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A Most Violent Year

4.5 yaps

There have been many pretenders to Sidney Lumet’s vacant throne. Here is a thoroughly engrossing heir — with plenty of meat on its bones and ice in its veins. Continue reading

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Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Live Action

Reviews of all five nominees for the Academy Award for Live Action Short Film. Continue reading

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Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Animated

Reviews of all five nominees for the Academy Award for Animated Short Film. Continue reading

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Mortdecai

2 yaps

“Mortdecai” is a piffle, a lark, an utterly inconsequential movie that wears its insipidness like a badge of honor. Continue reading

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The Boy Next Door

3 yaps

This thriller could have been an artful tale of adultery, but it dodges moral questions and delivers pure popcorn fun. Continue reading

… to a Theater Near You
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“Hot Tub Time Machine 2″ offers warnings for rooting for Patriots

The comedy sequel gives a glimpse at the time travellers in their new movie, opening February 20. Continue reading

The Film Yap Lexicon
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The Bird Lady

A mysterious stranger who will silently stalk our hero until the time when the hero can’t escape. The stranger approaches, reaching for them, and then … Continue reading

News
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“Sniper” continues box office roll

The biopic of sniper Chris Kyle showing strong legs; “The Boy Next Door” opens well. Continue reading

The AV Room
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Indy Style — January 30

On this episode of “Indy Style,” Chris previews the 10 films of 2015 he’s most anticipating. Continue reading

DVD Reviews
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Confusion Through Sand

4 yaps

Indianapolis Film Festival award-winning short “Confusion Through Sand,” a perfect fusion of animation style and storytelling substance, is now free on Vimeo. Continue reading

The Schlock Vault
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Blood Surf (2000)

3.5 yaps

“Blood Surf” is neither “Big Wednesday” nor “The Endless Summer,” but for Schlock lovers it’s a movie that rides high on a wave of blood and gore. Gnarly, dude. Continue reading

Interviews
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Randy Newman

The famed singer and composer talks about his music, his Oscars and that “¡Three Amigos” screenwriting credit. Continue reading

Commentary
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Class of 1985: “The Falcon and the Snowman”

3.5 yaps

Although this biopic is mostly engaging, the truth of Christopher Boyce and Andrew Daulton Lee’s lives may be stranger and stronger than its historical fiction. Continue reading

Reeling Backward
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The Truman Show (1998)

4.5 yaps

Peter Weir’s eerily prescient take on the invasive nature of media made good use of Jim Carrey’s early manic comic persona. Continue reading