• Be honest: The Hitchcock 9 sound like a Tarantino-invented squad of assassins that dress in costume from Alfred Hitchcock movies, doesn’t it? No. Just me then. From Feb 13 through April 3, Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater will be keeping very quiet about the famous director. That is to say, they’ll be showing the 9 surviving silent Hitchcock films, one each Thursday, with almost all of them accompanied by live musicians. That sound slightly more sophisticated than the way I watch silent films, which is give each character a funny voice I use out loud.
  • Also in February, Film Streams wants you to get Fackler-ed. That is to say, the theater is holding a special filmmakers’ screening of Omaha-based director Nik Fackler’s Sick Birds Die Easy on Feb 11 at 7 pm. The movie sounds…well it sounds totally insane. A group of bohemians went to the jungles of Africa, did crazy drugs and filmed it. Come and see what is sure to be Rob Ford’s favorite film, as Fackler promises insight into post-colonialism and the apocalypse.
  • Not to be left out, Aksarben Cinema has their eyes set on Africa as well. On Jan 30, the theater will be showing Rising from the Ashes, a documentary about a famous cyclist who moves to Rwanda to help survivors of genocide by encouraging them to engage in his sport. The film is about stopping the cycle of tragedy. Your heart will ride down a hopeful path. You’re sure to bike it. There, I’m done.  
  • They’re making The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2, which will feature the return of Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy and add Richard Gere and David Strathairn to the cast. This is a huge, all-star cast of well-known aged actors. What else features that? The Expendables. I won’t sleep until we get The Best Expendable Marigold Hotel: Blood War.

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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