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Chappie

“Chappie” is neither the easy kind of bad nor the sort from which co-writer / director Neill Blomkamp can’t bounce back … but damn, does it hurt to watch. Continue reading

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4 yaps

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Films with fully developed elderly characters shouldn’t be a rarity, but this charming sequel highlights how scarce, and welcome, they are. Continue reading

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Beam Me Up, Scotty: My Work Here is Done.

It’s highly illogical to imagine a world in which Leonard Nimoy is no longer with us, but in countless ways he will forever stay with me. Continue reading

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3.5 yaps

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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4 yaps

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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2.5 yaps

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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3.5 yaps

The Lazarus Effect

“The Lazarus Effect” may be the first February horror film in a long time that shakes off that negative stigma … sort of. Continue reading

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New to View: ‘Mockingjay’

The penultimate “Hunger Games” movie, the Oscar-nominated “Foxcatcher” and the first half of season one of “Outlander” lead this week’s Blu-ray & DVD releases. Continue reading

Blacula (1972)

Viewed today, “Blacula” does make you squirm at times, but for the most part — and largely because of William Marshall — it is a fun vampire flick to watch. 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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