Cutting Room for January 25

  • Movies about Shakespeare aren’t just for high-school kids looking to avoid reading their homework. Each Tuesday in February at 6 pm, Aksarben Cinema (aksarbencinema.com) and Nebraska Shakespeare are teaming up to bring you a movie from or inspired by the bard. Each screening will be followed by a discussion featuring Associate Artistic Director Vincent Carlson-Brown and guest scholar D. Scott Glasser, Chair of the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Department of Theater. The films include Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar and The Boys from Syracuse. Need more motivation than classic works by the best writer in the history of writing? Free food. Show up at 5:30 and munch on free appetizers. To eat or not to eat, that’s really no question.
  • Documentaries are good; documentaries that try to do good are…even gooder? So if you needed another reason to seek out West of Memphis, the new documentary about the West Memphis Three (Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley), a recent press release may give you one. Producers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh funded an investigation aimed at finding out who really killed three young boys in 1993, as countless probes have demonstrated the men in prison are likely innocent. Well, turns out that investigation yielded new testimony from three witnesses who claim to know the real murderer. Here’s hoping the film’s release comes with a side portion of justice.
  • Chuck Norris, old though he may be, is still finding new ways to suck. Case in point, the only reason The Expendables 2 exists is presumably for violent escapism. Norris’ involvement came with a caveat that the film has to be PG-13. There goes the copious violence. Now their audience is down to man-boob lovers and Sylvester Stallone’s family.

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Movieha - Omaha’s Movie Podcast!

Episode 38 of the greatest podcast to ever be hosted by guys named Ryan Syrek and Matt Lockwood is here! We talk about all sortsa stuff this week, including space jockeys, bellies that are Delhi, and we even discuss Gary Oldman's medication levels. Give your ears a yum yum and meet me after for the trailers!

On Your Radar

Seriously, are we NOT going to at least mention the arrival of another film from the man who inadvertantly made Nic Cage yell "How'd it get burned" 100 times before kicking Leelee Sobieski in the chest? That's right, Wicker Tree is the latest in the "Wicker" series. And I'm seeing it.

Netflix Roulette

I have a bad feeling about this one. It's mostly because of the Hartnett. Never trust a man who squints that much.

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Cutting Room for January 18

  • If you like your comedy web-based and sexually transmitted, “Herpe Betty” may be calling your name. Straight outta O-town, the first episode in the proposed ongoing series features a score by Jacob Thiele (The Faint) and stars Craig Dee (Tilly and the Wall), Sam Martin (Capgun Coup) and Thiele, along with Michelle Murphy and Joey Edwards (from the Omaha comedy group “Do It With Us”). As for the plot, well… Let’s just say there are esoteric misadventures and bizarre comedy beats aplenty in this, um, unique endeavor. The series is looking for funding, so if you have a few shekels to spare, hit up their fundraising site at kickstarter.com/projects/53586275/herpe-betty-webseries, where you can watch the first episode. I can promise that you haven’t seen anything quite like it.
  • It may be the slimmest month in terms of days, but February is fat with activity over at Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater (filmstreams.org). On Feb 1 at 7 pm, things kick off with Urbanized, a documentary about issues that shape cities. It will be followed by a post-show discussion with folks from the Omaha Planning Department, the Metropolitan Planning Agency and Seventy Five North Revitalization Corp. Then, on Feb 7 at 7 pm, Miss Representation will be screened. This documentary about the portrayal of women in mainstream media will be followed by a discussion moderated by Ellie Archer, the executive director of the Women’s Fund of Omaha, and featuring Nebraska State Senator Tanya Cook, Roberta Wilhelm (executive director of Girls Inc.) and Brook Hudson (former Miss Nebraska). Finally, on Feb 22 at 7 pm, the documentary American Teacher will be screened for free, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Nancy Edick (dean of the College of Education at UNO) and featuring Nebraska State Senator Brenda Council and fourth-grade teacher Maddie Fennell (chair of the National Commission on Effective Teachers and the 2007 Nebraska Teacher of the Year). Hit their site for more details on this trifecta of awesome events!

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

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D


Boyhood

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

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A+


Guardians of the Galaxy

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

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A


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

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

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A


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A-


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