Cutting Room for March 28

  • In a sad societal statement, this week I heard more of a public outcry about what Michael Bay said about the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live-action movie than about the Trayvon Martin case. My Twitter feed and Facebook blew up with the kind of outrage that should follow a racially motivated murder and not, say, the revelation that the TMNT origin is being rewritten so that they are space aliens. Don’t get me wrong, this is categorically stupid, but it doesn’t even necessarily rank at the top of Bay’s worst atrocities when you consider what he routinely does with a camera to women.
  • For those keeping score at home, we will soon have zero cinematic adaptations of “Catcher in the Rye” and at least one of the life story of Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Dirty White Boy will feature “The Wire’s” Michael K. Williams as the deceased former Wu-Tanger in a recounting of how the rapper was conned by an unknown VH1 production assistant into letting him manage his career. Oh yeah, and it sort of worked…until he died. With the makers of last year’s Oscar winner The Beginners on board, how great would it be to hear “For the role of Ol’ Dirty Bastard, the Oscar goes to…”
  • A study from The Hollywood Reporter found that more than 50% of people age 18-34 think that using social media isn’t just acceptable, they would seek out theaters that would let them do that, which is 100% terrible. The study found other interesting things, like how one in three people have been influenced to see a movie based on a Facebook or Twitter post, but I couldn’t get past that first fact. If you’re one of those people, I highly recommend this new place to watch movies where you can use all the social media you want. It’s called “home.”

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On Your Radar: The Sound of My Voice

This is how I like my sci-fi best: subtle and smart. Oh hell, who am I kidding, I'll gobble up dumb and obvious sci-fi like a malnourished hungry, hungry hippo. Still, this looks goooood.

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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.

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 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.

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

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GRADE
A-


Interstellar

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

GRADE
D


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