Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Film Review: In “Fahrenheit 11/9,” Michael Moore Trumpets a Powerful Clarion Call to Action

Fahrenheit 11/9 (Michael Moore, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. A frequently effective, but often equally undisciplined filmmaker, Michael Moore has made his share of powerful indictments of the deep inequalities at the root of these United States, among them Roger … Continue reading

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Chris Reed’s Top Five Narrative Fiction Films from TIFF 2018

Following my piece on my favorite documentaries at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), here are my Top 5 favorite fiction features, in alphabetical order, again with brief capsule reviews of each, most of which are adaptations of longer … Continue reading

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Chris Reed’s Top Five Documentaries from TIFF 2018

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) was founded in 1976, as the Festival of Festivals, and adopted its current name in 1995. It is held annually in September and is often a venue (along with Telluride) for the films that … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “Pick of the Litter,” 5 Puppies Play on Our Heartstrings

Pick of the Litter (Don Hardy Jr./Dana Nachman, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Puppies! What’s not to like about a litter of adorable puppies? Indeed, for a dog lover, a film like Pick of the Litter seems like a cinematic … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Bel Canto” Sings Well Enough, If a Little Flat

Bel Canto (Paul Weitz, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Bel Canto is adapted from Ann Patchett’s best-selling novel of the same name, which itself was based on a real-life hostage crisis that occurred in Peru in 1996. Starring Julianne Moore (Wonderstruck), … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Apparition” Examines Faith and Its Misuse

The Apparition (“L’apparition”) (Xavier Giannoli, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. A film sometimes too overwrought for its own good, French director Xavier Giannoli’s The Apparition nevertheless features enough engaging elements to make for solid drama, even if, at approximately 135 minutes … Continue reading

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Film Review: Great Acting Almost Saves “The Wife”

The Wife (Björn Runge, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. Half of The Wife is very good; the other, less so. The part that works is all about performance, in particular that of Annie Starke (We Don’t Belong Here), though most of … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Searching” Finds Profundity in Its Own Chaos

Searching (Aneesh Chaganty, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars.  A muddle in many ways, director Aneesh Chaganty’s Searching nevertheless rises enough above its own frequent missteps to be quite profound in parts, especially in its examination of the role of social media, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Happytime Murders” Overdoes Its Initially Clever Muppet Spoof

The Happytime Murders (Brian Henson, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. If you like your Muppets mean, raunchy and drugged out, have I got a film for you! Like a cross between Robert Zemeckis’ 1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit and David Ayers’ … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Madeline’s Madeline” Struggles with Story, but Impresses As Art

Madeline’s Madeline (Josephine Decker, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Josephine Decker’s third fiction feature, Madeline’s Madeline, combines visually evocative cinematography, aurally stimulating music and intellectually exhilarating editing in a cinematic mix that somehow doesn’t quite add up to what should be … Continue reading

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