Cutting Room for August 17

  • Having met him once through green screen magic, Tom Hanks now wants to get to the bottom of who really offed JFK. Parkland is an indie drama produced by the man once known as the “nicest in Hollywood” and now known as simply “that one guy from that awful Julia Roberts movie.” It’s unclear if Hanks will star, but I think I have a suspicion as to who the film may conclude is the killer. Does Lieutenant Dan have an air-tight alibi?
  • The Wolf Pack is ready to howl once more in The Hangover Part III, and they have a new adversary: John Goodman. The portly and prolific palooka is set to terrorize the fellas, likely after they get Galifianaki-roofied again. One request: just because Ken Jeong doesn’t mind showing his chopstick and dumplings doesn’t mean Goodman should.
  • Let’s forget that they’re amazingly talented actors for a minute and marvel that Tom Hardy and Michael Shannon are joining into what can only be an unholy partnership. Hardy, who played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, and Shannon, who plays General Zod in the upcoming Man of Steel, may be starring in an adaptation of the play The Long Red Road, but we all know they’re likely hatching a plot to take over the world while they do it. If they start holding script meetings in a hollowed-out volcano, we’ll know for sure.
  • Robert Downey Jr. hurt his ankle, shutting down production temporarily on Iron Man 3. This is a reminder that once upon a time, director Warner Herzog was shot during an interview and finished the interview. Who’s the real superhero now?

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 (movieha.libsyn.com/rss), catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 (cd1059.com) on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and on KVNO 90.7 (KVNO.org) at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).


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Movieha! - Omaha’s Favorite Movie Podcast

For what can only be described as no damn good reason, last week's Movieha! (with the clever title "joy puking") was our most popular ever. We have no idea how to replicate that success. Was it an interest in vomit? Who knows. The point is, we're going to try to follow it up with a (sometimes creepy) discussion of Jennifer Lawrence's upcoming body of work, Josh Radnor's latest trailer, Total RecallHunter Prey, and haikus. Join us, won't you?

On Your Radar: Liberal Arts

So much of my life surrounds college education to this day, so I admit a more than passing interest in this one. Also, Elizabeth Olsen is always a good idea.

Netflix Roulette: God Bless America

We showed you this trailer back in a previous installment, but now we can watch the real deal thanks to Netflix. Bobcat Goldthwaite is back behind the camera, and it all seems so so wrong.

 

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Cutting Room for August 10

  • You may know that international treasure and future Nobel Prize winner Jean-Claude Van Damme is ready to burst back onto the scene in the testosterone-and-Depends epic The Expendables 2. But did you know that he’s eager to make another sequel? That’s right: Double Impact 2 is finally more than just a personal dream of mine, as the “cerebellum from Belgium” has written a draft. You read that right. JCVD is eager to add screenwriter to his list of descriptors, which already includes “sort of gymnast” and “star of many direct-to-video follow-ups, some of which also include Dolph Lundgren.”
  • Fresh off his, let’s go with “brave,” nudie debut in Icelandic musicians Sigur Rós’s latest music video, Shia LaBeouf is ready to become a Nyphomaniac. The easy-to-get-along-with director Lars von Trier cast “The Beef” in his latest controversial project, which will also include Charlotte Gainsbourg (of course) and Nicole Kidman. It’s everything America has been clamoring for since Holes.
  • Immediately following a namedrop in the most recent episode of our Movieha! podcast (movieha.libsyn.com), Alf just got a deal at Sony. The guy who unleashed whatever you want to call the recent live-action Smurfs movie is looking to make another part animated endeavor starring one Gordon Shumway. Considering that part of Alf’s charm was his foamy costume, one can only hope they somehow convince the studio to go the Ted route and unleash an R-rated extravaganza full of jokes about how he eats cats.
  • In the wake of Joss Whedon reupping as writer/director of The Avengers 2, DC Comics and Warner Bros must feel like the kid picked last at gym class. So they tried to flail about and wave their hands by announcing they were courting directors for The Justice League movie. The two names they floated? David Yates, director of the last few Harry Potter films, and Ben Affleck, former life partner of J. Lo and Matt Damon. Rumor has it, Affleck already said no, leaving it up to Yates to get fanboys excited. Good luck with that, Davey. 

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 (movieha.libsyn.com/rss), catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 (cd1059.com) on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and on KVNO 90.7 (KVNO.org) at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).


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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

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No Big Bang

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