Tag Archives: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Film Review: In Insightful “The Square,” the Emperor Has Beautiful, if Ephemeral, Clothes

The Square (Ruben Östlund, 2017) 3½ out of 4 stars.* Anyone who saw Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s 2014 Force Majeure is aware of his interest in dissecting systems of behavior within hierarchies. There, he examined spousal and parental dynamics in … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hercule Poirot, Mustachioed Action Star, Ruins Mediocre “Murder on the Orient Express”

Murder on the Orient Express (Kenneth Branagh, 2017) 1 out of 4 stars. Celebrated British mystery writer Agatha Christie’s 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express is, as are most of her works, a tidy little masterpiece of crime, punishment … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Thor: Ragnarok” Proves Three’s the Charm

Thor: Ragnarok (Taika Waititi, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. Until now, Thor has been my least favorite of the Marvel superheroes. This has nothing to do with casting – Chris Hemsworth (Rush) is a charismatic and capable actor – and … Continue reading

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Middleburg Film Festival 2017

Founded in 2013, the Middleburg Film Festival just celebrated its fifth anniversary, running from October 19-22. Located approximately an hour from Washington, DC, in Middleburg, Virginia, the festival screens films in such a beautiful part of the state that it … Continue reading

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Film Review: Solid “Thank You for Your Service” Confronts Our Indifference

Thank You for Your Service (Jason Hall, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. Thank You for Your Service marks the directorial debut of actor/screenwriter Jason Hall (American Sniper), and it makes for an auspicious start. Based on the 2013 nonfiction … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Goodbye Christopher Robin” Moves Despite Its Fabulation

Goodbye Christopher Robin (Simon Curtis, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars. In many ways a complex exploration of the twin challenges of artistic creation and parenting, Goodbye Christopher Robin nevertheless strays distressingly from the real facts of the case. Based … Continue reading

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Film Review: “1922” Offers Solid Creeps

1922 (Zak Hilditch, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. Based on a 2010 Stephen King story of the same title, from his collection Full Dark, No Stars, the new Netflix film 1922 tells a gruesome morality tale of crime and … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Foreigner” Crosses Genre Borders to Offer Engaging Thriller

The Foreigner (Martin Campbell) 3 out of 4 stars. It takes a while for The Foreigner to settle down. A film about a terrorist bombing and the retaliatory vengeance that it inspires, it is initially all over the place, cutting back … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Marshall Is a Travesty of Justice”

Marshall (Reginald Hudlin, 2017) ½ out of 4 stars.  Attention, dear reader! Focus. Do you know who Thurgood Marshall was? Born in 1908, the grandson of a slave, he became one of the towering titans of 20th-century American jurisprudence. In … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “Battle of the Sexes,” Baby (Mostly) Comes a Long Way

Battle of the Sexes (Jonathan Dayton/Valerie Faris, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. How quaint a time it was, back in 1973, when men could freely taunt women for being a member of the weaker sex, unfit to play with … Continue reading

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