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Thursday, February 14,2013

Reel to reel | Week of February 14, 2013

A Nicholas Sparks adaptation, Safe Haven tries to create suspense around more than the first kiss.

AMOUR

Georges and Anne are a couple in their 80s about to experience the perils of mortality. When Anne begins sliding downward through dementia, Georges is left to try to pick up the pieces. Rated PG-13. At Century and Chez Artiste. — The Reader of Omaha, Neb.

ANNA KARENINA

Leo Tolstoy’s novel of love and infidelity comes to life thanks to director Joe Wright. A unique narrative device illuminates the theatrical behavior of randy Russian nobles who can’t help trying to sleep with each other’s spouses. Rated R. At Chez Artiste. — The Reader of Omaha, Neb.

ARGO

Ben Affleck’s latest directing project (in which he also stars) is based on true events from the Iranian revolution in 1979. Militants storm the U.S. embassy and take 52 Americans hostage. Rated R. At Esquire.

BARBARA

The year is 1980 and Barbara opens with the title character getting off a bus in a small town in East Germany where, we soon learn, she has in effect been exiled. A doctor who once worked in a top institution in Berlin, Barbara broke the rules by applying for an exit visa from the Communist-run German Democratic Republic. At Muenzinger Auditorium. — International Film Series

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD

In a forgotten but defiant bayou community, a 6-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES

A Romeo and Juliet-esque love story set in a supernaturally charged South. Rated PG-13. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

BREATHING

Youthful mistakes, redemption, and guilt are the main themes in this German psychological drama about a young man in jail who finds work in a morgue. Thomas Schubert won best actor at the 2011 Sarajevo Film Festival. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

BOLSHOI BALLET’S: LA BAYADÈRE

With Minkus’ music and Pepita’s choreography, “The Temple Dancer” tells the story of impossible love set against the backdrop of lush, exotic India. . At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

COLORADO CINEMA SALON: OSCAR PREVIEW 2013

Join Salon curator and moderator Robert Denerstein for an Oscar preview with guests Lisa Kennedy, film critic of The Denver Post; Britta Erickson, director of the Starz Denver Film Festival and devoted Oscar follower; and Will Dupree, winner of last year’s Oscar prediction contest at the Film Society’s annual Oscar party. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society

DJANGO UNCHAINED

Quentin Tarantino does to slave owners what he did to Nazis in Inglourious Basterds, taking therapeutic cinematic revenge upon them with Django, a freed slave. He and his partner, Dr. King Schultz, attempt to rescue Django’s wife. Rated R. At Century and Colony Square. — The Reader of Omaha, Neb.

ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH

An animated space hero (voiced by Brendan Fraser) fights to defend his planet, Beeb. Rated PG. At Century and Twin Peaks.

A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD

Bruce Willis is back as John McClane, and this time he’s teaming up with his son to take down the bad guys in Russia. Rated R. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

GOODFELLAS

This is the famous film adaptation of the 1986 non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scorsese. In addition to multiple Oscar nominations, the film ranks 12th in the list of films that most frequently use the word “fuck.” At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS

The Brothers Grimm fairy tale is the latest victim of the ever-expanding quest to produce a gritty reboot of every franchise or concept in storytelling history. Rising action stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton are the titular siblings, on a mission to exterminate witches from the planet. Rated R. At Twin Peaks.

HAROLD AND MAUDE

Classic cult comedy from director Hal Ashby (Shampoo, Being There), starring Ruth Gordon as Maude, the irrepressible, anything-for-a-thrill septuagenarian whose spirit rekindles a morose young man (Bud Cort) who loves to fashion fake suicides to get attention. Music by Cat Stevens. At Esquire. — Landmark Theatres

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY 3D

This adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s original tale of hobbits and wizards is every bit as good as the Lord of the Rings series (and is, in some ways, even better). Rated PG-13. At Century and Twin Peaks. — The Reader of Omaha, Neb.

HYDE PARK ON HUDSON

In June 1939 the King and Queen of England stay overnight at President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s country estate in upstate New York. This was the first visit of an English monarch to America. Rated R. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

IDENTITY THIEF

The director of Horrible Bosses returns with the story of Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman), who heads to Florida to find the woman who is living extravagantly off of his money after stealing his identity. Rated R. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

THE IMPOSSIBLE

Setting aside the oddly xenophobic premise that allows a horrific event, a 2004 tsunami, suffered by the entirety of Eastern Asia to be filtered through a decidedly Western lens, this is a beautiful-looking survival tale. Rated PG-13. At Mayan. — The Reader of Omaha, Neb.

LES MISERABLES

Hugh Jackman gives his all as Jean Valjean, the unluckiest bread thief in history. Russell Crowe’s Javert and Anne Hathaway’s Fantine are also great. Unfortunately, director Tom Hooper filmed the beloved stage classic in extreme close-up, making for a hideous, excruciating endeavor. Rated PG-13. At Colony Square. — The Reader of Omaha, Neb.

