• I can’t verbally state his name because I am so bad at pronouncing names I am legally barred from doing so in 10 states, but I’m glad to tell you via printed word that director Omowale Akintunde’s film, An Inaugural Ride to Freedom: The Journey Continues will screen at Aksarben Cinema (aksarbencinema.com) on Saturday, April 27 at 5 pm. The film is a follow-up to Akintunde’s Emmy Award-winning documentary about the first inauguration and features a new group of 55 passengers on a bus trip to see the President be sworn in for a second term likely to include a lot of swearing if congressional gridlock continues.    
  • Film Streams (filmstreams.org) has remained committed to keeping its members as young as they dream themselves to be with their ongoing Forever Young series. The spring selection promises to be among the most splendid, featuring legendary Studio Ghibli’s new animated gem From Up on Poppy Hill, Harold Lloyd’s beloved classic Safety Last!, the nostalgia-riffic Karate Kid, stop-motion hipsterism 101 with Fantastic Mr. Fox and Hook, a retelling of Peter Pan that introduced the term “Bangarang” into my slang vocabulary (although not in the way intended). This series runs through June 13th, so head down to dunk your soul into a fountain of youth!
  • It sure looks like the beautiful-in-every-way Rachel McAdams is going to join Emma Stone and Bradley Cooper in director Cameron Crowe’s return to romantic comedy. The film doesn’t have an official title yet, but may I suggest: Pity the Love Lives of the Physically Perfect.
  • Despite the fact that literally no one has requested it, The Shining is getting a sequel…and a prequel. The sequel is cool: Stephen King is writing a follow-up novel called “Doctor Sleep.” The prequel sounds lame, as “The Walking Dead” former show-runner Glen Mazzara is writing The Overlook Hotel, which explores what happened before Jack Nicholson and company arrived. It may be The Shining but that just sounds dull.

Cutting Room provides breaking local and national movie news … complete with added sarcasm. Send any relevant information to film@thereader.com. Check out Ryan on Movieha!, a weekly half-hour movie podcast (movieha.libsyn.com/rss), catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 (cd1059.com) on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and on KVNO 90.7 (KVNO.org) at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).


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