Cutting Room for December 20

So it’s the Holidays once again, and people make you be all mushy and stuff this time of year. Normally, I’m a smarmy grouse (an endangered species). But I’d like to take a minute to say thanks to two local businesses who not only make my life (and your lives) a little better but who are generally all-around good folks. 

Aksarben Cinema is just the greatest little megaplex you could ever...

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Ron Burgandy is Evil

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Arrogant, stupid, sexist, racist, cowardly, delusional, talentless and vile: Ron Burgandy (Will Ferrell) is the villain of both Anchorman and its sequel and nobody seems to remember that. Don’t believe it? He is a newsman who single-handedly kills the news this time out. And this is after he goes to a dinner with his new black girlfriend’s family and calls them “pipe-hittin’ bitches” to their...

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Breathe in the Smaug

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Things you should know by now: (1) All Peter Jackson-directed fantasy films near or top three hours in length; (2) there are deviations from the books because these are movies and not books—I’m told if you would like to read “The Hobbit,” you can still read “The Hobbit”—and (3) Ian McKellen is just the wickedly wizardy best. 

My tolerance for grousing about Jackson overstuffing his Hobitses...

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Cutting Room for December 13

  • How? We live in a world in which Scary Movie gets a sequel like every five minutes, but nobody has made The Rundown 2 yet. If you missed it, thanks for being part of the problem, but let me tell you what you missed. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a hired goon trying to retrieve Seann William Scott from the jungle while Christopher Walken goes bonkers. It’s great. And there should have been...

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On Your Radar: Cymbeline

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Cutting Room for December 6

  • I’m not saying I’m an NPR nerd, but when I heard that a contributor to “This American Life” will be at Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater, I swooned like an antebellum southern belle. Medora, a movie I have wanted to see for a while about a small town basketball team,  will screen on Thursday, Jan 9 at 7 pm, with a Q&A with director Davy Rothbart, who will get at least one question...

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Evil Nuns and AIDS

Philomena

Nothing sets the box office ablaze quite like the quiet emotional journey of an 80-year-old Irish woman and a disgraced, pompous British journalist exploring murky ancestry across two continents! Philomena is kind of a tough sell. It’s not a feel-good holiday picture or a tour-de-force acting showcase destined to be christened with Oscar kisses. All the movie has to offer is the fact that it’s...

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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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