Recent Movie Reviews
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Poltergeist (2015)

3 yaps

This rejiggering of the 1982 classic is reminiscent of “Poseidon” or 2005’s “The Amityville Horror” — a significantly shorter simulacrum that works on its own single-serving terms.
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Mad Max: Fury Road

5 yaps

An instant classic and an unforgettable, habit-forming rush you’ll crave continuously to mainline the reason we go to movies in the first place. Continue reading

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Far from the Madding Crowd

4 yaps

A lush, great-looking adaptation of the Thomas Hardy novel that sometimes struggles with depicting the human hearts beneath those Victorian frocks. Continue reading

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Kumiko the Treasure Hunter

2 yaps

“Kumiko the Treasure Hunter” is the sort of movie destined to be loved by critics, and not many others. Continue reading

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Hot Pursuit

1.5 yaps

Texas is a big state. By the time the credits roll on “Hot Pursuit,” you’ll feel like you’ve crossed it by car and taken the scenic route. Continue reading

… to a Theater Near You
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The new Star Wars trailer is here! JJ Abrams unveils at the Star Wars Celebration! Continue reading

The Film Yap Lexicon
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The Bird Lady

A mysterious stranger who will silently stalk our hero until the time when the hero can’t escape. The stranger approaches, reaching for them, and then … Continue reading

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Barden Bellas blow Max Rockatansky off the map

“Pitch Perfect 2″ hits all the high notes at the box office, easily outpacing “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Continue reading

The AV Room
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Indy Style — May 15

On this week’s show Chris reviews “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Kumiko the Treasure Hunter,” “Pitch Perfect 2,” “Far from the Madding Crowd” plus “Still Alice” on video. Continue reading

DVD Reviews
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Strange Magic

2.5 yaps

“Strange Magic,” a passion project of George Lucas, is a lifeless romp through the enchanted forest. Continue reading

The Schlock Vault
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Beam Me Up, Scotty: My Work Here is Done.

It’s highly illogical to imagine a world in which Leonard Nimoy is no longer with us, but in countless ways he will forever stay with me. Continue reading

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Randy Newman

The famed singer and composer talks about his music, his Oscars and that “¡Three Amigos” screenwriting credit. Continue reading

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Female heroes are still scarce, but Marvel movies roll on

Where’s my Black Widow action figure? Does Marvel not care about girls? Continue reading

Reeling Backward
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The Last Days of Sodom and Gomorrah (1962)

2 yaps

A classic example of mid-century ersatz Hollywood cheese, brazenly attempting to rip off a spectacularly successful film on the cheap. Continue reading