Payne delivers graceful Oscar tributes

The obvious and not so obvious came into focus when native son Alexander Payne accepted his second Oscar in front of a live audience of his peers and a television viewing audience estimated at 1.2 billion during Sunday's Academy Awards.

He shared Best Adapted Screenplay for The Descendants with Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, whose mimicking of presenter Angelina Jolie's power pose seemingly...

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Movieha - Omaha’s Movie Podcast!

Hidey ho, neighbors. Oof, sorry, just realized that was a "Home Improvement" references. Ah, those were the good old days, back when Pamela Anderson wasn't a human freakshow and Tim Allen was trying to be funny on purpose. This week's podcast is full of newsity news and our usual jackassery, including a look at some expensive movie props you can buy, a too-cool-for-school trailer, an...

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Cutting Room for February 22

  • The Omaha Film Festival (omahafilmfestival.org) may not start until March 7, but the party starts much sooner! The annual “OFF’scar Party,” which is held on Feb 26 at the Mastercraft Building (1111 N 13th St, suite 130), features a cash bar, food from The Brazen Head and hopefully lots of drunken conversations with people trying to pronounced Michel Hazanavicius’ name. A mere $15 gets you in...

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Bawler, Shotcaller

Maligned though they may be, the Oscars remain the most recognized celebrity back-patting contest and the best way to playfully gamble until March goes mad. As is our annual tradition, I will lay before you my picks for who will win and, more importantly, who should win, even though my track record is less Carnac the Magnificent and more Miss Cleo.

Best Actress

Will win: Viola Davis (The...

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Cutting Room for February 15

  • March is home to more than leprechauns and toilets full of what once was green beer, as it’s also home to Disabilities Awareness Month. In collaboration with The Meyer Foundation for Disabilities, Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater is presenting four free screenings and panel discussions on Mondays in March. The forthcoming foursome of films will cover such subjects as autism, Down...

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Movieha - Omaha’s Movie Podcast!

Hello again, true believers! We're ready to regale your ears with fine audio entertainment! This week, we tackle the Oscar-nominated shorts, cut through new trailers like a Machete, drop a brick with Netflix Roulette, and end with some pretty, pretty poetry. So get to listening!

On Your Radar: Osombie

Try not to watch a trailer in which Osama Bin Laden is resurrected as a zombie, I dare...

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See Eye, Eh

Safe House

Director Daniel Espinosa’s Safe House is a shaky-camera action orgy that has as much use for its female characters as it does for a tripod. It’s the sort of generic, bro-tastic movie that Denzel Washington has been sleepwalking through since way before Liam Neeson weaseled in on that game. As much as it resembles those horrifyingly sexist Dr. Pepper 10 commercials with its “no ladies allowed”...

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Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Half of what promises to be an epic conclusion to a fabulous series.

GRADE
B+


Birdman

A delirously fun satirical send up of artistic pretension. 

GRADE
B+


The Overnighters

"The Grapes of Wrath" in documentary form set in North Dakota.

GRADE
A-


Interstellar

If this was humanity's last hope, give up.

GRADE
D


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+


The Burden of Actual Christianity

Most praise for writer/director Jesse Moss’s documentary, The Overnighters, has rightly been focused on its Steinbeckian...

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Awful, Not Full of Awe

Preposterous, pseudointellectual, poorly constructed, clichéd, impenetrably masculine, goofy and possessed of an...

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News-sploitation

Yesterday, CNN showed reporters physically chasing a woman connected to the Ebola scare. Not too long ago, a Fox News...

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Dogged Determination

John Wick killed three guys with a pencil.

John Wick is so good at killing, he had to bury his guns beneath a cement floor...

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