The Film Yap

The Film Yap is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Christopher Lloyd, Evan Dossey, Nick Rogers
Rating Title/Year Author
4.5/5 Pájaros de verano (2018) Christopher Lloyd This sweeping Colombian drama examines a native family that rises and falls as a drug empire while trying to keep their culture and traditions alive. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
3/5 Climax (2018) Christopher Lloyd The latest from shock auteur Gaspar Noé is a squidgy hothouse horror flick about dancers going loopy after somebody spiked the sangria. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
3/5 The Neverending Story (1984) Christopher Lloyd Though its foibles and failings haven't improved with age, The NeverEnding Story emerges in retrospect as a more ambitious children's movie than given credit. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
4/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Christopher Lloyd An uneven but passionate and energetic introduction for a figure some have called the most powerful hero in the MCU. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/5 Life of Brian (1979) Christopher Lloyd While the most ambitious and thematically coherent of the Monty Python feature films, Life of Brian is also the least of them. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2019
3.5/5 The Remarkable Life of John Weld (2018) Christopher Lloyd Modest in scope but told with zest and empathy, this documentary relates the adventuresome life of an author and newspaperman. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
4.5/5 Everybody Knows (2018) Christopher Lloyd Gripping and yet very human, Everybody Knows is a whodunit that cares more about the how and why. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
4.5/5 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Christopher Lloyd All good things must come to an end. In the case of the How to Train Your Dragon series, it's a satisfying closing of the circle. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
3.5/5 Isn't It Romantic (2019) Christopher Lloyd Rebel Wilson shines in this smart-ish sendup of the romcom genre that still manages to gleefully indulge in every trope and cliche. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/5 Starship Troopers (1997) Christopher Lloyd It's still a dumb movie with pretty, wooden actors, but 20 years on Starship Troopers has more ambition than it was given credit for. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
3.5/5 What Men Want (2019) Christopher Lloyd Like its predecessor, What Men Want won't please critics. But it's got heart, laughs and more than a little sass. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
3.5/5 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Christopher Lloyd The sort of movie that gives you a headache if you're old, but a vast amount of joy if you're a kid. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
4.5/5 Cold War (2018) Christopher Lloyd The best foreign language film of the year, Cold War is a gorgeously sad romance that will leave your heart quaking. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
4/5 The Miracle Worker (1962) Christopher Lloyd When it came out, The Miracle Worker was seen as dynamic and rule-breaking; in today's lights, it's a finely crafted film, well-acted, a bit stiff. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
4.5/5 Stan & Ollie (2018) Christopher Lloyd A melancholy look at the relationship between one of film's great comedic duos, who only learned to like each other late in life. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
4/5 Glass (2019) Christopher Lloyd An uneven but satisfying finale to an accidental trilogy that looks like an action/thriller but is really an exploration of modern superhero mythology. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
4.5/5 Manbiki kazoku (2018) Christopher Lloyd A surprisingly sentimental choice for the Cannes Palme d'Or, this Japanese tale of a make-do family is a big warm hug of a movie. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
4/5 The Upside (2018) Christopher Lloyd Even while recognizing how much this French tale has been Hollywooded up, I couldn't help being engrossed by the story. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
4/5 A Dog's Purpose (2017) Christopher Lloyd A great big cream puff of a movie: not terribly ambitious, but undeniably sweet. It's a little bit scary, a little bit sad, a little bit sappy and a whole lot adorable. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
3/5 The Moon Is Down (1943) Christopher Lloyd John Steinbeck's follow-up to The Grapes of Wrath was destined to seem dwarfed by comparison, in this tale of a Norwegian town occupied by Germans. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
4.5/5 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Christopher Lloyd Even though the film isn't terribly bold, it still tells a story worth hearing, and tells it very well indeed. Now let's get the Antonin Scalia biopic rolling. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
4.5/5 Welcome to Marwen (2018) Christopher Lloyd Welcome to Marwen is a decidedly offbeat story of trauma and redemption. We all find ways to cope with our pain. Art, and movies, are a way. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
2.5/5 Vice (2018) Christopher Lloyd Despite brilliant performances by Christian Bale and Steve Carell, Vice is a heavy-handed takedown of Dick Cheney that sacrifices satire for spit-flecked rage. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
4/5 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Christopher Lloyd This is good old-fashioned moviemaking with no ambitions beyond to entertain. But that it does, and in many heaping spoonfuls. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
4.5/5 Ben Is Back (2018) Christopher Lloyd Ben Is Back takes a turn you don't expect and may not even like at first. But it's a harrowing portrait of addiction and the price it subtracts from a family. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