LIFE OF PI 3D

A storm ravages a boat carrying a zookeeper’s family and menagerie, and the only survivors are the family’s son, Pi, and a Bengal tiger. Shot in 3-D, the film is a visual feast. Rated PG. At Century and Colony Square. — The Reader of Omaha, Neb.

LINCOLN

This is all about the creation of the penny. OK, kidding. This is Daniel Day-Lewis proving he’s the best there is (maybe ever) at embodying the emancipatory president as he works to get the 13th Amendment through a divided Congress in the midst of war. Rated PG-13. At Century and Colony Square. — The Reader of Omaha, Neb.

MAMA

Five years after they disappeared, sisters Victoria and Lilly are found in a half-collapsed cabin in the woods. But when they come to civilization to live with their relatives, the girls don’t come alone. Rated PG-13. At Twin Peaks.

THE MASTER

The Master tells the story of a veteran who arrives home from war and is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society

OSCAR-NOMINATED SHORT FILMS 2013: ANIMATED

Featuring all five Academy Award nominees in the category of Best Animated Short and more, this year’s program will be hosted by last year’s winners, directors William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg. At Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

OSCAR-NOMINATED SHORT FILMS 2013: DOCUMENTARY

This year’s nominated films are hosted onscreen by Academy Award Winning Filmmaker Daniel Junge. At Muenzinger Auditorium and SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society

OSCAR-NOMINATED SHORT FILMS 2013: LIVE ACTION

Featuring all five Academy Award nominees in the category of Best Live Action Short, this year’s program will be hosted by last year’s winner: Luke Matheny, writer/director of “God of Love.” At Mayan and Muenzinger Auditorium. — Landmark Theatres

PRINCESS BRIDE: QUOTE ALONG

Join Westley as he duels Vizzini and his crew, braves the dangers of the fire swamp, and overcomes death for true love. IFS will have all your favorite lines subtitled up on screen karaoke-style for your quoting pleasure. At Muenzinger Auditorium. — International Film Series

QUARTET

The rumor circling the halls at Beecham House is that a star is coming to the home. For Reginald Paget, Wilfred Bond and Cecily Robson, this talk is par for the course. But they’re in for a shock when the new arrival is none other than their former singing partner. Rated PG-13. At Century and Esquire. — Landmark Theatres

RADIO UNNAMEABLE

This documentary chronicles the career of Bob Fass, a radio personality who launched the notion of free expression on the radio. Interviews and footage with Robert Downey Sr., Judy Collins and Arlo Gutherie liven the journey as we delve into Fass’s radio show, which aired throughout New York in the ’60s and ’70s. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

SAFE HAVEN

In the latest tearjerker from a novel by Nicholas Sparks, a young woman moves to a small town looking to leave a dark past behind but finds it catching up to her in a suspenseful love story. Rated PG-13. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

SAVING LINCOLN

The true story of Lincoln and his self-appointed bodyguard, U.S. Marshal Ward Hill Lamon — a banjo-playing Southerner who foiled repeated attempts on the President’s life, and kept him functioning during the darkest hours of the Civil War. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN

How is it possible that a musician could bomb with two albums in the U.S., disappear into obscurity for years and then be resurrected as a successful, inspirational hero in a totally different country? At Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

THE SESSIONS

Based on the autobiographical writings of journalist and poet Mark O’Brien, The Sessions tells the story of a man confined to an iron lung who is determined — at age 38 — to lose his virginity. Rated R. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

SIDE EFFECTS

For this psychological thriller, director Steven Soderbergh and Contagion writer Scott Burns examine the tendency to over-medicate psychological issues. A depressed 28-year-old Manhattanite rotates through medications before landing on one with a side effect of “parasomnia” that leads to a grisly crime. Rated R. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

When Pat is released from institutionalization after beating his wife’s lover, he meets Tiffany, a young widow struggling with grief. Although the film has the trappings of drama, everything is sanitized and clichéd enough to make this a feel-good romance between attractive people. Rated R. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — The Reader of Omaha, Neb.

STARLET

Dree Hemingway stars in this quirky, sweet friendship flick. The paths of an elderly woman and a 20-something free spirit collide when the latter shops at the former’s yard sale. We learn about the power of friendship as each one’s motives are revealed. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

WARM BODIES

Adding some laughs to the paranormal teen romance genre, Warm Bodies tells the story of unlikely love in the zombie apocalypse. When zombie R (Nicholas Holt) meets still-human Julie (Teresa Palmer), human feelings begin filling his decayed heart. Rated PG-13. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

THE WAITING ROOM

A composite 24-hour period at Highland Hospital in Oakland, one of the nation’s busiest emergency rooms, offers an intimate and even uplifting view of how people navigate health care with limited resources. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

ZERO DARK THIRTY

Have you heard about the time we shot Osama bin Laden? Have you ever wondered the painstaking decade of research that went into that moment? Well, you’re in for a treat, as Maya (Jessica Chastain), the investigator who broke the case open, searches for bin Laden. Rated R. At Century, Colony Square. — The Reader of Omaha, Neb.

 

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