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Get On Up

4.5 yaps

The James Brown story does everything most other musician biopics do, but none of them does it better than “Get On Up.” Continue reading

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Venus in Fur

4 yaps

Roman Polanski’s latest film is one of his most intriguing tales of treachery. Continue reading

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4 yaps

Not the action film it’s hyped to be, “Lucy” is a strange, trippy meditation on evolution and technology that plays like a chat with a mad scientist. Continue reading

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4.5 yaps

Brendan Gleeson gives a stirring performance in “Calvary,” a powerful meditation on the high cost of faith. Continue reading

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The Purge: Anarchy

3 yaps

The rare movie sequel that’s better than the first. Continue reading

… to a Theater Near You
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New movie trailers: Mockingjay, Mad Max, Fifty Shades, More

With many new trailers from Comic Con, this week’s crop includes the latest Hunger Games, Fifty Shades of Grey, Mad Max, another Hot Tub, and much more. Continue reading

The Film Yap Lexicon
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Grand Theft Easy

In movies where characters need to steal a car, they will have very little trouble locating spare keys or otherwise getting the car started. Continue reading

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“Apes” easily best puny human movies

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” easily wins the weekend box office with race, though “The Purge: Anarchy” opens strong. 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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4 yaps

Darren Aronofsky’s grand but flawed vision of the Biblical tale reflects the ethos of a filmmaker who doesn’t know how to punt. Continue reading

The Schlock Vault
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Blood Diner (1987)

4.5 yaps

I scratch and claw my way to the bottom of a seemingly bottomless barrel, and every now and again I’m rewarded with an insta-schlock gem like “Blood Diner” Continue reading

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Leah Meyerhoff, “I Believe in Unicorns”

Leah Meyerhoff, writer/director of “I Believe in Unicorns,” talks about making her first feature film while still a NYU grad student. Continue reading

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Class of 1984: “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension”

3.5 yaps

“Buckaroo” endures because it’s impossible for something so bizarre to not be somewhat interesting. Continue reading

Reeling Backward
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Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

4.5 yaps

A courtroom drama in the British tradition, “Witness for the Prosecution” stars Tyrone Power and Marlene Dietrich but features Charles Laughton at his best. Continue reading