Film Reviews

Film Review: “The Public” Offers a Moving Lesson in Civil Disobedience

The Public (Emilio Estevez, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. Given Emilio Estevez’s role in the 1985 touchstone film The Breakfast Club, it is perhaps appropriate that he sets The Public in a library. In that earlier movie, if you recall, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Storm Boy” Delivers a Shower of Emotions

Storm Boy (Shawn Seet, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Based on the eponymous 1964 children’s book by Australian writer Colin Thiele (adapted once before, in 1976), Storm Boy starts off as one kind of story before quickly morphing into something … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Brink” Brilliantly Reveals the Bannon Behind the Curtain

The Brink (Alison Klayman, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. My major complaint about Errol Morris’ American Dharma (which has yet to secure release) – a film in which I nevertheless enjoyed significant parts when I saw it at the 2018 … Continue reading

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Film Review: Let’s (Not) Get Ready to “Dumbo” …

Dumbo (Tim Burton, 2019) 1 out of 4 stars. Disney’s original Dumbo, released in 1941, was but 64 minutes long. A sweet, simple story, it told the tale of a young elephant born with outsize ears, making him the butt … Continue reading

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Christopher Llewellyn Reed’s Top 10 from the Seventh Annual Annapolis Film Festival

Over four days, beginning March 21 and ending March 24, the 2019 Annapolis Film Festival screened over 70 films, of different lengths, genres and styles. This year, I served on the feature-documentary jury and moderated a panel on screenwriting. I … Continue reading

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Film Review: US

Jordan Peele does the miraculous: his follow up to GET OUT does not cheat his fans. And if you can dope out the twist, it’s terrific. The two people I saw US with couldn’t understand the twisty ending. I tried … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Beautiful “Skid Row Marathon” Offers a Runner’s High As Addiction Therapy

Skid Row Marathon (Mark Hayes, 2017) 4 out of 4 stars. One person really can make a difference. Judge Craig J. Mitchell, of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County, California, is one such person. A man unafraid to mete … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Paranoia and Fear of the Doppelgänger Infiltrates Jordan Peele’s “Us”

Us (Jordan Peele, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. Once again Jordan Peele crashes through our mental cavities without any discernable mercy and penetrates our nightmares with the overlooked fear of the doppelgänger in Us. Black Panther’s Lupita Nyong’o and Winston … Continue reading

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Film Review: Julianne Moore Offers Audiences a Bleak but Resonating Slice of Life in “Gloria Bell”

Gloria Bell (Sebastián Lelio, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. Julianne Moore continues to be a shining testament both to her craft and entire generation in Sebastian Lelio’s Gloria Bell. Much akin to Jean Luc-Godard’s Breathless and Agnes Varda’s Cleo from 5 … Continue reading

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Film Review: CLIMAX

Gaspar Noé is intoxicating and CLIMAX is brilliant. A dazzling evocative, creative sensation. It will influence filmmakers and heralds a new, totally visceral experience. CLIMAX cannot be missed, but be warned, it’s not a Hollywood movie.  I brought a copy … Continue reading

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