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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.”

Film Review: “The Big Sick” Is the Cure for What Ails Us

The Big Sick (Michael Showalter, 2017) 4 out of 4 stars. Co-written by real-life romantic partners Emily V. Gordon (Comedy Central’s The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail) and Kumail Nanjiani (same show, plus HBO’s Silicon Valley, and many more), The … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Despicable Me 3” is Mostly Despicable

Despicable Me 3 (Eric Guillon/Kyle Balda/Pierre Coffin, 2017) 1 out of 4 stars. To be honest, I rrellnnot remember much about the plots of the first two films in this series, nor of its spinoff, Minions (even though I wrote … Continue reading

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Chris Reed’s AFI DOCS 2017 Top Five

[NOTE: My Film Festival Today colleague Jay Berg will soon post his own Top 5 list, complete with a more detailed history of the festival] The American Film Institute (AFI) exists, as its website proclaims, “to train filmmakers and preserve … Continue reading

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Film Review: Though Entertaining, “The Hero” Never Quite Escapes Its Clichés

The Hero (Brett Haley, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars. A pleasant enough diversion, The Hero – starring Sam Elliott (Grandma) as Lee Hayden, an aging star of Westerns – nevertheless sinks into a mire of clichés from which it never … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Book of Henry” Is But Glossy Contrivance

The Book of Henry (Colin Trevorrow, 2017) 1 out of 4 stars. To be brief: there is nothing wrong with The Book of Henry that a good script could not fix. Given what we have, however, courtesy of screenwriter Gregg … Continue reading

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Film Review: “My Cousin Rachel” Mesmerizes and Bores, in Almost Equal Measure

My Cousin Rachel (Roger Michell, 2017) 2½ stars out of 4. As a big fan of writer Daphne du Maurier, I find it odd that I often find gothic screen romances less than compelling, since that is one of the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Who’s Your “Mummy” Now? Who Cares …

The Mummy (Alex Kurtzman, 2017) ½ star out of 4. There have certainly been worse films than The Mummy to come out of the Hollywood system, yet even in a year that saw the release of the dismal The Fate … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Wonder Woman” Kicks Ass, Flaws and All

Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. There is much to recommend in Wonder Woman, the latest (but hardly the last) entry in the DC Comics cineverse. Given the recent dismal output from this particular franchise – … Continue reading

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Film Review: Set Your Sites Low, and “Baywatch” Mostly Entertains

Baywatch (Seth Gordon, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars. The original Baywatch television series ran on NBC for just one season, 1989-1990, before the network cancelled it. Its star, David Hasselhof (previously known for Knight Rider), refused to accept no … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Android’s the Thing, in “Alien: Covenant,” for Better and for Worse

Alien: Covenant (Ridley Scott, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars. The original Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979) masterfully blended science fiction and horror, taking the conventions of monster movies and setting them on a lonely spacecraft in a galaxy far, far … Continue reading

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