Cutting Room for June 8

  • Unless your name rhymes with Schmonald Schlump, you probably don’t scoff at things that are free. This goes doubly for those of you who are parents, as I’m told owning kiddies is expensive. Owning is the correct term to use, right? At any rate, Aksarben Cinema (aksarbencinema.com) has kicked off their Free Family Flicks series, which is pretty much what it sounds like. The theater will show free family-based movies on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 am throughout the summer in order to keep the kids cool and your wallet from hemorrhaging further. As I’ve said for years, movies are the world’s best babysitters: You never come home to find a film groping its boyfriend and faintly smelling of pot.

  • The rumored short list for the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie includes, Alfonso Cuaron (not going to happen), Sam Raimi (possible, but he is busy planning World of Warcraft) and Tim Burton among others. My secret hope: Burton agrees and then redeems himself by executing Captain Jack on screen, thus killing a franchise and proving he is not totally dead creatively.

  • If you need any adorable, I’m afraid you can’t have any. Why? Because Save the Date is using it all up, as it will team up the flesh-and-blood-version-of-a-Disney-princess Alison Brie (“Community”) and Lizzy Caplan (“Party Down”), the she-hipster you’d endure a false perception of whimsy and irony in order to touch. Oh, and it’s another blorkin’ wedding movie, as one super-cutie will play someone getting married and the other will play someone who sees no use for marriage. It may break less ground than an anorexic starlet tripping in the dirt, but at least the leads are huggable.

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Movieha - Omaha’s Movie Podcast (May 27)

Hey gang, welcome to my very special BIRTHDAY episode of Movieha! Unwrap this gift with your ears and meet me on the other side.

Hope you liked it! We're still running out of time for our insta-sequel segment, so it's going to remain a bonus episode on Monday. Below we have the weekend box office predictions, the trailer we mentioned in On Your Radar, and the Netflix movie for next week. But before we get to that, I have a special request for you: My cousin James Syrek is making a short film that I've had the pleasure of hearing lots about. It's a twisty, turny psychological thriller and I can't WAIT to see it get made. It's called Syncope, and it needs YOUR help. He's a bit short on the final bit of funding, so he needs a few well-intended investors to help him cross the finish line. Please, please, please head HERE to pitch in whatever you can to help a dear, dear friend and talented artist get his vision made. As anyone will tell you, indie flicks are hard to make, especially short films, so do what you can to help someone who I promise won't let you down get his vision to the world.

And now, BOX OFFICE HAIKUS!

Box Office Haikus

Here are last week’s results along with my patented formula that reveals my predictive accuracy:

Box Office May 13-15
1.) Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - $90 million (Accuracy of prediction - 97%)
2.) Bridesmaids - $20 million (Accuracy of prediction - 100%)
3.) Thor - $15 million (Accuracy of prediction - 86.5%)
4.) Fast 5 - $10 million (Accuracy of prediction - 100%)
5.) Priest - $5 million (Accuracy of prediction - 100%)

Overall accuracy of prediction - 97%

My best week ever.
And I have Pirates to thank?
This is bittersweet.

Now, on to this week’s predictions!

Box Office Predictions for May 20-22

1.) The Hangover Part 2 - $85 million
This is the same film,
but somehow it's still funny
How did that happen?

2.) Kung Fu Panda 2- $82 million
Fat panda is back!
And he still does karate!
Do you still love him?

3.) Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides- $40 million
Walk the plank, assholes.
Your run at plundering ends!
Back to the theme park!

4.) Bridesmaids - $15 million
Love you, Kristen Wiig!
Funniest movie this year!
Take that, Hangover.

5.) Thor - $10 million
You done good, blondie.
But it's back to Asgard now.
You will be back soon.

On Your Radar: The Island Trailer

This is a weird blend of generic Hollywood movie...and insane Gondry-esque visuals. The dive straight into existentialism seems brilliant and blissful. I for one am in, what say you?

Netflix: Four Lions Trailer

Based on the recommendation of Andrew Merczak, we are willing to try this streaming flick about the funny side of terrorism. Bin Laden's dead, so we can all laugh about it now, right? No? Yeah, that's why I want to see if this works as well as it seems to in the trailer!

That's it for this week. Thanks again for all your support! Please 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 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Cutting Room for June 1

  • Girls rock! And that’s not just a warm-fuzzy I’m passing to the other gender in the hopes that they’ll like me back; it’s a defensible fact provable by evidence provided by Film Streams Ruth Sokolof Theater (filmstreams.org). On Tuesday, July 6 at 7 pm, the theater will buddy up with Omaha Girls Rock to present, um, Girls Rock! The Movie. The 2007 documentary about Portland’s rock and roll camp for girls will be screened prior to a panel discussion about Omaha’s own Rock Camp for Girls (omahagirlsrock.com), which runs July 11-16 at the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Department of Music. To all the lasses who throw up the horns, mosh it up and make with the rockin’, we salute you.

  • I’m a big, big fan of Marcus Theatres’ “Reel Movies for Real Needs” film series. The series creates a better environment for special needs children by screening movies with lower sound volume and brighter lighting in the theater, not to mention an increased tolerance of verbal reactions and other demonstrative behaviors. Village Pointe Cinema (marcustheatres.com/Theatre/TheatreDetail/165/) will show Kung Fu Panda 2 on June 4 and Cars 2 on June 25. More information is available through the theater. As someone who believes in the calming and often transformative power that the imagination inherent in movies can provide, it’s so nice to see it offered to those who don’t often get to experience it in theaters as it should be.

  • Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life won the prestigious Palme D’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival, while Kirsten Dunst walked away with best actress for her role in Lars von Trier’s Melancholia. Not to be outdone, von Trier won the equally prestigious “Reminder That Nobody Should Joke About Hitler” award.

Cutting Room provides breaking local and national movie news … complete with added sarcasm. Send any relevant information to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). 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 Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The epic conclusion to the most epic of epics.

GRADE
A-


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


Happy, Little Clouded

Actual human beings made The Tale of Princess Kaguya, and you can tell. A water-colored rebuke of the robots who...

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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

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Oopsie Genius

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