• It seems only fitting that a documentary about the growing gap between the rich and poor should be screened for free. On Thursday, Feb 6 at 6 pm, Aksarben Cinema (aksarbencinema.com) will kick off a screening and panel discussion about the documentary Inequality for All, a film that focuses on the increasingly extinct “middle class” of America. A cool dozen local groups are helping to host this event in the hopes that a vibrant discussion about Nebraskan inequality will ensue. And by Nebraskan inequality I don’t mean Council Bluffs.
  • Don’t know how to treat your fella or lady to a special Valentine’s day? May I suggest plenty of Lubitsch? Film Streams (filmstreams.org) and Borsheims are holding a free screening of director Ernest Lubitsch’s Trouble in Paradise at 7 pm on V-day. Because nothing says “I love you dear” like taking your partner to a free movie.
  • On Feb 18 at 7 pm, Film Streams is collaborating with the Institute for Holocaust Education to present a screening of No Place on Earth, a unique film that uses drama and documentary to tell the story of Jewish Ukranians who survived the Holocaust by spending a year and a half underground. Producer Rafael Marmor will be on hand for a post-show discussion with questions like “is that where the term ‘living under a rock’ came from?”  
  • The Oscar Nominations were announced this week with few surprises, despite every online outlet divvying up “snubs and surprises.” So Tom Hanks didn’t get a nod for Captain Phillips; he’ll have to be content with the naked golden bookends he already has. The real question is whether Oprah, who wasn’t nominated for The Butler, plans on buying and canceling the ceremony all together.

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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