Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Film Review: Terrific “The Post” Chronicles Great American Journalism

The Post (Steven Spielberg, 2017) 3½ out of 4 stars. Join me, dear moviegoer, on a journey back in time to when the fourth estate brought down a presidency through the exercise of its craft. Believers in their positions as … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Downsizing” Needs Major Trimming

Downsizing (Alexander Payne, 2017) 1½ out of 4 stars. One of the many curious aspects of Downsizing, the new film from Alexander Payne (Nebraska), is how a story about stripping ourselves of excess expands to include an overwhelming multitude of … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Greatest Showman” Is All Show, Little Substance

The Greatest Showman (Michael Gracey, 2017) 2 out of 4 stars. What to make of The Greatest Showman, an original musical – written for the screen, not stage – starring Hugh Jackman (Logan) as 19th-century circus impresario P.T. Barnum? Filled … Continue reading

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Film Review: Surprise! Woody Allen Tortures Leading Lady in “Wonder Wheel”

Wonder Wheel (Woody Allen, 2017) 2 out of 4 stars. I long ago abandoned Woody Allen as a cinematic idol, beginning with the revelations of his affair with Soon-Yi Previn, the adopted daughter of his former partner, Mia Farrow. The … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” the Force Rises, Then Takes a Midday Nap

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars. As a child of the 1970s, I grew up adoring the original Star Wars franchise … at least until The Return of the Jedi came around, with … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Disaster Artist” Reaps Magic from Chaos

The Disaster Artist (James Franco, 2017) 3½ out of 4 stars. The Disaster Artist, in case you haven’t heard, is a movie about the making of another movie. The film in question is The Room, a 2003 drama directed by … Continue reading

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In “The Divine Order,” Women Claim Their Rightful Place

The Divine Order (“Die göttliche Ordnung“) (Petra Volpe, 2017) 3½ out of 4 stars. I learned two things from watching The Divine Order, the delightful new feminist dramedy from Swiss director Petra Biondina Volpe (Dreamland): 1) that women in Switzerland … Continue reading

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2018 Slamdance Film Festival Announces Feature Competition Lineup

From AfterBruce PR & Marketing*: Festival to Showcase 10 Narrative and 8 Documentary Features 9 World Premieres Among Feature Competition Titles The Russo Brothers Grow Festival Support With Major Prize November 28, 2017 (Los Angeles) – The Slamdance Film Festival announced … Continue reading

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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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