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Cutting Room for June 27

I have “the fever.” No, it’s not curable by penicillin or cowbell. It’s World Cup fever, which has given me an understanding of what constitutes offsides in soccer and the knowledge that Ronaldo is a person and not a corporate mascot of some kind. Seems I’m not the only one “futbol happy,” as Aksarben Cinema is heading Next Goal Wins our way. On Wednesday, July 9 at 6:30 pm, the theater is holding a screening of this documentary about “the worst football team on earth” from American Samoa. This real-life Bad News Bears story promises heart, humor and a lot of guys not allowed to use their hands to touch the ball.

The obsession with remaining young has now spread to our theaters, as Film Streams is once again launching their Summer Forever Young Series. It starts on the Fourth of July with A Hard Day’s Night! That’s…kind of an odd choice, promoting British content on the anniversary of our rejection of the United Kingdom. From there, the series will include Eleanor’s Secret (which is that she regrets being named Eleanor), John Hubley Centennial Celebration (because what kid doesn’t love John Hubley?), The Parent Trap (hopefully not the Lohan one…because Lohan…), Anina (which is not how you say “nine” in Italian) and Nocturna (which is a nickname we gave our friend who left parties early). Tickets are just $2.50 for kids! Head to filmstreams.org for showtimes!

I’m not one of those elitists who look down on Young Adult literature from atop their perch of intellectual superiority. If a book is good, it’s good. However, I’ve got no need for something like The Fault in Our Stars because inflicting sadness upon myself is not a hobby of mine. I am, however, potentially excited for the next adaptation of a John Green novel. That’s because talented director/actress Sarah Polley is now helming Looking for Alaska, which is presumably a movie about 2007’s Miss South Carolina. Pairing a director like Polly with virtually any content means I’m in, even if it’s another weepy-eyed extravaganza. 

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, catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and on KVNO 90.7 at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays and follow him on Twitter.


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Cutting Room for June 20

If I wanted to, I could probably fill this column with Star Wars news and rumors every week and never run out. You’re lucky I don’t, because I’m very tempted. I’ve got a lot of great puns and Yoda jokes just ready to go. But I have to tell you this because it’s super exciting: Rian Johnson is going to direct/write Episode VIII and at least write Episode IX! If you’re saying “who is Rian Johnson?” you probably don’t care about Star Wars stuff either, so just move along. He’s the guy who did Looper. He’s not only an exciting choice to direct a Star Wars movie; he’s the perfect choice. Oh…oh no did George Lucas hear that?

Good God, Aaron, you don’t have to keep showing off. You can just write a movie that actually sounds exciting on paper. But no, Aaron Sorkin is going to write Flash Boys, based on a book about high-frequency trading on Wall Street. Hooray? Seriously, can we get another Few Good Men or are you going to adapt the phone book next?

From the department of “Just Let It Go,” Jerry Bruckheimer is still planning on Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Gimme All Your Booty. They want to shoot in early 2015 for a 2016 release, so we don’t have much time to stop them.

Wait! This just in from the department of “Just Let It Go!” Mark Wahlberg is talking about a sequel to the as-of-yet unreleased Entourage movie he produced that I already hate. I was never a fan of the show, but at this point, anything that gives Jeremy Piven more money or attention just has to be a bad idea.

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, catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and on KVNO 90.7 at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays and follow him on Twitter.


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Lucy

A girl ingests a drug that makes her God. For real.

GRADE
C+


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Those damned apes are back and anything but dirty.

GRADE
B+


We Are the Best

Set in Stockholm in 1982, this is punk rock female adolescence at its finest.

GRADE
A


Snowpiercer

Awesome, literal class warfare on a train that holds the only humans that survived the new ice age.

GRADE
A-


Obvious Child

Billed as a comedy, this is actually a sophisticated, empathetic look at a crucial issue.

GRADE
B+


The Signal

Crazy good and just plain crazy, this is indie sci-fi at its best!

GRADE
A+


Ping Pong Summer

Drowning in 1980s nostalgia, this deserves to be a cult hit.

GRADE
A-


“We’re Not a Girl Band”

Punk was always as much about the mentality as the sound, as much about rebellion for rebellion’s sake as it was...

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Ice, Ice Maybe

I’m not saying that the impoverished are going to grab axes and violently murder the wealthy elite. But I’m also not NOT...

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Not So Fast, Rick Santorum

I do not have a uterus. If I understand biology, I never will. So the issue of abortion has remained at arm’s length from...

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Freaky Frequency

For a movie reviewer, having a favorite genre kinda feels like a parent having a favorite child; oh, they totally do,...

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