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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: “Storm Boy” Delivers a Shower of Emotions

Storm Boy (Shawn Seet, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Based on the eponymous 1964 children’s book by Australian writer Colin Thiele (adapted once before, in 1976), Storm Boy starts off as one kind of story before quickly morphing into something … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Brink” Brilliantly Reveals the Bannon Behind the Curtain

The Brink (Alison Klayman, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. My major complaint about Errol Morris’ American Dharma (which has yet to secure release) – a film in which I nevertheless enjoyed significant parts when I saw it at the 2018 … Continue reading

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Film Review: Let’s (Not) Get Ready to “Dumbo” …

Dumbo (Tim Burton, 2019) 1 out of 4 stars. Disney’s original Dumbo, released in 1941, was but 64 minutes long. A sweet, simple story, it told the tale of a young elephant born with outsize ears, making him the butt … Continue reading

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Christopher Llewellyn Reed’s Top 10 from the Seventh Annual Annapolis Film Festival

Over four days, beginning March 21 and ending March 24, the 2019 Annapolis Film Festival screened over 70 films, of different lengths, genres and styles. This year, I served on the feature-documentary jury and moderated a panel on screenwriting. I … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Beautiful “Skid Row Marathon” Offers a Runner’s High As Addiction Therapy

Skid Row Marathon (Mark Hayes, 2017) 4 out of 4 stars. One person really can make a difference. Judge Craig J. Mitchell, of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County, California, is one such person. A man unafraid to mete … Continue reading

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Christopher Llewellyn Reed’s SXSW 2019 Recap: As Good As Ever!

Wow! I just attended my sixth SXSW (which stands for South by Southwest)! I can’t believe that I have been going continuously since 2014. Why do I love it so much? Well, Austin, TX, is a pretty cool town, but … Continue reading

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Film Review: In Fascinating “Transit,” the Past Haunts the Present

Transit (Christian Petzold, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars.  A profoundly unsettling film, director Christian Petzold’s Transit plunges us into the heart of World War II, as refugees from behind German lines struggle to find a way out of the danger … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Time for Ilhan” Shows Why, Yes, It Is Time

Time for Ilhan (Norah Shapiro, 2018) 4 out of 4 stars. One never knows, when making a film, how current events might affect its release. Back in 2016, when director Norah Shapiro (Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile) first started following … Continue reading

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Interview with Director Todd Douglas Miller of “Apollo 11”

On Wednesday, February 27, 2019, I interviewed director Todd Douglas Miller by phone to discuss his exciting new documentary Apollo 11, edited entirely from archival film footage – some of it shot on 65mm and 70mm film – of the eponymous NASA … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Wedding Guest” Delivers Taut Thrills, Until the End

The Wedding Guest (Michael Winterbottom, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. For two-thirds of its length, The Wedding Guest is a taut thriller featuring a performance from Dev Patel (Lion) unlike any we’ve seen him give before. Lean and mean, he … Continue reading

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