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Thursday, September 15,2011

reel to reel | Week of Sept. 15, 2011

Apollo 18

On a top-secret moon mission in 1973, two astronauts uncover a deadly secret that explains why NASA never went back. Rated PG-13. At Flatiron, Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

Attack the Block

Attack the Block follows a gang of tough inner city kids who try to defend their turf against an invasion of savage alien creatures. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest

Michael Rapaport sets out on tour with A Tribe Called Quest in 2008, when they reunited to perform sold-out concerts across the country. The film captures the story of how tenuous ATCQ’s relationship has become, and how personal differences and unresolved conflicts continue to threaten their creative cohesion. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

Bauhaus: Model and Myth

The film looks at the post-World War I origins of the Bauhaus and its revolutionary influence. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

Blood into Wine

Hard rock fans know Maynard James Keenan as the frontman of Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer. But in this intriguing documentary, Christopher Pomerenke and Ryan Page profile Keenan the winemaker as he works to transform an arid stretch of Arizona desert into a lush vineyard. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

Bobby Fischer Against the World

Considered by many to be the world’s greatest chess player, Bobby Fischer personified the link between genius and madness. His trajectory propelled him from child prodigy to world chess champion at age 29 and then into a nosedive of delusions and paranoia. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

Brighton Rock

Brighton Rock embraces the classic elements of film noir and the British gangster film to tell the story of Pinkie, a desperate youth who is hellbent on clawing his way up through the ranks of organized crime. At Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

Buck

Our Idiot Brother has a menage a trois, nudity, pot use and profanity. But the unfailing sweet Buck Brannaman, a true American cowboy, travels the country for nine grueling months a year helping horses with people problems. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatre

Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star

A grocery bagger going nowhere in a small town discovers his straight-laced parents used to be adult-film stars and heads to Los Angeles to follow in their footsteps. At Flatiron and Century. — Los Angeles Times/ MCT

Captain America: The First Avenger

A military experiment transforms a scrawny soldier into a patriotic superhero. Rated PG-13. At Flatiron. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

Cars 2

Anthropomorphic automobiles head overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix. Rated G. At Colony Square. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

City of Life and Death

On Dec. 9, 1937, the Imperial Japanese Army laid siege to the Chinese capital of Nanking, beginning a reign of terror that killed as many as 300,000 civilians. This film is a visceral, heartbreaking portrait of life during wartime and an unforgettable masterpiece of contemporary world cinema. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

Colombiana

A woman who witnessed the murder of her parents as a child has grown up to be an assassin and hunts the mobster responsible for their deaths. Rated PG-13. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

Contagion

See full review on Page 53. Rated PG-13. At Flatiron, Century, Colony, and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

Cowboys & Aliens

Jon Favreau directs this Western about an amnesiac (Daniel Craig) in 1873 who stumbles into an Arizona town ruled by a ruthless rancher (Harrison Ford) who doesn’t take kindly to strangers. Rated PG-13. At Flatiron and Twin Peaks. — Rene Rodriguez

Crazy, Stupid, Love

After discovering his unfaithful wife wants a divorce, a straight-laced 40-something tries to readjust to single life under the tutelage of a young ladykiller. Rated PG-13. At Century and Colony Square. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

Creature

Friends battle a swamp monster. Rated R. At Flatiron, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

The Debt

Two retired Mossad agents receive shocking news about a mission they were presumed to have accomplished decades before, and they might need to finish the job. Rated R. At Century and Colony Square. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

Drive

A stunt driver for Hollywood movies who moonlights as a wheelman for robberies must use his skills behind the wheel to protect the woman he loves. Rated R. At Flatiron, Century and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

A girl sent to live with her father and his girlfriend, who are restoring an old mansion, unleashes evil creatures lurking in the dark. Rated R. At Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

Le Grand Voyage

A few weeks before his college entrance exams, Reda (Nicolas Cazale), a young man who lives in the south of France, finds himself obligated to drive his father to Mecca. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

The Guard

Two policemen must join forces to take on an international drug-smuggling gang — one, an unorthodox Irish policeman and the other, a straight-laced FBI agent. At Mayan and Century. — Landmark Theatres

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

In the new film, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) is still hunting Horcruxes, which contain amounts of Voldemort’s (played by Ralph Fiennes) soul. Rated PG-13. At Century and Colony Square. — Michael Phillips

The Help

Viola Davis, Emma Stone and Octavia Spencer

star in this adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s novel as women in 1960s Mississippi who form an unlikely bond that shatters societal mores of the era. Rated PG-13. At Flatiron, Century and Colony Square. — Rene Rodriguez

Higher Ground

Acclaimed actress Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air) makes her directorial debut with this look at a tight-knit spiritual community thrown off-kilter when one of their own begins to question her faith. At Esquire. — Landmark Theatre

Horrible Bosses We’ve all had them. We’ve all had to suffer their indignities — or else just quit our jobs. But three friends come up with an alternative to dealing with their monstrous bosses with the help of an ex-con. Rated R. At Flatiron. — Rene Rodriguez

