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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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Christopher Llewellyn Reed’s Take on 2019 Tribeca, Part 1: VR, AR and Immersive Cinema

For the second year in a row, I attended the Tribeca Film Festival, this time for its 18th iteration, running April 24-May 5. As I did in 2018, I begin my coverage with a review of the virtual reality (VR) movies I … Continue reading

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Film Review: Disneynature’s “Penguins” Barely Waddles Along

Penguins (Alastair Fothergill/Jeff Wilson, 2019) 1½ out of 4 stars. Who doesn’t love penguins? It’s a question I had on my mind as I watched Disneynature’s latest venture into the animal kingdom that I could guess film distributors had asked … Continue reading

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Christopher Llewellyn Reed’s Five from Full Frame 2019

The 2019 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (its 22nd iteration) ran from April 4-7, in Durham, North Carolina. Sadly, I could not be there in person, but I was able to watch a number of a films remotely, and I here … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Time for Ilhan” Shows Why, Yes, It Is Time

Time for Ilhan (Norah Shapiro, 2018) 4 out of 4 stars. One never knows, when making a film, how current events might affect its release. Back in 2016, when director Norah Shapiro (Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile) first started following … Continue reading

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Christopher Llewellyn Reed’s 10 Documentaries to Watch from Sundance 2019

The Sundance Institute was founded in 1980 by actor Robert Redford in Park City, Utah, as a filmmaking laboratory to promote the art and craft of independent cinema. In 1985, the Institute took control of the U.S. Film Festival, later … Continue reading

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Five Docs to Watch from DOC NYC 2018

DOC NYC just completed its ninth iteration, running from November 8-15. The largest documentary festival in the United States, DOC NYC this year offered over 300 films, including 42 world premieres and 17 U.S. premieres (mostly features, but with some shorts). … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “Maria by Callas,” the Diva Shines

Maria by Callas (Tom Volf, 2017) 3½ out of 4 stars. A documentary both elliptical and precisely structured, weaving in and out of broad temporal montages and detailed historical sequences, Maria by Callas tells the story of its subject with deep love and … Continue reading

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