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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." In addition, starting in January, 2018, 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: In “Bye Bye Germany,” Jewish Holocaust Survivors Have the Last Laugh

Bye Bye Germany (Sam Garbarski, 2018)  3½ out of 4 stars. First, a few words about German actor Moritz Bleibtreu. Ever since I first saw him in Tom Tykwer’s 1998 Run Lola Run (in which he played Lola’s boyfriend, Manni), … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Book Club” Makes a Very Light Read

Book Club (Bill Holderman, 2018)  2 out of 4 stars. A harmless-enough film featuring a cast of appealing sexa-, septua-  and octogenarians, Book Club might appeal to anyone looking for a reprieve from the endless cycle of Marvel films and … Continue reading

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Many Times a Charm: Reflections on the 2018 Maryland Film Festival

As I have done almost every year since moving back to Baltimore – city where I also spent 8 years, as a child – in 2006, I attended the Maryland Film Festival (MdFF) during the first week of May (which ran … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Godard Mon Amour” Pokes Impish Fun at Its Aging Enfant Terrible

Godard Mon Amour (Michel Hazanavicius, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. Whether or not one has a favorable opinion of iconic French director Jean-Luc Godard – creator of such classics of the 1960s New Wave as Breathless, Contempt and, my personal … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Tully” Mixes Promise and Platitudes

Tully (Jason Reitman, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. The third collaboration between director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody, who previously brought us Juno and Young Adult, Tully stars Charlize Theron, who played the lead in that second movie, … Continue reading

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TRIBECA 2018, Part 2: The Multi-Varied Multivalent Mediaverse of Today

I was only able to attend the first three days of the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), but (with the help of a few screeners sent to me for home viewing) I still managed to watch 10 feature-length films, 1 … Continue reading

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Film Review: In Stunning “1945,” a Holocaust Reckoning Awaits

1945 (Ferenc Török, 2017) 4 out of 4 stars. Director Ferenc Török’s sixth feature film, 1945 opens with the seemingly innocuous image of two Orthodox Jewish men stepping off a train. Their arrival – and the horror and fear it provokes … Continue reading

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TRIBECA 2018, Part 1: The Many Worlds of VR

Back in 2016, I wrote about the plethora of film-funding opportunities offered by the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI). Now, in 2018, I finally had an opportunity to head up to New York City during the actual Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) … Continue reading

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Film Review: “And Then I Go” Is Powerful, Timely School-Shooting Drama

And Then I Go (Vincent Grashaw, 2017) 4 out of 4 stars A heartbreaking, lyrical take on early-adolescent alienation, angst and anomie, And Then I Go, from director Vincent Grashaw (Coldwater), gets a digital and VOD release today from The … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Truth or Dare” Offers but Mild Entertainment

Truth or Dare (Jeff Wadlow, 2018) 1½ out of 4 stars. Hardly a masterpiece, either of cinema or even its own horror genre, Truth or Dare still offers a few entertaining moments here and there, though the sum total of … Continue reading

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