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The 10th annual Elkhorn Valley/BEA D7 Film and Media Conference

 

Once, Again

 

Speaking of Unholy Abominations…

 

Never Go “Full Arthouse”

 

Ride this Dragon

 

United in Praise

 

Cutting Room for May

 

Twitter Wars: A New Nope

 

Can Mew Dig It?

 

Fashion Backward

 

Die Hardly

John McClane (Bruce Willis), the hyper-violent man perpetually wrong in place and time, has always been Rambo by way of “grumpy cat.” The only thing that makes Die Hard actually Die Hard is the surly sense of humor McClane spouts whilst committing copious homicides. Sadly, A Good Day to Die Hard turns him into a boring dick who you wish would find death a little less difficult to embrace.

A Good Day to Die Hard...


Cutting Room for February 15

  • Not only did Shakespeare invent a billion words, he is also responsible for the remake of Footloose. See, the bard’s plays have been recast, reimagined and remade for hundreds of years, and if you want proof, check out the third annual Shakespeare on the Silverscreen film series showing at the Marcus Midtown Cinema every Tuesday night from Feb 26 through March 12.  Nebraska Shakespeare (nebraskashakespeare.com)...


Cutting Room for February 8

  • Hopefully far more effective than my “pray the Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl” effort, on February 27 at 7 pm, Film Streams (filmstreams.org) and The Werner Institute will attempt to Pray the Devil Back to Hell. Which is to say they will screen the documentary about the Liberian women who brought peace to their war-torn country and follow it with a discussion that includes various experts in both law and...


Faint Pulse Praise

“Warm” is the ultimate ‘tweener temperature. It’s not “hot” or “cold;” it rejects extreme or definitive categorization. It’s the thermometer equivalent of “meh.” So, it’s fitting that writer/director Jonathon Levine’s film sports the noncommittal word as the lead in its title. Warm Bodies is completely okay. It is resplendently fine. It is immeasurably pretty good. Sadly, it really hoped to be great.

Coming up...


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X-Men: Apocalypse

A nonstop mutant fight club with little plot, thin characters and a whole lotta fun!

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