2.5/5 Reds (1981) Christopher Lloyd Despite its impeccable credentials, Reds is an overlong, often boring epic that can't decide where to focus the story. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
4/5 The Mule (2018) Christopher Lloyd A cross between a Faustian tragedy and a Greatest Generation road trip comedy, The Mule plays like a fantasy safari for Trump voters. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
3/5 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Christopher Lloyd The tale of two female monarchs, cousins who called each other sisters but often fought as enemies, would make for a frightfully interesting film. I'm still waiting to see it. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
2/5 Vox Lux (2018) Christopher Lloyd This parable looks at a teen girl who suffered a terrible tragedy and parlayed that into pop superstardom so she could become a person you don't want to watch a movie about. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
4/5 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Christopher Lloyd Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse takes a Cuisinart to the hero's mythology, cutting everything up into bits and reassembling the pieces into other configurations. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
4.5/5 The Favourite (2018) Christopher Lloyd Featuring a trio of the best performances of the year, The Favourite is a roiling tale of deception, sex, twisted friendship and power. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
3/5 Roma (2018) Christopher Lloyd Roma is the sort of movie filmmakers and critics love, and audiences have to endure. Alfonso Cuarón's semi-autobiographical effort plays like a home movie that runs on and on, seemingly without organization or end. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
4/5 Mortal Engines (2018) Christopher Lloyd A hot mess of a movie, but largely an enjoyable one. Even the the writing team from LOTR can't rescue the laughable fantasy/sci-fi dialogue. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
4/5 At Eternity's Gate (2018) Christopher Lloyd Lovely and insightful, At Eternity's Gate celebrates the art of Vincent van Gogh without trying to obscure the madness and genius of the man behind it. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2018
4/5 Maria by Callas: In Her Own Words (2017) Christopher Lloyd An atypical, often compelling documentary that lets the famed opera diva tell her life story in exactly her own words. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
4/5 The Front Runner (2018) Christopher Lloyd A searing look at the moment when mainstream and tabloid media melded, The Front Runner is an ambitious, contemplative movie that asks hard questions without offering easy answers. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2018
3.5 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Christopher Lloyd A fun, colorful and action-packed sequel that doesn't quite pass the 'Does this movie need to exist?' test. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
5/5 Green Book (2018) Christopher Lloyd Few films move me to real tears; this one did, and not just once. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
1.5/5 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Christopher Lloyd With the main character such a drip amidst a raging storm of nonsensical subplots and CGI eye candy, it's no surprise that mumble-mouthed Newt gets lost in his own story. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
3/5 Wildlife (2018) Christopher Lloyd Wildlife features some truly wonderful actors plying their craft at the highest of levels. And I didn't believe a one of them for a cold minute. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
3/5 The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Christopher Lloyd Somehow the saga of a wounded, interesting woman has turned into James Bond with tattoos. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/5 The Happy Prince (2018) Christopher Lloyd Rupert Everett wrote, directed and stars in this charismatic portrait of Oscar Wilde during his bitter last years. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
4/5 Boy Erased (2018) Christopher Lloyd Though it suffers from a case of Very Important Movie-itis, Boy Erased is still an effective, well-acted drama about the controversial practice of gay conversion therapy. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
4/5 Torn Curtain (1966) Christopher Lloyd Dismissed by many as part of Hitchcock's regrettable declining years, Torn Curtain turns out to be a surprisingly tense and intimate spy thriller. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2018
3/4 The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Christopher Lloyd A colorful, creative spin on the classic story that uses the famous ballet as a mere jumping-off point. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
4.5/5 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Christopher Lloyd An exuberant celebration of not just Freddie Mercury, but the band Queen and the volatile nature of creativity. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
4/5 Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Christopher Lloyd Melissa McCarthy convincingly transforms into a woman with all rough edges in this comedy about a literary forger that's black as pitch. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
4/5 Incredibles 2 (2018) Christopher Lloyd Certainly very entertaining, but it doesn't have the polish or style of its predecessor. Superheroes as sitcom. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
3.5/5 Beautiful Boy (2018) Christopher Lloyd A well-acted, well-intentioned drama about drug addiction that delivers everything you expected, and nothing you didn't. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2018
2.5/5 Flynn (1997) Christopher Lloyd Guy Pearce is a breezy, assured presence as screen legend Errol Flynn in this poorly conceived and executed look at his life pre-stardom. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2018