Cutting Room for October 24

We’ve been patient. But now, finally, we are getting the single most important product a movie ever promised us. Hendo Hover is determined to make real, usable hoverboards in 2015. You heard me. Marty McFly’s floating skateboard from Back to the Future is allegedly coming next year. I knew we had staved off the apocalypse to this point for a reason.

Oh snap! DC Comics and parent company Warner Bros. may be underachieving at the box office compared to the Marvel Comics goliath right now, but they just announced something that earns them mad props: They want the director of Wonder Woman to be─GASP─a woman! There is a certain degree of irony, in that the first major superhero blockbuster adaptation to be helmed by a woman started as a comic with S&M undertones, but still! Undoubtedly, Mimi Leder, Kathryn Bigelow and Lexi Alexander are being eyed, but I kind of hope a lesser known lady filmmaker gets the high-profile assignment in order to add another name to this way, way, way too short of a list.

Rumors launched this week after IMDB listed the running time of Ridley Scott’s upcoming Exodus: Gods and Kings as 200 minutes. If you’re like me and think numbers are icky, I’ll tell you that’s almost three and a half hours long. The studio says the final cut will be around 140 minutes, but it’s unclear which is accurate. All that has been confirmed is that this is going to be a long, long movie that features white people as Middle Eastern characters while minorities play slaves. What I’m trying to say is, I wasn’t about this crap anyway.

Director Jeremy Saulnier is following up his buzzy thriller, Blue Ruin, with something insane. Green Room is a movie about a young punk rock band who get trapped after seeing a horrible crime and must fight for their lives against a gang of white power skinheads. Cool, right? You’re not ready… The leader of the skinheads will be played by Patrick Stewart. I only regret that I am not currently watching this movie.

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Cutting Room for October 17

On Friday Nov. 7, birds will do more than poop on your freshly washed car. Film Historian Bruce Crawford will hold his staggering 35th tribute to classic movies with a screening of The Birds, Alfred Hitchcock’s classic feathered frightener. Crawford hit a home run by getting star Tippi Hedren to join him at the event to be held at 7 pm at the Joslyn Art Museum. Tickets are $23, are available at all Hy-Vee stores and benefit the Nebraska Kidney Association. It’s a great chance to donate to a good cause and see the only movie that made me hate birds more than the St. Louis Cardinals do.

You know who is awesome? You. (Always butter your audience up.) But also, nurses are awesome and largely underappreciated. Well not by Film Streams. They are collaborating with The Center for Health Partnerships at Nebraska Methodist College to bring a special screening of The American Nurse to the Ruth Sokolof Theater on Tuesday, Nov 18 at 7 pm. Following the screening, a panel discussion will be asked about the changing scope of practice for nurses, changes from the Affordable Care Act and “Does this look like a rash to you?”

Marvel Studios has crafted an image so sterling, they can roll out a movie with a guy from “Parks and Rec,” a tree and a talking raccoon and have it be top the annual box office. DC/Warner Bros, on the other hand, cannot physically get out of their own way, even when they get it right. This week, they announced a rather exciting and cool slate of movies. Except, it was total overkill (10 movies), premature (it goes through 2020) and they released it with no fanfare on a Wednesday during an investor meeting. Get excited people! But how do you simultaneously announce the highest profile female solo superhero movie ever (Wonder Woman) and dump it in a press release? The New York Comic Convention was like five minutes ago! So instead of sensational hype that could have been spread out over months, we got an info dump to sift through. DC: “We’re even bad when we’re good.”

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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


John Wick

You kill his dog, he kills a million people. You've been warned.

GRADE
B


Dear White People

The type of smart, ballsy satire that comes along all too rarely.

GRADE
A


Fury

War is hell, but this movie is just hella slow.

GRADE
C+


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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Awful, Not Full of Awe

Preposterous, pseudointellectual, poorly constructed, clichéd, impenetrably masculine, goofy and possessed of an...

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News-sploitation

Yesterday, CNN showed reporters physically chasing a woman connected to the Ebola scare. Not too long ago, a Fox News...

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Dogged Determination

John Wick killed three guys with a pencil.

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