Cutting Room for April 4

  • The Mary Riepma Ross Theater (theross.org) in Lincoln has a thirst for blood so big a single screen can’t contain it. On Thursday, April 5 at 7 pm, Unfiltered Entertainment, which is a Lincoln-based production company, will hold the premiere of their feature-length horror film Blood Rites on not one but two screens, enough to hopefully accommodate the hordes of horror buffs looking to catch the free showing. Co-written and directed by Dorothy Booraem, one of the rare ladies who care to create cinema carnage in this genre, the film features lots of Nebraska actors and locations, which is exactly where I want to see horrible, nightmare-inducing images take place. It saves me the trouble of imagining them happening in my hometown by actually taking place in my hometown. Yippee?
  • Some call it a genre, some call it simply a style, I call it simply delicious; you hear me, dame? Film Streams (filmstreams.org) is kicking off April with all the femme fatales and slick dicks you could dream up, as they’re launching Film Streams Noir. The repertory series will feature such iconic works as The Maltese Falcon and The Killers, which makes this fella happier than a private investigator with a new fedora. For more information, check out the site and make plans to catch these classic hardboiled works of cinema before they catch you in the act!
  • As we slouch ever closer to our inevitable December apocalypse, I give you the latest step towards our planetary demise. Twins is getting a sequel…called Triplets…and Eddie Murphy will be the third brother alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito. If this movie premieres and the world doesn’t end, I promise you, we’ll be begging for Armageddon.

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Movieha! - Omaha’s favorite movie podcast

Having survived the madness surrounding The Hunger Games, we've got a podcast you...KATNISS....get it? Like it sounds like "can't miss!" Kind of? Not really? Okay then. This week we talk about the real Bully, the MPAA. We also discuss a Kazakhstaccident, the trailer for a foreign action extravaganza, The Hunger Games, the Netflix Roulette selection (Strigoi), and do some MovieHakus for you. What are you waiting for?! Listen up and then meet me on the other side for the trailers we discussed.

On Your Radar: Sleepless Night

The pull quotes alone make me want to see this. They all but say "This movie punches you in the genitals...but in a GOOD way!" In fact, one of the quotations may have been just that. At any rate, here's the foreign gem's trailer.

Netflix Roulette: Special

This is one I had been meaning to see for awhile. But the number of movies I get to watch just because is so slim it's unreal. So, here's my chance to get my Michael Rappaport on. Side note: If you've seen him in that MovieTickets.com ad, isn't it the saddest thing ever? Dude used to be good.

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Cutting Room for March 28

  • In a sad societal statement, this week I heard more of a public outcry about what Michael Bay said about the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live-action movie than about the Trayvon Martin case. My Twitter feed and Facebook blew up with the kind of outrage that should follow a racially motivated murder and not, say, the revelation that the TMNT origin is being rewritten so that they are space aliens. Don’t get me wrong, this is categorically stupid, but it doesn’t even necessarily rank at the top of Bay’s worst atrocities when you consider what he routinely does with a camera to women.
  • For those keeping score at home, we will soon have zero cinematic adaptations of “Catcher in the Rye” and at least one of the life story of Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Dirty White Boy will feature “The Wire’s” Michael K. Williams as the deceased former Wu-Tanger in a recounting of how the rapper was conned by an unknown VH1 production assistant into letting him manage his career. Oh yeah, and it sort of worked…until he died. With the makers of last year’s Oscar winner The Beginners on board, how great would it be to hear “For the role of Ol’ Dirty Bastard, the Oscar goes to…”
  • A study from The Hollywood Reporter found that more than 50% of people age 18-34 think that using social media isn’t just acceptable, they would seek out theaters that would let them do that, which is 100% terrible. The study found other interesting things, like how one in three people have been influenced to see a movie based on a Facebook or Twitter post, but I couldn’t get past that first fact. If you’re one of those people, I highly recommend this new place to watch movies where you can use all the social media you want. It’s called “home.”

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), catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 (cd1059.com) on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and on KVNO 90.7 (KVNO.org) at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).


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Nightcrawler

A condemnation of crime pornography with a chilling central character.

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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.

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C+


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What if Dracula was a superhero?!

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C


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GRADE
A


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GRADE
B-


The Skeleton Twins

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GRADE
B


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Inside of writer/director David Ayer’s Fury is a tight, 90-minute, “we will hold this line” war movie populated with complex...

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