Mason Shumaker

Difficult to describe, but easy to watch, this twisty/turny piece has equal parts intelligent thrills and black comedy. If you're so inclined, you'll be glad you attended. more

Mar 9, 2018 9:59 AM Film

The much-maligned, silly, neo-noir movie from Duncan Jones only deserves to be maligned, says Mason. If you see only one Amish sci-fi movie this year... more

Mar 2, 2018 10:20 AM Film

The Walking Dead's ratings are still thriving, even if fans are seemingly falling off like zombie appendages. Count Mason as one of the rotted souls dropping off. Here's why... more

Feb 27, 2018 9:14 AM Film

Mason's roundup of the best and worst films of 2017 is notably varied from Ryan's in several regards. Make like an old Highlights Magazine game and spot what's different! more

Feb 2, 2018 8:05 AM Film

Although sitting through a movie where a douchebag dude uses and discards women for inspiration right now sounds terrible, watching one get his comeuppance is satisfying, especially when he's played by Daniel Day Lewis. more

Jan 19, 2018 11:54 AM Film

A stale sci-fi comedy that ignores the sci-fi and explores some troubling storylines is a major disappointment from Omaha's own Alexander Payne. more

Dec 21, 2017 12:10 PM Film

James Franco stars in a fictionalized retelling of the creation of the "worst movie ever." A hilarious, but respectful, homage to artists who make bad art from genuine love, this is among the year's best. more

Dec 8, 2017 10:39 AM Film

The cliched coming-of-age flick is twisted with a mean-spirited protagonist, who sucks. Writer/director Greta Gerwig's film leaves little impact beyond a lead character who deserves comeuppance and not redemption. more

Nov 10, 2017 8:52 AM Film

Director Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest sees Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman in a twisted state of affairs. Whether or not you find this "funny," you'll undoubtedly find it original and fascinating. more

Nov 3, 2017 11:37 AM Film

This exploration of Alfred Hitchcock's classic, Psycho, starts with interesting revelations and goes into the toilet. Literally, they talk about Hitchcock's use of toilets... Interesting at times, but mostly forgettable. more

Oct 27, 2017 9:34 AM Film

Lucky follows Harry Dean Stanton, in his final film role, as a 90-year-old creature of habit who realizes his own mortality through the quirky characters he meets in a sleepy desert town. It's as trite as it sounds, sadly. more

Oct 20, 2017 11:06 AM Film

This first-ever entirely hand-painted film explores the death of Vincent Van Gogh in a way that is sometimes captivating and sometimes frustrating. Still, the hypnotic visuals alone are worth the price of admission. more

Oct 20, 2017 10:43 AM Film

Ai Weiwei's documentary about the unfolding global refugee crisis ably demonstrates the scope and serves as both an educational and emotional experience. more

Oct 20, 2017 10:11 AM Film

This documentary exploring the aftermath of Michael Brown's murder and the subsequent riots in Ferguson, Missouri is one of the most important, beautifully crafted documentaries of the year. Seek it out. Now. more

Sep 29, 2017 10:56 AM

A promising-but-flawed look at an intriguing setting and well-acted characters, with a script that comes up a "few stories short." That joke is funnier if you know the characters are architects... more

Sep 19, 2017 9:57 AM Film

A documentarian's first narrative feature takes you inside a unique community and may be among the year's best films. more

Sep 1, 2017 10:40 AM Film

A finely produced documentary that hammers home important facts about climate change, with a few missteps and the return of a boring host. more

Aug 11, 2017 1:17 PM Film

An inoffensive family dramedy from the folks who did the brilliant Obvious Child, this is a 90s-set film that won't leave much of a lasting impression. more

Aug 11, 2017 9:33 AM Film

Casey Affleck dies, making Rooney Mara sad, and then Casey Affleck comes back as a ghost to watch Rooney Mara be sad. The movie goes on like this for a long time. more

Jul 31, 2017 1:10 PM Film

This is where a synopsis would go if the title of the film wasn't already the synopsis. more

Jul 21, 2017 8:48 AM Film