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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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Foxcatcher

One of the more overpraised films of 2014, “Foxcatcher” is a deeply odd character exploration that eventually gets lost in its own dirge-like fog. Continue reading

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King & Country (1964)

This forgotten anti-war film is thematically similar to Stanley Kubrick’s “Paths of Glory,” and stands out for its beautifully bleak photography. Continue reading

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“Focus” leads weak box office charge

The Will Smith heist thriller tops the charts with $19 million; “American Sniper” inches closer to top spot for 2014. Continue reading

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1

Mercifully shorter than its predecessors, “Mockingjay” nonetheless has a low thrills-to-doldrums ratio, with really only one action sequence to carry momentum. Continue reading

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Indy Style — Feb. 27

On this week’s show Chris reviews “Focus,” “Mr. Turner,” “The Lazarus Effect” and “Song of the Sea,” plus “Whiplash” on video. Continue reading

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Focus

“Focus” is a romance/crime caper that’s smart and sexy, at least part of the time. Continue reading

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Mr. Turner

In a sense, “Mr. Turner” is the purest portrait of an artist — offering a clear vision of the legacy he bequeathed but rendering the man blurred and indistinct. Continue reading

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Oscar liveblog 2015

Join The Film Yap crew for our liveblog of the 2015 Academy Awards ceremony! Continue reading

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“Fifty Shades” leads weak Oscar weekend box office

For whatever reason, the weekend of the Academy Awards ceremony is typically a weak one for new films at the box office. Continue reading

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Whiplash

The best movie of 2014 hits video, (hopefully) just in time to bask in its multiple Academy Award wins. Continue reading

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