I Don’t Know How She Does It

A financial executive tries to balance her marriage to a recently laid-off architect, her two young children and her high-stress job. Rated PG-13. At Flatiron, Century and Twin Peaks. — Rene Rodriguez

The Lion King

A 3-D version of the classic animated film about a young lion cub who must overcome his devious uncle to lead their kingdom. Rated G. At Flatiron, Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

Magic Trip

Magic Trip is a freewheeling portrait of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters’ legendary LSD-fueled cross-country road trip in the psychedelic Magic Bus (named “Further”). At Chez Artiste. — Boedecker Theater

Midnight in Paris

This new romantic comedy from writer/director Woody Allen tells the story of a family that travels to the picturesque French capital on business. It is the story about a man’s great love for Paris, and the illusion that a life different from one’s own is always better. Rated PG-13. At Boedecker, Century and Mayan. — Boedecker Theater

Mozart’s Sister

Accomplished singer, harpsichordist and violinist Nannerl is Wolfgang’s (David Moreau) elder by five years. Originally held up as the family’s child prodigy, she has now been forced to accompany the star of the family, her younger brother. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

One Day

This movie follows a man and woman’s relationship over 20 years, revisiting them each year on the exact day that they first entered each other’s lives. Rated PG-13. At Flatiron. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

Our Idiot Brother

MOVIE REVIEWS from Page 38

ness of Paul Rudd’s lead performance makes what could have been another raunchy and rude R-rated farce a bracing change of pace in a summer of aggressive comedies about aggressive people. Rated R. At Flatiron, Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Roger Moore/MCT

Passione

A tribute to the songs and singers of Naples, Italy, John Turturro’s documentary combines sensuality with raw emotion, mixes heartbreak with ecstasy, acknowledges the hard realities of poverty and soars above them. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

Project Nim

In the 1970s, Nim, a chimpanzee, became the focus of a landmark experiment which aimed to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. At Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

Le Quattro Volte

Inspired by Pythagoras’ belief in four-fold transmigration, by which the soul is passed from human to animal to vegetable to mineral, Michelangelo Frammartino’s wondrous docuessay traces the cycle of life through daily rituals in the southern Italian region of Calabria. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

Ready, Set, Bag!

Every February, competitive grocery baggers from across the country meet in Las Vegas to vie for the title of National Best Bagger. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Genetic experiments on primates lead to them developing intelligence and eventually battling humans for supremacy. Rated PG-13. At Flatiron, Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

Romeos

Lukas, 20, is right in the midst of male puberty — medically triggered — for he was in fact born a girl. Full of zest for life, he enters big-city life but even upon arrival encounters a major screw-up: Recruited for community service, he is the only male in a female nurses’ residential hall. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

Sarah’s Key

Sarah, a 10-year-old girl, is taken with her parents by the French police as they arrest Jewish families. To protect her younger brother, Sarah locks him in a bedroom cupboard and promises to come back for him when they are released. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

Senna

Brazilian Formula One racing legend Ayrton Senna’s remarkable story, charting his physical and spiritual achievements on the track and off, his quest for perfection, and the mythical status he has since attained. At Century and Esquire. — Landmark Theatres

Shark Night

A group of college students expecting a weekend of fun at a Louisiana lake island cabin find themselves terrorized by sharks. Rated PG-13. At Flatiron, Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

Shaolin

As warlords feud in China, a cocky young lord must reconsider his ways and join forces with Shaolin monks to make a stand against his rivals. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

Skatetown U.S.A.

Enjoy this gooey relic of a by-gone time that most of us can’t remember (and some of us are trying hard to forget). At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

The Smurfs

A Smurfs movie was probably inevitable. But doesn’t this feel as if it’s arriving a decade late? Rated PG. At Flatiron and Twin Peaks. — Rene Rodriguez

Spy Kids: All the Time in the World

A retired secret agent who has her hands full with a new baby and twin step-kids is called back into action to battle a supervillain. Rated PG. At Flatiron, Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

Straw Dogs

When a Hollywood screenwriter and his actress wife return to her small hometown in the South to prepare the family home for sale after her father’s death, tensions build in their marriage and old conflicts with the locals re-emerge. Rated R. At Flatiron, Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

The Tree

Charlotte Gainsbourg (I’m Not There) stars in Julie Bertuccelli’s mystical drama of loss and rebirth in the Australian countryside. At Denver Film Center. — Boedecker Theater

The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life follows the journey of a family’s eldest son through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years. At Chez Artiste and Esquire. — Landmark Theatres

Space Land and Time: Underground Adventures with Ant Farm

Most recognized for the iconic Texas land-art piece Cadillac Ranch, the 1970s art/architecture collective Ant Farm questioned the boundaries of architecture and everything else in the process. This is the first film to delve into the work of these renegade explorers in both architecture and performance art. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

Warrior

See full review on Page 53. Rated PG-13. At Flatiron and Century. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

 

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