Christopher Lloyd

Christopher Lloyd
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Christopher Lloyd is an award-winning film critic with an outreach that spans web, broadcast and print outlets. He is co-founder of The Film Yap, founding member of the Indiana Film Journalists Association and member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. Lloyd appears regularly on WISH-TV in Indianapolis and his work appears in various newspapers.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 63% Jungle Cruise (2021) Big dumb fun as Dwayne Johnson continues his family-friendly adventure film career. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
3/5 89% The Green Knight (2021) Moody, slow-moving and existential, The Green Knight is gorgeous but dense -- what you might get if Terrence Malick decided to make a Knights of the Round Table movie. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
3.5/5 74% Some Kind of Wonderful (1987) Essentially a remake of Pretty in Pink but with John Hughes' preferred ending, Some Kind of Wonderful revisits the teen love triangle with some interesting notes but less energy. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
3/5 49% Old (2021) Unintentionally hilarious on occasion, though give M. Night Shyamalan for his attempts at original fearmongering, which are effective at times. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
2.5/5 55% Broken Diamonds (2021) A heartfelt but misguided drama about a brother and sister trying to reconnect after their father's death, which unfortunately treats her mental illness as a gimmick. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
4/5 92% Val (2021) A painful but also exhilarating self-portrait of an A-list actor who spent his life pretending to be somebody else, and found his authentic soul after losing his voice. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
3.5/5 38% Joe Bell (2021) Mark Walhberg is solid in this predictable flick about a blue-collar father walking across America to fight bullying of his gay son, but Reid Miller is a revelation as the kid. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2021
1.5/5 27% Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) LeBron James continues to follow in Michael Jordan's steps, including making a cartoonish movie that kids will adore and parents will just have to endure if they love them. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
4/5 63% The Boys in Red Hats (2021) What could have been a one-sided piece of propaganda about the infamous incident at the Lincoln Memorial instead becomes a reflective look at the bubbles in which each of us are trapped. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2021
4.5/5 92% Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021) This intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the life, joy and pain of the chef-turned-star is a revelation about the devil's bargain of celebrity. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2021
4/5 91% Last Train from Gun Hill (1959) This largely forgotten Western is out in a splendid Blu-ray restoration featuring Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn as aging frontier relics whose hidebound ways lead to their inevitable confrontation. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
4.5/5 93% Parallel Love: The Story of a Band Called Luxury (2019) I'll admit I started watching Parallel Love: The Story of a Band Called Luxury with a smirk on my lips, expecting something snarky and twee. But there's no mocking in this terrific documentary - just an honest portrait... - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2021
4/5 81% Black Widow (2021) Though the blammo action stuff is a little stale, Scarlett Johansson finally gets a chance to shoulder her way past the "big Avenger" boys and show subtler shadings for her superspy. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2021
4/5 53% The Tomorrow War (2021) A big, energetic sci-fi action flick that eschews metaphysical contemplation about time travel in favor of a whole lot of blowing up buggy aliens. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2021
3/5 47% The Boss Baby: Family Business (2021) This fast-paced, colorful sequel knows exactly what its core audience of kiddies wants, and serves it up while treating grownups mostly as an afterthought. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2021
4/5 73% Big Bad Mama (1974) Less a gritty crime drama a la Bonnie and Clyde and more scampy sexploitation, Big Bad Mama is the tale of a singularly determined woman who flaunts her brains, body and ambitions. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2021
4/5 100% This Is Not a War Story (2021) A powerfully authentic portrait of veterans who shred their uniforms to make art, this 'hybrid narrative' film probably would have found its highest calling as a documentary. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2021
1/5 59% F9 (2021) The memory of a hip street racing movie left long ago in the dust, the FF franchise has clearly wanted to be the next James Bond for some time -- and now has its mortifying Moonraker. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2021
3/5 47% False Positive (2021) Meanie men gaslighting women and controlling their bodies -- very much on-brand for the same streaming service behind The Handmaid's Tale. Starts out strong and then wanders into familiar, wet horror tropes. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
3/5 92% All Light, Everywhere (2021) Not a journalistic exploration of a vital issue, but more of a moony rumination celebrating the unknowable. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2021
4/5 100% Punk the Capital: Building a Sound Movement (2021) This carefully curated documentary of the D.C. punk rock scene shows a movement that was less about spit-flecked rejection of society than simply pushing the musical edge wherever they could find it. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2021
4/5 90% Luca (2021) Fast-paced and full of color and light, Luca takes a more probing look at pubescent friendships than we expect from a piece of animated entertainment. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
3/5 63% 12 Mighty Orphans (2021) This inspiring, true(y) story of a Depression-era football team of orphaned boys plays earnest as all hell, but scores no points of originality. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
