Cutting Room for July 25

I am not in any way advocating that you find it, because I abhor movie piracy, but news broke this week that The Expendables 3 began appearing on torrent sites. Unlike previous incidents, like the infamous one where a work print of The Wolverine was uploaded, reports say this cut is the final product. I mention this because it will be worth watching if the third film fizzles opening weekend....

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Lucy Goosey

Lucy

It doesn’t work this way with people, but there’s a level of confident stupidity a movie can display that makes it endearing. Lucy is that kind of stupid. Cocksure and confidently, it swaggers around, daring you to question any of the unimaginable number of scientific inaccuracies it hurls. You can practically hear writer/director Luc Besson just off screen whispering, “What are you gonna do,...

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Cutting Room for July 18

I get disproportionately excited for horse racing. It’s either the latent degenerate gambler in me or I just like ponies. Either way, I’m excited for 50 to 1, which opens at the Majestic Cinema of Omaha on July 25. It follows the story of Mine That Bird, who was a Kentucky Derby champion (even if his name is grammatically maddening). The movie stars Skeet Ulrich, Christian Kane, William Devane...

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Fuzzy Focus

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Time has whittled mainstream memory of the original late 1960s/early 1970s Planet of the Apes franchise down to an image of Charlton Heston’s clenched fist and the Statue of Liberty tanning her torchy top half on the beach. However, the original series was actually quite subversive and fascinating. It was compelling science fiction that occasionally skinny dipped in psychedelic waters.

With Dawn...

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Cutting Room for July 11

Throughout August, Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater will lie to fans of Kansas University sports teams. Wait, no, that’s not right. Sorry, it looks like they will be holding screenings of We Always Lie to Strangers and Jayhawkers, with Q&A sessions with their respective directors. You can see where I was confused. On Thursday, Aug 7 at 7 pm, you can catch David Boone Wilson’s Branson...

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“We’re Not a Girl Band”

We Are the Best

Punk was always as much about the mentality as the sound, as much about rebellion for rebellion’s sake as it was disorganized noise.  We Are the Best (Vi är bast) sports a cocksure swagger in its title alone, and rightfully so. It is a boisterous rejoinder to the usual simplistic, tame depiction of adolescent girls. Writer/director Lukas Moodysson has made a movie that isn’t just infused with...

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Dear White People

The type of smart, ballsy satire that comes along all too rarely.

GRADE
A



War is hell, but this movie is just hella slow.

GRADE


Dracula Untold

What if Dracula was a superhero?!

GRADE
C


Gone Girl

This thriller has many twists, the biggest of which is that it's kind of a satire.

GRADE
A


The Boxtrolls

A stop-motion romp with near-nekkid trolls and a cross-dressing villain.

GRADE
B-


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 Adventures of Super Vlad

Left out of the superhero movie party every other studio is throwing, Universal made the ballsy decision to turn Dracula...

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Everyone is Awful

Warning to newly engaged couples: Do not see Gone Girl, a movie that makes marriage look like The Hunger Games with slightly...

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Swimming in the Laika

From Ray Harryhausen’s Medusa to Henry Selick’s Jack Skellington, stop-motion animation is just frickin’ cool, yo. Maybe...

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The Dies That Bind

“Hilarious!” say the trailers! “Really funny!” says the poster. “You are all sick people!” says me.

Yes, in parts, The...

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