All in the Family

As she herself puts it, Lynn Shelton has made three movies in a row featuring three characters in one location. This goes a long way in explaining not only her priorities as a filmmaker (the actor is king) but also what her movies feel like: focused and precise but still subject to eruptions.

2008's My Effortless Brilliance is a razor-sharp examination of two old friends, now grown apart with...

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Armageddon Lucky?

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

When we are stripped of our artifice and rendered bare souls no longer hidden behind societal constraints or cultural norms, only then are we our genuine self. For some folks, an hour without electricity or a rough day at the office is enough to unleash the truths that hide inside, which is apparently most often a desire to smash windows or go on a sexual rampage. But for most of us, it would...

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Movieha! - Omaha’s Favorite Movie Podcast

Welcome audio explorers! This week your two intrepid (that means vulgar, right?) hosts discuss the finer points of turtle fighting and the acceptable mourning time before a reboot, reveal our new favorite word for hobo, pass the new Tom Cruise movie like a kidney stone, christen a cult classic in Netflix Roulette, and write you some poetry. What more do you want from us?!

Didgeri-Don't...

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Cutting Room for June 22

  • Of my cowboy father-in-law’s many colloquial expressions, one of my favorites comes out whenever I innocently brag about myself. He says, “It’s not the whistle that pulls the train.” I want to believe him, but he’s lied before, most notably during what I call “the electric fence deception.” So when Film Streams (filmstreams.org) partners with Union Pacific to celebrate the company’s 150th...

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Whee! Lasses!

Brave

Ubiquitous, beloved and dangerous, animated fairy tales are more than just opportunities to sell toy tiaras to the tune of millions; they are typically the first encounters women have with the reinforcement of an oppressive patriarchal social structure, and their mothers are often the ones innocently opening the window to let in this boogeyman.

Consider the dynamic in nearly every classic...

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Movieha! - Omaha’s favorite movie podcast

Here we go again on our own. This week. Hugh Laurie is the villain in Robocop, they are reshooting World War Z, Shadow Dancer has a great trailer, Prometheus is awesome, don't trust the haters, Cold Weather is luke warm, and hakus rule! Listen up and meet me on the other side.

On Your Radar: Shadow Dancer

Clive Owen is back at his shady best. trying to complicate the lives of IRA folks....

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DVD Discovery: Three Nose-ring Circus

Films about filmmakers making films are filmmakers’ favorite kind of films to make. Why? Because people who make movies know the inherent metaphors and obvious allegories that go hand-in-hand with the process of moviemaking. The problem is, this can feel like either “inside baseball” or pretentiousness when presented to people who don’t “get” the guts of this art.

The Circus Animals is...

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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+


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


Yes, They Mean You

Thrill-seekers live for the rush that comes from defying death; adrenaline is the body’s chemical “thank you” for keeping it...

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Fury Is Missing Fast

Inside of writer/director David Ayer’s Fury is a tight, 90-minute, “we will hold this line” war movie populated with complex...

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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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