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Awake My Soul

 

‘Tis the Summer of This Content

 

Cutting Room for April

 

Crawl for Your Oscar, Leo

 

Super Bad, Man

 

Ethics, Unchallenged

 

Stuck in a Bunker With You?

 

Movieha! Your Favorite Movie Podcast

 

Run! It’s Super-ISIS!

 

Crisis of Context

I believe it’s a lack of context, not empathy. Because if it’s a lack of empathy, we’re screwed, doomed as a country, culture, maybe even species. The dismissal of the poor as bottom-feeding, system-exploiting moochers comes from not having a full perspective of their actual lives. The racial bigotry inherent in our judicial system would cause outrage if average citizens truly understood the human beings caught up...


Cutting Room for July 26

  • We pretend it’s some big chore, but in the time that it would take someone in a city like Chicago to commute home, you can zip to Lincoln from Omaha. I recommend you do that on Wednesday Aug 7 around 5-ish. That way, you can catch both the 5:30 screening of Hey Bartender, a documentary about the world of mixology, at The Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center (theross.org) and the 7 pm cocktail and gourmet hors...


Better Orient-ed

X-Men Origins: Wolverine was the kind of movie that is released with apologies and finger pointing. After his first solo stint landed with the grace and majesty of a wet fart, odds were stacked against a sequel for Wolvie. But if Hugh Jackman can forcibly warble Les Miserables to more than $400 million worldwide, there is literally nothing he cannot do. And so we get The Wolverine, a movie that pretends X-Men...


Not to Pee in the Pool But…

Quirky, charming dramedies about awkward, white, privileged suburban teenage boys coming of age are legion. It’s almost as though awkward, white, privileged suburban teenage boys went on to run Hollywood, elevating their innocuous and largely insignificant narratives as somehow more important. We get it: people used to make fun of you for being weirdly shaped and now you can buy a private island and make those...


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Keanu

Like John Wick but with a cat and more jokes than bloody head wounds.

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First Monday in May

A propaganda-documentary about an industry with some pretty bad race issues...

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F

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