Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Film Review: “The Kid Who Would Be King” Offers Magic, Fun and Fine Lessons for All

The Kid Who Would Be King (Joe Cornish, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. A silly, if thoroughly enjoyable riff on the myth of King Arthur, The Kid Who Would Be King follows 12-year-old Alexander Elliott as he discovers a sword in … Continue reading

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Film Review: “King of Thieves” Almost Pulls off the Heist

King of Thieves (James Marsh, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars.  Based on a real-life 2015 heist, director James Marsh’s King of Thieves assembles a cast of fine British actors of a certain age, among them Jim Broadbent (The Lady in the … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Stan & Ollie” Honors the Great Laurel & Hardy

Stan & Ollie (Jon S. Baird, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. Stan Laurel (1890-1965, born Arthur Stanley Jefferson) and Oliver Hardy (1892-1957, born Norvell Hardy) were mildly popular performers in their own right when, in 1927, producer Hal Roach paired … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Glass” Overpromises and Underdelivers

Glass (M. Night Shyamalan, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. I still remember the frisson of anticipation, back in 2000, before I sat down to watch M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable, given how much I had enjoyed his previous film, The Sixth … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Standoff at Sparrow Creek” Delivers Mostly Solid Thrills

The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (Henry Dunham, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. Just a few months ago, I had never heard of James Badge Dale, and now all of a sudden (or so it seems) he appears in three movies … Continue reading

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Film Review: With Nuance and Balance, “Untouchable” Explores Fraught Truths About Sex Crimes

Untouchable (David Feige, 2016) 4 out of 4 stars. Most human beings, I hope, can agree that the sexual abuse of children is a grievous wrong that should be punished to the full extent allowed by the courts. Beyond such a … Continue reading

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Film Review: “On the Basis of Sex” Offers Fast-Food RBG

On the Basis of Sex (Mimi Leder, 2018) 1½ out of 4 stars. The second film about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg released within the last 7 months, On the Basis of Sex opens with the usual biopic title card: “Inspired … Continue reading

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Christopher Llewellyn Reed’s Top 10 Films of 2018

Whereas last year I only listed fiction films among my Top 10 for this site, this year I have split my choices evenly between documentaries and narratives, picking 5 of each from my Top 10 in those respective categories. If … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “Destroyer,” Kidman Elevates Weak Script with Powerful Performance

Destroyer (Karyn Kusama, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Anchored by a searing turn from lead actress Nicole Kidman, Destroyer powers through its weaker moments like an addict looking for the next fix. All that matters is Kidman’s ravaged visage and world-weary … Continue reading

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Film Review: Strong Performances Buoy Flawed but Fascinating “Bird Box”

Bird Box (Susanne Bier, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. What an interesting year for the post-apocalyptic senses! First there was A Quiet Place, in which the slightest sound could potentially bring on disaster, forcing people into near-mute silence. Now comes … Continue reading

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