Cutting Room for August 31

  • Someone cue up a Toby Keith song, Freedom is finally coming to Omaha. Of course, in this case we’re referencing a documentary that investigates alternatives to fossil fuels, not the flag-waving independence that Mr. Keith has assured us all is not, in fact, free. The film, which I’m going to just guess is the first and only collaboration involving Newt Gingrich, Jason Mraz and Deepak Chopra,...

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Double Troubles

Another Earth

A slightly above-average human drama with a touch of “Twilight Zone” is a pretty fitting description for director Mike Cahill's new film, Another Earth. He, and co-writer and star Brit Marling, take a bit of science-fiction, use it as hard science-fact and put it alongside an intimate story about guilt, fate and second chances. It's an interesting approach that becomes frustratingly ambiguous...

entered on 08/29/11 at 04:02 PM | read more »



Bangers and Mash-Ups

Attack the Block

A sliver of the population, those weened on quirky, genre-bending flicks from the 80s and 90s, has been in withdrawal for decades. Stale remakes and overt nostalgia-grabs be damned! When will we again see horror, sci-fi, comedy and rebellious youth scrambled together in non-sanitized and exuberant fashion? Where is this generation’s Gremlins? Who is this decade’s John Carpenter? The answers are...

entered on 08/27/11 at 07:26 AM | read more »


Cutting Room for August 24

  • Remember how you were just thinking, “How can I go on living without the prospect of at least one more Rambo movie?” Good news, my depressed and strangely Stallone obsessed amigo! There’s a script for Rambo: Last Stand, which has been likened to the western classic, Unforgiven. I can only assume this comparison is based on a similar number of craggy faces, wrinkles and AARP/NRA members. We...

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Death, Interrupted

The Interrupters

We’re no Windy City, but Omaha has endured the cold gusts of murder enough to feel sick, enough for The Interrupters to resonate and resonate hard. Director Steve James, whose Hoop Dreams still ranks among the most poignant of recorded nonfiction, has again found a way to seamlessly weave narrative and message, to simultaneously break hearts and raise spirits. Working with best-selling author...

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Movieha - Omaha’s Movie Podcast!

If you've come here looking for an in-depth discussion of the proper female term to complement the male term "Schmo." If you've come here seeking in depth discussions of two mediocre comedy-based movies. If you've come here looking for Matt singing snippets of not one, not two, but THREE different songs. Well then, this episode of Movieha is so good, it will knock yo momma on her butt. Give...

entered on 08/19/11 at 03:06 PM | read more »



First Screenings

by Cheril Lee

Film Streams will present its 2nd annual Local Filmmakers Showcase August 19th through the 25th.  It features seven films by Nebraska filmmakers.  Film Streams’ Executive Director Rachel Jacobson said though the competition was open to filmmakers in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota, the bulk of submissions were from Nebraska.  Films were selected by an independent jury.  To...

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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


Nightcrawler

A condemnation of crime pornography with a chilling central character.

GRADE
A


John Wick

You kill his dog, he kills a million people. You've been warned.

GRADE
B


Dear White People

The type of smart, ballsy satire that comes along all too rarely.

GRADE
A


Fury

War is hell, but this movie is just hella slow.

GRADE
C+


The Burden of Actual Christianity

Most praise for writer/director Jesse Moss’s documentary, The Overnighters, has rightly been focused on its Steinbeckian...

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Awful, Not Full of Awe

Preposterous, pseudointellectual, poorly constructed, clichéd, impenetrably masculine, goofy and possessed of an...

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News-sploitation

Yesterday, CNN showed reporters physically chasing a woman connected to the Ebola scare. Not too long ago, a Fox News...

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Dogged Determination

John Wick killed three guys with a pencil.

John Wick is so good at killing, he had to bury his guns beneath a cement floor...

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