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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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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

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Magic in the Moonlight

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

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The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

The third installment of the Hobbit series is an engaging sword-and-sorcery tale. It just hasn’t have much to do with J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved book. Continue reading

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The Hands of Orlac (1924)

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

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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

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“Exodus” tops a weak box office race

“Exodus: Gods and Kings” earns $24 million to lead the weekend box office race — a soft opening for a $140 million spectacle. Continue reading

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Indy Style — Dec. 12

This week’s show features reviews of “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” “Force Majeure” and “Top Five,” plus a video review of “Guardians of the Galaxy”! Continue reading

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The Night of the Iguana (1964)

“The Night of the Iguana” shows the limitations of its stage roots; movies tend to feel claustrophobic if they’re not on the move. Continue reading

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Nothing new to challenge “Mockingjay” at box office

The third installment of the “Hunger Games” franchise easily romps over a weak field of opening field. Continue reading

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Guardians of the Galaxy

The summer’s biggest blockbuster is no disappointment, debuting as the first all-out comedy superhero movie. Continue reading

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