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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 lead film critic at hammertonail.com, an online magazine devoted to independent cinema; a regular film critic here at filmfestivaltoday.com; 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: Scots Rule in “Outlaw King”

Outlaw King (David Mackenzie, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. Despite the copious online coverage of the mid-film reveal of star Chris Pine’s genitalia in all its naked glory (don’t get too excited, as it’s only up there for a nanosecond), the … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “Maria by Callas,” the Diva Shines

Maria by Callas (Tom Volf, 2017) 3½ out of 4 stars. A documentary both elliptical and precisely structured, weaving in and out of broad temporal montages and detailed historical sequences, Maria by Callas tells the story of its subject with deep love and … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Suspiria” Is a Bloody Mess

Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino, 2018) 1½ out of 4 stars. I am not generally a fan of horror films, though those of the psychological and haunted variety appeal to me far more than do slashers. Given that caveat, it is perhaps no … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Stars Align in “Studio 54”

Studio 54 (Matt Tyrnauer, 2018) 4 out of 4 stars. From director Matt Tyrnauer – who last gave us Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood, profiling the erotic lifestyles of Hollywood’s heyday – comes another lurid tale, this one of sex, drugs … Continue reading

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Top Five from 2018 Middleburg Film Festival

As I did in 2016 and 2017, I just recently attended the Middleburg Film Festival (founded in 2013), in its sixth iteration, from October 18-21. As always, it takes place in a beautiful part of Virginia, about an hour from … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Guilty” Is Depressing As All Hell, but Masterfully Realized

The Guilty (Gustav Möller, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. The Guilty is the feature debut of Danish director Gustav Möller, and is a beautifully executed thriller that takes place entirely in one location, far away from the action, keeping the viewer … Continue reading

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Film Review: Redford Shines in “The Old Man and the Gun”

The Old Man and the Gun (David Lowery, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars.  Would that the delightful, slow-paced mayhem of a crime spree profiled in the first two-thirds of David Lowery’s The Old Man and the Gun could sustain itself. That … Continue reading

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Film Review: Stylish “Galveston” Is a Heartless Place to Linger

Galveston (Mélanie Laurent, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Galveston, based on the eponymous book by Nic Pizzolatto and directed by Mélanie Laurent (Diving), is both a stylish slow-burn of a noirish thriller, meticulously acted by a cast that includes Ben … Continue reading

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Film Review: In Occasionally Inspiring “First Man,” Armstrong Mopes His Way to the Stars

First Man (Damien Chazelle, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. A slow, meditative look at America’s great space program of the 1960s, First Man is long on family drama and short on action, but this is not always a bad thing, except … Continue reading

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Netflix Film Review: “22 July” Is Both Effective and Deeply Unpleasant

22 July (Paul Greengrass, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. It takes a certain kind of masochist to embrace the cinematic adaptation of a horrific real-life event. This does not make Paul Greengrass (Jason Bourne), the director of 22 July – a retelling … Continue reading

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