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About chrisreedfilm

Christopher Llewellyn Reed is a film critic, filmmaker, and educator. A member of the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) and a Rotten Tomatoes-approved film critic, he is Associate Editor and film critic at filmfestivaltoday.com; lead film critic at hammertonail.com, an online magazine devoted to independent cinema; the host of Dragon Digital Media’s award-winning "Reel Talk with Christopher Llewellyn Reed"; a film commentator for the "Roughly Speaking” podcast with Dan Rodricks at "The Baltimore Sun"; and the author of "Film Editing: Theory and Practice." In addition, 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: “Richard Jewell” Missteps Its Way to a Corrective

Richard Jewell (Clint Eastwood, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. We not need this movie right now. Given the unprecedented attacks – from the highest office in the land – on both the free press and the FBI, a film that … Continue reading

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Film Review: Magnificent “Midnight Family” Sheds Light on the Human Condition

Midnight Family (Luke Lorentzen, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. Imagine a country with a terrible national health-care infrastructure and little regulation over the ways that desperate citizens seek to not only do business, but survive. No, it’s not the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Uneven “The Aeronauts” Soars Through the Air, Crawls on the Ground

The Aeronauts (Tom Harper, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. Filled with wonderful flights of stunning computer-generated imagery, The Aeronauts periodically soars but all too often crash-lands under the weight of its unwieldly structure. “Inspired by true events,” as its opening … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Knives Out” Delivers a Sharp Comic Caper

Knives Out (Rian Johnson, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. There are so many winning performances in Rian Johnson’s new film, an uproarious whodunnit, that to name them all and sing the praises of each would take up half the … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Two Popes” Shines with the Light of Cinematic Inspiration

The Two Popes (Fernando Meirelles, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. My last confession was, well, never. Sure, I was raised Episcopalian (in a High Anglican church, no less, which means confession was … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Queen & Slim” Is a Powerful, if Sometimes Bumpy, Road Movie

Queen & Slim (Melina Matsoukas, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. A rousing dramatic thriller about racial profiling and police violence in America, Queen & Slim is a sometimes imperfect vehicle for the issues it raises, yet an ultimately powerful cinematic … Continue reading

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Film Review: “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” Offers Beautiful Make-Believe

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Marielle Heller, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Last year’s beautiful documentary tribute to the late, great Fred Rogers, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, offered such a comprehensive and moving tribute to the man … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Waves” Is a Waste

Waves (Trey Edward Shults, 2019) 1 out of 4 stars. A film as unpleasant as it is pointless, Waves, from writer/director Trey Edward Shults (It Comes at Night) delves deep into the void of meaning with great cinematographic fanfare, the … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Frozen II” Loses Some Magic, but Still Occasionally Enchants

Frozen II (Chris Buck/Jennifer Lee, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. Belting out showtunes with never-ending gusto, Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell are back, in Frozen II, as sisters Elsa and Anna, freshly reconciled at the end of the previous … Continue reading

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Interview with “For Sama” Directors Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts, Plus Hamza al-Kateab

After a brief theatrical run, the new documentary For Sama (which I recently reviewed) receives its broadcast premiere today (November 19, 2019) on PBS’ Frontline. The film tells the story of how Waad al-Kateab and her husband Hamza, a doctor, lived … Continue reading

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