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It’s an exciting week at the movies as Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt star in a new Disney film, and Matt Damon star in a film that’s receiving Oscar buzz. Christopher Lloyd of The Film Yap fills us in on it all. Here’s more from him:

New in Theaters:

Jungle Cruise — Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt make for a charismatic pair in this adaptation of a Disney ride that highly entertains, despite its lack of originality. Read more

The Green Knight — In this moody and contemplative take on the Arthurian legend, Dev Patel plays an untested knight who accepts a deadly challenge that will set his fate. Read more

Stillwater — Matt Damon plays an Oklahoma oil roughneck who travels to France to try to free his estranged daughter who has been accused of murder.

Casanova, Last Love — An aging Casanova is exiled from Paris and moves to the countryside, where he is teased and challenged by a mysterious young woman.

Cool on Streaming:

The Last Mercenary — Jean-Claude does his chop-socky thing playing a mysterious agent who returns to France to defend his son against terrorism charges. Now on Netflix. 

New on Disc:

A Quiet Place Part II — Mom and kids are back and still dealing with those aliens who are blind but can hear just about everything. Not as good as the original, but tense and scary. Read more

In this week’s edition of Yap VS Yap, Christopher Lloyd of the Film Yap is joined by Andy Carr and Logan Sowash to review a few of this weekend’s new theater releases.

New in Theaters:

“Old” — M. Night Shyamalan is back in his creepy comfort zone in this suspense thriller about people trapped on a beach where they’re suddenly aging at an astonishing rate. Read more

“Joe Bell” — Mark Walhberg is solid in this predictable flick about a blue-collar father walking across America to fight the bullying of his gay son, but Reid Miller is a revelation as the kid. Read more

“Val” — 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. Read more

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Lebron James is coming to the big screen this weekend starring in the much anticipated and highly criticized, Space Jam 2. Christopher Lloyd joined us today with reviews on what you can expect from that and more.

New in Theaters:

Space Jam: A New Legacy — Lebron James follows in Jordan’s footsteps in this reboot of the animated ultimate basketball game where the King has to rescue his son.

Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain — 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. Read more.

Pig — A sad, darkly funny, and downright weird contemplation of what’s important in life, featuring Nic Cage’s most sobering performance in years. Read more.

Escape Room: Tournament of Champions — Despite not especially enjoying escape rooms nor this franchise’s first installment, reviewer Alec Toombs was pleasantly surprised by this silly horror sequel. Read more.

Cool on Streaming:

Gunpowder Milkshake — An impressive mostly female ensemble elevates familiar action movie tropes as an assassin finds herself the one hunted. Now on Netflix. Read more.

You May Have Missed:

Last Train from Gun Hill — This 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. Read more.

Special Event:

Indy International Shorts Festival, July 20-25 — Presented by Heartland, this year’s Oscar-qualifying fest includes indoor, outdoor and virtual screenings. Read more.

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It’s Yap VS Yap as Christopher Lloyd and Adam Aasen, fellow Film Yap contributor, go head to head debating their opinions on the new Marvel movie, “Black Widow.”

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In Marvel Studios’ action-packed spy thriller “Black Widow,” Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.

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It’s an exciting week at the movies as “Boss Baby” returns to theaters, a forgotten star-filled concert series sees new life and the Purge horror series refuses to end. Christopher Lloyd of The Film Yap fills us in on it all. Here’s more from him:

New in Theaters:

The Forever Purge — A once-entertaining franchise has become a parody of itself and now deserves to be put out of its misery. Read more

The Boss Baby: Family Business — 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. Read more 

Summer of Soul — Director Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson creates a lovely soul tapestry of performances, crowd reactions, attendees and musicians at the greatest concert event you never heard of. Read more 

Summer of 85 — Gorgeous to gaze upon but also poignant and touched by tragedy, this French drama is another in a recent spate of terrific queer romance stories. Read more  

Cool on Streaming:

The Tomorrow War — Chris Pratt stars in this big-budget sci-fi thriller about a ex-soldier family man sent 30 years into the future to fight against nasty aliens for the fate of mankind. Now on Amazon. Read more

No Sudden Move — Steven Soderbergh is back in the heist game with this 1950s story about a group of criminals set up to steel new car technology. Starring Don Cheadle. Now on HBO Max.

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Film yap Christopher Lloyd gave us the inside scoop for what’s new in theatres in this week, for the the parents and the kids!

New in Theaters:

12 Mighty Orphans — This inspiring, true story of a depression-era football team of orphaned boys plays earnest as all hell, but scores no points of originality. Read more

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard — An action-comedy sequel starring Ryan Reynolds, Salma Hayek and Samuel L. Jackson where the action isn’t as thrilling and the laughs aren’t as present. Read more

The Sparks Brothers — Edgar Wright does a fantastic job encapsulating the heart, talent, and appeal surrounding a duo that was able to turn five decades into a legacy filled with truly fascinating music. Read more

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It — The life and career of iconic performer Rita Moreno is revealed in this straightforward and frank documentary. Read more

Cool on Streaming:

Luca — 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. Available on Disney+. Read more

Fatherhood — Funnyman Kevin Hart finds some more serious notes in this dramedy about a man who becomes a father after his wife suddenly dies. Now on Netflix

You Might Have Missed:

White Lightning — Burt Reynolds and the late Ned Beatty became respected actors in “Deliverance,” but this trashy car-chases-and-fast-women flick made them stars. Read more

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There’s a variety of new movies in theaters and for you to stream in the comfort of your own home this weekend! Christopher Lloyd of the Film Yap has the rundown of what’s showing.

