Cutting Room for June 8

  • Because this year’s College World Series takes place a hop, skip and a jump (and you can probably leave out the jump) from the front doors of Film Streams, the theater goes into a different scheduling cycle starting June 15. On gamedays, one hour prior to the first game’s start time, the theater converts into the artiest sports bar you’ve ever been to, complete with beer and a huge screen on which to watch the games. On non-gamedays, it’s business as usual, with screenings of Peace, Love & Misunderstanding and The Cabin in the Woods (an early contender for my best-of-the-year shortlist). Only in Omaha can you watch sports in an art house movie theater. Go, go, Big O!
  • It’s also worth noting that, unlike my staunchly conservative grandfather and anyone who remembers Monster in Law, Film Streams loves them some Jane Fonda. Not only is the iconic actress highlighting Feature IV, the biggest fundraiser of their year, but from June 29 until August 30, the theater will be honoring the former Mrs. Turner with a repertory series of films. This 11-film run will include, among others, Klute, Julia, The China Syndrome, Nine to Five and, of course, Barbrella, the movie that encouraged puberty in many a young lad. If you have a question about individual showtimes, head to filmstreams.org. If you have a question about Barbarella’s costume, keep it to yourself.
  • It may be a wee bit early, but seeing as how Bat-fans can be bananas, it’s worth noting that Aksarben Cinema (aksarbencinema.com) will be showing Batman Begins and The Dark Knight immediately before the midnight debut of The Dark Knight Rises on July 19. Ten bucks gets you admission to the first two flicks, while TDKR is regular priced, and tickets are on sale as of June 11. No word on whether seductively dancing the Batusi is acceptable payment.

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Cutting Room for June 1

  • Film Streams (filmstreams.org) is going a long way for a play on words here, but they’ve earned it. Leading up to their fifth anniversary on July 27, a momentous occasion that makes me feel older than my desire to eat dinner at 4:30, the theater is celebrating for the next nine weeks, culminating with Jane Fonda coming to town for a fundraiser on July 22. They’re calling it “Nine to Five.” If you don’t get that reference, you need to get slapped with Dolly Parton’s bazooms. The celebration is going to include a look back at milestones for the theater and a healthy dose of appreciation for those who made it all happen. But you know, for bringing high-brow art cinema to our humble Big O, I kinda feel like we should be the ones thanking them.
  • Have no fear, Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse are reportedly close to signing on to reprise their roles in Kick-Ass 2. As interesting as that is, I am more curious if they are going to be faithful to the source material when it comes to names. While Mitz-Plasse (he who shall forever be known as McLovin’) played Red Mist in the first film, the comic sequel changes his name to…well, let’s just say it rhymes with Brother Trucker. If you thought the first film pushed boundaries, I promise you are not ready for what Brother Trucker does this time around.
  • George Lucas has announced that he is moving away from Lucasfilm to focus on experimental, smaller films. While this may sound like a reason to fire up the Ewok drums and rain down some Gungan confetti, the bearded-neckless-one is not relinquishing oversight of the Star Wars universe so much as leaving day-to-day operations to Kathleen Kennedy, who can be counted on to ensure Lucas’ legacy of ruining something we all once loved continues onward.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The epic conclusion to the most epic of epics.

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A-


The Babadook

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

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A


The Tale of Princess Kaguya

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

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B-


The Theory of Everything

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

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B+


Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

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

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B+


Birdman

A delirously fun satirical send up of artistic pretension. 

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B+


The Overnighters

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GRADE
A-


Interstellar

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

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D


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