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
3/5 The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Christopher Lloyd A self-conscious descendant of "Fight Club" that ruminates on the state of modern masculinity; interesting if unfunny. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
4.5/5 Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) Christopher Lloyd A tense, marvelous film-noir Western, if there is such a thing, and if not then this movie created the genre. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
3/5 Wild Rose (2018) Christopher Lloyd Though it's got a terrific premise and features the always-intriguing Jessie Buckley, Wild Rose ends up treading round and round the same familiar ground. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
1.5/5 Stuber (2019) Christopher Lloyd More a collection of (allegedly) comedic elements than a coherent story. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
3/5 Midsommar (2019) Christopher Lloyd An intriguing idea for a movie that is more moody than scary, with long dull stretches where you feel like you've entered a cult of somnambulists. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
4/5 Ophelia (2018) Christopher Lloyd A gorgeous-looking and earthy twist on Shakespeare's most iconic play, in which poor, mad Ophelia is something much more. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Christopher Lloyd Easily the least consequential of the MCU films, though there's still plenty of fun to be had, plus a VERY BIG SECRET that literally everyone will have already guessed. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
3/5 The Seven-Ups (1974) Christopher Lloyd Producer Philip D'Antoni failed to hit the trifecta with The Seven-Ups, a lackluster follow-up to Bullitt and The French Connection. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
2/5 Being Frank (2018) Christopher Lloyd Jim Gaffigan mugs as a dad with two families. A few interesting pieces, but it's basically a TV sitcom version of a British slamming doors farce. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
4/5 Yesterday (2019) Christopher Lloyd A daffy, sappy but undeniably endearing story that succeeds despite the romcom baggage. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
4.5/5 Echo in the Canyon (2018) Christopher Lloyd This superlative documentary looks at the birth of the California sound, a merging of folk and rock that essentially sprang from L.A.'s Laurel Canyon. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
4/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Christopher Lloyd Saddle up for one more ride with the old gang. More a nostalgia tour than a full entry to Pixar's cornerstone franchise, Toy Story 4 is still fun and family-friendly curtain call. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
4/5 The Stalking Moon (1968) Christopher Lloyd A well-made but cautious early attempt at a revisionist Western that seems more like a sketch for a grander, grimmer tale the filmmakers weren't ready to tell. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
3/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Christopher Lloyd The latest MIB iteration seems to have little reason for existing. Tessa Thompson charms, but Chris Hemsworth annoys. Insert Neuralyzer joke here. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
4.5/5 Late Night (2019) Christopher Lloyd A delightful dramedy that starts out aiming for laughs, and gets them, and then shoots for the heart, and nails that, too. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
3/5 The Outsider (2019) Christopher Lloyd An old-school Western oater, The Outsider is a learn, mean and dark tale ruminating on revenge and redemption. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
4/5 All Is True (2018) Christopher Lloyd A bit slow-moving, but a splendidly acted and insightful look at what The Bard's twilight years might have been like. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/5 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Christopher Lloyd Unsophisticated filmmaking for wee ones; the sort of movie kids will adore and parents will endure. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Christopher Lloyd There's not a lot of subtext, humor or wasted energy in Dark Phoenix, just a straight-ahead thrill ride about one of the most storied arcs in comic book history. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
4/5 The Last Hurrah (1958) Christopher Lloyd A rare John Ford political drama in which Spencer Tracy shines as an over-the-hill pol who chases one more term as mayor. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
1.5/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Christopher Lloyd A heaping radioactive pile of garbage, with cookie-cutter characters enduring loud scenes of destruction and then uttering banal profundities in the silence that follows. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2019
3/5 () Christopher Lloyd Falls into that category of trashy movies that are aware of their trashiness; enjoyable in an unworthy sort of way. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
4/5 Rocketman (2019) Christopher Lloyd A likable movie about a likable music man, though it falls short in obvious comparisons to Bohemian Rhapsody, a better film about a better singer. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
4/5 The White Crow (2018) Christopher Lloyd A probing portrait of a young artist who was equally driven by fear and ego. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
4/5 Booksmart (2019) Christopher Lloyd A bit over-talkie, but a smart and sympathetic portrait of good girls going on last-day binge to redeem their high school days. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
