Christopher Llewellyn Reed

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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Film Review: “The American Meme” Does Justice to Vapid Cultural #Phenoms

The American Meme (Bert Marcus, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. We can’t #hashtag our way out of this: #fame is the name of the game. But when everyone strives for celebrity status, however brief its duration, then what does stardom … Continue reading

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Film Review: In the End, “Never Look Away” Looks Not Closely Enough

Never Look Away (“Werk ohne Autor”) (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. Never Look Away – or “Werk ohne Autor” (“work without an author”) in the original German – begins in a Dresden museum in 1937, where a … Continue reading

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Film Review: In Enjoyable “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” Princesses Rule

Ralph Breaks the Internet (Phil Johnston/Rich Moore, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. Back in 2012, Walt Disney Studios gave us Wreck-It Ralph, a pleasant diversion of a nostalgia trip to the world of 1980s arcade games. Its main character, the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Cathartic “Creed II” Is Entertaining, If Once More Derivative

Creed II (Steven Caple Jr., 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. I am no connoisseur of boxing films (nor of the sport), and have only ever seen the first Rocky movie (though I own the full 6-disc set of that entire series, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Front Runner” Should Cancel the Rollout

The Front Runner (Jason Reitman, 2018) 1 out of 4 stars. As the 1988 United States presidential election loomed, former Colorado senator Gary Hart, following a close second-place finish to Walter Mondale for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984, looked like … Continue reading

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Five Docs to Watch from DOC NYC 2018

DOC NYC just completed its ninth iteration, running from November 8-15. The largest documentary festival in the United States, DOC NYC this year offered over 300 films, including 42 world premieres and 17 U.S. premieres (mostly features, but with some shorts). … Continue reading

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Film Review: Congenial “Green Book” Offers Simplistic Lessons in Racial Harmony

Green Book (Peter Farrelly, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. In 1962, noted African American pianist Don Shirley decided to take a tour through the Jim Crow south, leaving behind the comfort of his spacious apartment above Carnegie Hall and the … Continue reading

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