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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

4 yaps

Films with fully developed elderly characters shouldn’t be a rarity, but this charming sequel highlights how scarce, and welcome, they are. Continue reading

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The Lazarus Effect

3.5 yaps

“The Lazarus Effect” may be the first February horror film in a long time that shakes off that negative stigma … sort of. Continue reading

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Focus

3.5 yaps

“Focus” is a romance/crime caper that’s smart and sexy, at least part of the time. Continue reading

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Mr. Turner

4 yaps

In a sense, “Mr. Turner” is the purest portrait of an artist — offering a clear vision of the legacy he bequeathed but rendering the man blurred and indistinct. Continue reading

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Hot Tub Time Machine 2

3 yaps

The Platonic ideal of a sorta-welcome comedy sequel we didn’t need, “HTTM 2″ proves some bottles aren’t built to hold much more than a single bolt of lightning. Continue reading

… to a Theater Near You
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“Avengers: Age of Ultron” trailer will Hulk your socks off

The latest trailer for the superhero team-up sequel shows us new heroes, sheds light on Ultron’s motives. Plus: more Hulk vs. Iron Man! 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

News
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“Focus” leads weak box office charge

The Will Smith heist thriller tops the charts with $19 million; “American Sniper” inches closer to top spot for 2014. Continue reading

The AV Room
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Indy Style — Feb. 27

On this week’s show Chris reviews “Focus,” “Mr. Turner,” “The Lazarus Effect” and “Song of the Sea,” plus “Whiplash” on video. Continue reading

DVD Reviews
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Foxcatcher

3.5 yaps

One of the more overpraised films of 2014, “Foxcatcher” is a deeply odd character exploration that eventually gets lost in its own dirge-like fog. 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

Interviews
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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

Commentary
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Class of 1995: “Stuart Saves His Family”

4 yaps

Upending expectations of the “Saturday Night Live” subgenre, “Stuart Saves His Family” is good enough and smart enough to paint a seriocomic portrait of misery. Continue reading

Reeling Backward
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King & Country (1964)

4 yaps

This forgotten anti-war film is thematically similar to Stanley Kubrick’s “Paths of Glory,” and stands out for its beautifully bleak photography. Continue reading