Cutting Room for September 14

  • For years, the only thing that stood between me and the Nike Air Mag, the auto-lace-up, glowing shoes Marty McFly wore in Back to the Future Part II, was the tiny fact that they didn’t exist. Now the only thing that stands between me and these monuments to capitalist excess is thousands of dollars. You see, Nike is auctioning off the only 1,500 pairs of these shoes that will ever be made,...

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Purell Madness

Contagion

Not to advocate violence, but anybody who cannot control their coughing while publicly watching Contagion, a movie about super sniffles that nearly destroy humanity, is either too sick to be around others or desperate for negative attention — that is to say, they’re either sick or “sick.” You know who I’m talking about, people.

With that off my chest, director Steven Soderbergh (Oceans 11, 12...

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Movieha - Omaha’s Movie Podcast!

This week's episode is stuffed to the gills with our measured reaction to more George Lucas meddling, a thorough discussion of a woman with four first names, my obsession with Donald Glover, an investigation into a French Liam Neeson, and all the movie haikus you can handle. Give it a listen and we'll meet up on the other side with the trailers.

On Your Radar: Martha Marcy May Marlene

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Cutting Room for September 7

In direct disobedience of The Beatles, Film Streams (filmstreams.org) has opted not to save things that are free for either the birds or the bees, choosing instead to share them with us twice over.
 

  • First, on Tuesday Sept 20 at 7 p.m., Native American Public Telecommunications (NAPT) will partner with Omaha’s art theater to show a free screening of Reel Injun, a film exploring the...

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Muck of the Irish

The Guard

Writer/director John Michael McDonagh’s debut feature, The Guard, begins with a scene where a tired old Irish cop (Brendan Gleason) inspects the scene of a fatal car wreck, finds some LSD in one of the victim's pockets and pops it in his mouth before offering a cold, expletive-laden greeting to the day.

It's the sort of studied, exaggerated aggression that might have seemed anarchic and...

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French Fried Nerves

Point Blank

Sorry, Esperanto; À Bout Portant, which translates to the nearly Keanu-tastic Point Blank, is a reminder that action clichés are the true universal language. Writer/director Fred Cavayé puts a lightly French twist on such classics as “average guy at the wrong place and wrong time,” “pregnant wife held hostage,” “dirty cops are everywhere” and “only the hero’s bullets are accurate.” Aided by...

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Movieha - Omaha’s Movie Podcast!

Hey gang! Last week there was some confusion and tomfoolery with the site that prevented us from giving you the podcastical goodness you deserve on this here Reader site. No worries though, bruvva, I'll go ahead and post this week's podcast and trailers as well as LAST WEEK'S podcast and trailers all in one spot for the grand price of free. You can't beat that deal. Especially considering that...

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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


Nightcrawler

A condemnation of crime pornography with a chilling central character.

GRADE
A


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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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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