Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Film Review: Winnie the Pooh Can’t Quite Save a Dreary “Christopher Robin”

Christopher Robin (Marc Forster, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. Just last October (2017), we saw the release of director Simon Curtis’ Goodbye Christopher Robin, an affecting – if largely fabricated – biopic about the real-life boy at the center of author A.A. … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Alone in the Game” Offers Poignant Tales of LGBTQ Athletes

Alone in the Game (David McFarland/Natalie Metzger/Michael Rohrbaugh, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. A moving and well-told profile of the challenges faced by LGBTQ athletes, Audience Network’s Alone in the Game – from first-time writer/producer David McFarland and directors Natalie Metzger (Special … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Skyscraper” Collapses Upon Its Own Contrived Weight

Skyscraper (Rawson Marshall Thurber, 2018) 1 out of 4 stars. Professional wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Baywatch) is always a charismatic screen presence, no matter the quality of the film in which he stars. A mighty giant of a man … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Ant-Man and the Wasp” Doubles Down on Charm and Wit

Ant-Man and the Wasp (Peyton Reed, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. For anyone who liked the original Ant-Man, back in 2015, and was worried that its sequel might not deliver its predecessor’s comedic goods, have no fear: Ant-Man and … Continue reading

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Film Review: Addicts Struggle to Survive in Powerful “Recovery Boys”

Recovery Boys (Elaine McMillion Sheldon, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. From Elaine McMillion Sheldon, who just last year gave us the Oscar-nominated Netflix-released short documentary Heroin(e), about the opioid epidemic ravaging West Virginia (and much of the rest of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Creepy “Hereditary” Is Missing a Few Strands of Narrative DNA

Hereditary (Ari Aster, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. A beautifully shot, acted and designed film that nevertheless falls far short of early promise, Hereditary, the debut feature from writer/director Ari Aster, offers a plethora of impressive visuals that ultimately … Continue reading

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Chris Reed’s AFI DOCS 2018 Top Five (No Wait, Top Six! … or … Top Seven!)

As I did last year, for the 2017 AFI DOCS festival, I here present my overview coverage* of AFI DOCS 2018, which ran June 13-17 in our nation’s capital. Once again, the American Film Institute (AFI) presented a massive showcase … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Lost Treasures of “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” Will Not Soon Be Found

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (J.A. Bayona, 2018) 1 out of 4 stars. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is the kind of mindless summer blockbuster-wannabe that rewards only the most basic of our adrenal needs. If one thinks about the plot for … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Incredibles 2” Is Pretty Super

Incredibles 2 (Brad Bird, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars.  14 years ago – 2 years before it was bought up by Walt Disney – Pixar released The Incredibles, a mostly enjoyable and clever animated superhero family dramedy about a … Continue reading

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Film Review: “SuperFly” Is Missing a Space in Its Title and I Don’t Know Why

SuperFly (Director X., 2018) 1½ out of 4 stars. The 1970s saw a wave of films about urban life, starring African-Americans, dubbed “blaxploitation” movies. Some of them were better than others, though many trafficked in stereotypes about black Americans that … Continue reading

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