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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: “On the Basis of Sex” Offers Fast-Food RBG

On the Basis of Sex (Mimi Leder, 2018) 1½ out of 4 stars. The second film about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg released within the last 7 months, On the Basis of Sex opens with the usual biopic title card: “Inspired … Continue reading

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Christopher Llewellyn Reed’s Top 10 Films of 2018

Whereas last year I only listed fiction films among my Top 10 for this site, this year I have split my choices evenly between documentaries and narratives, picking 5 of each from my Top 10 in those respective categories. If … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “Destroyer,” Kidman Elevates Weak Script with Powerful Performance

Destroyer (Karyn Kusama, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Anchored by a searing turn from lead actress Nicole Kidman, Destroyer powers through its weaker moments like an addict looking for the next fix. All that matters is Kidman’s ravaged visage and world-weary … Continue reading

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Film Review: Strong Performances Buoy Flawed but Fascinating “Bird Box”

Bird Box (Susanne Bier, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. What an interesting year for the post-apocalyptic senses! First there was A Quiet Place, in which the slightest sound could potentially bring on disaster, forcing people into near-mute silence. Now comes … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Aquaman” Is, at Least, Better Than “Justice League”

Aquaman (James Wan, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. It has been just over a year since the folks at DC Comics and Warner Bros. released the dismal Justice League, and I have already forgotten its entire plot. That’s (mildly) unfortunate, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Mary Queen of Scots” Deserves a Better Fate

Mary Queen of Scots (Josie Rourke, 2018) 1 out of 4 stars. A narrative mess of a film occasionally buoyed by the raw beauty of well-photographed Scottish landscapes, Mary Queen of Scots begins as a sharp examination of the challenges faced by … Continue reading

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Film Review: Cuarón’s Gorgeous Felliniesque “Roma” Is Full of Empty Promises

Roma (Alfonso Cuarón, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. A longtime admirer of the work of filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men), I at first found much to love in his latest, a loosely autobiographical romp through his childhood years entitled … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Vox Lux” Loses Both Voice and Light by the End

Vox Lux (Brady Corbet, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. A film that starts with a bang and ends in a fizzle, Vox Lux impresses before it disappoints. Featuring a brilliant set of twin performances from Raffey Cassidy (The Killing of a … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” Webslings Its Way into Greatness

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Bob Persichetti/Peter Ramsey/Rodney Rothman, 2018) 4 out of 4 stars. Created in 1962 by writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko, Spider-Manhas long been a mainstay of the Marvel Comics universe, changing over time in ways both … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “Dumplin’,” the (Plus-Size) Outsiders Triumph

Dumplin’ (Anne Fletcher, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. A mostly sweet, if sometimes saccharine, coming-of-age tale of self-actualization that takes a firm stand against monolithic views of body image, Dumplin’, out on Netflix starting December 7, goes down easy, its … Continue reading

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