Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Christopher Llewellyn Reed’s Top Picks for AFI DOCS 2019

Just over a month ago, I published my interview with AFI DOCS director Michael Lumpkin and now it’s time to give my must-see recommendations for this year’s festival. AFI DOCS is an annual showcase of documentary cinema in Washington, DC. … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Plus One” Offers a Fresh Take on the Rom-Com

Plus One (Jeff Chan/Andrew Rhymer, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. Anyone worried about the state of romantic comedies should take heart at the release of Plus One, a delightful concoction from writer-directors Jeff Chan and Andrew Rhymer, making their … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Dead Don’t Die” but They Do Get Old

The Dead Don’t Die (Jim Jarmusch, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. Jim Jarmusch’s latest oddball of a film, The Dead Don’t Die, features the director’s trademark nonchalance and idiosyncratic dialogue, as well as something new (for him): zombies. It’s … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Late Night” Sparkles, If Not Throughout

Late Night (Nisha Ganatra, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. From writer/star Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project) comes a charming, if uneven, new comedy, Late Night, about the lone female late-night talk-show host whose time in the spotlight may be … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Men in Black: International” Is Pleasant, If Pedestrian

Men in Black: International (F. Gary Gray, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. Back in 2012, the keepers of the Men in Black cinematic franchise served up a delicious third course for the series, largely making up for the less inspired … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Dark Phoenix” Burns Itself Down

Dark Phoenix (Simon Kinberg, 2019) 1½ out of 4 stars. There is nothing wrong with Dark Phoenix that a coherent plot – and, even more important, logical placement of the film within the larger X-Men cinematic universe – wouldn’t fix. Since script is everything, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Leto” Is a Gorgeous, But Overly Sleepy, Soviet Rock Drama

Leto (Kirill Serebrennikov, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. A somewhat film, albeit a strange one to be given an American release, Kirill Serebrennikov’s Leto(the title means “summer” in Russian) tells the highly specific story (in terms of time and … Continue reading

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Film Review: “First to the Moon” Is Yet Another Great Tribute to NASA’s Heyday

First to the Moon (Paul J. Hildebrandt, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. What a marvelous cinematic year it has been for America’s once-great space program! Since October, 2018. we have seen four films about two Apollo missions, #8 and … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Rocketman” Powers Through Its Faults to a Rousing Finish

Rocketman (Dexter Fletcher, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. I went into Rocketman, the new biopic about Elton John, knowing little to nothing about the life of the man but loving much of his music. That said, it doesn’t take … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Ma” Is Unwatchable

Ma (Tate Taylor, 2019) ½ out of 4 stars. A film as nonsensical as it is terrible, Tate Taylor’s Ma commits numerous cinematic crimes, among them the absolutely indefensible one of wasting the talent of the great Octavia Spencer. Featuring laughably … Continue reading

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