3.5/5 Aladdin (2019) Christopher Lloyd The surprisingly not-awful remake has its share of clunky patches, but it's a bright, breezy bit of kiddie entertainment. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
3.5/5 Night Train to Munich (1940) Christopher Lloyd A cheeky comedy caper with the Nazis as the fall guys. I like the idea of this movie more than the one they made. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
4/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Christopher Lloyd The once raw stunts-and-guns franchise is clearly showing middle age, with more CGI cheats and overlong fights. But it's still damn fun. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
2/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Christopher Lloyd Fast-paced and erratic, it's basically a big nostalgia bong wrapped up in CGI cotton candy. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
4/5 Red Joan (2018) Christopher Lloyd Judi Dench and Sophie Cookson shine in this old-and-young portrayal of a timid woman who overcame denigration and manipulation. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
4/5 Tolkien (2019) Christopher Lloyd A stately and empathetic biopic of the LOTR author that doesn't reveal any great insights about his life and art. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
3/5 A Man for Hanging (1973) Christopher Lloyd Low-budget but surprisingly edgy TV Western about a disfigured psychopath wandering the plains, killing and raping. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
2/5 UglyDolls (2019) Christopher Lloyd C-list animation featuring some A-list singing talent, UglyDolls borrows heavily from other, better kiddie flicks. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
4/5 Long Shot (2019) Christopher Lloyd Surprisingly smarter and sweeter than you'd think, with Charlize Theron delivering a more layered performance than we're used to in romcoms. Plus Seth is only hitting 60% of Full Rogenness. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
4.5/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Christopher Lloyd A somewhat disjointed by satisfying conclusion to the first generation of Marvel films, filled with dashing spectacle and quiet character moments. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/5 Wild Nights With Emily (2018) Christopher Lloyd More thesis than portrait, Wild Nights With Emily labors to rescue Emily Dickinson from her legend as an unloved recluse. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 Five Came Back (1939) Christopher Lloyd A prototypical B-movie adventure/thriller that rises above the shortcomings of its production values. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
4/5 The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Christopher Lloyd A genuinely creepy horrorshow that relies more on tension and foreboding than jump scares and gore. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
1/5 Hellboy (2019) Christopher Lloyd A complete and total garbage movie that can only be enjoyed by sitting back and reveling in its garbageness. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
1/5 Little (2019) Christopher Lloyd Sort of a modern-day take on Big, minus the laughs, the heart, the brains and the magic. Loudly and aggressively awful. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
3.5/5 Enter the Dragon (1973) Christopher Lloyd Even the great-granddaddy of martial arts flicks suffers from the drawbacks of the genre, turning into a mindless orgy of kicks and chops. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 The Best of Enemies (2019) Christopher Lloyd The sort of movie where you sit down knowing exactly what's going to happen every step of the way, yet the performances and storytelling keep things feeling unpracticed and fresh. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
4/5 The Public (2018) Christopher Lloyd Directed, written, produced and starring Emilio Estevez, The Public is a somewhat ham-handed but thoughtful drama about a librarian who gets caught up in a protest by the homeless. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
3.5/5 Shazam! (2019) Christopher Lloyd A fun flick but frightfully schizophrenic, seemingly aimed at children but too long and too crude to pass muster with smaller kids. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
2/5 Dumbo (2019) Christopher Lloyd This adaptation is flat, colorless and almost hypnotically unemotional. The screenplay feels like it was written by someone who only saw the original underwater with the sound turned off. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
4.5/5 The Aftermath (2019) Christopher Lloyd The Aftermath is one of those tragic period romances that's so sad and affecting, afterward you vow to never love again. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
4.5/5 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Christopher Lloyd The largely forgotten 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai are told with generous measures of empathy, tension and insight. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
4/5 The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) Christopher Lloyd A reasonably decent adaptation of Oscar Wilde's only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray is a Gotchic horror with a cautionary note. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
4.5/5 Us (2019) Christopher Lloyd This top-drawer horror from Jordan Peele haunts our hearts without getting caught up in the busy semantics of explaining everything. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
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