Cutting Room for March 30

  • Although I don’t need an excuse to be overly communicative, the University of Nebraska at Omaha is giving me one the last week of April. The school will recognize it as “Communication Week,” and one of the cool happenings during this celebration of all things communicatively connected will take place at the Aksarben Cinema. On Tuesday, April 26 at 5:30 p.m., the theater will screen DuSable to Obama: Chicago’s Black Metropolis, a documentary written by the dean of UNO’s School of Communication, Gail F. Baker. Those who wish to check out this powerful history of Chicago’s African-American community should drop an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). There. I’ve done my best to communicate the communicative communications of Communication Week.

  • Likely drawn in by the repeating initials, Amy Adams will be Lois Lane in Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot. The lovely thespian will be able to show off a wide range of emotions, including “frightened,” “helpless” and “moderately sassy.” It’s the type of role actresses are drawn to for so many reasons … reasons that can be stacked neatly and handed to a bank teller.

  • In what the uninspired will surely call “Ballet-Gate,” a scandal has erupted over the dancing in Black Swan. A body double named Sarah Lane is claiming that she was actually the body in 95 percent of the full-body dance scenes in Black Swan, making Natalie Portman’s Oscar-winning performance significantly less impressive. The film’s choreographer, Benjamin Millepied, says Natalie did 85 percent of the dancing ... although, it may be hard to trust him because he 100 percent totally knocked-up Natalie Portman. Is this an unknown body double’s attempt to get media attention or have we been hoodwinked? Luckily, nobody really cares.

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Cutting Room for March 23

  • I think I accidentally mentally combined the two events that Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater (filmstreams.org) have planned for April 1 to June 16. They’re doing another installment of two film series: “Forever Young Family and Children’s Series” and “Great Directors.” But I’m pretty sure that kids won’t be rushing to see 8 1/2 and that Pete’s Dragon wasn’t a Fellini movie (although I wish it was). For accurate lists of when each series will be showing what, I recommend checking the site and not asking me, as I’m likely to suggest you take the family to go see Satyricon.

  • Attack the Block, a flick in which urban British youth fight aliens, is getting rave reviews and sparking an interesting discussion: Do the thick accents the kids sport warrant subtitles for the wide release? A legion of moviegoers are prone to grab a pitchfork and torch at the thought of reading during movies. However, the potential of hearing “what did he say?” a thousand times and the fact that I have no allergic reaction to seeing words on a screen leaves me hoping they slap some text on this bad boy. Regardless, it’s an interesting discussion, no?

  • Magic Kingdom has been described as Night at the Museum in Disneyland, or as I summarize it, “Oh God … please … no!” But the first draft was written by Ron Moore, who made millions love the reboot of Battlestar Galactica. Now comes word that the rewrite duties will be handled by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon. This is like that one time that a Nobel Prize-winning physicist made me a sandwich at Subway.

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Cutting Room for March 9

  • Close friends of mine are afraid of birds. Those folks should prepare to be terrified, as Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater is taking your feathered nemeses one terrifying step further. Ghost Bird, a documentary about the discovery of the long-extinct ivory-billed woodpecker, should be intimidating to avian-phobes on title alone. On March 15, a collaboration with the Nebraska Chapter of the Nature Conservancy will result in a discussion following a screening of the film. For tickets, check out filmstreams.org, but let me save some of you time at the Q&A: No, they are not all “out to get you.” You just smell like bread.

  • When Alcon Entertainment, a Warner Brothers-based production company, snapped up rights to make prequels or sequels to Blade Runner, fans collectively had a tiny mouth regurgitation. Thankfully, they’re at least saying the right things, as Alcon producer Andrew Kosove said they would love to have Christopher Nolan direct an installment. While this is the equivalent of sitting on a mall-Santa’s lap and asking for a bicycle, at least their heart is in the right place.

  • JJ Abrams just cast Jesus. Well, that is to say Abrams and buddy Jonah Nolan (Chris’s brother… and original creator for the concept of Memento) have cast Jim Caviezel (the Christ from The Passion of the Christ) as the lead in “Person of Interest,” their new TV pilot. Also starring Michael Emerson (“Lost”), I am officially a person interested in this show.

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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

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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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