Cutting Room for June 6

The only thing more difficult than pronouncing writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn’s name is figuring out why he likes working with Carey Mulligan, whose acting approach is “method mannequin.” Still, the two are likely pairing up again for I Walk With the Dead, which is being billed as an “all-female horror film.” This news is probably conflicting for Refn’s frequent leading man, Ryan Gosling. On the one hand, he probably can’t be in the film. On the other, his feminist meme has some great new ammunition!

Having slipped through the greasy fingers of scores of would-be writer/directors, the cinematic adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand has oozed its way into the lap of Josh Boone, who just directed The Fault in Our Stars. Optimistically, Boone is talking up his vision. Boone says the film will be R-rated, three hours long and packed with big names. Translated into English, that means the film will be canceled.

How quickly the turn tables have turned. When I heard they were going to remake The Magnificent Seven, which was itself a remake of Seven Samurai, I thought “pass!” Then I heard director Antoine Fuqua was involved, and I thought “meh.” Then they said Denzel Washington was interested, and I thought “okay.” Then they revealed the script was by “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto, and I thought “Nothing matters in my life more than seeing this film.” Priorities, people.

You can thank Maleficent. The new thing these days is live-action takes on animated fairy tales. So in addition to the forthcoming Cinderella and Jungle Book, we’re now getting Beauty and the Beast and another Snow White and the Huntsman movie. Director Bill Condon, who wore out my good vibes toward him when he did the last two Twilight movies, is going to helm Beauty. That’s whatever. But rumor has it they are trying to get Frank Darabont to do the Snow White sequel. Please don’t let this happen. I don’t want to want to see it.

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Cutting Room for May 30

If you know me, you know I am all in favor of skullduggery. I am also all in favor of SkullDuggery Theatre Films, a local group that is set to release its first film, Bent Over Neal, later this year. To celebrate the news Aksarben Cinema will be premiering the film on Oct 23 at 7 pm, SkullDuggery opted to drop the trailer. Why do we say that things like movie trailers and music albums “drop” as though creative people can’t hold things well? At any rate, props to a film with all local cast and crew that promises to feature a smattering of local music. Actually, I chose the word “smattering.” It may be a smorgasbord or sampling; I make no promises.

The things human beings are capable of doing while facing unspeakable atrocity astounds me. Like, you know what I wouldn’t think of when facing a civil war? “We should start a band.” But that’s what Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars did, and you can find out all about it. On June 4 at 8 pm, the Slowdown will hold a free screening of a documentary about the origins of the band in Guinean refugee camps (which do not sound fun at all). The film shows how they went from unimaginable horror to an international music career. If only you could see them perform. Oh, wait! You can! On July 5, the All Stars are performing at the Slowdown at 9 pm, with tickets just $15. Triumph in the face of unspeakable tragedy is my favorite thing next to a quality nap.

Calling all local filmmakers! I mean that in the rhetorical sense, as my cellular plan isn’t good enough to call you all. So spread the word: Film Streams is once more asking for entries for its 2014 Local Filmmakers Showcase, which features work from anyone in Nebraska, Iowa or South Dakota. You can get all the details on their Web site. You have to get your film in by July 25, 2014. Don’t worry if you haven’t started yet; pretty sure Adam Sandler movies are shot on a long weekend. 

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Lucy

A girl ingests a drug that makes her God. For real.

GRADE
C+


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Those damned apes are back and anything but dirty.

GRADE
B+


We Are the Best

Set in Stockholm in 1982, this is punk rock female adolescence at its finest.

GRADE
A


Snowpiercer

Awesome, literal class warfare on a train that holds the only humans that survived the new ice age.

GRADE
A-


Obvious Child

Billed as a comedy, this is actually a sophisticated, empathetic look at a crucial issue.

GRADE
B+


The Signal

Crazy good and just plain crazy, this is indie sci-fi at its best!

GRADE
A+


Ping Pong Summer

Drowning in 1980s nostalgia, this deserves to be a cult hit.

GRADE
A-


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Ice, Ice Maybe

I’m not saying that the impoverished are going to grab axes and violently murder the wealthy elite. But I’m also not NOT...

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I do not have a uterus. If I understand biology, I never will. So the issue of abortion has remained at arm’s length from...

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Freaky Frequency

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