Cutting Room for February 15

  • March is home to more than leprechauns and toilets full of what once was green beer, as it’s also home to Disabilities Awareness Month. In collaboration with The Meyer Foundation for Disabilities, Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater is presenting four free screenings and panel discussions on Mondays in March. The forthcoming foursome of films will cover such subjects as autism, Down syndrome and hearing disabilities, and each screening will have a different organization participate in the discussion, based on the subject matter. For more about the individual movies and show times, hit up filmstreams.org. You may need to beware the ides of March, but you should also be aware of these movies this March.  
  • If you needed another reason to hit up the Omaha Film Festival (omahafilmfestival.org), I have one that will squeeze you to death with her thighs. Famke Janssen (Goldeneye, X-Men) will be there opening night March 7 at the Great Escape Theatre (greatescapetheatres.com) to see the screening of the movie she wrote and directed, Bringing Up Bobby. While she’s there to talk about her film, I hope she’ll still have time for my important questions like “You’re pretty.” I know that’s not actually a question, but I hope I get an answer.
  • Lionsgate, who bought Summit Entertainment a few weeks back in order to get their hands on the Twilight franchise, has shockingly announced on a conference call to announce third quarter earnings that they are more than willing to make a sixth movie if Stephanie Meyer will write another book. Join me in my quest to ban the written word. I realize that losing literature is a steep price to pay, but we’re talking about another Twilight book, so even the nuclear option is on the table. 

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Cutting Room for February 8

  • If you’re a child of the 1990s, the phrase “Snootchie bootchies” doesn’t necessarily sound like the demented ramblings of a man with a massive head wound. The signature catch phrase of Jay from the beloved/loathed duo of Jay and Silent Bob will be uttered once more, as their creator, Kevin Smith, intends on resurrecting them for Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie. Of course, the announcement of this part live-action/part R-rated animated comedy stands in direct opposition to Smith’s assertion that his forthcoming and supposedly Field of Dreams-esque hockey movie, Hit Somebody, was going to be his final film. But if we took celebrities at their word, a sober Lindsay Lohan could be voting for President Trump.
  • How will director Joe Carnahan follow-up his thoughtful and challenging wolf-punching epic, The Grey? If you guessed “by continuing to explore metaphysical and theological struggles,” congratulations on being an optimist, but you’re wrong. He’s going to direct a remake of Death Wish, the Charles Bronson vigilante flick that had a bajillion sequels. Although this move doesn’t inspire confidence, neither did the thought of Liam Neeson going mano-a-fang with furry beasts, and that turned out to be spectacular!
  • Jealous of Hollywood’s remake addiction, Broadway has decided to get in on the fun by snorting up a Tinseltown classic. Rumor has it that Back to the Future may be given the musical treatment on the great white way. I can see the songs now: the breakdance number “1.21 Jigawatts,” the climactic number “Get Your Damn Hands Off of Her” and the romantic ballad “Calvin Klein’s Underpants.” Is it wrong that I just made myself excited to see this?

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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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