Cutting Room for March 28

  • In a sad societal statement, this week I heard more of a public outcry about what Michael Bay said about the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live-action movie than about the Trayvon Martin case. My Twitter feed and Facebook blew up with the kind of outrage that should follow a racially motivated murder and not, say, the revelation that the TMNT origin is being rewritten so that they are...

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Movieha! - Omaha’s favorite movie podcast

Hey, hey, hey. We're back up in your ears with a new episode jam packed to the gills with a discussion of 21 Jump Street (which was surprisingly good!), The Sound of My Voice trailer (which is super awesome!), news about the Ninja Turtles (which is stunningly lame!) and Jack Ryan (which is stunningly neutral!), Poolboy (which is mind-numbingly enjoyable to one of us!), and Hakus (which are...

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Occupy Panem

The Hunger Games

Proving that young adult fiction primarily targeting females need not always pander to base hormonal desires nor plant the seed that it’s okay for creepy boys to stalk girls so long as they’re cute, Suzanne Collins “Hunger Games” trilogy set itself apart from other such series by being, you know, good.

Because she had a hand in the screenplay, it’s no wonder that the best of Collins’ novel...

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Cutting Room for March 21

  • Don’t worry, I promise I’m not lying and the following film series Israel. Get it? “is-real?” It’s funnier out loud, so remind me to tell it to you again in person. Anyhoodle, Film Streams (filmstreams.org) is collaborating with The Natan and Hannah Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies at UNO and the University of Nebraska Foundation to bring a downright Judaic film series to The...

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Re-enrolling in the Aisles

21 Jump Street

Around the time when Deputy Chief Hardy (Nick Offerman) goes off on a whisker-thinly veiled diatribe about the death of original thought and the lazy recycling of past ideas that kinda sucked to begin with, you realize 21 Jump Street knows how terrible it should  be. In the subsequent scene, when Captain Dickson (Ice Cube) delivers a rousing rant about familiar cliches that ends with the...

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Movieha! - Omaha’s favorite movie podcast

Greetings earthlings. We come in peace. Or at least in pieces. This week our audio extravaganza is inexplicably divisive, as Matt and I brawl repeatedly over the sorts of things nobody should really brawl about (including, but not limited to varying opinions on breakfast cereals). This week we discuss fairy tales and garbage pails, a murdering wolf-kid trailer, the problems with John Carter's...

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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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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 Trip to Italy

Another affable outing with two British comedians.

GRADE
B+


Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Still a fun place to visit, provided you're not a woman.

GRADE
C


The Giver

This adaptation of Lois Lowry's beloved award-winning classic will be none of those things.

GRADE
D


Boyhood

The only coming-of-age story anyone ever needs to make. 

GRADE
A+


Guardians of the Galaxy

A gleeful space opera that is as visually stunning as it is hilarious.

GRADE
A


Fall? Oh, me!

I’ve reviewed movies professionally for more than a dozen years. The few weeks immediately surrounding the end of summer has...

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Bro-man Holiday

First things first: The Trip to Italy, the sequel to 2010’s surprise hit The Trip, may be the whitest movie ever made....

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Bleak and White

Celebrated narcissist and Freddy Krueger look-a-like Frank Miller gives the women he writes a plethora of career choices....

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Take It Back

Fail gloriously, if you must fail. Go down swinging for the fences, punchdrunk and confident you’re making something truly...

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