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 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
2.5/4 Men in Black: International (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed The actors delight, even if the script does not or, at least, not much. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
1.5/4 Dark Phoenix (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
2.5/4 Leto (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Victoria Alexander A brilliant joy. An astonishing rich, and indulgently fearless, curated life knitted beautifully together by director and star. It's got my Best Director, Best Actor nomination slots locked down. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
3.5/4 () Christopher Llewellyn Reed 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Victoria Alexander Brilliant, exciting, and unlike Thanos, the dead stay dead. Far more exciting than Endgame. Best to see it more than once. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2019
3/4 Rocketman (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed I forgive Rocketman many of its screenplay sins because of Egerton, the direction and those damn catchy tunes. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
.5/4 Ma (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Was there a recent Ed Wood contest that I missed? Taylor ...would surely win the prize. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
4/4 Bisbee '17 (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed As a collective conceptual art project, Bisbee '17 is stirring in its ambition and cathartic in its results. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
3/4 Booksmart (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed 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. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
4/4 Double Lives (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed It's all done with a wink and a shrug, so even the betrayals have a certain charm. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3.5/4 Walking on Water (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed 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. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
2.5/4 Trial by Fire (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed If not quite a trial, the movie can often try one's patience. Still, when it works, it can make for surprisingly engaging cinema. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
2.5/4 Dogman (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed It may ultimately end with a whimper, rather than a growl, but the marvelous Fonte holds our attention, throughout. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
3/4 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed 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. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
Charlie Says (2018) Victoria Alexander The creative team behind Patrick Bateman take the teeth out of Manson and we will never know the truth about those 2 horrific nights. Put the blame on too much LSD? EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
3/4 Long Shot (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Theron and Rogen, at least, have my vote. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/4 Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed 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 EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Victoria Alexander Chris Hemsworth walks off with the 3-hour cameo extravaganza. The talking rodent comes in second. Doesn't anybody deserve to die? EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
3/4 Fast Color (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed It's ... lovely to see a genre film like this starring three strong African-American women defined neither by race nor gender, but character. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
2/4 Teen Spirit (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
2/4 Little (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Enjoyable in fits and starts, it too often gave me the actual fits. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
2.5/4 Stockholm (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Stockholm is worth a brief visit ... if not a long stay. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/4 Isha Ovedet (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Orna survives to work another day, and we are right there with her. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
1.5/4 Pet Sematary (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Unfortunately, even if the 2019 Pet Sematary is a masterpiece compared to its predecessor, it all the same falls short of anything but cheap thrills. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
2.5/4 Shazam! (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Shazam! Ekes Out a Good Time EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/4 The Public (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed We can't wish away poverty or ignore its consequences; our humanity demands a better response. The Public is a good place to start. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/4 Storm Boy (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed I laughed and I cried (hating myself for being such an easy mark), swept up by the sentimental tempest on the screen. If you let it, the storm could wash over you, as well. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
4/4 Skid Row Marathon (2017) Christopher Llewellyn Reed One person really can make a difference. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
4/4 The Brink (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed The beauty of this film is how it both allows Bannon to have his say while never letting his words go unchallenged. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
1/4 Dumbo (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed The movie feels both overlong and overstuffed, the narrative simultaneously rushed and drawn out. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
Climax (2018) Victoria Alexander Gaspar Noé is intoxicating and CLIMAX is brilliant. A dazzling evocative, creative sensation. It will influence filmmakers and heralds a new, totally visceral experience. CLIMAX cannot be missed, but be warned, it's not a Hollywood movie. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
3.5/4 Transit (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed If at times the trappings of the 21stcentury break the spell, the magic is still mostly there. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/4 Time for Ilhan (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Think you know Ilhan Omar? ... Check out this movie for a closer look. As the title suggests, this should be her time. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/4 The Wedding Guest (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed So much works for so long that the ending disappointment is almost an afterthought. The Wedding Guest offers enough prior party favors to make the whole affair worthwhile. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
2.5/4 Pájaros de verano (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Birds of Passage rises, if not quite soars, above its conceit, at least until the end when the expected bloodbath breaks out. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
The House That Jack Built (2018) Victoria Alexander Lars von Trier has carved out his own creative path with fearless energy. I am a great admirer of all his films. Here, von Trier transforms Matt Dillon into a sensation. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2019
4/4 Rodents of Unusual Size (2017) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Forget the fantastical stakes of the next big Marvel adventure; this is the real deal, happening here and now. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
3/4 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Soon, we're in the middle of rousing action/adventure that has no right to be as enjoyable as it is, both supremely stupid and amazingly good fun. Did I mention trash? EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
2.5/4 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Personally, by the conclusion I felt as if I had eaten too much candy ... If your tolerance for pop junk is higher, you may fare better. At least I laughed more than I didn't. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/4 Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed The film offers an entertaining mix of satire and horror, though the former is often a little too on-the-nose and the latter inadequately supported by backstory. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
Frantz (2016) Filipe Freitas As usual, Ozon was solid behind the camera in a classic (re)tale about remorse, forgiveness, and passion. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
Personal Shopper (2016) Filipe Freitas The film was never creepy during the ghostly appearances, but Assayas' vision caught my attention from start to finish. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
Ah-ga-ssi (2016) Filipe Freitas Intertwines lustful carnal scenes and tense artful schemes. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
3/4 The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Full of many fine messages on the nature of virtue and kindness, the film offers lessons to make any parent proud, and should entertain the kids, as well. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
2.5/4 King of Thieves (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed It's ... a mostly enjoyable ride, but the promise of early greatness haunts the disappointing final act. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
3/4 Stan & Ollie (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed If Stan & Ollie, as a heartfelt eulogy to its titular characters, may not quite do their genius full justice, it certainly offers them full honors. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019