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Like the other Robert Langdon movies, "Inferno" is fast-paced and forgettable, and exists mostly to buttress the careers of Ron Howard, Dan Brown and Tom Hanks.

Certain Women

Three disparate tales of Montana women rise and fall on the strength of the individual stories.

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Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

A crime procedural of a prison movie that seems overly familiar until you realize how much other films, like "The Shawshank Redemption," have borrowed from it.

Madea gets the hand up on Jack Reacher

Tyler Perry's latest "Madea" escapade slapped the "Jack Reacher" out of the top spot in the box office race.

Lights Out - Featured

Lights Out

A terse and tense horror film that relies on familiar tropes, but does so with verve and some very effective scares.

Indy Style — October 21

On this week's show Chris reviews "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back," "A Man Called Ove," "Ouija: Origin of Evil," "Keeping Up with the Joneses," "Boo: A Madea Halloween," "I'm Not Ashamed" plus "Alice Through the Looking Glass" on video.


Heartland: Ben Rock, “Future Boyfriend”

In this podcast Christopher Lloyd talks with old friend Ben Rock about how a guy known for "gross and disturbing" movies got a short into the life-affirming Heartland Film Festival.

Heartland: Wild Prairie Rose

A gorgeous-looking drama about an independent woman who returns to her South Dakota home in 1952 and finds an unexpected pull for the things she'd left behind.


Heartland: Service to Man

This drama set in the 1960s provides an interesting twist on the familiar tales of racism and integration.

Heartland: Buddy Solitaire

A heartfelt but often predictable film about an awful stand-up comedian who takes a job as a counselor to psychiatric patients.


A Man Called Ove

A splendidly acted and oddly sweet film about a miserable old man who finds he doesn't like the story he's been telling of himself.
Alice Through the Looking Glass - featured

Alice Through the Looking Glass

It died a quick death at the box office, but "Alice Through the Looking Glass" is a charming, colorful romp that exceeds the original.

Indy Style - featured

Indy Style — October 14

On this week's show Chris reviews "The Accountant," "Kevin Hart: What Now?", "Denial," "Max Steel," "American Honey" plus "The Legend of Tarzan" on video.
How the West Was Won - featured

How the West Was Won (1962)

Epic more in aesthetics than scope, "How the West Was Won" used Cinerama to try and lure audiences back into the theaters at the close of the Golden Age.