<p>  Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos</p>Cutting Room for January 11

  • It’s like my grandmother always said, “Recognition is nice, but cold, hard cash is even better. Get yours.” Nana rolled hard. I guess Film Streams (filmstreams.org) doesn’t have to worry much about that advice, as they were not only recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, that acknowledgement came in the form of a $20,000 grant to help support the theater’s repertory series. And speaking of those repertory series, the first one for 2012 will be World Cinema Revivals: A Celebration of Film Preservation, which will run Feb 12 to April 5. Sporting brilliant works like The Leopard, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Weekend to name a few, this series embraces the preservation and restoration of movies, which makes Martin Scorsese happy. And like Nana always said, “You do whatever Marty tells you to do, capice?”
  • If you’re looking to get your anime on (and really, who isn’t?), get thee to Aksarben Cinema (aksarbencinema.com) the week of Jan 20-26, as the locally owned multiplex will be screening Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos. I admit I know next to nothing about this series, but having watched my fair share of Japanese animation over the last few years, I can only assume it will involve a hero with spiky hair and saucer-sized eyes who screams a lot. Honestly, it’s hard to see anime on the big screen these days, so seize your opportunity now!
  • Tim Burton is going to direct a live-action version of Pinocchio in the near future and has said publicly that he’d like Robert Downey Jr. to play Geppetto, which is weird. I had no idea Johnny Depp had changed his name to Robert Downey Jr.

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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Cutting Room for January 4

  • My excitement for Thor 2 has declined from “Odin’s beard” to “Loki’s muttonchops,” as Patty Jenkins has been taken from the director’s seat. Thus, instead of getting to see what a talented female filmmaker may do with a big budget sequel, we get to see what Alan Taylor, director of some episodes of “Game of Thrones,” can predictably do. Word has it that Natalie Portman, or Natpo as I call her from a governmentally enforced distance of at least 100 feet, is pretty upset because she hand-picked Jenkins. Nobody makes Natpo mad on my watch! I feel a strongly worded letter coming on…
  • One of the most anticipated films on my radar for the last three years has been Ari Folman’s The Congress. While it may feel wrong to look forward to something involving congress of any kind, if you’ve seen Folman’s animated look into the horrors of war, Waltz with Bashir, you know why I’m giddy. The good news is that things are progressing, as the script based on speculative fiction author Stanislaw Lem is supposedly great and the part live-action, part animation is rolling along. The bad news is that it’s taking awhile, as 2012 isn’t likely to see the movie get finished. Oh well, looks like I have my first 2013 prediction queued up!
  • Speaking of 2013… It’s rare to get excited about animation that isn’t from Pixar these days. Actually, given Cars 2, it may be hard to get excited about any animated movie ever again. Still, the buzz is that Disney’s 2013 holiday release will be Frozen, which is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen.” Most excitingly, rumors are that it’s going to be hand-drawn. The prospect of an old-school, pen-and-ink animated fairy tale may just be enough to melt this grumpy old heart of mine!

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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<p>  The Hobbit</p>Cutting Room for December 28

  • For those who get giddy at being teased, this was a heck of a week for teaser trailers. Not only did The Dark Knight Rises finally lift up its proverbial skirt to show us a hint of its knickers, but The Hobbit also gave us a delightful peek and a wink. Early reactions to both have been wildly positive, with the former getting a few sparse complaints regarding the voice used by Tom Hardy as the new baddie, Bane. The latter, on the other hand, has only been celebrated as a dwarf-tastic promise of things to come. It’s rare when the biggest news items of the week are previews, but that’s how the last few weeks of the year usually plays out, yo. Check 'em out below!


  • Bruce Campbell, who I was once afforded the opportunity to converse with thanks to this fine publication, will have a cameo in director Sam Raimi’s The Great and Powerful Oz. This isn’t newsworthy per se, because Campbell is a frequent guest in his buddy’s films, but because early news had this plan ixnayed, it’s somewhat interesting. This doesn’t necessarily renew interest in the ill-conceived, money-grubbing rush back to the world of Oz, but as I’ve always said, if you want something to be better, you need a little Bruce Campbell up there. Ooh, maybe he’ll play a munchkin!
  •  Year-end lists are going to be popping up soon—look for ours here shortly. But it’s always worth paying attention to what Roger Ebert does with his thumbs. This year, he’s selected A Separation as the year’s best. Rounding out his top 5 are Shame, The Tree of Life, Hugo and Take Shelter. Potential spoiler alert for my impending list: Roger Ebert is a very smart man.

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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The Skeleton Twins

A dramedy about suicide elevated by its stars.

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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.

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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+


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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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