Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Furious 7 Premiere Party

“Dominic Toretto. You don't know me, but you're about to.”
-Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), Furious 7

Let’s Party!

Get ready for one of the biggest and best movie events Aksarben Cinema has to offer! In celebration of Furious 7’s release we are pleased to announce an exciting premiere party. Seeing this awesome action & adventure film would be enough for a fun experience, but what if we upped the ante?

Furious 7 Premiere Party on Thursday, April 2nd at 7:00 p.m.

Before the film’s premiere, guests will be treated to beer tastings, a nacho bar courtesy of Dudley’s Pizza & Tavern, special giveaways, a Pixel Box Photo Booth, and music from DJ Shif-D. The event is for guests 21 and over.

Vengeance hits home next Thursday with the premiere of Furious 7 starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jason Statham, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, and many more.

The Movie

Dom Torretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew are back for “one last ride” which cannot be missed! In the last film they defeated international terrorist Owen Shaw and thought that’s where their story ended. Unfortunately, Owen Shaw has a bigger, badder older brother, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham). Deckard is on the hunt for Torretto’s crew and is picking them off one by one.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, the crew is challenged by a Somalian terrorist called Jakarde and an unknown government official named “Mr. Nobody.” The team will have to reform to stop these notorious criminals and make it out alive.

Relive the Movies

The team may have a lot to overcome, but you can guess that once it’s all over they’ll kick back for a celebratory drink, but you get yours ahead of time.

Dom once said, “You can have any brew you want...as long as it’s a Corona.” We’ll have Corona and Corona Light as well as Modelo, Negra Modelo, and Pacifico. When you’re not slamming a few back with your buddies or dipping into the nacho bar you’ll be able to play Dirty Drivin’ and Super Bikes 2 for free! Does it honestly get better than this?

The event starts at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday night and the screening of Furious 7 will begin at 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the box office or on our website. For more information about all out upcoming events visit and like us on Facebook. See you at the movies!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Best Will Ferrell Movies

“I often don't think a lot about the ramifications of anything I do.”
-Will Ferrell, personal quote

Will Ferrell is clearly one of the funniest men alive and has starred in many great films. His next sure-to-be hit film Get Hard comes to Aksarben Cinema March 27 and stars Ferrell as millionaire James King who has run into some trouble with the law. He recruits Darnell Lewis (Kevin Hart) to prepare him for life behind bars. The twist is that Lewis has never been behind bars.

Where will Ferrell’s latest film rank amongst all his hilarious films? We’re not sure yet, but we do know which films rank as the best of Ferrell’s career to us. There are countless winning performances to choose from, but we narrowed it down to four that stand above the rest. Do you agree with our choices? Let us know in the comments.

1.     Elf

It wasn’t until Ferrell starred as Buddy the Elf that his star truly shot through Hollywood. In Elf, Ferrell stars as Buddy, an elf with a sugar-coated brain who goes in search of his biological father (James Caan). This film also introduced audiences to Zooey Deschanel and Peter Dinklage who have both found super-stardom with their respective television shows.

2.     Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

No other Ferrell film is as quotable as Anchorman. Nearly the entire script is featured on the IMDB Quotes page because every line that writers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay came up with made this an instantly quotable comedy classic. In Anchorman Ferrell stars as Ron Burgundy, legendary newsman, who is thrown for a loop when a female anchor appears, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), a young woman looking to be taken seriously. Burgundy has to shape up his and his new team’s antics if they ever hope to keep their jobs.

3.     Stranger Than Fiction

Ferrell, no stranger to a challenge, found himself in more dramatic fare when he took on the role of Harold Crick in the dramedy film Stranger Than Fiction. For this performance he received his second Golden Globe nomination, the first being for The Producers. In the film Ferrell plays an IRS auditor who discovers that he is a character in a novel written by a woman who often kills off her main characters. This discovery becomes life-changing for Crick as he embraces aspects of his life that he dismissed initially including love.
4.     The Lego Movie

The final film to be featured on our list is Ferrell’s most recent performance. In last year’s The Lego Movie, Ferrell showed audiences that he could get animated in his performance as President Business. In The Lego Movie Ferrell is set on domination of the Lego universe, but a crew of unlikely heroes including Lego Batman and Princess Unikitty have something to say about that.

The comedy king Will Ferrell has graced our screens for years and given us great characters and performances that will always be unforgettable. Will millionaire James King be the next best Ferrell character? Find out on March 27 when Get Hard comes to Aksarben Cinema. For more information on Get Hard and all our new releases visit our website or Facebook page. See you at the movies!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Breakfast Club 30th Anniversary

“We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that's all.”
-Andrew Clark (Emilio Estevez), The Breakfast Club

A Classic Returns

Only one film has managed to perfectly capture the angst-ridden, awkward stages of high school and that film is The Breakfast Club. This year the film celebrates its 30th anniversary and Aksarben Cinema will be screening the classic comedy in honor of the special anniversary.

In anticipation of the film’s re-release we thought it would also be fun to look back down memory lane and dig out some trivia treasure from the teen comedy classic.

Trivia Treasure

1.     Judd Nelson was nearly fired because of his negative attitude toward Molly Ringwald off camera. It was Paul Gleason who convinced director John Hughes not to. Gleason’s reason? He thought that Nelson was a great actor and was simply trying to stay in character at all times.

2.     The scene in the library where the characters all bare their souls was improvised. John Hughes directed them to ad-lib their lines. Now we’re left with one of the most honest, emotional scenes in cinematic history.

