Don’t Fear the Reaper

Other 2012 prognostications may pale in comparison to the Mayans pointing to the heavens and calling their apocalyptic shot, but Quetzalcoatl ain’t got nothin’ on me! I, for one, reject armageddon, and offer you these three humble predictions.

Three shall enter, one shall leave

Given Nebraska’s frostbite addiction, I doubt I’ll get many arguments on skipping ahead to next summer,  when...

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<p>  Alexander Payne's <em>The Descendants</em></p>
Remarkably Unremarkable

Solely because 2010 was a regrettable stinker-of-a-year, 2011 was a measured improvement, insofar as we’re more likely to forget it altogether than remember it with remorse.

Greenbacks Make Us Blue

In a year that finally saw the birth of resistance to radical wealth distribution to the greedy few, nobody will pity Hollywood for the failure of its “mo’ sequels, mo’ money” strategy. For the...

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<p>  Play Time</p>
Cutting Room for December 21

  • After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we all deserve some Play Time and Film Streams (filmstreams.org) is going to give it to us. They will literally be screening Play Time, the 1966 comedy by legendary French director Jacques Tati, at 7 pm on Thursday, Jan. 12. Together with daOMA (design alliance OMAha) and Omaha Creative Institute, the theater will also host a post-show discussion...

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Physics Schmysics

Mission impossible: Ghost Protocol

Action movies have long played fast and loose with the laws of physics, largely eschewing logic in favor of spectacle. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol doesn’t just play footsie with fantasy: it is a two-hour middle finger to Sir Isaac Newton, a love letter to physical deeds that can’t be done. And it is so much stinkin’ fun.

Unlike the previous entries in the franchise, which have either...

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Cutting Room for December 14

  • If you’ve got the “I don’t know what to do with these in-laws visiting for the holidays” blues, you can thank Santa for the gift of Film Streams (filmstreams.org). The Ruth Sokolof Theater has some great events that just may bail you out of those awkward conversational pauses and disapproving backhanded compliments. First up, on Dec 15 at 7 pm, the “Silents in Concert” series concludes with...

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Revenge of the Baby-sat

The Sitter

For a movie that judiciously “borrows” from a marginally beloved 1980s Elizabeth Shue movie, The Sitter somehow feels like a Vh1 countdown special on “overused comedy beats from the 2000s.” This is “kitchen sink” comedy at its most uninspired, as writers Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka empty out their reserve of go-to staples such as “white nerd impresses cool black folks,” “running from...

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Cutting Room for December 7

  • Who knew Tom Cruise and Batman were tight? The miniature scientologist is going to get a huge box office bounce from a bat, as Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol will be preceded by a six-minute prologue for The Dark Knight Rises. But there’s a catch. No, you don’t have to swear allegiance to Xenu, but you do have to see it in “true” IMAX. Thankfully, AMC Oakview 24 (amctheaters.com) has a...

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The epic conclusion to the most epic of epics.

GRADE
A-


The Babadook

A terrifying tale of an ooky pop-up book and motherly love.

GRADE
A


The Tale of Princess Kaguya

A water-colored take on a Japanese folktale that is prettier than it is interesting.

GRADE
B-


The Theory of Everything

"Out of this world" performances buoy a sub-par script.

GRADE
B+


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


Happy, Little Clouded

Actual human beings made The Tale of Princess Kaguya, and you can tell. A water-colored rebuke of the robots who...

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No Big Bang

In 1965, Stephen Hawking wrote his first ground-breaking thesis and wed Jane Wilde. His paper argued that if a star can...

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Leni Riefen-stalling

On the one hand, any film subtitled “Part 1” is a naked cash grab. On the other hand, shut up and take my money, Hunger...

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Oopsie Genius

I know two things for sure: (1) Birdman aims to relentlessly drive home one singular point, one thoroughly expressed thesis...

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