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3 yaps

Hot Tub Time Machine 2

The Platonic ideal of a sorta-welcome comedy sequel we didn’t need, “HTTM 2″ proves some bottles aren’t built to hold much more than a single bolt of lightning. Continue reading

4.5 yaps

A Most Violent Year

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

4 yaps

Big Eyes

Disabuse yourself of the “automatic awards contender” notion, and simply enjoy this peppy, punchy, poignant and powerfully acted surprise from Tim Burton. Continue reading

4 yaps

Rosewater

This true story of a journalist arrested by the Iranian regime is a solid, if a bit over-earnest, debut for writer/director Jon Stewart. Continue reading

2.5 yaps

A Million Ways to Die in the West

“A Million Ways to Die in the West” is a disappointing sophomore effort by writer/director Seth MacFarlane. Continue reading

4 yaps

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Although it runs over a few cobblestone potholes, this ‘Game’ is afoot and affecting thanks to rougher narrative choices and taking crucial chances that pay off. Continue reading

2.5 yaps

Paranormal Activity 3

The walls start shaking. The earth starts quaking. And the mind is aching once “PA3″ relies on the same rickety revisionism that kept “Saw” alive for so long. Continue reading

2.5 yaps

Killer Elite

This meathead version of “Ronin” is clotted with complicated plot threads, but it’s all cover for several cock-punching throwdowns. That’s not necessarily bad. Continue reading

1 yaps

Abduction

Nick went in with no preconceived notions about Taylor Lautner. He wasn’t the only blank slate. He was just the only one not feebly trying to carry a movie. Continue reading

3 yaps

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Piecemeal treats are fun here, but never add up to a cumulative chill. Honestly, the most frightening things it has to offer are end credits with Comic Sans. Continue reading

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