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About Christopher Lloyd

Christopher Lloyd was born and raised in Orlando, Fla., loving movies. During high school, he worked at the same cinema where he saw “Star Wars” as a small boy. Over the course of the summer of 1986 he watched “Aliens” nearly 100 times, and had all the moments when the audiences’ heads snapped back in surprise timed down to the minute. After transferring to several different colleges, he set his sights on a career in film journalism. He received a B.F.A. in Cinema Studies at New York University, and a M.S. from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Twice he took a year off from school to earn money to continue his education, returning to his old movie theater as a manager. During the second hiatus he also wrote movie reviews for a small Orlando suburban weekly. Upon graduation from Medill, his first attempt at paid journalism was an article on the film comedies of Adam Sandler for Orlando’s alternative newspaper, which earned a $25 kill fee when they refused to run it. Lloyd eventually got a position at a small weekly (later daily) newspaper in Lady Lake, Fla., writing mostly political news but making a weekly 3-hour trek down to Orlando for press screenings of new films. This trend continued when he worked for the Star-Banner a few miles north in Ocala, first as a political reporter and later entertainment editor. After 10 years of making the journey to Orlando to review movies, Lloyd still believes he could make the drive blindfolded. In 2005, he was appointed entertainment editor at The Indianapolis Star, and later became an arts & entertainment reporter, always writing occasional film reviews. In April 2008 he began reviewing movies on a freelance basis for a few client newspapers, chiefly the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Lloyd is currently a freelance journalist and blogger living in Indianapolis with his wife, Jean, and an excess of animals.
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Paddington

“Paddington,” dumped into theaters earlier this year with little fanfare, is actually the best family film so far in 2015. Continue reading

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Little Boy

Like its protagonist, this tender little faith-based film has no friends. I guess I’ll have to do. Continue reading

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Indy Style — April 24

This week’s show includes reviews of “The Age of Adaline,” “Ex Machina,” “Little Boy,” “The Water Diviner” plus “The Babadook” on video. Continue reading

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Ex Machina

“Ex Machina” is a moody and contemplative sci-fi thriller that is both worthy, and self-limiting. Continue reading

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“Furious 7″ rolls higher on all-time box office list

“Furious 7″ blows past the $1 billion mark worldwide, and is vaulting up the list of all-time top grossing films. Continue reading

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The Babadook

Using a clever mix of paranoia and special effects, “The Babadook” is one of the most chilling and original horror films of recent years. Continue reading

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Indy Style — April 17

This week’s show includes reviews of “True Story,” “Unfriended,” “Child 44,” “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,” “Monkey Kingdom,” “Merchants of Doubt” plus “Big Eyes” on video. Continue reading

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Unfriended

A bold and innovative twist on the horror genre, “Unfriended” forces us to confront the banality of evil we all encounter online. Continue reading

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True Story

“True Story” wants to be a probing tale about the intersection of crime, truth and justice. Instead it turns into a dull succession of interview scenes. Continue reading

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My Life As a Dog (1985)

One of my personal touchstone films, “My Life As a Dog” showed an American teenager how vibrant and alive foreign cinema can be. Continue reading

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