Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Film Review: The Android’s the Thing, in “Alien: Covenant,” for Better and for Worse

Alien: Covenant (Ridley Scott, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars. The original Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979) masterfully blended science fiction and horror, taking the conventions of monster movies and setting them on a lonely spacecraft in a galaxy far, far … Continue reading

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Agnieszka Holland and Barry Levinson Help the Washington Jewish Film Festival Celebrate 27 Years

Founded in 1990, the Washington Jewish Film Festival prepares to run its 27th iteration this year, beginning on May 17 and running through May 28. A project of the Edlavitch DCJCC, the festival brings a variety of different kinds of … Continue reading

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Charmed: The Maryland Film Festival Brings the World of Cinema to Baltimore

The Maryland Film Festival (MdFF), founded in 1999 by Festival Director Jed Dietz, just ran its 2017 iteration May 3-7, in Baltimore. With 11 blocks of short films – including the traditional opening-night program of five – plus 34 features, the … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Wall” Needs a Stronger Foundation

The Wall (Doug Liman, 2017) 1½ stars out of 4. The Wall, from director Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow), tries very hard to achieve that seriousness of purpose that shouts importance with every spoken word. Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Godzilla) and John … Continue reading

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Extraordinary “Graduation” Explores the Wages of Ordinary Sin

Graduation (“Bacalaureat“) (Cristian Mungiu, 2016) 4 out of 4 stars. The new film from Romanian director Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) begins with a bang. Well, a crash, anyway, as a rock shatters the glass of … Continue reading

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Tenth Annual WAMMFest (Women and Minorities in Media Festival) Showcases Short Films and VR by and about Women and/or Minorities

For four days, April 19-22, the organizers of this year’s WAMMFest (hosted by Towson University, in Maryland, just outside Baltimore) presented a variety of short films – in traditional 2D and VR (virtual reality) formats – on a plethora of topics, … Continue reading

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“Their Finest” Delights with Bittersweet Take on War Propaganda

Their Finest (Lone Scherfig, 2017) 4 out of 4 stars. The worst thing about Their Finest is its generic title, which offers no indication of the magical whimsy within. Otherwise, it is a charming, bittersweet cinematic confection that tells the … Continue reading

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Fast? Furious? “The Fate of the Furious” Bores and Irritates

The Fate of the Furious (F. Gary Gray, 2017) 1 out of 4 stars. Is this film worth reviewing? As the eighth in a heretofore lucrative series – which began in 2001 with The Fast and the Furious – it’s probably … Continue reading

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At Five Years and Growing, the Annual DC Web Fest Offers Variety Aplenty

On Saturday, April 1, 2017, I traveled to our nation’s capital to check out the 5th Annual DC Web Fest. Sadly, I was unable to stay the full length of the evening (almost 7 hours, running from 4 to 10:45pm), … Continue reading

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The Fifth Annual Annapolis Film Festival Shows Its Worth

Over four days, beginning March 30 and ending April 2, the 2017 Annapolis Film Festival screened over 70 films, a mix of documentary and narrative, 32 of them features. I was only able to watch 7 of those full-length movies … Continue reading

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