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2.5 yaps

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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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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3.5 yaps

Focus

“Focus” is a romance/crime caper that’s smart and sexy, at least part of the time. Continue reading

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4 yaps

Mr. Turner

In a sense, “Mr. Turner” is the purest portrait of an artist — offering a clear vision of the legacy he bequeathed but rendering the man blurred and indistinct. Continue reading

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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

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3.5 yaps

McFarland, USA

It may be as formulaic a sports flick as you’re apt to see — borrowing liberally from “Hoosiers” — but Kevin Costner scores in this feel-good drama. Continue reading

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4 yaps

The DUFF

I went to see a dumb teen comedy and found a smart and sassy rumination on modern high school sociology. Mae Whitman recalls a young Winona Ryder. Continue reading

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4.5 yaps

Two Days, One Night

A social drama with real sting & a commanding turn by Marion Cotillard, this is a fascinating field study of life on the financial fringes of the working class. Continue reading

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Reel Bob: “Focus”

“Focus” will make a nice date movie as it features good-looking people, scenic locations and a story that may keep you guessing — at least for a little while. Continue reading

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