All in the Family

As she herself puts it, Lynn Shelton has made three movies in a row featuring three characters in one location. This goes a long way in explaining not only her priorities as a filmmaker (the actor is king) but also what her movies feel like: focused and precise but still subject to eruptions. 2008’s My […]

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The Perils of Motherhood

This may sound like a joke to anyone who’s seen Mommie Dearest (and believes what they’ve seen), but legendary hanger-hater Joan Crawford won her Oscar for playing a woman who surely has to be among the saintliest of silver screen single mothers. In Mildred Pierce (1945), Crawford plays the titular heroine, a California divorcee struggling […]

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One Plus One Equals One

What happens when the certifiably bizarre co-founder of Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV marries a former dominatrix and performance artist? Well, in their ideal scenario, the union would create a sort of pandrogynous third being; a joint identity that, as they readily admit, is as much an art project as a function of their undying […]

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One Plus One Equals One

What happens when the certifiably bizarre co-founder of Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV marries a former dominatrix and performance artist? Well, in their ideal scenario, the union would create a sort of pandrogynous third being; a joint identity that, as they readily admit, is as much an art project as a function of their undying […]

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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 […]

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Romeo and Juliet

Feb. 14 Romeo and Juliet Aksarben Cinema 2110 South 67th Street 6 p.m. 402.932.9858, aksarbencinema.com We all know the fate that befell Romeo and Juliet, but director Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968 film just may be the best screen adaptation of the Bard’s classic tragedy. Costumes, colors and swordsmanship are all here, Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey […]

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Modern Times

Whenever I’m asked what my favorite film is, Jacques Tati’s Playtime is the title I blurt out. And when all’s said and done, that’s for one simple reason: there’s just no other movie experience like it. Playtime is a lot of things. It’s a virtually wordless movie that’s inconceivable without its sounds. A razor-sharp reproach […]

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Modern Times

Whenever I’m asked what my favorite film is, Jacques Tati’s Playtime is the title I blurt out. And when all’s said and done, that’s for one simple reason: there’s just no other movie experience like it. Playtime is a lot of things. It’s a virtually wordless movie that’s inconceivable without its sounds. A razor-sharp reproach […]

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High School Confidential

Even if you don’t feel you really know the main character in Jason Reitman’s Young Adult, you’ve probably seen her. Maybe at the grocery story, or in a gas station. She’s obviously very pretty, even though she’s disheveled, with baggy sweatpants on, and remnants of last night’s makeup visible behind the grimace and the big […]

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