Cutting Room for July 13

  • Although they must be using Andy Rooney’s bedtime as the threshold by considering 8 p.m. to be “late,” the Joslyn Art Museum’s “Late ‘Til 8” extended evening hours will feature 3 documentaries presented in collaboration with the POV series from PBS (provided the GOP hasn’t made PBS DOA by that ETA). The three documentaries will focus on different perspectives regarding the American West, and the screenings are at 6 p.m. and are free with regular museum admission. For more info, including the film lineup, head to joslyn.org. The only thing more cultured than watching documentaries in a museum is bacteria.

  • This is a friendly reminder that the 2012 Omaha Film Festival (omahafilmfestival.org) is 9 months away. So if you want to have a baby on the red carpet, I’d hurry up and conceive it. If you’re just looking to enter a film, remember that the early entry deadline has already passed, so no worms for you, but you still can hit the regular deadline of Sept 9 or the late deadline of November 11. Help out the festival by heading to their site and filling out a handy survey and by writing the official dates of the seventh annual festival (March 7-11, 2012) in blood on your wall. I’d suggest pen on a calendar but that’s just not dramatic enough.

  • Marcus Theatres (marcustheatres.com) think that kids rule, which is news to frustrated parents. In this case, they’re actually referring to their annual Summer Film Series called “Kids Rule,” which lets parents take their suddenly school-less children to 10 a.m. screenings on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings through August 11. The 20 Grand Theatre will be participating, and the list of films is now up on the site. Unsurprisingly, that list does not include The Hangover Part II, despite my best efforts.

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), and also catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 (cd1059.com) on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).


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Cutting Room for July 6

  • You may not know it, but I’m a poet. Don’t let that stale and uninspired rhyme fool you, I’ve been a participant and fan of slam poetry since I learned how to wield awkward political metaphors with staccato delivery. Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater (filmstreams.org) must be enthusiasts too because they’re bringing Greg Jacobs, director of the slam poetry-centric documentary Louder Than a Bomb, for a Q&A on Friday, July 29 following a 7 p.m. screening of his film. Get more details at the web site for what I’m sure will be a slam (poetry) dunk of an event. I promise my poems are way better than this write-up.

  • Did you find yourself reading Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness or Alexandre Dumas’ Count of Monte Cristo and think to yourself: these really call for a big-budget, sci-fi adaptation? No? This is why you’ll never make it in Hollywood. Within a day of one another, these two inexplicable projects were announced, setting off a race to see who can defile a literary classic faster. Whoever wins, we lose.

  • Diablo Cody has had a bad run. The last movie she wrote, Jennifer’s Body, flopped (likely due to copious use of Megan Fox). The TV show she created, “The United States of Tara,” was just canceled. Not to mention that she’s been unfairly bagged on ever since snagging the best screenplay Oscar for Juno. This sucks because Cody is really talented. So I’m pulling for Lamb of God, her upcoming directorial debut about a conservative woman who survives a plane crash only to lose her faith and go on a sinnin’ binge. Talented ladies like Cody shouldn’t have to endure inexplicable backlashes, so here’s hoping this one’s a winner.

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), and also catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 (cd1059.com) on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).


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Cutting Room for June 29

  • Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater (filmstreams.org) is promising what thousands of dollars in plastic surgeries and ritual sacrifices to pagan gods have not delivered: immortality. At least, that’s what I presume they’re offering with Forever Young, their ongoing series of family and children’s movies that run from July 9 to October 6. Beginning with Mia and the Migoo, the series also includes a peek at A World of Animation From the Children’s Film Festival Seattle, which includes seven short films from around the world. Information about showtimes and other films is available at the site. Just let me know if you find out how many kids’ movies I have to see to get rid of these eyebrow wrinkles.

  • As if that wasn’t enough, Film Streams is also attempting to redeem screwball romantic comedies, which I can only assume means putting Katherine Heigl down like a rabid dog. From July 22 until September 29, Film Streams is screening 10 classic laugh-fests like The Philadelphia Story and His Girl Friday. You know, movies that would be dumbed-down and star modestly talented, should-be-fashion-models if they were made today.

  • The Harry Potter phenomenon in its twilight—meaning it’s about to be over, not that it now features sparkly, pale, homeless-looking vampires. So don’t forget to check out events around town like Aksarben Cinema’s (aksarbencinema.com) screening of The Deathly Hallows Part I. On July 14th, just one day before Harry and Voldemort finally get it on…er…duel with wands…er…have their epic final fight, you can see an 8 pm showing of the first half of the final chapter. Plus, just by going, you’ll receive a collectible card that allows you priority seating at the midnight showing of Part II just hours later. It’s positively Potter-ific.

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), and also catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 (cd1059.com) on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).


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The Trip to Italy

Another affable outing with two British comedians.

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B+


Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

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

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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. 

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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


Lucy

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

GRADE
C+


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Those damned apes are back and anything but dirty.

GRADE
B+


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

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A


Take It Back

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Cinéma Very Tame

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Grade A-Holes

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