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Film Review: “Ma” Is Unwatchable

Ma (Tate Taylor, 2019) ½ out of 4 stars. A film as nonsensical as it is terrible, Tate Taylor’s Ma commits numerous cinematic crimes, among them the absolutely indefensible one of wasting the talent of the great Octavia Spencer. Featuring laughably … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Bisbee ‘17“ Brilliantly Blends Past and Present

Bisbee ‘17 (Robert Greene, 2018) 4 out of 4 stars. On July 12, 1917, over one thousand men were forcefully gathered together at gunpoint in Bisbee, Arizona, herded onto freight-train boxcars and deported to a deserted part of New Mexico, … Continue reading

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Christopher Llewellyn Reed’s 2019 Maryland Film Festival Recap

On May 6, I published my pre-fest picks for the 2019 Maryland Film Festival, which ran May 8-12. Sadly, I came down with a nasty virus just as the festival was starting, so my ability and willingness to leave the … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Booksmart” Offers Enjoyable Laugh Lessons

Booksmart (Olivia Wilde, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. There is much to like and admire in actress Olivia Wilde’s feature directorial debut, Booksmart. For starters, there are her two lead actresses, Kaitlyn Dever (All Summers End) and Beanie Feldstein … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Non-Fiction” Offers Brilliant Cinematic Fiction

Non-Fiction (“Doubles vies”) (Olivier Assayas, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. Though I have not seen the entirety of French director Olivier Assayas’ œuvre, I have watched enough to recognize his recurring obsession with duality and doppelgängers (figurative and real). … Continue reading

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Showtime Docuseries Review: “Action“ Offers a Glimpse of Gambling Heaven and Hell

Action (Luke Korem, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. From director Luke Korem (Dealt) comes a new four-part docuseries, airing now on Showtime, about sports gambling, entitled Action. Following a varied group of subjects, Korem dives into the risks and … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Walking on Water” Floats Above the Ordinary Troubles of the World

Walking on Water (Andrey Paounov, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. For over 50 years, romantic and artistic partners Christo Vladimirov Javacheff and Jeanne-Claude Marie Denat, he Bulgarian, she French – known collectively as Christo and Jeanne-Claude – wowed the … Continue reading

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AFI DOCS 2019: Festival Director Michael Lumpkin Discusses This Year’s Program

On Wednesday, May 15, I interviewed AFI DOCS director Michael Lumpkin by phone to discuss the 2019 iteration of the annual festival, which consists of screenings of new documentaries at various locations in our nation’s capital. This year’s event, running … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Trial by Fire” Offers Unpleasant Truths

Trial by Fire (Edward Zwick, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Trial by Fire, from director Edward Zwick (Jack Reacher: Never Go Back) is the kind of film that trolls for your sympathy through rich veins of sentiment that mask … Continue reading

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Christopher Llewellyn Reed’s Take on 2019 Tribeca, Part 2: Top Ten Movies

Last week, I posted a recap of my VR/AR/Immersive experiences at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. Now it’s time to return to my main wheelhouse of standard, non-360º cinema, with my top 10 movies: 5 fiction and 5 documentaries. What … Continue reading

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