3/5 75% White Lightning (1973) Although it's a bit trashy, White Lightning made Burt Reynolds a star and established his oeuvre of fast cars, bad cops, frisky women and smoldering machismo. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2021
3.5/5 53% Queen Bees (2021) Sort of a Mean Girls for the retiree set, this warmhearted if predictable comedy stars Ellen Burstyn as a woman who moves into a retirement home and joins the ruling cadre. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2021
4/5 27% Awake (2021) A tidy little sci-fi thriller that's basically a twist on the familiar zombie apocalypse, but instead of the dead eating the living, we let our failings and fears consume us from within. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2021
4/5 94% Marathon (2021) This cheeky, giggle-filled mockmentary looks at a nowhere little marathon contest in the desert and the deluded would-be champions preparing for their moment of glory. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2021
2.5/5 88% Undine (2020) Paula Beer stars in this romance/tragedy about a woman, possibly an ancient water spirit, who loves and hates with equal devotion. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2021
3/5 49% Spirit Untamed (2021) A colorful but not especially creative iteration on the old reliable of "girls and horses" animated adventures. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2021
3.5/5 71% It Happened Tomorrow (1944) Dick Powell and Linda Darnell star in this time-twisting romance about a journalist who sees the next day's newspaper and tries to use this foreknowledge to his advantage. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2021
4/5 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Smart, tense, lean and mean; knows it can't have the same surprise impact of the first movie so it doesn't try. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2021
4.5/5 74% Cruella (2021) Rather than fall back on formula, Cruella uses its animated and live action predecessors as a mere launch pad for something different and dazzlingly original. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
2/5 14% American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally (2021) Pacino in a courtroom is always good for a few fun, meaty scenes. But what a clunker. Should've gone the route of Reversal of Fortune where the focus is on the lawyer and the accused remains an inscrutable mystery. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
4/5 88% Dream Horse (2021) This based-on-true story of a bunch of working-class Welsh folk who bred a racehorse doesn't break any molds, but fits comfortably into the one it has chosen. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2021
4.5/5 90% The Dry (2021) This quietly thrilling Australian drama stars Eric Bana as a famous lawman returning to his hometown to reopen terrible crimes old and new. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2021
4.5/5 93% Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1999) Hayao Miyazaki's dark world of magic, in which humans and forest gods vie for supremacy, stands alongside the real one, commenting upon its shortcomings. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
4/5 68% Army Of The Dead (2021) An old-school gorefest from Zack Snyder that harkens back to his fast-paced take on Dawn of the Dead -- hiss-able villains, disposable side characters and oodles of blood. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
4.5/5 87% The Djinn (2021) Absolutely unnerving fright show featuring Ezra Dewey as a mute boy who contends with an evil spirit to win his wish of gaining his voice. Small, spare and scary as hell. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
4/5 93% The Killing of Two Lovers (2021) A contemplative, observational film about a fractured family teetering on the edge of violence, skillfully combining dread and hope. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
3/5 97% Gunda (2020) A beautiful, simple and slow-moving look at the daily life of animals on a farm. Someone said watching it is like taking a bath, so do you find sitting in the water doing nothing else a luxury or a dreadful bore? - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
4/5 47% Here Today (2021) Billy Crystal and Tiffany Haddish make a cute not-couple in this warmhearted dramedy that's a little bit corny but gives you a lot more than you'd think. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
4/5 83% Cast a Dark Shadow (1957) This moody British film noir with Dirk Bogarde as a cunning killer of wives is now out in a terrific new Blu-ray edition. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2021
4/5 65% Here Alone (2017) This quietly effective post-apocalyptic story goes beyond zombie thriller tropes to contemplate if people living with trauma aren't better off on their own. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
4.5/5 98% The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021) A slick, delightfully fun and fast-paced CGI animated movie that sends up the technological crutches that confound our interpersonal relationships. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
3/5 19% The Virtuoso (2021) A suspenseful and engaging assassin story that can't quite shake the feeling it would have been better realized as a video game instead of a movie. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
4/5 77% Stowaway (2021) This "space procedural" starring Anna Kendrick patiently and skillfully builds tension by presenting an impossible dilemma when a man accidentally is left onboard a two-year mission to Mars. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
3.5/5 91% Together Together (2021) This warmhearted dramedy looks at the relationship that develops between a middle-aged man and the young surrogate he hires to carry his baby. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2021
2.5/5 80% Machine Gun McCain (1970) An interesting but nasty emblem of its time, starring John Cassavetes as an utterly mercenary criminal who tangles with the mob. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2021
4/5 78% In The Earth (2021) Think The Blair Witch Project meets The Wicker Man with a dash of Soylent Green. Loopy, moody, occasionally psychedelic, always unnerving. Metaphysical musings mixed with eye-gouging and trippy mushroom spores. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
3/5 49% Monday (2021) An unabashedly sexy romantic drama that starts with flames and passion and then loses its mojo in the second half. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021