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3.5 yaps

“Bears” is safe, disposable family entertainment that has just enough of an educational component to not fall into the category of live-action remake. Continue reading

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Under the Skin

4 yaps

This challenging, eerie sci-fi/horror film with Scarlett Johansson as a supernatural predator is not for everybody. In fact, it’s not for most everybody. Continue reading

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Draft Day

3.5 yaps

After a poor first half, “Draft Day” really gets going in the last two quarters. Blame it on rookie (screenwriter) mistakes. Continue reading

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Ernest & Celestine

4.5 yaps

The charming Oscar-nominated animated gem finally makes its way to these shores, and it’s well worth the wait. Continue reading

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Nymphomaniac Vol. 2

3.5 yaps

An asexual virgin and a nymphomaniac walk into a bar…aka “Nymphomaniac Vol. 2.” Continue reading

… to a Theater Near You
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Sex Tape, New Eli Roth, Docs

Cameron Diaz makes a “Sex Tape,” Eli Roth makes a new horror film, and a couple of documentaries round out this week’s crop of trailers Continue reading

The Film Yap Lexicon
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The Big Boo

There’s a ghost! Oh…it’s gone now. Continue reading

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“Heaven” has real box office clout

“Heaven Is for Real” makes a surprisingly strong showing at the box office; “Captain America” continues as king. Continue reading

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Summer Movie Preview 2014

Christopher Lloyd and his special guests talk about summer movies, and why the season seems to start earlier every year. Continue reading

DVD Reviews
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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

4 yaps

Heartwarming, funny and not too challenging, “Walter Mitty” should find a second life on video. Continue reading

The Schlock Vault
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Lifeforce (1985)

4.5 yaps

“Lifeforce” is a perfectly sealed ’80s sci-fi time capsule — a tale of Halley’s Comet, buxom space vampires and a touch of Patrick Stewart for good measure. Continue reading

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Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Director Wes Anderson, along with cast and crew of “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” discussed the film at a post-screening Q&A at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre. Continue reading

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier Clues, Hints and References

All the hidden Marvel goodies in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Warning: Spoilers ahead! Continue reading

Reeling Backward
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Cromwell (1970)

3.5 yaps

The 1970 biopic tries too hard to turn Oliver Cromwell and King Charles I of England into antagonists. Continue reading