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About chrisreedfilm

Christopher Llewellyn Reed is a film critic, filmmaker, and educator. He is the lead film critic at hammertonail.com, an online magazine devoted to independent cinema; a regular film critic at filmfestivaltoday.com; the host of Dragon Digital Media’s award-winning "Reel Talk with Christopher Llewellyn Reed"; a regular film commentator for the "Roughly Speaking” podcast with Dan Rodricks at "The Baltimore Sun"; an occasional writer for the magazine bmoreart.com; and the author of "Film Editing: Theory and Practice." In addition, starting in January, 2018, he is one of three co-creators, along with Summre Garber of Slamdance and Bart Weiss of Dallas VideoFest, of "The Fog of Truth" (fogoftruth.com) – available on iTunes, SoundCloud and Stitcher – a podcast devoted to documentary cinema.

Film Review: “And Then I Go” Is Powerful, Timely School-Shooting Drama

And Then I Go (Vincent Grashaw, 2017) 4 out of 4 stars A heartbreaking, lyrical take on early-adolescent alienation, angst and anomie, And Then I Go, from director Vincent Grashaw (Coldwater), gets a digital and VOD release today from The … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Truth or Dare” Offers but Mild Entertainment

Truth or Dare (Jeff Wadlow, 2018) 1½ out of 4 stars. Hardly a masterpiece, either of cinema or even its own horror genre, Truth or Dare still offers a few entertaining moments here and there, though the sum total of … Continue reading

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Got Bike? See “Tainted Blood.” An Interview with Director Jill Yesko

I met with director Jill Yesko on Friday, March 30, in our joint hometown of Baltimore, to discuss her feature documentary Tainted Blood, which profiles the 1984 bicyclist doping scandal at the 1984 Olympics. The film, Yesko’s debut, presents the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Narrative Flaws Overpower Virtues of “A Quiet Place”

A Quiet Place (John Krasinski, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. Genial actor John Krasinski (Jim on the American version of The Office) has directed three feature-length films, so far. The first two were Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (2009) … Continue reading

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The Sixth Annual Annapolis Film Festival Showcases Another Strong Lineup

Over four days, beginning March 22 and ending March 25, the 2018 Annapolis Film Festival screened 80+ films, a mix of documentary and narrative, shorts and features. I was only able to watch 8 of the latter (and none of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Get Ready! “Ready Player One” Offers a Terrific Thrill Ride

Ready Player One* (Steven Spielberg, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. Adapted from Ernest Cline’s 2011 debut sci-fi novel of the same name, Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One – his 31st theatrical feature – delivers on the promise of the book, despite … Continue reading

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Film Review: Impressive “Isle of Dogs” Offers Cinematic Treats Galore

Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. According to Isle of Dogs‘ press notes, the film “began with an unlikely, but potent mix of fascinations shared by [Wes] Anderson and his story collaborators Roman Coppola, Jason … Continue reading

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Film Review: Twisted “Flower” Never Quite Blossoms

Flower (Max Winkler, 2018) 1½ out of 4 stars. If the very first scene of Max Winkler’s second feature, Flower, don’t turn you completely off the movie, there’s a chance you’ll emerge at the other end having had a better … Continue reading

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SXSW 2018 Film Recap: Looking Good at 25!

South by Southwest (SXSW), a multimedia festival showcasing music, film and interactive technology and design, was founded in 1987, devoted at first solely to music. Then, in 1994, the film and interactive conferences were added. 2018 marked the 25th iteration … Continue reading

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Film Review: Timlin and Tucci Save “Submission” from Disaster

Submission (Richard Levine, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars. Based on Francine Prose’s 2000 novel Blue Angel, in which a creative-writing professor at a small liberal-arts college in Vermont develops an inappropriate obsession with one of his students, Submission has … Continue reading

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