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Cutting Room for October 10

Known primarily as a painter, Andy Warhol also made movies I mostly don’t understand or appreciate. If you feel like seeing whether you can get what the semi-whacko artist was doing with his cinema shenanigans, head down to Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater starting Nov 30. “Films From Warhol’s Factory” is a series presented in collaboration with Joslyn Art Museum to coincide with their Warhol exhibition “In Living Color,” which happily does not feature Jim Carrey. For a complete list of the wildly weird films featured and showtimes, head to filmstreams.org.

The guys who wrote Dracula Untold are trying to make Lost in Space happen again. Despite the Matt LeBlanc/Heather Graham/Gary Oldman abomination that should have rendered the property unusable for the rest of time, Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless are trying it once more. Unrelated, but Burk Sharpless sounds a lot like a fake name George Constanza would use.

I had a lot of problems with Blue is the Warmest Color, ranging from a male gaze applied to lesbian sexuality to the bloated nature of the endeavor. What I did not have a problem with was Léa Seydoux, who was phenomenal in it. This makes me excited for the fact that she will be the newest “Bond girl” in the next installment. Thankfully, there won’t be any of the concerns I had about her previous film, as we all know that 007 movies handle all female characters with the utmost respect.

There is good news about the fact that the Rush Hour film franchise is becoming a TV series on CBS: They likely won’t make any more Rush Hour movies. The TV network just ordered up a pilot of the possible series, which will presumably be handled with the same racial and cultural sensitivity you’ve come to expect from the people behind “Two Broke Girls.” 

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Cutting Room for October 3

The root of the word “fan” is actually “fanatic,” which sounds more maniacal and describes me after the Chicago Bears lose (again). This explains why Aksarben Cinema is naming their ongoing series of classic films “Cinematic Fanatic” and not my suggestion “Really Good Old Movie Films!” Guess what they’re starting with, given that it’s the spookiest month of the year? Nope, it’s not Adam Sandler movies, but we’ll get to him in a minute. Together with 96.1 KISS FM, Aksarben is unspooling classic horror flicks this October, including Friday the 13th, Young Frankenstein, Paranormal Activity and Halloween. Head to aksarbencinema.com for showtimes and ticket information.

Anyway, back to Adam Sandler. The dude signed a groundbreaking, first-of-its-kind contract to make his next four movies exclusively for Netflix. I shit you not, his first statement suggested he did this because Netflix “rhymes with wet chicks.” Nothing has made me respect Hulu and Amazon Prime more.

This next bit isn’t news. It’s news about news. Actually, it’s news about news you should avoid. Star Wars Episode VII spoilers are out there. And not the fun, light kind of spoilers. The kind you can’t unread. The kind that ruins the moviegoing experience. I have managed to avoid it and hope you do the same. Just know that if you’re contemplating clicking on any “rumors” from here on out that someone posts into your social media feed, it could absolutely obliterate what people are increasingly saying may be an awesome Star Wars movie.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is going to star in a “raunchy” and “fun” adaptation of Baywatch, a show that was neither of those things. While Hollywood’s inexplicable obsession with using existing brand names for generic content (this will basically be a movie on a beach) continues to offend me and entrap even the strongest among us. Sorry, Dwayne.

Cutting Room provides breaking local and national movie news … complete with added sarcasm. Send any relevant information to film@thereader.com. Check out Ryan on Movieha!, a weekly half-hour movie podcast, catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and on KVNO 90.7 at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays and follow him on Twitter.


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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The epic conclusion to the most epic of epics.

GRADE
A-


The Babadook

A terrifying tale of an ooky pop-up book and motherly love.

GRADE
A


The Tale of Princess Kaguya

A water-colored take on a Japanese folktale that is prettier than it is interesting.

GRADE
B-


The Theory of Everything

"Out of this world" performances buoy a sub-par script.

GRADE
B+


Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Half of what promises to be an epic conclusion to a fabulous series.

GRADE
B+


Birdman

A delirously fun satirical send up of artistic pretension. 

GRADE
B+


The Overnighters

"The Grapes of Wrath" in documentary form set in North Dakota.

GRADE
A-


Interstellar

If this was humanity's last hope, give up.

GRADE
D


Happy, Little Clouded

Actual human beings made The Tale of Princess Kaguya, and you can tell. A water-colored rebuke of the robots who...

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No Big Bang

In 1965, Stephen Hawking wrote his first ground-breaking thesis and wed Jane Wilde. His paper argued that if a star can...

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Leni Riefen-stalling

On the one hand, any film subtitled “Part 1” is a naked cash grab. On the other hand, shut up and take my money, Hunger...

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Oopsie Genius

I know two things for sure: (1) Birdman aims to relentlessly drive home one singular point, one thoroughly expressed thesis...

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