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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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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

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Island of Lemurs: Madagascar (2014)

3.5 yaps

A documentary that offers viewers a chance to see these incredible, charismatic animals in an experience unlike any other on this planet, literally. Continue reading

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

4.5 yaps

With aggression more akin to Christopher Nolan’s Batman films than Marvel’s pop spectacle, this sequel tests Cap’s mettle & metal in mighty, entertaining ways. Continue reading

… to a Theater Near You
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“Dragon” sequel, new X-Men Clip, Hoffman

New trailer for the “How to Train Your Dragon” sequel, an “X-Men” clip, and one of Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s last films. 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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“Rio 2″ gives Captain America a run

The little-heralded “Rio 2″ nearly upended “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” in the weekend box office race. 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 Invisible Woman (2013)

3 yaps

A wonderfully shot period piece capturing the relationship between author Charles Dickens and his mistress. 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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The Men (1950)

3.5 yaps

Marlon Brando, Fred Zinnemann and Carl Foreman were all in the early part of their careers in “The Men,” a flawed but promising drama about paralyzed soldiers. Continue reading