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Mason Shumaker

Another boring indie movie that isn't really that much of an indie movie, this is a tame domestic drama featuring great performances from Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal but little else to really get excited about. more

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This dull heist movie takes itself far too seriously in retelling a crime committed by bored bros. more

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This well-produced, good-feeling documentary has very little in the way of revelations or insights. It's basically a long commercial for Mister Rogers Neighborhood, which makes it watchable but not exceptionally compelling. more

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A seemingly unfinished adaptation of Ray Bradbury's classic that is a strong contender for the worst movie of the year. Maybe read a book instead? more

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Mason's take on the new record holder for "biggest opening weekend in history" is even slightly harsher than Ryan's, as he catalogs all the things the movie undoes. more

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Mason thought long and hard, weighed the evidence, and chose 10 (and only 10) movies that represent the best of the millennium so far. You'll be surprised, I promise. more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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