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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

3.5 yaps


Why are our new monster and superhero movies are so darn serious? This type of filmmaking is about having fun, which “Godzilla” gets around to, eventually. Continue reading

4 yaps

Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return

It may seem like a cheap spinoff, but this animated Oz tale is breezy and fun, with toe-tapping songs and a first-rate vocal performance by Martin Short. Continue reading

4 yaps

Under the Skin

This challenging, eerie sci-fi/horror film with Scarlett Johansson as a supernatural predator is not for everybody. In fact, it’s not for most everybody. Continue reading

3.5 yaps

Draft Day

After a poor first half, “Draft Day” really gets going in the last two quarters. Blame it on rookie (screenwriter) mistakes. Continue reading

4.5 yaps

Ernest & Celestine

The charming Oscar-nominated animated gem finally makes its way to these shores, and it’s well worth the wait. Continue reading

4 yaps

Bad Words

This pitch-black comedy directed by and starring Jason Bateman is a masterpiece of discomfort. Continue reading

4 yaps


“Divergent” manages to one-up “The Hunger Games,” from which it so clearly derives its inspiration, plot and tone. Continue reading

2 yaps

Need for Speed

“Need for Speed,” based on the video game series, boasts terrific racing scenes and cumbersome everything else. Continue reading

4 yaps

Mr. Peabody and Sherman

True to the spirit of the original while remaining fresh and timely, “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” is a pleasant surprise. Continue reading

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