Cutting Room for March 14

  • You may not know this, but in addition to being the owner of a series of unfortunate hairpieces and a private island used primarily for wolf-like moon howling, Nicholas Cage also owns a crap-ton of comic books. In fact, he once owned a copy of the most valuable comic book in the world: “Action Comics Number 1,” which features the first appearance of Superman and is valued at $1.5 million. In...

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Movieha! - Omaha’s favorite movie podcast

Another week closer to our first anniversary. If you haven't started saving your quarters up to buy us a pony, you'd better start now. This week's show digs into the Muppet-verse, reveals Russell Crowe's biblical origins, warns you about the worst trailer in the history of trailers, explores a lady soldier movie, analyzes a freezing cold ninja, and serves up poetry. If you want more, you'll...

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Titular (Lack of) Character

John Carter

Although influential in its day, the cupboards of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “John Carter” have been thoroughly raided and plundered. Not even a lowly can of unwanted beans remains, as everything from Star Wars to Dune has feasted upon the contents of one of the first deliciously pulpy sci-fi icons. Much has been made of the damn near century long struggle to bring Carter to the big screen; sadly,...

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Mommie Fearest

We Need to Talk About Kevin

If done poorly, films that attempt to softly contextualize the actions of murderers and sociopaths are more than just failures; they’re dangerous. They inadvertently feed into America’s occasional obsession with fetishizing homicide, perpetuating a culture in which real-life killers can almost always bank on achieving a measure of fame for their crimes. Writer/director Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to...

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Black Widow

The Bride Wore Black (1968) is the sixth film directed by François Truffaut. By this point, he had already gone from being Paris' most influential film critic to being one of international cinema's most exciting young directors, thanks to The 400 Blows (1959) and Jules and Jim (1962). It'd be safe to guess he learned quite a bit during that time, but likely the one thing that most influenced...

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Cutting Room for March 7 2012

  • As I’m sure outspoken feminist Rush Limbaugh is aware, March is Women’s History Month, or as the shock jock calls it “A Celebration of Whores Past.” Luckily, not everyone celebrates by tossing out sexist slurs, as several nonprofit groups have partnered with House of Loom (houseofloom.com) to present free screenings of four films celebrating women in the arts, with in-kind donations...

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Talking screenwriting with Hollywood Heavyweight Hawk Ostby

Hawk Ostby, one half of the scriptwriting team of Children of Men and Iron Man, will provide an insider's take on the screenwriting trade at the Omaha Film Festival's Filmmaking Conference.

Speaking by phone from his Vermont home, Ostby says a big part of making it in the industry is "perseverance and discipline."

"You really get tested when you start off," says Ostby, whose writing partner...

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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-


Edge of Tomorrow

When Groundhog Day meets X-Box's "Halo," you get awesomeness.

GRADE
A


A Million Ways to Die in the West

A boring, unfunny display of bro-tastic racism and sexism.

GRADE
D-


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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Strike 5 and I’m Out

Hollywood still stubbornly refuses to make a blockbuster flick about the College World Series, despite my repeated emails...

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Sequel, Heal Thyself

Pretend you were excited for the big screen version of 21 Jump Street. Yeah, nobody believes you. Writers Michael Bacall and...

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