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    Underbitten Overbite

    A paint-by-numbers music biopic, this uninspired retelling of a truly inspired band wastes a great lead performance by Rami Malek. Instead, maybe watch Mr. Robot and listen to a Queen greatest hits album for a while? more

    Nov 2, 2018

    11:29 AM

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    The Shaming of the Crew

    The problem with movie audiences these days is the opposite of what people think the problem with movie audiences is these days. more

    Nov 2, 2018

    7:00 AM

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    Cutting Room for November 2018

    A vastly important docu-reminder, a reunion you'll endure for hours and hours, and double-) speculation, all in this month's column! more

    Nov 2, 2018

    6:30 AM

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    Nothing Good Happens in Mansions

    A patient and creepy, 10-episode horror show that is unafraid to explore sadness and mental health, this loose adaptation of an old gothic novel is close to being one of the best shows of this year. More like this please, Netflix! more

    Oct 26, 2018

    10:36 AM

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    Trick or Treatise?

    A remakebootquel that ignores all the sequels, this surprisingly savvy installment sees Michael Meyers once more square off against Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis). This time, however, the subtext is all smartly about feminist escapism. more

    Oct 19, 2018

    11:52 AM

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    What Is This, A Space Race for Snails?

    This is more of a biography of Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) than a movie about the space race. That would be fine, if Neil Armstrong weren't legendarily boring and stoic. The end result is an attempt that misses the mark as both intimate and epic. more

    Oct 12, 2018

    12:57 PM

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    Dumb Fun With a Gross Tongue

    A movie about a Spider-Man villain without Spider-Man in it, this movie was never going to make sense. And yet, between a crazy performance by Tom Hardy and silly-but-fun shenanigans in the last hour, it is a surprisingly fun total disaster. more

    Oct 5, 2018

    12:42 PM

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    All Superheroes Are SJWs

    Comic book movies are now the most popular creative genre in the world. As such, they have a responsibility (and added scrutiny) in how they influence and reflect political concerns. more

    Oct 5, 2018

    7:00 AM

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    Cutting Room for October 2018

    A chance to see Back to the Future AND the Princess Bride on the big screen, a rapid flow of Film Streams news, a crazy Stuhlbargain, a raging Cather kegger, a prairie festival, and a host of horror are all covered in this month's column! more

    Oct 5, 2018

    6:30 AM

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    Blame It on the Brain

    A brilliant and original series that explores the quest for mental health as a literal adventure in the brain, this is one of the best American shows in many years. Jonah Hill and Emma Stone deliver the drama and comedy goods in this perfect program. more

    Sep 29, 2018

    1:45 PM

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    Nic Cage Lives in a Blacklight Painting

    A hallucinatory revenge movie filled with gloriously cheesy dialogue and Nic Cage going maximum bonkers, this is a true cult classic that is destined for midnight movie screens. more

    Sep 21, 2018

    12:54 PM

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    1980s ADHD

    Writer/director Shane Black has made an ugly, insensitive flick that's somewhere between a satire of 1980s action movies and a desperate attempt to restart a sci-fi blockbuster franchise about a killer alien. This should end the series. Oh well! more

    Sep 14, 2018

    1:28 PM

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    Wanted Scary Fun but Found Nun

    A sloppy cash-grab that further dilutes The Conjuring brand, this messy and sloppy flick is less about jump scares and more about cliches and nonsense. With little payoff and lazy writing, only die-hard horror enthusiasts will care. more

    Sep 7, 2018

    11:48 AM

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    Cutting Room for September 2018

    This month's column takes you to film class (courtesy of Leo Biga and Metro Community College), celebrates Cinemateca (courtesy of Film Streams and UNO), and contemplates Chevy Chase (sorry)! more

    Sep 7, 2018

    8:30 AM

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    Suck It, Summer!

    Summer is no longer the best season for movies. Read about the ample bounty of autumn's cinematic offerings, from blockbustery goodness to a Langston Hughes adaptation that looks simply perfect. See all the trailers here too! more

    Sep 7, 2018

    7:30 AM

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    Blue Screens of Death

    A missing-person mystery that plays out entirely on computer and smartphone screens, this gimmicky nonsense is filled with implausible twists and frustrating visuals. It's also been tried before, so it doesn't even get points for innovation. more

    Aug 31, 2018

    1:03 PM

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    Women Filmmakers Have Their Say in Cinemateca Series

    The 2018 Cinemateca series celebrates the work of women directors. The series runs five consecutive Tuesdays from August 28 through September 25 at the Dundee Theater. more

    Aug 28, 2018

    2:07 PM

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    F Words That Aren’t Fraggle

    This vulgar Muppet movie follows a private eye who is caught up in a murder mystery. Nowhere near as funny as it could have been but also nowhere near as detestable as the buzz has made it sound, this is a must-see for Muppet completists only. more

    Aug 24, 2018

    1:04 PM

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    My Big Fat Greed Wedding

    While this exercise in humanizing the ultra-wealthy is long overdue in terms of its predominantly Asian cast, the by-the-books wedding rom-com is not elevated by the underlying message that Richie Riches need love too. more

    Aug 17, 2018

    2:03 PM

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    Um-ing of Age

    As impossible as it is to believe, Bo Burnham (the guy who got famous making funny YouTube songs) wrote and directed one of the year's best films about an awkward 13-year-old girl struggling with her anxieties. Yes really. more

    Aug 17, 2018

    9:07 AM

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    Making Soup From Harry Potter’s Bones

    This fan-fleecing sequel follows magic Hitler (Johnny Depp) as he tries to recruit a monster to kill Dumbledore (Jude Law). Mostly though, it's just people talking about wizarding lineage. For Harry Potter completists only. more

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    Nazi Zombies the NYT Hasn’t Profiled

    A genre-bending flick that mashes war-movie cliches with horror/sci-fi Nazi mad-scientist shenanigans, this almost-awesome endeavor is just a bit of wonky writing and poor pacing away from being a cult classic. more

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    Idle Wild

    Another boring indie movie that isn't really that much of an indie movie, this is a tame domestic drama featuring great performances from Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal but little else to really get excited about. more

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    Underbitten Overbite

    A paint-by-numbers music biopic, this uninspired retelling of a truly inspired band wastes a great lead performance by Rami Malek. Instead, maybe watch Mr. Robot and listen to a Queen greatest hits album for a while? more

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    Nothing Good Happens in Mansions

    A patient and creepy, 10-episode horror show that is unafraid to explore sadness and mental health, this loose adaptation of an old gothic novel is close to being one of the best shows of this year. More like this please, Netflix! more

  • Halloween Grade for real.jpg

    Trick or Treatise?

    A remakebootquel that ignores all the sequels, this surprisingly savvy installment sees Michael Meyers once more square off against Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis). This time, however, the subtext is all smartly about feminist escapism. more

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