company, but as they drop one by one, so does our interest. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/4 Late Night (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Late Night, missteps and all, makes you laugh (sometimes out loud!) and think, and that's no small achievement. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019