Cutting Room for July 20

  • Although “Blossom” trained us to believe something labeled a “special program” is going to tackle icky molestation or teen drinking issues, that’s not what Marcus Theaters means by “special summer programming.” Starting July 28, Village Pointe Cinema will offer various theatrical and musical performances, including the Globe Theatre’s performance of both parts of “Henry IV” and soprano Renee Fleming and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Prices and showtimes vary, so hit up marcustheatres.com for more details. With this much fine art, the one detail I can promise: No Joey Lawrence.
     
  • Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater (filmstreams.org) has not one but two notably noteworthy notes to note this week. First up, on Tuesday, August 9 at 7 p.m., the theater will buddy up with the Latino Academic Achievement Council, Nebraska Appleseed and Plains States Region Anti-Defamation League to present a screening and discussion about the film When We Stop Counting. Despite the title, the documentary does not follow the death of The Count from “Sesame Street,” but follows Latino students in Crete, Nebraska, which should prompt healthy discourse about education and immigration. Film Streams is also getting ready for their week-long 2011 Local Filmmakers Showcase, which runs from August 19-25. We’ll have an in-depth look at that event in the next few weeks. Look at me foreshadow!  
     
  • Don’t confuse the following two summer series from Rave Motion Pictures. Although films in both series only cost $5 and both are showing at the Westroads 14 from July 21 to August 25, one is the Rave Senior Classics series and the other is the Rave Horror Film series. If you confuse them, you will accidentally send Grandpa to Texas Chainsaw Massacre instead of Cocoon. I recommend checking ravemotionpictures.com carefully.

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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Movieha - Omaha’s Movie Podcast!

Okay, so here's the skinny: Our little site here has been undergoing some back-end transformations, which sounds way, way dirtier than it actually is. Those backend problems have prevented me from dumping (I have got to watch my mouth) these podcast links on the Reader site for awhile now. This also means you haven't been able to see any of the fine, fine trailers we've talked about. So, I'm going to do a little catch-up this week. That means no box office haikus this week, although for you haiku lovers, Matt and I DO get our haiku on DURING Episode 12, so there's that. I'm going to do this in descending order for you. You're all very smart, you'll figure this out. And if you don't want to have to wait for our backend to squeeze out what's needed, remember to sign up for our RSS feed HERE, download our podcasts and rave about us in the comments section of iTunes HERE, follow us on Twitter HERE, and become a fan of us on Facebook HERE! And as always, email any comments and concerns to Movieha@gmail.com.

EPISODE 12 - Tuvarian Goat Singing

On Your Radar Trailer: Juan of the Dead

Netflix Roulette: Phantom Museums: Short Films of the Quay Brothers

Episode 11 - Why are mommy and daddy fighting?

On Your Radar Trailer: Myth of the American Sleepover

Netflix Roulette: Rubber

Episode 10 - Ryan has a potty mouth

On Your Radar: Singham

Netflix Roulette: I Saw the Devil


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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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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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