Out in the Street

“I had no plans to make a film like this,” says director Matt Porterfield. He’s speaking from Los Angeles, where he’s promoting his latest picture, Putty Hill , which has its Omaha premiere on Friday at Film Streams. It’s his second feature, after Hamilton in 2006 (which will screen on Sunday), and it has gotten […]

Read More…

Brontë-saurus

Jane Eyre gets around a lot. I’m referring, of course, to the oft-told story of Jane Eyre. The chaste, highly moral character of Jane Eyre, created by Charlotte Brontë and first published in 1847, doesn’t get around at all; in fact, she yearns to be her own woman. But Jane’s story has legs — at […]

Read More…

Rope-a-Dopey

The tagline for Sucker Punch is “You will be unprepared.” Eh, not so much. Every trailer for the film showed copious slow-motion sequences of girls clothed as if nerd fetishists established a global dress code. The near-dialogue-free previews gave little-to-no impression as to how the hell these seemingly disconnected visual sequences, ripped from a hardcore […]

Read More…

L.A. Law

Based on the novel by Michael Connelly, The Lincoln Lawyer is one loud, swaggering showoff of a thriller. It is well-acted and decently written … but there’s something about director Brad Furman’s approach that invites us to ignore all of that and just revel in the surface excitement. Bursting at the seams with flashy photography, […]

Read More…

Where’s Whoopi?

Throaty and sleepy, Jeremy Irons begins his narration of the wildlife documentary The Last Lions as if awoken from a crumpet-induced nap. Any electricity that’s felt by once more having Irons’ voice laid atop images of lions is blunted by a delivery that sounds like Irons is auditioning for a British sex chat line. His […]

Read More…

What Happens in Iowa…

Just as Glengarry Glen Ross was for real estate agents, director Miguel Arteta’s Cedar Rapids is an ode to the desperate, lonely life of the insurance salesman. Of course, there are a lot more jokes here than in David Mamet’s play, but there’s no avoiding that big melancholic heart beating at the center. And the […]

Read More…

Black Hawk Clowns

Amidst a sea of fallen comrades, facing almost certain death at the hands of an incomprehensible foe, Staff Sgt. Michael Nantz (Aaron Eckhart) gets inches from the face of Cpl. Jason Lockett (Cory Hardrict) and begins to bellow a five-minute rant without missing a single military cliché. Seemingly exhausted by covering every base from “good […]

Read More…

Pet Project

Citing the need to do a smaller film after his work on the bigger-than-life Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, director Gore Verbinski managed to once again rip Johnny Depp loose from Tim Burton’s greedy grasp in the hopes of creating a slightly goofy animated Western. With its painstakingly precise animation and a giant cast of […]

Read More…

Hats Entertainment

Although he doesn’t get name-checked, the Almighty plays an invisible supporting role in The Adjustment Bureau , the first Philip K. Dick short story adaptation to morph from science-fiction to theology-fiction. Despite the illusion of crushing doom promoted by the dour, oppressive orchestral music in the trailers, writer/director George Nolfi’s fable is actually a sweetly […]

Read More…

Middle Aged Kids

It’s a time-tested formula: take some stars, sex, a bit of compassion and an absurd plot device, filter it through the mind of a 12-year-old boy, and you’ve got a Farrelly brothers picture. Bobby and Peter, creators of There’s Something About Mary , are back with Hall Pass . Depending on how you like your […]

Read More…