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    Blocking Bad

    This sequel surprisingly tackles toxic masculinity and the dangers in postapocalyptic obsessions. Thankfully, it does so with some great musical numbers and tons of fun comedy and phenomenal voice acting. Parents and kids should eat it up! Read more

    Feb 8, 2019

    10:53 AM

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    Cutting Room for February

    This month's column helps you make Valentine's Day plans, encourages you to take up diving, and hopefully makes you proclaim "This Is America!" and not "This Is America?" Read more

    Feb 8, 2019

    7:00 AM

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    The Late Greats of Two-Zero-One-Eight

    Partly because the power of the groundhog compels me and almost entirely because limited-release Oscar contenders often don’t get shown in Omaha until January of the following year, my year-in-reviews are always later than everyone else’s... Read more

    Feb 8, 2019

    6:30 AM

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    2019 Oscar Shorts: Long on Trauma

    This year's 15 Live-Action, Animated, and Documentary shorts will mess you right the hell up. The subjects may vary, and they are worth seeing, but my Lord are they emotionally traumatic this year. Consider yourself warned! Read more

    Feb 1, 2019

    2:15 PM

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    Cutting Room

    A special, quick column to let you know about two very cool, very different upcoming events. One is the return of a beloved classic, the other is a much-needed bit of docu-education! Read more

    Jan 25, 2019

    1:49 PM

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    One Fyre Doc to Ja Rule Them All

    Either Hulu or Netflix's Fyre Festival doc will probably do just fine if you're interested. Taking a close look at rich people defrauding rich people isn't quite as fun as it sounds, but it is definitely worth considering in a larger context. Read more

    Jan 25, 2019

    1:25 PM

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    Stained Glass

    A sequel nearly 20 years in the making, this self-serious superhero saga comes to a dull thud of an ending. Twists and turns that make no sense follow a laborious two hours during which you'll long for any other superhero movie but this one. Read more

    Jan 18, 2019

    1:21 PM

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    Promises Made, Promises Broken

    Allegedly a torture porn takedown of toxic masculinity, this botched effort actually endorses what it's criticizing. Treating nerdy white dudes as an oppressed minority, it's not only poorly conceived, it's bad in every possible way. Read more

    Jan 18, 2019

    11:22 AM

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    Leave Me a Clone

    Pseduo-science about cloning meets Keanu Reeves's acting. The results are unsurprisingly best avoided. Read more

    Jan 11, 2019

    5:13 PM

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    Nothing Can Be Changed Until It Is Faced

    One of 2018's most powerful films is an adaption of James Baldwin's work. Two young lovers are divided by a system that is as cruel as their bond is pure. If this one doesn't move you to tears, enjoy Green Book. Read more

    Jan 11, 2019

    4:42 PM

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    Cutting Room for January 2019

    What comes before Die Hard? Why is Apollo Creed in space? Why does Jodie Foster put up with Mel Gibson? How does Doc Brown feel about racism? Answers to some of these in this month's column! Read more

    Jan 11, 2019

    7:30 AM

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    Zig-A-Zig-Ah 2019

    Here's a look at my most anticipated film every month of 2019. You'll never believe what I picked in September! Am I doing click bait right? Read more

    Jan 11, 2019

    6:00 AM

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    Nobody Knows Dick

    Part biography, part condemnation of a war based on false pretense, this exploration of the impact Dick Cheney (Christian Bale) had on America is chaotic. Frustratingly good and frustratingly bad, this is one of the strangest movies of 2018. Read more

    Jan 4, 2019

    12:30 PM

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    Battered Fish Schtick

    Sunk by a soggy and stupid script, the overlong film is palatable when it explores Atlantean epic battles but miserable when anyone talks to another person. Jason Momoa isn't charismatic enough to save something this bloated. Read more

    Dec 21, 2018

    10:52 AM

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    Drown Me in a Sea of Spider-People

    This hallucinatory, inspired animated film is easily among the best of the year (not just animated films). Spider-powered people from various dimensions cross paths and try to get home. Trust me, it's way more fun than it sounds. Read more

    Dec 14, 2018

    1:45 PM

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    Kids Grow Up and Leave You: The Movie

    Ralph and Vanellope travel into the internet to retrieve a replacement steering wheel for the broken arcade game in which Vanellope lives. It's the kind of busy, buzzy animated film that fills nearly two hours without really doing much of anything. Read more

    Dec 7, 2018

    11:30 AM

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    Ho, Ho, Hold Up…

    Let's settle this once and for all: Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? Here's a look at the actual evidence! Read more

    Dec 7, 2018

    6:30 AM

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    Leave It, Stallone

    Unlike the brilliant first installment, this hackneyed sequel handcuffs Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson with obnoxious cliches and betrays the nuanced messages and themes of the original. At least we'll probably get 5 more? Read more

    Nov 30, 2018

    6:00 AM

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    Widows’ Pique

    A loaded cast led by Viola Davis stars in this heist movie set against a backdrop of corrupt Chicago politics. Perhaps it would have been a better fit on TV, where the brilliant cast and sprawling story would have had space, but it's still damn good. Read more

    Nov 25, 2018

    5:07 PM

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    Cyberpunk’d

    This somehow overly busy and totally boring adaptation of the classic cyberpunk manga loses its humanity by CGI-ing its lead actress and loses everyone with its cliches and awful dialogue. Stream a good anime or something instead. Read more

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    With a Rebel Scream

    Although the meta-premise of this film, that a woman finds herself inside a rom-com, isn't quite as clever as it believes itself to be, people are coming to see Rebel Wilson do funny Rebel Wilson things. And Rebel Wilson does Rebel Wilson things. Read more

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    Blocking Bad

    This sequel surprisingly tackles toxic masculinity and the dangers in postapocalyptic obsessions. Thankfully, it does so with some great musical numbers and tons of fun comedy and phenomenal voice acting. Parents and kids should eat it up! Read more

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    One Fyre Doc to Ja Rule Them All

    Either Hulu or Netflix's Fyre Festival doc will probably do just fine if you're interested. Taking a close look at rich people defrauding rich people isn't quite as fun as it sounds, but it is definitely worth considering in a larger context. Read more

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    Stained Glass

    A sequel nearly 20 years in the making, this self-serious superhero saga comes to a dull thud of an ending. Twists and turns that make no sense follow a laborious two hours during which you'll long for any other superhero movie but this one. Read more

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