Cutting Room for April 13

  • You can keep the absanity of Ryan Reynolds or the chiseled chin of Clooney, my man crush is and will remain Ira Glass, the master of ceremonies for NPR’s “This American Life.” Don’t laugh! That splendiferous purveyor of radio nuggets is a national treasure! And he’s coming to our local screens. On Thursday May 10 at 7 pm and Tuesday May 15 at 7:30 pm, Village Pointe Cinema (marcustheatres.com) will screen This American Life Live! You Can’t Do That on the Radio, and it will be glorious. For $20 and $18, respectively, you will be treated to hours of music, dance, comedy and more that follows the thematic trends of the weekly radio program. Now all we need is Terry Gross to do a calendar photo shoot and my life is complete.
  • Robocop may technically be cold, dead, reaminated flesh, but some hot living actors are being sought for roles. Edward Norton, Gael Garcia Bernal and beloved grumpus Sean Penn are all being pursued for roles. Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean anything, as being pursued and being caught are two different things (isn’t that right, Mr. Zimmerman?). Still, the thought of Penn as the right-wing reporter Novack and Norton as the dude who created Robocop is enough to make me think this just may not be terrible.
  • Robert Rodriguez is reportedly courting Michelle Williams and Mel Gibson for Machete Kills, the sequel to his gore-tastic grindhouse B-movie. Although the precise roles the two will play remain under wraps, I think I speak for all of humanity when I ask that Gibson play a role that allows the title character to stick his moniker into him. That came out wrong…

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Cutting Room for April 11

  • I’m a sucker for romantic comedies. Oh, I could try to shield my masculinity with a denial, but the reality is that I have, on more than one occasion, failed to turn the channel when Win a Date with Tad Hamilton was one. So it’s with joy that I announce Omaha will soon have its own horse in that genre race. On Thursday, April 19 at 7 pm, Aksarben Cinema (aksarbencinema.com) will host a screening of PerfectMatch, a feature-length film created by Omaha residents Mark Booker and Nic Roewert. The flick has a built-in one-line pitch, as it follows a man and woman who meets via an Internet dating site for which the man works…and at which he manipulates the site to create “a perfect match.” It’s like I always say, don’t trust anything you read on the Internet…but if you’re reading this on the Internet, my logic may have just accidentally created a mental Mobius strip from which there’s no escape.
  • While I definitely recommend the following cinematic experience, I do not recommend it for first dates. Film Streams (filmstreams.org) and the Institute for Holocaust Education are welcoming director Michael Kleiman on Thursday, May 3 at 7 pm for a screening of The Last Survivor. The definitely unromantic film follows the lives of survivors from a quartet of tragedies, including Rwanda, Darfur and the Congo. A post-show discussion will follow, so if you ignore my advice, be prepared for your date to ask Kleiman the question: “Can you believe I’m here under the pretense of romance?”
  • They’re making Raging Bull II. Don’t double check your calendar, April Fool’s Day has sailed by. This is a real thing humanity has chosen to do. The film is going to follow a young version of Robert DeNiro’s character from the iconic Martin Scorsese work, which none of those talented people returning. Remember when you saw that last crappy remake/sequel and exclaimed “what’s next?” This. This is next.

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

Once more into the breech my good men and women. This week's installment (which will have to tide you over, as we're taking a week of next week...I'm penning this missive from the great state of Texas!) is chock full of the goodness you've come to expect from your favorite movie dudes. We've got April fool's talk, the worst sequel idea ever, a sassy trailer, an in-depth review of "adult animation" and a soul-crushing Netflix roulette pick. Enjoy!

On Your Radar: The Sweeney

Are we NOT going to post a trailer for a film that involves a lot of British blokes pointing guns angrily? Didn't think so.

Netflix Roulette: Rare Exports

Yes, it's April. Yes, this is a Christmas movie. No, I won't apologize for choosing it.

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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


Nightcrawler

A condemnation of crime pornography with a chilling central character.

GRADE
A


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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The Burden of Actual Christianity

Most praise for writer/director Jesse Moss’s documentary, The Overnighters, has rightly been focused on its Steinbeckian...

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