First Screenings

by Cheril Lee

Film Streams will present its 2nd annual Local Filmmakers Showcase August 19th through the 25th.  It features seven films by Nebraska filmmakers.  Film Streams’ Executive Director Rachel Jacobson said though the competition was open to filmmakers in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota, the bulk of submissions were from Nebraska.  Films were selected by an independent jury.  To...

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Cutting Room for August 17

  • Whether it’s because of the quotable dialogue, the copious use of Michelle Pfeiffer in her prime or our inherent ability to accept gangsters despite their being terrible, terrible people, Scarface is massively beloved. Now, for the first time in a long while, you can see all the coke-snorting and murder on the big screen, like God and Brian De Palma intended. Both AMC Oakview 24 and AMC Star...

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Nebraskan lives his cinema dream

A small town Nebraska son who cut his teeth on the movies is living his cinema dream producing an independent feature starring Oscar-winner Ernest Borgnine in the title role of The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez.

The film, which wrapped up its L.A. shoot at the end of July, is produced by Madison, Neb. native Darren Brandl, 26. Elia Petridis is the writer-director. Although it's...

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Movieha - Omaha’s Movie Podcast!

This week's episode invents the term "Deucing the Vowels," perpetuates the use of "Ben and Jerry's" as a term for male genitals, repeats the phrase "pec juice," and presents the news, reviews, and tomfoolery you've come to expect. We're still the only podcast out there rocking haikus to preview this week's upcoming releases. There's probably a reason for that. Give it a listen and we'll meet...

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Cutting Room for August 10

  • Stop! You’re eating wrong. And I don’t just mean the way you hold a spoon, which is really just astonishingly incorrect. On Tuesday, Aug 30, Film Streams (filmstreams.org) and Whole Foods Market Omaha are presenting a special screening of Forks Over Knives, which is sadly not a documentary about a cool new hand game that replaces “rock paper scissors.” The film examines the idea that...

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Animal Planet

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Bringing an iconic film back to life is no easy feat, let alone an iconic film series. Because no one seemed to be happy with Tim Burton's attempt to remake Planet of the Apes in 2001, director Rupert Wyatt's origin story, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, probably always had the odds in its favor. Thankfully, it didn’t need them. Despite its flaws, which are the usual heavy-handed trappings of...

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Who Knows What She Wanted

Tabloid

If Joyce McKinney’s life were a work of fiction, her author would have been mocked. Thankfully, master documentarian Errol Morris didn’t invent her, he simply found her.

Morris (Fast, Cheap & Out of Control, Fog of War) again shows his ability to mine absurd and obsessive personalities for darkly humorous and dramatic stories. Tabloid is disorienting and baffling, packed with...

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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


Frank

A band that has a lead singer with a fake head will win your heart.

GRADE
A-


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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Swimming in the Laika

From Ray Harryhausen’s Medusa to Henry Selick’s Jack Skellington, stop-motion animation is just frickin’ cool, yo. Maybe...

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