Cutting Room for March 14

  • You may not know this, but in addition to being the owner of a series of unfortunate hairpieces and a private island used primarily for wolf-like moon howling, Nicholas Cage also owns a crap-ton of comic books. In fact, he once owned a copy of the most valuable comic book in the world: “Action Comics Number 1,” which features the first appearance of Superman and is valued at $1.5 million. In...

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Movieha! - Omaha’s favorite movie podcast

Another week closer to our first anniversary. If you haven't started saving your quarters up to buy us a pony, you'd better start now. This week's show digs into the Muppet-verse, reveals Russell Crowe's biblical origins, warns you about the worst trailer in the history of trailers, explores a lady soldier movie, analyzes a freezing cold ninja, and serves up poetry. If you want more, you'll...

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Titular (Lack of) Character

John Carter

Although influential in its day, the cupboards of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “John Carter” have been thoroughly raided and plundered. Not even a lowly can of unwanted beans remains, as everything from Star Wars to Dune has feasted upon the contents of one of the first deliciously pulpy sci-fi icons. Much has been made of the damn near century long struggle to bring Carter to the big screen; sadly,...

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Mommie Fearest

We Need to Talk About Kevin

If done poorly, films that attempt to softly contextualize the actions of murderers and sociopaths are more than just failures; they’re dangerous. They inadvertently feed into America’s occasional obsession with fetishizing homicide, perpetuating a culture in which real-life killers can almost always bank on achieving a measure of fame for their crimes. Writer/director Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to...

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Black Widow

The Bride Wore Black (1968) is the sixth film directed by François Truffaut. By this point, he had already gone from being Paris' most influential film critic to being one of international cinema's most exciting young directors, thanks to The 400 Blows (1959) and Jules and Jim (1962). It'd be safe to guess he learned quite a bit during that time, but likely the one thing that most influenced...

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Cutting Room for March 7 2012

  • As I’m sure outspoken feminist Rush Limbaugh is aware, March is Women’s History Month, or as the shock jock calls it “A Celebration of Whores Past.” Luckily, not everyone celebrates by tossing out sexist slurs, as several nonprofit groups have partnered with House of Loom (houseofloom.com) to present free screenings of four films celebrating women in the arts, with in-kind donations...

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Talking screenwriting with Hollywood Heavyweight Hawk Ostby

Hawk Ostby, one half of the scriptwriting team of Children of Men and Iron Man, will provide an insider's take on the screenwriting trade at the Omaha Film Festival's Filmmaking Conference.

Speaking by phone from his Vermont home, Ostby says a big part of making it in the industry is "perseverance and discipline."

"You really get tested when you start off," says Ostby, whose writing partner...

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The Skeleton Twins

A dramedy about suicide elevated by its stars.

GRADE
B


Frank

A band that has a lead singer with a fake head will win your heart.

GRADE
A-


The Trip to Italy

Another affable outing with two British comedians.

GRADE
B+


Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Still a fun place to visit, provided you're not a woman.

GRADE
C


The Giver

This adaptation of Lois Lowry's beloved award-winning classic will be none of those things.

GRADE
D


Boyhood

The only coming-of-age story anyone ever needs to make. 

GRADE
A+


Guardians of the Galaxy

A gleeful space opera that is as visually stunning as it is hilarious.

GRADE
A


Fall? Oh, me!

I’ve reviewed movies professionally for more than a dozen years. The few weeks immediately surrounding the end of summer has...

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Bro-man Holiday

First things first: The Trip to Italy, the sequel to 2010’s surprise hit The Trip, may be the whitest movie ever made....

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Bleak and White

Celebrated narcissist and Freddy Krueger look-a-like Frank Miller gives the women he writes a plethora of career choices....

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Take It Back

Fail gloriously, if you must fail. Go down swinging for the fences, punchdrunk and confident you’re making something truly...

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