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    Youth Is a Drug, Nostalgia Is Relapse

    A splendidly simple and uniquely universal coming-of-age story about a spirited teenager (Saoirse Ronan), her battles with her mother (Laurie Metcalf) and the heartbreaks and triumphs of youth. more

    Feb 9, 2018

    12:37 PM

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    In Space, Particles Accelerate You

    Dropped quickly on Netflix after the Super Bowl, this third installment in the Cloverfield pseudo-franchise is gross, funny and surreal sci-fi/horror set on a space station that maybe just broke all of space and time. more

    Feb 9, 2018

    9:00 AM

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    Even Ghosts Want Gun Control

    This "based on a true story" snoozer manages to waste a cool premise about the ghosts of gun violence victims haunting Helen Mirren. Full of insipid jump scares, bound by a PG-13 rating and nowhere near trashy enough, this is instantly forgettable. more

    Feb 2, 2018

    2:26 PM

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    Mason’s Best and Worst Films of 2017

    Mason's roundup of the best and worst films of 2017 is notably varied from Ryan's in several regards. Make like an old Highlights Magazine game and spot what's different! more

    Feb 2, 2018

    8:05 AM

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    Movieha: Episode 258

    Matt and Ryan make reading suggestions, disparage magicians, and compare Maze Runner: The Death Cure to diarrhea. more

    Jan 26, 2018

    2:05 PM

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    Root for the Minotaur

    The final installment of this otherwise entertaining YA series ends in horrifically bad fashion, with an evil organization torturing young people to find the cure for a plague being proven somewhat right. Worst yet, it's somehow both loud AND boring. more

    Jan 26, 2018

    1:46 PM

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    Movieha: Episode 257

    Matt and Ryan dig into season 4 of Black Mirror, rank the episodes, and Ryan get self righteous. Classic Movieha! There is also talk of spitting into peoples mouths. #BonusContent more

    Jan 19, 2018

    3:41 PM

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    Never Date Male Artists

    Although sitting through a movie where a douchebag dude uses and discards women for inspiration right now sounds terrible, watching one get his comeuppance is satisfying, especially when he's played by Daniel Day Lewis. more

    Jan 19, 2018

    11:54 AM

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    Movieha: Episode 256

    Matt and Ryan talk about journalistic integrity (in regards to a movie, not in regards to this actual podcast's quality), The Post, and various ranty nonsense, per usual. more

    Jan 15, 2018

    9:09 AM

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    Cutting Room

    A free screening at Aksarben Cinema, thoughtful events at Film Streams and rambling nonsense about fun and not-fun murderers in movies, all in this column! more

    Jan 12, 2018

    3:24 PM

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    When Lapdogs Were Watchdogs

    A muted, but important, retelling of the decision to publish the Pentagon Papers despite threats from Nixon, this features not-so-great performances but a truly important message. Perhaps this isn't meant for angry liberals but their parents? more

    Jan 12, 2018

    1:12 PM

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    Movieha: Episode 255

    Matt and Ryan talk about their Christmas presents, Molly's Game, and Aaron Sorkin's problems with ladies. more

    Jan 5, 2018

    2:40 PM

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    Overtime

    The real-life story of Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) is given the Aaron Sorkin treatment, which means loads of walking and talking, frustrating treatment of women and copious digressions. It's a draw at best. more

    Jan 5, 2018

    2:37 PM

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    Making a Mountain Out of a Churchill

    Gary Oldman plays Winston Churchill, the jerk who stood up to Nazis in World War II. The performance, which is sure to get an Oscar nomination, is all you'll really remember, unless you are a sucker for cigar smoke and wrinkled British people. more

    Dec 29, 2017

    2:41 PM

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    Starkist Lovers

    This weird Beauty and the Beast take is filled with explicitly icky content, both intentionally and unintentionally. The love between a mute cleaning woman and a fish-dude is less "Gothic fairy tale" and more "gross." more

    Dec 22, 2017

    5:36 PM

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    Big Concept, Small Rewards

    A stale sci-fi comedy that ignores the sci-fi and explores some troubling storylines is a major disappointment from Omaha's own Alexander Payne. more

    Dec 21, 2017

    12:10 PM

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    Luke, Who’s Talking Now

    Immediately following the last episode, this new installment redefines the Force, reframes the central themes of the series, introduces the best new character, and gives us Porgs. In what galaxy is this not entertaining? more

    Dec 15, 2017

    1:07 PM

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    We’ve Always Been This Dirty

    This adaptation of a novel starts slow, describing two families in Tennessee in the late 1930s/40s. But when it gets to the explicit horror of America's racist past, it shows how important it is to understanding America's present. more

    Dec 13, 2017

    11:43 AM

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    Mainlining Pure, Black Tar Franco

    James Franco stars in a fictionalized retelling of the creation of the "worst movie ever." A hilarious, but respectful, homage to artists who make bad art from genuine love, this is among the year's best. more

    Dec 8, 2017

    10:39 AM

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    A Frickin’ Triumph

    This loaded visual spectacle challenges colonial constructs and reshapes mainstream conceits about black identity, all while delivering incredible action spectacles and inspired action sequences. more

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    In Space, Particles Accelerate You

    Dropped quickly on Netflix after the Super Bowl, this third installment in the Cloverfield pseudo-franchise is gross, funny and surreal sci-fi/horror set on a space station that maybe just broke all of space and time. more

  • LadyBird.jpg

    Youth Is a Drug, Nostalgia Is Relapse

    A splendidly simple and uniquely universal coming-of-age story about a spirited teenager (Saoirse Ronan), her battles with her mother (Laurie Metcalf) and the heartbreaks and triumphs of youth. more

  • creepy-first-trailer-for-helen-mirrens-horror-film-winchester-the-house-that-ghosts-built.jpg

    Even Ghosts Want Gun Control

    This "based on a true story" snoozer manages to waste a cool premise about the ghosts of gun violence victims haunting Helen Mirren. Full of insipid jump scares, bound by a PG-13 rating and nowhere near trashy enough, this is instantly forgettable. more

  • Maze-Runner-The-Death-Cure-Teaser-Trailer-1.jpg

    Root for the Minotaur

    The final installment of this otherwise entertaining YA series ends in horrifically bad fashion, with an evil organization torturing young people to find the cure for a plague being proven somewhat right. Worst yet, it's somehow both loud AND boring. more

  • phantom-thread.jpg

    Never Date Male Artists

    Although sitting through a movie where a douchebag dude uses and discards women for inspiration right now sounds terrible, watching one get his comeuppance is satisfying, especially when he's played by Daniel Day Lewis. more

  • The Post Grade.jpg

    When Lapdogs Were Watchdogs

    A muted, but important, retelling of the decision to publish the Pentagon Papers despite threats from Nixon, this features not-so-great performances but a truly important message. Perhaps this isn't meant for angry liberals but their parents? more

  • Darkest Hour Grade.jpg

    Making a Mountain Out of a Churchill

    Gary Oldman plays Winston Churchill, the jerk who stood up to Nazis in World War II. The performance, which is sure to get an Oscar nomination, is all you'll really remember, unless you are a sucker for cigar smoke and wrinkled British people. more

  • screen-shot-2017-09-14-at-9-49-54-am1.jpg

    Starkist Lovers

    This weird Beauty and the Beast take is filled with explicitly icky content, both intentionally and unintentionally. The love between a mute cleaning woman and a fish-dude is less "Gothic fairy tale" and more "gross." more

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