Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Film Review: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Is Outrageous and Funny, but Then Just Outrageous

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars. Playwright/film director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths) is a longtime master of the comedy of the macabre. His films mix tones like a professional juggler alternating … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Coco” Mixes Disney and Pixar in a Mostly Delightful Mix

Coco (Lee Unkrich/Adrian Molina, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. If, like me, you have an allergic reaction to maudlin sentimentality, be forewarned: Coco may raise your hackles at first. Wait it out, and you will find that there is … Continue reading

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Film Review: Tedious “Last Flag Flying” Falls Flat

Last Flag Flying (Richard Linklater, 2017) 1½ out of 4 stars.  What could go wrong with three fine actors like Steve Carell (The Big Short), Bryan Cranston (Trumbo) and Laurence Fishburne (Contagion), in a film written and directed by a … Continue reading

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DOC NYC 2017

Founded in 2010, DOC NYC – an annual festival devoted to documentary cinema – celebrates its 8th anniversary this year, running from November 9-16, with today its final day. Located in the heart of Manhattan, across three movie theaters – two … Continue reading

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Film Review: Despite Mostly Solid Performances, “Justice League” Disappoints

Justice League (Zack Snyder, 2017) 1½ out of 4 stars. Wouldn’t it be nice if a superhero film in our current era of comic-book oversaturation did not feature CGI mayhem and end-of-world scenarios? Or if it came without extended sequences … Continue reading

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Film Review: In Insightful “The Square,” the Emperor Has Beautiful, if Ephemeral, Clothes

The Square (Ruben Östlund, 2017) 3½ out of 4 stars.* Anyone who saw Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s 2014 Force Majeure is aware of his interest in dissecting systems of behavior within hierarchies. There, he examined spousal and parental dynamics in … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hercule Poirot, Mustachioed Action Star, Ruins Mediocre “Murder on the Orient Express”

Murder on the Orient Express (Kenneth Branagh, 2017) 1 out of 4 stars. Celebrated British mystery writer Agatha Christie’s 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express is, as are most of her works, a tidy little masterpiece of crime, punishment … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Thor: Ragnarok” Proves Three’s the Charm

Thor: Ragnarok (Taika Waititi, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. Until now, Thor has been my least favorite of the Marvel superheroes. This has nothing to do with casting – Chris Hemsworth (Rush) is a charismatic and capable actor – and … Continue reading

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Middleburg Film Festival 2017

Founded in 2013, the Middleburg Film Festival just celebrated its fifth anniversary, running from October 19-22. Located approximately an hour from Washington, DC, in Middleburg, Virginia, the festival screens films in such a beautiful part of the state that it … Continue reading

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Film Review: Solid “Thank You for Your Service” Confronts Our Indifference

Thank You for Your Service (Jason Hall, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. Thank You for Your Service marks the directorial debut of actor/screenwriter Jason Hall (American Sniper), and it makes for an auspicious start. Based on the 2013 nonfiction … Continue reading

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