3.     Molly Ringwald was originally asked to play Allison but wanted to play Claire, she eventually convinced John Hughes and the studio and was given the part.

4.     The movie was ranked #1 for Entertaiment Weekly's 50 Best High School Movies (2006).

5.     It was originally suggested that there would be several sequels to The Breakfast Club, occurring every ten years, in which The Breakfast Club would get back together. Can you imagine a 1995, 2005, and 2015 The Breakfast Club?

Detail on the Screening

The film will be screened on both March 26 & March 31 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available online or at the box office. Make sure you get them sooner rather than later, because we don’t want you to miss out on this opportunity to revisit the fated detention room where an unlikely group befriended one another.

Please join Aksarben Cinema for either your first viewing of this 80s classic or watch it for the hundredth time in the comfort of Omaha’s favorite movie theatre. For more information on this event and many others, visit Aksarben Cinema’s website or Facebook page. See you at the movies!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Kenneth Branagh Biography

“I think the best actors are the most generous, the kindest, the greatest people and at their worst they are vain, greedy and insecure.”
-Kenneth Branagh, personal quote

The Kenneth Branagh-directed Cinderella is coming to Aksarben Cinema on March 12, 2015. The film is a live action retelling of the classic Cinderella tale made famous by Walt Disney many years ago with his animated film of the same name. The film stars newcomer Lily James, Hayley Atwell, Helena Bonham Carter, and Cate Blanchett.

Cinderella features many popular stars, but more exciting than that is who is behind the camera, Kenneth Branagh. Best known for his direction of Shakespeare adaptations, he will surely excite audiences with his keen eye for the majestic and grandeur of classic tales.

In honor of him and the release of his new film Cinderella we present to you a short biography of the actor, director, screenwriter, and producer.

Acting Comes Early

Branagh was born in Belfast, Ireland to William and Frances Branagh and was the middle of three children. The young Branagh was educated at Grove Primary School where he began performing in school productions. It is in school that Branagh acquired a British accent in order to avoid bullying, hence the reason most consider Branagh’s original home to be Great Britain. Later Branagh went on to train at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

The young thespian found some success in BBC shows including Play for Today. Later he was recognized for his performances as Judd in Another Country and appeared in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Henry V. It was this production that Branagh later adapted for his own film version.

A Penchant for Shakespeare

In 1987 Branagh founded the Renaissance Theatre Company along with David Parfitt following successful productions including Romeo and Juliet. Branagh went on to star in countless productions directed by some of the greatest Shakespearean thespians such as Judi Dench and Derek Jacobi.

Kenneth Branagh is now best known for his exceptional work in film beginning with Henry V (1989) followed by Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, Love’s Labour’s Lost and many more. He has also performed and directed non-Shakespeare films including Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Branagh’s probably best known as Gilderoy Lockhart, the false celebrity in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. After Chamber of Secrets, Branagh went on to direct the critically and financially successful Marvel film Thor and starred as Sir Laurence Olivier in My Week with Marilyn for which he received an Oscar nomination.

Hopefully this is only the beginning of a career for one of the finest directors to adapt Shakespeare’s classic plays and comic books based on the god of thunder. Find out on March 12 if Branagh does an equally good job with Cinderella. For more information on Cinderella and all our new releases check out our website or like us on Facebook. See you at the movies! 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Best Movie Robots

“I’m consciousness. I’m alive. I’m Chappie.”
-Chappie in the film Chappie

            On March 5, 2015 a new robot comes to town. His name is Chappie and he’s more than just a mindless drone. Chappie is an android that has the ability to think and feel for himself.

The film is directed by Neil Blomkamp (District 9) and stars Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, and Sharlto Copley as the titular robot. Aksarben Cinema is excited to invite the latest science fiction adventure from Blomkamp.

In celebration of Chappie and robots of cinema we have compiled a list of the five best movie robots. Let us know if you agree with our choices in the comments!

1.     C-3PO & R2-D2

The first robot on our list is actually a duo of mechanical minds, because you simply can’t have one without the other on a list of the best robots. C-3PO and R2-D2 launched the idea of robots with personality into the stratosphere following their arrival in Star Wars. No robots perfectly capture a conflicted friendship better than these two.

2.     Gort

Gort is one of the genuine robotic articles who made his first appearance in The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951). He’s an eight-foot tall metal robot who accompanies an alien named Klaatu. Gort is not much of a talker, but does possess a laser weapon that shoots from a visor. Gort originally was constructed using thick foam rubber, but you’d never guess it looking at what looks like a solid metal being.

3.     Wall-E

How about a robot that is not fussy or deadly? Wall-E is the cutest little trash-mashing robot we ever did see and he’s a movie fan so he’s alright in our book. Ben Burtt, best known for creating amazing space fantasy sounds for Star Wars, provided the voice for the lovable sentient being.

4.     Maria

Finally, none of these robots would exist without the original movie robot, Maschinenmensch, or Maria for short. The original title of this robot is German for machine-human and she comes from the German film Metropolis directed by Fritz Lang. Maria was played by actress Brigitte Helm who wore a “plastic wood” costume.

Wow! So many great robots have graced our cinemas from Threepio to Maria and Wall-E to Gort, these sentient beings have been an equal part of our movie history as their great creators. Time will tell if Chappie will stand the test of time and become the next great movie robot. Remember to find out for yourself when Chappie comes to Aksarben Cinema on March 5, 2015. For more information on Chappie and all the new releases check us out on Facebook or on our website. See you at the movies!