Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Christopher Llewellyn Reed
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T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Personhood (2019) It's a disturbing movie, unless, of course, one is pro-dystopia - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
86% Mother (2019) Mother may be many things at once, but is always most directly about the bonds of love, however frayed they become. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
2.5/4 76% Doctor Sleep (2019) I came in with zero expectations, and had a decent time. If it didn't quite shine, it also didn't put me to sleep. Sometimes that's all we need. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/4 99% For Sama (2019) Inspiring, if Harrowing, For Sama Is for All of Us. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/4 97% Marriage Story (2019) By the end, though we have been through the wringer, we are better for the catharsis. Such is the role of art in our lives, and great art like this offers true enlightenment. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
1/4 96% The Irishman (2019) The fixings of a great cinematic meal are all here, but the recipe is off and the oven time too extended. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
100% Human Nature (2019) Exciting, but also scary. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
3.5/4 61% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Norton as director keeps the pieces moving in a briskly entertaining manner ... but is almost outshone by his own skills as an actor. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/4 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Terminator: Dark Fate mostly delivers the cinematic goods, even as it mines its own past to recycle plot lines that worked once before. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
90% In Search of Greatness (2018) In Search of Greatness is extremely watchable and a strong tribute to the athletes at its center. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
1.5/4 72% Harriet (2019) As messy as Harriet is, however, Erivo makes much of it at least watchable. May she find a future project worthy of her talent. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
No Score Yet Markie in Milwaukee (2019) Who is Markie? A human being, in all their marvelous complexity. That's all we need to know. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
4/4 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) We are all trapped by the system, though some of us are trapped in gilded cages, whiles others live among the rats. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
100% Fantastic Fungi (2019) Magic mushrooms, be my guide. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
3/4 95% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) The movie offers a brutal ... attack on those ...who allowed the molestation of children to proceed without restraint for countless years. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
2/4 61% Paradise Hills (2019) Despite ... flaws ... the film is still watchable for much of its length, even if it never quite lives up to the promise of its respectable cast. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
96% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) Like his modern-day namesake, this David Copperfield delivers plenty of magic. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
88% Coming Home Again (2019) It's a profound experience, and by the end of Coming Home Again, we feel at home, ourselves, and transported by the visit. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
96% Tell Me Who I Am (2019) Cinema as revelation, and thereby purification, is a powerful thing. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
2/4 92% The Lighthouse (2019) The Lighthouse Shines Brightly into a Narrative Void. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
75% The County (Héradid) (2019) In The County ... the director keeps the grandeur of the scenery at a distance, but it is always there, nonetheless, a reproach to the rot at the center of the tale. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
3.5/4 90% #Female Pleasure (2019) The future is, indeed, female. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
100% Heimat Is A Space in Time (Heimat ist ein Raum aus Zeit) (2019) Out of great specificity come universal truths, and Heimat Is a Space in Time is as specific as it needs to be to be universally true. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
2.5/4 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) We may not emerge from the film transformed, but we have at least been visually regaled. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
.5/4 23% Lucy in the Sky (2019) In space, apparently, everyone can hear you scream. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/4 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) In Dolemite Is My Name, Eddie Murphy's Got Game. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
2.5/4 93% Monos (2019) We plunge into a disturbing, elliptical meditation on power and innocence. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
79% The Audition (Das vorspiel) (2019) A work of art both formally and technically accomplished, The Audition passes the entrance exam, and more. Applause, please. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
3.5/4 97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) Brutal as it gets, the mystic otherworldliness of the clash between spirits and villains makes it watchable. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
3/4 100% The Garden Left Behind (2019) The Garden Left Behind is an extraordinarily relevant film to the current moment, while also illustrating universal human values. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
100% This Is Not a Movie (2019) In This Is Not a Movie, Fisk's life history is paired with a director up to the task of presenting the facts in a compelling, cogent manner. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
1/4 69% Joker (2019) As stuffed as the fat cats are meant to be, however, the cinematic manor in which they here reside is really just an empty shell that thinks it's full. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
No Score Yet Ready for War (2019) Overall, the movie offers hope, but a hope tinged with deep sadness that this situation could arise in the first place. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
3/4 83% Judy (2019) It's an example of flawless casting, Zellweger so perfectly embodying the part that one sees no trace of any prior characters she has played. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
4/4 83% Always in Season (2019) There is no good season for murder, but there is always time for repentance. Let Jacqueline Olive show you how. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
94% The Perfect Candidate (2019) Making her first ... return to her homeland since Wadjda ... al-Mansour shows the best kind of tough love a prodigal offspring can, offering honor and criticism, intertwined. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
100% Love Child (2019) Thanks to Eva Mulvad and her dedicated fellow filmmakers, Love Child is a testament, in all its observational glory, to the triumph of the best of our common humanity. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
88% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) The film is filled with terrific music, sung not only by its subject, but also by the likes of Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton. - Reel Talk with Christopher Llewellyn Reed EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
3/4 84% Downton Abbey (2019) Despite the sharp writing from Fellowes and solid direction from Michael Engler ... there is nothing particularly new or innovative in the treatment of the subject. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
100% Collective (Colectiv) (2019) It happened in Romania, but it could probably happen everywhere, the title encompassing all of us. Watch and wonder at the splendor and misery of the human race. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
88% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) Bracingly poignant, touching, moving, as well as profound, penetrating, perceptive and astute ... Synonyms redefines the personal journey of discovery. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
100% Hope (Håp) (2019) It's not easy to make a film about a life-threatening illness that is as rich and joyous as this one can be, perfectly balanced at other times by the very real stakes. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
47% Guest of Honour (2019) Still at the top of his game, Egoyan proves, yet again, that no one does lamentation quite like him. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
2.5/4 88% Hustlers (2019) I'm slightly more positive than negative on the whole thing, but wish it were better and stood up for something, rather than merely sitting down for a lap dance. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
85% The Whistlers (2019) If certain parts are outlandishly conceived (such as a hotel with an opera theme), the mise-en-scène is mostly up to the task of stitching them together into a satisfying whole. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/4 86% Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements (2019) Like Beethoven's sonata, its beautiful chords resonate long afterwards. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
67% The Other Lamb (2019) The Other Lamb is ... a study in male entitlement and the growing female agency that will break it down. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Playing a very risky game...Waititi raises the stakes with every joke he tells...skirting the inappropriate but remaining ever grounded in the savagery of anti-Semitism...and war. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
2.5/4 40% Vita & Virginia (2019) Still, simplistic in its rendering of imagination and desire though the movie may often be, it bears watching, for the performances if not the story. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
100% Gay Chorus Deep South (2019) With good folks like this, from both sides of the aisle, there is hope for humanity yet. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019