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Film Review: A Brilliant Diane Kruger Comes out of the Shadows in “In the Fade”

In the Fade (“Aus dem Nichts”) (Fatih Akin, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. Director Fatih Akin has long explored cross-cultural tension and reconciliation in his films, be they comedies or dramas, drawing on his own background as an ethnic Turk … Continue reading

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Film Review: In Witty, If Schematic, “Phantom Thread,” Three Fine Actors Engage in a Battle of Wills

Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. Like, love or hate his movies, Paul Thomas Anderson is a filmmaker of uncompromising vision. Whether chronicling the porn industry in 1970s Hollywood (Boogie Nights), profiling the romantic misadventures … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “I, Tonya,” Margot Lands a Perfect Performance

I, Tonya (Craig Gillespie, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. An alternately delightful and heartbreaking mockumentary romp of a biopic, I, Tonya features a mesmerizing performance by Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) as disgraced former figure skater Tonya … Continue reading

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Christopher Llewellyn Reed’s Top 10 Feature Films of 2017

Below you will find a list of my Top 10 narrative features of 2017, in alphabetical order. Where I have previously written reviews of a movie (whether for this site or elsewhere), the title of that movie is hyperlinked to my … Continue reading

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Film Review: Terrific “The Post” Chronicles Great American Journalism

The Post (Steven Spielberg, 2017) 3½ out of 4 stars. Join me, dear moviegoer, on a journey back in time to when the fourth estate brought down a presidency through the exercise of its craft. Believers in their positions as … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Downsizing” Needs Major Trimming

Downsizing (Alexander Payne, 2017) 1½ out of 4 stars. One of the many curious aspects of Downsizing, the new film from Alexander Payne (Nebraska), is how a story about stripping ourselves of excess expands to include an overwhelming multitude of … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Greatest Showman” Is All Show, Little Substance

The Greatest Showman (Michael Gracey, 2017) 2 out of 4 stars. What to make of The Greatest Showman, an original musical – written for the screen, not stage – starring Hugh Jackman (Logan) as 19th-century circus impresario P.T. Barnum? Filled … Continue reading

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Film Review: Surprise! Woody Allen Tortures Leading Lady in “Wonder Wheel”

Wonder Wheel (Woody Allen, 2017) 2 out of 4 stars. I long ago abandoned Woody Allen as a cinematic idol, beginning with the revelations of his affair with Soon-Yi Previn, the adopted daughter of his former partner, Mia Farrow. The … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” the Force Rises, Then Takes a Midday Nap

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars. As a child of the 1970s, I grew up adoring the original Star Wars franchise … at least until The Return of the Jedi came around, with … Continue reading

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In “The Divine Order,” Women Claim Their Rightful Place

The Divine Order (“Die göttliche Ordnung“) (Petra Volpe, 2017) 3½ out of 4 stars. I learned two things from watching The Divine Order, the delightful new feminist dramedy from Swiss director Petra Biondina Volpe (Dreamland): 1) that women in Switzerland … Continue reading

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