New in Theaters:

In the Heights — Any flaws with “In The Heights” are owed to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s source material and not director Jon M. Chu, who has made one of the best movie-musicals ever. It’s the feel-good movie of the summer. Read more.

Queen Bees — Sort of a “Mean Girls” for the retiree set, this warmhearted if not predictable comedy stars Ellen Burstyn as a woman who moves into a retirement home and joins the ruling cadre. Read more.

Censor — A British woman who decides which naughty bits get to stay in movies goes on a quest to find her missing sister in this horror flick.

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway — The rapscallion CGI rabbit gets bored with life on the farm, so he goes into the big city, meets some shady characters and gets into some scraps.

Cool on Streaming:

Loki — The new MCU spinoff series on Disney+ is sure to dazzle and amaze Marvel fans, as well as shed light on a new side of this villainous character. Now on Disney+. Read more.

Infinite — Antoine Fuqua’s a consistent filmmaker who’s made an inconsistent movie with the Mark Wahlberg sci-fi/action vehicle “Infinite.” Now on Paramount+. Read more.

Awake — Gina Rodriguez stars in this timely and engrossing Netflix drama about a deadly pandemic that robs people of the ability to sleep, which registers closer to cautionary tale than science fiction. Now on Netflix. Read more.

There’s a variety of new movies in theaters this weekend and for you to stream in the comfort of your own home! Christopher Lloyd of the Film Yap joined us with the rundown.

New in Theaters:

Cruella — 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. Read more

A Quiet Place II — “A Quiet Place Part II” understands it can’t be as new or inventive as his predecessor, so instead it ends up being a fast-paced, heart-thumping thrill ride that leaves you screaming for a part III. Read more

American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally — This drama about the trial of an infamous woman who fed the Nazi propaganda machine features a meaty part for Al Pacino, and not much else. Read more

Cool on Streaming:

Blue Miracle — The true story of an orphanage in dire financial straits who team up with a crusty old boat captain (Dennis Quaid) to enter a big-money fishing contest. Now on Netflix

You Might Have Missed:

Princess Mononoke — 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. Read more

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What’s new in theaters? What’s cool on streaming? The Film Yap’s Christopher Lloyd runs down the list:

New in Theaters:

Wonder Woman: 1984 — She’s back! Gal Gadot returns for the second solo adventure of Princess Diana facing off with some new baddies in the era of malls and teased hair. Read more

News of the World — Tom Hanks plays a former Civil War officer who travels around the West reading news and finds himself charged with bringing a girl raised by American Indians back home. Read more

One Night in Miami — This often-riveting drama looks at a fictional meeting between Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke. Splendidly acted.

Promising Young Woman — Carey Mulligan is terrific in this biting and controversial satire about a woman who pretends to be drunk to catch guys trying to sexually assault her. Read more

Pinocchio — This lush-looking Italian film gives a live-action take on the classic legend about a toy boy who dreams of becoming real, if he can live past the lies.

Cool on Streaming:

Soul — Jamie Foxx provides the voice in this Disney animation flick about a middle-aged music teacher who dies just before getting his shot at the big time. Now on Disney+.

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In the mood for a movie? Well, grab the popcorn and get cozy. The Film Yap’s Christopher Lloyd shares what’s new!

New in Theaters:

Nomadland — Another fierce and bone-deep performance by Frances McDormand as Fern, a sixty-something widow who joins the “van nomad” tribe who live out of their vehicles.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom — Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman are terrific in this ensemble drama from August Wilson about a blues singer cutting a record and the rebellious coronet player who wants to go his own way.

The Croods: A New Age — The animated prehistoric family is back for another cartoon adventure, this time facing off with snobby new neighbors. 

Dear Santa — This documentary looks at the century-long history of the Operation Santa Program of the U.S. Postal “Service, which handles kids’ letters to Jolly Old Nick.

The Prom — Indiana’s own Ryan Murphy (“Glee”) directed this musical about schmaltzy Broadway stars coming to a small Hoosier town to support a student who wants to take her girlfriend to the high school prom. With Nicole Kidman, James Corden and Meryl Streep.

New On Digital/Demand:

Luxor — Andrea Riseborough plays a doctor traveling through Egypt as she looks back on the first half of her life and contemplates the second, including a rekindled romance. Languid.

76 Days — This harrowing documentary looks at the very early days of the COVID-19 outbreak where it started, in the halls and rooms of Wuhan hospitals.

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