Cutting Room for March 14

  • When Film Streams sent me an email with the subject The Muslims Are Coming, I figured they accidentally forwarded a chain email my grandmother got from Fox News. Instead, it let me know that on Thursday, April 10 at 7 pm, Film Streams and The Middle East Cultural and Educational Services of Omaha will present a special screening of The Muslims Are Coming, a documentary following comedians touring Middle America to fight Islamophobia. These comedians are Muslim-Americans, which is not an oxymoron, Grandma! Hopefully, the post-show discussion with Dean Obeidallah, one of the stars and co-director of the film, will help quash a completely ignorant hatred that disgustingly has been allowed to exist right out in the open.
  • The feud between Marvel and DC in the comic pages has become something of a 1980s-era cold war, but the on-screen battle has gone nuclear. Marvel just announced that Captain America 3 will be released the same day as Batman vs Superman. It’s a game of release-date chicken, and whoever moves will be labeled a pansy and will have to stand in the corner in shame during the superhero holiday party. Rumor has it, Batman vs Superman was already thinking of moving and Marvel is calling their bluff. If that’s true, it’s a pretty baller power play. You go, Captain America.
  • They are remaking Something Wicked This Way Comes, which I am totally okay with. The original in 1983 was solid but never really caught on, and any story that involves a dark carnival should be uber popular (especially with the Hot Topic crowd). Plus, the original story was written by close personal friend, the brilliant and talented Ray Bradbury. By “close personal friend,” I mean I met him once at a book store. But we shared a moment. 

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Cutting Room for February 28

  • When The Lego Movie caught lightning in a bottle and turned a potentially  horrid cash grab into an entertaining flick, the studio reaction was predictable: We should try hitting that hole-in-one miracle shot again! Warner Bros. bought the rights to Minecraft, which you should have your kids explain to you. The ugly, chunky animated game is also largely narrative free, which is still a bad thing but now Warner Bros. thinks it is a good thing so look out for falling box office.
  • There won’t be an Anchorman 3. This is good news to people who thought the sequel was bad, bad news to people who thought the sequel was news and not news of any kind to grandparents around the world. Adam McKay, who directed both films, said that the latest gigantic re-cut version of Anchorman 2 that is being re-released in theaters is the last hurrah, compete with 700 new jokes and added footage. Seeing as how Ron Burgandy was almost as omnipresent recently as Kevin Hart, it’s hard to be too sad to see the mustachioed newsman ride off into the sunset.
  • Seth Rogen, who starred in a movie last year where a gigantic Satan had his penis cut off, spoke to the US Congress this week. He shared a personal story about his mother-in-law and called for increased awareness and funding for Alzheimer’s research. He did so in his charming, self-deprecating way before taking his argument online, where he pointed out the hypocrisy of representatives who took photo ops with him but failed to attend his session. Good for Rogen to leverage his fame into a cause he believes in. If he can oversee the severing of the devil’s penis, I believe he can do anything.

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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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