Cutting Room for February 22

  • The Omaha Film Festival (omahafilmfestival.org) may not start until March 7, but the party starts much sooner! The annual “OFF’scar Party,” which is held on Feb 26 at the Mastercraft Building (1111 N 13th St, suite 130), features a cash bar, food from The Brazen Head and hopefully lots of drunken conversations with people trying to pronounced Michel Hazanavicius’ name. A mere $15 gets you in the door, but an OFF All Access Pass gets you in to this, all the films and all the rest of the parties throughout the festival, so you should probably just do that instead.
  • Obviously, I don’t need much encouragement to drink at the movies, but Film Streams (filmstreams.org) is enabling me anyway. On Saturday March 24 at 11 am, Vernie and Carter Jones, and stage director Dorothy Danner, will be discussing Opera Omaha’s upcoming production of “The Mikado” shortly before a screening of Topsy-Turvy, a movie about the creation of that comic opera. And there will be mimosas. It’s called “Mimosas and a Movie,” and $9 gets you a complimentary brunch and tickets. You have to love the mimosa, the drink that says “good-morning” with booze.
  • Gael Garcia Bernal, who is best known for being really good looking, is going to be Zorro…in space. In what sounds like a fake “Saturday Night Live” sketch, Zorro Reborn will see the iconic Spanish swordsman in a “futuristic reboot.” Although sword fighting in space has proved profitable before (right, Mr. Lucas?), this idea is on the wrong side of goofy. In other words, I am very excited to see it.

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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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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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