Cutting Room

File this under “nobody here is judging you:” Aksarben Cinema is ready and willing to sate 50 shades of your desires. On Thursday, Feb. 9, the theater is hosting a screening of 50 Shades Darker complete with booze, chocolate and titillation. For $20, you get a wine tasting, chocolate bar, lipstick bar, […]

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Cutting Room

Hey y’all, Ryan here! This time each year, I surrender the space in Cutting Room to offer an alternative take on the best and worst films of 2016. Mason Shumaker has been an indispensable part of the film section since joining, and his 2016 list is proof why. Eclectic, insightful and vastly different than most I’ve […]

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H-Elle

You’re going to walk out of Elle feeling like shit. It’s a dreadful, creepy and depressing-ass movie. If you’re not down for eerie psychosexual thrills that make you queasy, then Elle isn’t for you. If movies that feel like punishment for every happy thought you’ve ever had […]

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Semisweet ‘16

I’ll make this annual preamble short: This is a 2016 Best Movies list in early 2017 because Midwestern critics don’t get to see the year’s most acclaimed films until early the next year. That’s okay, because nothing shocking has ever happened because the opinions of people outside of major population centers were underrepresented, has it, […]

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Acting Up

20th Century Women or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Raise a Male Feminist (okay, I made that second part up) is the best film yet from director Mike Mills. He gets some of the best performances out of this impressive group of actors and is not quite the “Annette Bening […]

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The Art of the Reel

Ghosts aren’t real. This is now confirmed scientific fact after the disembodied spirit of original Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton didn’t immediately ectoplasmically engulf or exsanguinate Steve Mnuchin. Who is Mnuchin, other than a man whose last name desperately needs to buy a vowel? In a statement obviously written by a staffer with more […]

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Passing Jerks

Reduced to butt-baring eye candy, Passengers feels like Chris Pratt was made to do a Game of Thrones-esque “Walk of Shame.” What’s that, Chris? You want to be a super-duper, dimple-chinned movie hunk? Bend over and bore us while your once-charismatic baby blues go fully dead inside. Now you’re a star! Passengers […]

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