Cutting Room for August 29

How much more can failed 1980s television show “The Greatest American Hero” give us as a people? Not only was it groundbreaking for its willingness to cast a dude with a perm as a superhero, but it provided the greatest theme song ever with “Believe It or Not.” That song, in turn, became the basis for “Seinfeld” having George Costanza record his amazing musical answering machine message “Believe it or not, George isn’t at home.” You’ve done enough, crappy 80s sci-fi show. And yet, now comes word that Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie, 21 and 22 Jump Street) are bringing us a reboot of the hapless hero who discovers a suit that gives him powers. If only we still had answering machines. If anybody other than They Might Be Giants covers the classic theme, so help me…

Well, well, well... Joaquin Phoenix, the man who once pretended to quit acting and become a rapper, is about to ink a deal to headline Marvel’s Doctor Strange. While, on the one hand, imagining Phoenix as a sorcerer who travels between worlds and messes with the supernatural seems perfectly reasonable, the thought of him signing one of those epic multipicture deals Marvel forces upon its actors doesn’t. I’m excited, but ask Ed Norton how that whole Hulk deal worked out.

Chloë Grace Moretz is a remarkably talented young actress. So you’ll have to forgive her for her recent statements about Kick-Ass 3. She pointed to the fact that Kick-Ass 2 was the most pirated movie last year and concludes that the reason why there won’t be a third film is directly linked to that fact. In reality, there won’t be a third film because nobody wants to see a third film, via piracy or otherwise. While I’ll be the first to point fingers and shame movie stealers, this would-be trilogy didn’t die at the hands of pirates but was skewered by the pens of the writers for the last movie.

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Cutting Room for August 22

I always suspected, but now I know for sure: The O in David O. Russell stands for Omaha. At least, it will this November, when the Academy Award-nominated director joins Academy Award winner Alexander Payne at a theater that received an Academy Award grant! Film Streams (filmstreams.org) has announced that its annual fundraiser celebration, Feature VI, will be held on Monday Nov 10 at 7 pm in the Holland Performing Arts Center. You’ll want to snag tickets fast, which go on sale for members on Friday Aug 29 and for nonmembers on Wed Sept 3. As a reminder, Russell has worked with Jennifer Lawrence not once, but twice. So there’s a good chance that Payne may finally ask Russell the questions I’ve been dying to have answered: what is her hair regimen and does she fart rainbows?

Speaking of everyone’s favorite potential rainbow farter, Jennifer Lawrence has already worked with a ton of talented directors for an actress with such a brief filmography. Now comes word she may work with one of the best. She’s circling Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. It’s a movie about stagecoach travelers stuck in blizzard in Wyoming. Of course, her casting makes no sense, as it is physically impossible to hate Jennifer Lawrence.

Nicolas Winding Refn is one of the most promising new directors, even if his films are as challenging as pronouncing his last name. One of the projects he almost did, The Bringing, is sadly sliding off of his plate and on to Jeremy Lovering’s. The film is about a real-life Canadian tourist who was found dead in a water tank at a hotel that was known to be frequented by serial killers and was later a suicide hotspot. It seems like either one of those things would be enough to have nuked that building from space… 

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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


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Bleak and White

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Take It Back

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