Film Reviews

In John Wick: Chapter 2, Our Hitman Loses His Way in Excessive Carnage

John Wick: Chapter 2 (Chad Stahelski, 2017) 2 out of 4 stars The first John Wick film, released in 2014, offered up many delights, not the least of which was the sight of then 50-year-old Keanu Reeves (The Neon Demon) running, kicking, … Continue reading

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Film Review: JULIETA

Almodovar once again celebrates his love of women of all ages. He is fascinated by women. For Almodovar women are creatures of sensual and emotional awe.  My favorite Pedro Almodovar film is ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER. His latest, JULIETA, is … Continue reading

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“Toni Erdmann” Plays the Long Game and Wins

Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, 2016) 3½ stars out of 4 At 162 minutes, German director Maren Ade’s latest film, Toni Erdmann – her first since the 2009 Everything Else – seems like a lot to handle in a single viewing. A … Continue reading

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Film Review: SPLIT

  Yes, it’s terrific. We have a new Hannibal. Extraordinary performance by McAvoy. It’s his next franchise. Will the next 10 years going to be all about Shyamalan all the time? Does he remember his last films with shame like … Continue reading

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Patriots Day Pays Effective Tribute to Boston in the Aftermath of Tragedy

Patriots Day (Peter Berg, 2016) 3 out of 4 stars A taut procedural about the investigation following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Patriots Day, from director Peter Berg (Lone Survivor), presents the facts of a case that we already know in an … Continue reading

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Film Review: Elle

Verhoeven is back. Huppert’s magnificent, fearless performance deserves the Best Actress Academy Award. Paul Verhoeven has done the impossible. (Whatever happened to Renny Harlin?) With ELLE, Verhoeven has resurrected his career as a first-class director. While he has worked consistently … Continue reading

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Chris Reed’s Top 10 2016 Feature Films

Below you will find a list of my Top 10 narrative features of 2016. Where I have previously written reviews of a movie, the title of that movie is hyperlinked to my original review. Where I have not (yet) reviewed a … Continue reading

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In Moving Lion, Dev Patel Roars

Lion (Garth Davis, 2016) 3 out of 4 stars Based on the memoir A Long Way Home, by Saroo Brierley, Lion tells the tale of how Brierley, born in extreme poverty in India, came to be adopted, as a young child, by … Continue reading

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Paterson Celebrates the Magic of Our Ordinary World

Paterson (Jim Jarmusch, 2016) 3½ stars out of 4 Ever since his first theatrical feature, Stranger Than Paradise, in 1984 – which won the Caméra d’Or (Best First Feature) award at the Cannes Film Festival – American indie auteur Jim Jarmusch has accumulated a … Continue reading

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Enjoyable, if Simplistic, Hidden Figures Sheds Needed Light on Hidden History of NASA

Hidden Figures (Theodore Melfi, 2016) 3 out of 4 stars Hidden Figures is the second feature from writer/director Theodore Melfi, who brought us St. Vincent in 2014. Where that film was a low-key, offbeat comedy starring Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy and Naomi … Continue reading

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