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Annie (2014)

2.5 yaps

“Never slow your roll,” Annie is told in this modern-day update. Here’s hoping Quvenzhané Wallis heeds the advice, too. She’s all that treats instead of tricks. Continue reading

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

3 yaps

Starring Ben Stiller and Robin Williams, “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” is a surprisingly relaxed and sentimental curtain call for the franchise. Continue reading

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Wild

4.5 yaps

Despite a few hiccups, this touching portrayal of grief, self-destruction and healing seamlessly blends the introspective and the epic. Continue reading

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The Homesman

4 yaps

Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones give brilliant performances in this bleak rumination on brutality in the Old West. Continue reading

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Penguins of Madagascar

3.5 yaps

The new movie, based on a TV series based on a movie series, is arguably the best movie in the series. Continue reading

… to a Theater Near You
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Hot Tub Time Machine 2 trailer. ‘Nuff Said.

It’s the sequel to the movie that had no right to be good, but was. Of COURSE it’s going to be awesome. 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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“Boyhood” tops Indiana film critic awards

The Indiana Film Journalists Association gives out its annual film awards, with “Boyhood,” “Whiplash” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” the top winners. Continue reading

Podcasts
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IFJA film awards for 2014

Ever wondered what it’s like to go inside the deliberations of a regional film critics’ group as they debate the contenders for best picture of the year? Continue reading

DVD Reviews
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Magic in the Moonlight

4.5 yaps

Woody Allen’s latest is a sun-dappled comedy about mysticism and love that’s easily his most entertaining film in years. Continue reading

The Schlock Vault
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Tales from the Darkside (1990)

3 yaps

“Tales From The Darkside” rides the wave of 1980s anthology horror, but the stories seem to be too little, too late despite the “King” and “Romero” tags. 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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Cinema SmackDown!: Buddy (“Elf”) vs. Willie (“Bad Santa”)

The two holiday icons clash to vie for stocking supremacy among 2000s Christmas movies. But who will prevail? Continue reading

Reeling Backward
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The Hands of Orlac (1924)

3.5 yaps

Beautiful to look at but horridly dated narratively, “The Hands of Orlac” exists now as a museum piece; watching it, we experience not its power but its echo. Continue reading