Cutting Room for June 13

We lost Roger Ebert a little over a year ago, and it still hurts like hell. He isn’t just the reason I write about movies; he’s the reason I write at all and one of the most important reasons why I love movies. As a kid living in Illinois, I used to tear into the paper each Friday, digging for his reviews. I was never disappointed. Brilliant filmmaker Steve James, whose Interrupters and Hoop...

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Sequel, Heal Thyself

22 Jump Street

Pretend you were excited for the big screen version of 21 Jump Street. Yeah, nobody believes you. Writers Michael Bacall and Jonah Hill teamed up with directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller for the most hilarious, self-aware adaptation of a Richard Greico television show ever attempted. A sequel was inevitable. Yet somehow this sequel is far better than we deserve.

As promised at the end of...

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Cutting Room for June 6

The only thing more difficult than pronouncing writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn’s name is figuring out why he likes working with Carey Mulligan, whose acting approach is “method mannequin.” Still, the two are likely pairing up again for I Walk With the Dead, which is being billed as an “all-female horror film.” This news is probably conflicting for Refn’s frequent leading man, Ryan Gosling....

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Control-Z Cruise

Edge of Tomorrow

Every time Tom Cruise, the greatest modern matinee idol, makes a new movie, everybody rushes to fuse artist and art and spews out some variation of “I just don’t like him anymore.” America’s collective moral stance seems to be that we should never forget that someone belongs to a douchey faith but we should purge memories of other horrid things actors have done, like domestic abuse. Disagree?...

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On Your Radar: The Congress

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Cutting Room for May 30

If you know me, you know I am all in favor of skullduggery. I am also all in favor of SkullDuggery Theatre Films, a local group that is set to release its first film, Bent Over Neal, later this year. To celebrate the news Aksarben Cinema will be premiering the film on Oct 23 at 7 pm, SkullDuggery opted to drop the trailer. Why do we say that things like movie trailers and music albums “drop” as...

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So Choose One, Seth

A Million Ways to Die in the West

It would be easier to shrug off writer/director/actor/egomaniac Seth McFarlane’s blatant racism and misogyny if he was funny or had a point. Alas, he isn’t and he doesn’t. A Million Ways to Die in the West is McFarlane’s laborious love letter from himself to his own stupid face and is a continuation of his brotastic brand of “edgy comedy,” which is really just saying awful shit and coyly winking...

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Those damned apes are back and anything but dirty.

GRADE
B+


We Are the Best

Set in Stockholm in 1982, this is punk rock female adolescence at its finest.

GRADE
A


Snowpiercer

Awesome, literal class warfare on a train that holds the only humans that survived the new ice age.

GRADE
A-


Obvious Child

Billed as a comedy, this is actually a sophisticated, empathetic look at a crucial issue.

GRADE
B+


The Signal

Crazy good and just plain crazy, this is indie sci-fi at its best!

GRADE
A+


Ping Pong Summer

Drowning in 1980s nostalgia, this deserves to be a cult hit.

GRADE
A-


22 Jump Street

A sequel no one could have expected to a movie nobody wanted.

GRADE
A-


Ice, Ice Maybe

I’m not saying that the impoverished are going to grab axes and violently murder the wealthy elite. But I’m also not NOT...

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Not So Fast, Rick Santorum

I do not have a uterus. If I understand biology, I never will. So the issue of abortion has remained at arm’s length from...

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Freaky Frequency

For a movie reviewer, having a favorite genre kinda feels like a parent having a favorite child; oh, they totally do,...

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Bad Meaning Good

The popularity of Napoleon Dynamite never really made sense. With its “special” characters and nonsensical elements, the...

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