Cutting Room for April 4

  • It’d be enough if Film Streams (filmstreams.org) just brought smart, artistic movies to our fine city, but they also deliver periodic doses of immortality. Seriously! They are firing up the latest edition of their Forever Young series thanks to the support of Lincoln Financial Foundation. Kicking off with a two-week run of last year’s nominee for Best Animated Film, Ernest & Celestine, the collection of films aimed at kids and anyone with a child still (metaphorically) inside of them continues with four feature-length collections of Charlie Chaplin shorts. Tickets are only two-fiddy for kids 12 or younger, and the series starts April 12 and runs through June, shortly before you get to return your kids to the substandard public education that provides you respite.
  • Because the Internet ruins literally everything, we will never see Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, a western that sounded supremely awesome. When the script leaked, thanks to a self-important boob in need of face punching, Tarantino put the kibosh on a big screen version. But for one night and one night only, a small group will get a glimpse of what could have been. Film Independent is hosting a live-reading of the script directed by QT. Sadly, we normals won’t be able to attend, making this yet another gut punch delivered by the Internet. Someone should really take this thing down.
  • They are potentially making a sequel to An Inconvenient Truth, the documentary that put global warming on the map...just as we’re about to potentially be wiped off it. The producers and writers are gathering to potentially make a follow-up that covers the developments since the last installment nearly a decade ago. Presumably, the film would just be clips of The Day After Tomorrow with Al Gore crying “You maniacs! You blew it up! Damn you all to hell!” 

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Cutting Room for March 28

  • Gather ‘round and I’ll tell you the tale of these things called “unions” that fought to protect the common worker from being ground into people paste beneath the boot of Goliath businesses. Or you can just head down to Film Streams on April 28 at 6:30 pm for their presentation of John Sayles’ Matewan, a film about one of the bloodiest labor disputes in American history. Together with the Omaha Federation of Labor, the theater will host a post-show panel with various community members. Maybe events like this can help remind people that the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was helping big business convince Americans that unions are the bad guys.
  • I am in a committed relationship with the show “Community.” We’ve had some great times together (seasons 1-3 and most of season 5) and some bad times (season 4). But I’ve hung in there, and now comes word that creator Dan Harmon is going to stick to his vows: if NBC greenlights season six, he’s going to make a “Community” movie by any means necessary. You can keep “for better or worse,” if Harmon makes “Six seasons and a movie” reality, it will be the sweetest act of love I’ve ever received.
  • If you’ve never seen Phantasm or any of the whackjob crazypants sequels, you really should. They are insane but fun for no real discernable reason. Now, some 16 years after the last sequel, we are going to get the fifth Phantasm movie: Ravager. The crazy part is that director Don Coscarelli already shot the movie before anyone knew it was even going to happen! To most people, all this sounded like gibberish. But to people with an affinity for creepy tall guys and floating death orbs, this is like Christmas!

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Transcendence

A wildly average film that thinks it is brilliant.

GRADE
C


Ernest & Celestine

A kids movie for kids with kid jokes and kid themes.

GRADE
B+


Captain America: Winter Soldier

A kinetic crash of conspiracism and costumed crusaders!

GRADE
A-


Noah

Bible school by way of JRR Tolkien and Stephen King.

GRADE
A


The Grand Budapest Hotel

This madcap caper proves Anderson can do things (kinda) different!

GRADE
A


Need for Speed

If you're the "dumber" version of Fast and Furious, you lose.

GRADE
F


300: Rise of an Empire

A prequel, side-quel and sequel with the same style and carnage.

GRADE
B


The Wolf of Wall Street

DiCaprio crackles but the movie fizzles without taking a clear stance on Wall Street excess.

GRADE
B-


Marvel Blockbusts a Cap

With fight choreography pickpocketed from Baryshnikov and more leaping and bounding than Pooh’s friend Tigger on cocaine,...

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That Ship Cray

They gave the guy who made Requiem for a Dream $150 million to make a movie about Noah’s ark. Huh?! In Requiem,...

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Quirking on Something Different

To alter a phrase from Twain, who won’t mind because he’s dead, writer/director Wes Anderson repeated history until he...

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Speedy and Irritable

The most important thing to know before attempting to endure the lumbering bore that is Need for Speed is this: every...

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