The Omaha movie scene: A brief overview of some of the best theaters in...

Jeff Turner ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR The movie scene in Omaha is underrated. I’ve always said this, especially when I was freelancing as a film critic....

A world at war: “Battle Los Angeles”

Fair warning - if your nerves are easily jangled, stay far away from the new action flick "Battle: Los Angeles." 15 minutes after the opening credits I was chewing at my fingernails. By the middle of the film, my hands were actually shaking. Right from the beginning, this movie takes off and doesn't let up until the final credits roll.


‘The Descendants’ a perfect film of life’s imperfections

Directed by Omaha native Alexander Payne, "The Descendants" is about Hawaiian real estate lawyer Matt King (George Clooney), a struggling parent who must confront his family's issues.


‘Beauty and the Beast’ hardly different in 3D

I was a child during Disney's second golden age of animation, the late 1980s to mid-1990s. "The Little Mermaid," "Aladdin" and "The Lion King" were all repeatedly played until the VHS tape broke, but my favorite of all time, the one that led me to dress as the lead princess for four straight Halloweens, was "Beauty and the Beast."


Oscar-nominated short films to show at Film Streams

For the fourth year in a row, "Oscar Shorts! Academy Award Nominated Films" opens Friday, Feb. 11 at the Ruth Sokolof theater. They will present the films nominated for Best Animated Short and Best Live-Action short, as they have done in the past. For the first time, they will be showing this year's nominees for Best Documentary Short.


The new “Halloween” is ridiculous and manufactured compared to the original

Jeff Turner CONTRIBUTOR John Carpenter’s “Halloween” is the kind of movie that aspiring filmmakers wish they could have made. Made on a shoestring budget while still...

Oscar-worthy films to look for this fall

The mind-numbing summer movie season is finally, mercifully, coming to an end and, as any award show junkie can tell you, fall ushers in the season of Oscar contenders. Here's a list for the following months of all the movies that could be named big winners in next year's award show circuit. Keep in mind that films like "The Tree of Life" and "The Devil's Double" are also contenders, even though they've been released early.


Summer’s best and worst in entertainment

Summer is often a mixed bag when it comes to entertainment. Good films are usually sandwiched between awful, loud shoot-um-ups, TV shows are light, fluffy summer fun, and the radio is inundated with guilty pleasure music that we'll swear we hated by the time winter rolls around.