Cutting Room for July 27

 

  • Charlie Kaufman’s only directorial effort, the genius work of art that is Synecdoche, New York, broke my brain in half. Thus, announcement of his forthcoming sophomore effort fills me with equal parts glee and a desire to purchase of copious amounts of aspirin. It comes with the inauspicious title Frank or Francis and the simplistic plotline, “a volatile back and forth between a film director (Frank) and an online blogger (Francis).” But don’t let that fool you, the cast is sheer lunacy: Nicholas Cage, Jack Black and Steve Carell. I look forward to calling it the best film of 2013 and then spending 2014 trying to figure it out.
     
  • National Lampoon’s Vacation, long a cultural touchstone to victims of fathers resembling Clark Griswold, is getting remade. The only good news about the latest boxcar added to the remake train is that it is being written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who wrote Horrible Bosses, a comedy that’s actually as funny as it is supposed to be. You know what, I’m predicting some casting news now: Jason Sudeikis is about to chase Chevy off of that Griswold throne.
     
  • It’s not technically movie news, but have you seen the new Spike Jonze-directed Beastie Boys video for “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win” yet? It’s funk-tastic. It features stop-motion animated action figures doing things only Spike Jonze would make action figures do. Also really awesome: Jonze’s entire recent stream of short films over the last few years, including We Were Once a Fairytale, I’m Here and, his most recent project with Arcade Fire, Scenes from the Suburbs. We tend to give short films the short end of the sharp stick, but the long and the short of it is that Jonze rocks at any length.

Cutting Room provides breaking local and national movie news … complete with added sarcasm. Send any relevant information to film@thereader.com. Check out Ryan on Movieha!, a weekly half-hour movie podcast (movieha.libsyn.com/rss), and also catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 (cd1059.com) on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).

 


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Cutting Room for July 20

  • Although “Blossom” trained us to believe something labeled a “special program” is going to tackle icky molestation or teen drinking issues, that’s not what Marcus Theaters means by “special summer programming.” Starting July 28, Village Pointe Cinema will offer various theatrical and musical performances, including the Globe Theatre’s performance of both parts of “Henry IV” and soprano Renee Fleming and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Prices and showtimes vary, so hit up marcustheatres.com for more details. With this much fine art, the one detail I can promise: No Joey Lawrence.
     
  • Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater (filmstreams.org) has not one but two notably noteworthy notes to note this week. First up, on Tuesday, August 9 at 7 p.m., the theater will buddy up with the Latino Academic Achievement Council, Nebraska Appleseed and Plains States Region Anti-Defamation League to present a screening and discussion about the film When We Stop Counting. Despite the title, the documentary does not follow the death of The Count from “Sesame Street,” but follows Latino students in Crete, Nebraska, which should prompt healthy discourse about education and immigration. Film Streams is also getting ready for their week-long 2011 Local Filmmakers Showcase, which runs from August 19-25. We’ll have an in-depth look at that event in the next few weeks. Look at me foreshadow!  
     
  • Don’t confuse the following two summer series from Rave Motion Pictures. Although films in both series only cost $5 and both are showing at the Westroads 14 from July 21 to August 25, one is the Rave Senior Classics series and the other is the Rave Horror Film series. If you confuse them, you will accidentally send Grandpa to Texas Chainsaw Massacre instead of Cocoon. I recommend checking ravemotionpictures.com carefully.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The epic conclusion to the most epic of epics.

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A-


The Babadook

A terrifying tale of an ooky pop-up book and motherly love.

GRADE
A


The Tale of Princess Kaguya

A water-colored take on a Japanese folktale that is prettier than it is interesting.

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B-


The Theory of Everything

"Out of this world" performances buoy a sub-par script.

GRADE
B+


Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Half of what promises to be an epic conclusion to a fabulous series.

GRADE
B+


Birdman

A delirously fun satirical send up of artistic pretension. 

GRADE
B+


The Overnighters

"The Grapes of Wrath" in documentary form set in North Dakota.

GRADE
A-


Interstellar

If this was humanity's last hope, give up.

GRADE
D


Happy, Little Clouded

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No Big Bang

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