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Ryan Syrek

A decade after invasion, earth reports to alien overlords. This clunky "resist" metaphor has an incredible alien design and an "okay" everything else. If you caught it by accident on streaming, you may love it. Read more

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At its best when it is weird, this is a frequently funny and often quite original origin story for a character that demands more screen time. Come for the Marvel universe connections, stay for the "alien buddy-cop 90s sitcom" moments! Read more

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Beyond Liam Neeson's recent revelations of horrid racism lies a cinematic manifesto worth more consideration. What does it mean that justifiable revenge by homicidal dads is a popular genre now? Read more

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This month's column gleams your cube, forces me into sincerity, and heavily features internet cats. Why are you not already reading??? Read more

Cutting Room

Omaha's cinematic footprint only keeps getting better and better. Here's a look back on how wretched things were, how great they are, and how promising the future will be. Read more

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A whacko lady (Isabelle Huppert) begins stalking her surrogate daughter (Chloe Grace Moretz) in what should have been a bonkers true-crimey bit of trash. Instead, it's pretty redundant and boring for the first two-thirds before letting Huppert loose. Read more

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As surprising as a WWE biopic from quirky writer/director Stephen Merchant seemed, this is a fairly cliched "rags to riches" story that fails to convey the inherent appeal of wrestling to non-fans, even if the cast makes it a decent watch. Read more

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This somehow overly busy and totally boring adaptation of the classic cyberpunk manga loses its humanity by CGI-ing its lead actress and loses everyone with its cliches and awful dialogue. Stream a good anime or something instead. Read more

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This sequel surprisingly tackles toxic masculinity and the dangers in postapocalyptic obsessions. Thankfully, it does so with some great musical numbers and tons of fun comedy and phenomenal voice acting. Parents and kids should eat it up! Read more

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This month's column helps you make Valentine's Day plans, encourages you to take up diving, and hopefully makes you proclaim "This Is America!" and not "This Is America?" Read more

Cutting Room

Partly because the power of the groundhog compels me and almost entirely because limited-release Oscar contenders often don’t get shown in Omaha until January of the following year, my year-in-reviews are always later than everyone else’s... Read more

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This year's 15 Live-Action, Animated, and Documentary shorts will mess you right the hell up. The subjects may vary, and they are worth seeing, but my Lord are they emotionally traumatic this year. Consider yourself warned! Read more

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A special, quick column to let you know about two very cool, very different upcoming events. One is the return of a beloved classic, the other is a much-needed bit of docu-education! Read more

Cutting Room

Either Hulu or Netflix's Fyre Festival doc will probably do just fine if you're interested. Taking a close look at rich people defrauding rich people isn't quite as fun as it sounds, but it is definitely worth considering in a larger context. Read more

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A sequel nearly 20 years in the making, this self-serious superhero saga comes to a dull thud of an ending. Twists and turns that make no sense follow a laborious two hours during which you'll long for any other superhero movie but this one. Read more

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One of 2018's most powerful films is an adaption of James Baldwin's work. Two young lovers are divided by a system that is as cruel as their bond is pure. If this one doesn't move you to tears, enjoy Green Book. Read more

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What comes before Die Hard? Why is Apollo Creed in space? Why does Jodie Foster put up with Mel Gibson? How does Doc Brown feel about racism? Answers to some of these in this month's column! Read more

Cutting Room

Here's a look at my most anticipated film every month of 2019. You'll never believe what I picked in September! Am I doing click bait right? Read more

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Part biography, part condemnation of a war based on false pretense, this exploration of the impact Dick Cheney (Christian Bale) had on America is chaotic. Frustratingly good and frustratingly bad, this is one of the strangest movies of 2018. Read more

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Sunk by a soggy and stupid script, the overlong film is palatable when it explores Atlantean epic battles but miserable when anyone talks to another person. Jason Momoa isn't charismatic enough to save something this bloated. Read more

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