Cutting Room for March 21

  • Don’t worry, I promise I’m not lying and the following film series Israel. Get it? “is-real?” It’s funnier out loud, so remind me to tell it to you again in person. Anyhoodle, Film Streams (filmstreams.org) is collaborating with The Natan and Hannah Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies at UNO and the University of Nebraska Foundation to bring a downright Judaic film series to The Ruth Sokolof Theatre on the last three Thursdays in April. It all starts on April 12 at 7 pm with Restoration, which will be followed by a post-show discussion led by Dr. Ran Kuttner from Creighton University School of Law. Then on April 19 at 7 pm, Happy You’re Alive will be screened, with a Q&A with director Hilla Medalia after. Finally, on April 26 at 7 pm, Footnote will be shown with a post-show discussion led by Dr. Moshe Gershovich From UNO. This is can’t-miss cool kosher cinema. Props if you mentally pronounced that last “C” as a hard “C.”
  • Although it goes against my strong belief that the infiltration of text speak into everyday life is marginally worse than an infestation of smallpox, Can U Feel It is coming to Omaha. It’s a documentary about the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, which is where DJs and producers put on an epic extravaganza of dance music enjoyed by thousands of screaming fans who are totally not high on drugs…they just think hands are “so weird.” So if you like the feeling of hearing pulsating sound but prefer to not be sweat on by strangers, head to AMC Oakview 24 (amctheatres.com/Oakview) on Thursday March 22. Actually, with the devolution of in-theater behaviors these days, I can’t actually promise the no-sweating-on-by-strangers thing.

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Movieha! - Omaha’s favorite movie podcast

Greetings earthlings. We come in peace. Or at least in pieces. This week our audio extravaganza is inexplicably divisive, as Matt and I brawl repeatedly over the sorts of things nobody should really brawl about (including, but not limited to varying opinions on breakfast cereals). This week we discuss fairy tales and garbage pails, a murdering wolf-kid trailer, the problems with John Carter's John Carter, the vile spawn of Tom Hanks, and poetry. All in all, it's not a bad way to treat your ears. Listen up, and I'll meet you on the other side with the trailers we discussed.

On Your Radar: Citadel

Feral children are the most horrifying things in the world. They combine my fear of children and, you know, werewolves. It's a horror movie that isn't exactly a horror movie, and those are my favorites. Get terrified below!

Netflix Roulette: Poolboy

This is real. This is a real thing. And we're going to watch it. I would describe further, but I really think the trailer speaks for itself.

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Cutting Room for March 14

  • You may not know this, but in addition to being the owner of a series of unfortunate hairpieces and a private island used primarily for wolf-like moon howling, Nicholas Cage also owns a crap-ton of comic books. In fact, he once owned a copy of the most valuable comic book in the world: “Action Comics Number 1,” which features the first appearance of Superman and is valued at $1.5 million. In 2000, the issue was stolen from Cage, and was found in a storage locker more than a decade later. Now this event is being fictionalized into a movie called Action No. 1. So the question is: Who should play Nicholas Cage? The answer: Nicholas Cage. He will play himself as a mullet-wearing voodoo priest with a porn-stache and Tourette’s syndrome. And it will be glorious.
  • Elle Fanning, who staked her name to the title of “most talented Fanning” with her turn in Super 8, is going to take a nap. That is to say, she’s going to play the Sleeping Beauty in Maleficent, with Angelina Jolie in the titular role. Jolie figures to be dealing with a lot of makeup and computer-generated prosthetics. No, not because she’s playing a witch, but because her weight has dropped so low that she’s officially translucent.
  • Topher Grace, who keeps insisting that he’s not dead, is more than just a seemingly forgotten sit-com star; he’s also a Star Wars addict. Last week he unveiled an 85-minute movie that he personally edited, which was composed of content from all three prequels. Shockingly, the response was overwhelmingly good, a word rarely associated with those three films. While chances are we will never see the finished work, it’s nice to know that a watchable version exists, and we owe it all to the kid from “That 70s Show.”

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The Skeleton Twins

A dramedy about suicide elevated by its stars.

GRADE
B


Frank

A band that has a lead singer with a fake head will win your heart.

GRADE
A-


The Trip to Italy

Another affable outing with two British comedians.

GRADE
B+


Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Still a fun place to visit, provided you're not a woman.

GRADE
C


The Giver

This adaptation of Lois Lowry's beloved award-winning classic will be none of those things.

GRADE
D


Boyhood

The only coming-of-age story anyone ever needs to make. 

GRADE
A+


Guardians of the Galaxy

A gleeful space opera that is as visually stunning as it is hilarious.

GRADE
A


Fall? Oh, me!

I’ve reviewed movies professionally for more than a dozen years. The few weeks immediately surrounding the end of summer has...

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Bro-man Holiday

First things first: The Trip to Italy, the sequel to 2010’s surprise hit The Trip, may be the whitest movie ever made....

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Bleak and White

Celebrated narcissist and Freddy Krueger look-a-like Frank Miller gives the women he writes a plethora of career choices....

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Take It Back

Fail gloriously, if you must fail. Go down swinging for the fences, punchdrunk and confident you’re making something truly...

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