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Thursday, October 13,2011

reel to reel | Week of Oct. 13, 2011


1911

Jackie Chan’s 100th movie, 1911 tells the story of the founding of the Republic of China. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

50/50

Though it’s a cancer film, the tender and funny 50/50 addresses its subject with a refreshing lack of melodrama, making it honest enough to transcend the usual. Based on the true story of Will Reiser, a comedy writer, the movie follows Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who gets diagnosed with the C-word. Rated R. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Michael Phillips/TMS

Abduction

A young man who has always felt disconnected from his life begins to piece together his true identity. Rated PG-13. At Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

The Big Year

Three bird watchers engage in a fierce competition to spot the most specimens. Rated PG. At Century and Colony Square. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

Circumstance

Circumstance is a provocative coming-of-age story that cracks open the hidden, underground world of Iranian youth culture. At Esquire. — Landmark Theatres

Contagion

Subtle, measured and chock full of major stars, this virus outbreak film exceeds without excess. A Minneapolis businesswoman (Gwyneth Paltrow) falls ill and dies soon after. Her husband (Matt Damon) reels as the resulting pandemic takes the world by storm. Rated PG-13. At Century and Twin Peaks. — Michael Phillips/TMS

Courageous

Dedicated law-enforcement officers vow to become better fathers and renew their faith after a tragedy in their community. Rated PG-13. At Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

Death and a Compass

A surrealistic and detailed detective story set in a vaguely futuristic unnamed metropolis filled with cops, robbers and only a few people in between. At International Film Series. — IFS

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. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom

A bizarre murder mystery brings together the most powerful woman in China, the soon-to-be- Empress Wu Zetian, and a formerly exiled detective, Dee Renjie, at the infamous Imperial Palace. At Esquire. — Landmark Theatres

Dolphin Tale

This heartwarmer based on a true story follows the tailless dolphin Winter (played by Winter) through all sorts of adversity alongside its human protectors, notably the troubled 11-year-old Sawyer (Nathan Gamble). Rated PG. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Michael Phillips/TMS

Dream House

A New York publisher quits his job and moves his family to a New England town, only to discover their new home was once a grisly murder scene. Rated PG-13. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — 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 Century and Colony Square. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

Finding Joe

Through interviews with visionaries from a variety of fields, interwoven with enactments of classic tales by a sweet and motley group of kids, the film navigates the stages of what Joseph Campbell dubbed The Hero’s Journey. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

Footloose

A city boy shakes up an uptight Southern town that has banned dancing in this remake of the 1984 film. Rated PG-13. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

The Guard

Two policemen must join forces to take on an international drug-smuggling gang. At Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

Happy

Review unavailable. At International Film Series. — IFS

The Hedgehog

The Hedgehog is the story of Paloma (Garance Le Guillermic), a young girl bent on ending it all on her upcoming 12th birthday. At Chez Artiste and Boedecker. — Landmark Theatres

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 Century and Colony Square. — Rene Rodriguez

High and Low

Toshiro Mifune is unforgettable as Kingo Gondo, a wealthy industrialist whose family becomes the target of a cold-blooded kidnapper in Akira Kurosawa’s highly influential High and Low. At Boedecker Theater. — Boedecker Theater

The Human Centipede II: Full Sequence

Martin is a mentally disturbed loner who lives with his mother in a bleak housing project. To escape his dreary existence, Martin loses himself in the fantasy world of the cult horror

Machine Gun Preacher

The inspirational true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal, who finds an unexpected calling as the savior of hundreds of kid film The Human Centipede: First Sequence. At Esquire. — Landmark Theatres

I Am Secretly an Important Man

I Am Secretly An Important Man is a feature length documentary film portrait of Steven J. Bernstein (aka Jesse Bernstein), one of Seattle’s most celebrated voices. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax and International Film Series. — Denver Film Society

The Ides of March

See full review Page 53. Rated R. At Century and Colony Square.

The Interrupters

Three dedicated individuals try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they, themselves, once employed. These “violence interrupters” (their job title) — who have credibility on the street because of their own personal histories — intervene in conflicts before the incidents explode into violence. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

Jack the Ripper and Butterfinger the 13th

Jack the Ripper: The Definitive Storyexposes the truth behind the legendary killer, including key evidence from Scotland Yard, as well as segments with forensic experts, criminologists and historians discussing why Britain’s favorite mass murder remains unsolved to this day. Rated PG-13. At Century. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

Killer Elite

An ex-special-ops agent is lured out of retirement to rescue his mentor, which will require him to take on a group of assassins. Rated R. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

The Last Lions

From the lush wetlands of Botswana’s Okavango Delta comes the suspense-filled tale of a determined lioness ready to try anything — and willing to risk everything — to keep her family alive. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

Life in a Day

What do you get when you ask the people of the world to chronicle a single day in their lives? You get 80,000 submissions, 4,500 hours of footage, from 192 countries. Kevin Macdonald has taken this raw material, all shot on July 24, 2010, and created a 90-minute paean to what it means to be human in the world today. At International Film Series. — Boedecker

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 Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

Love Crime

Within the sterile offices of a powerful multinational corporation, two women come to a faceoff in the mystery thriller Love Crime. At Esquire. — Landmark Theatres napped and orphaned children. At Century and Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

Magic Trip In 1964, Ken Kesey, the famed author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, set off on a legendary, LSD-fueled cross-country road trip to the New York World’s Fair with “The Merry Band of Pranksters.” At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

Metropolis

All-new restoration, with 25 minutes of lost footage! Boedecker is showing this masterpiece with two soundtracks: the original orchestral score and the Giorgio Moroder classic of anthem-rock from the ’80s, featuring Freddie Mercury, Pat Benatar, Loverboy, Adam Ant and more. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris, a new romantic comedy from writer/director Woody Allen, tells the story of a family that travels to the picturesque French capital on business. Rated PG-13. At Mayan. — Boedecker Theater

The Mill and the Cross

The Mill and The Cross focuses on a dozen characters whose life stories unfold and intertwine in a panoramic landscape populated by villagers and red-caped horsemen. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

Moneyball

Director Bennett Miller’s Moneyball is the best sports movie in a long time and honestly inspirational. It’s based on the true story of Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane, played remarkably by Brad Pitt. Somewhat of a renegade, Beane bucked the norm and employed a new statistical way of analyzing players. Rated PG-13. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Michael Phillips/TMS

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

My Afternoons with Margueritte

In a small French town, Germain (Gérard Depardieu), a nearly illiterate man in his 50s and considered to be the village idiot by his friends, takes a walk to the park one day and happens to sit beside Margueritte (Gisèle Casadesus), a little old lady who is reading excerpts from her novel aloud. At Esquire. — Landmark Theatres

Opera: L’Orfeo

Known for its dramatic power and lively orchestration, Monteverdi’s Baroque masterwork L’Orfeo has obtained a position of supreme importance in the history of opera. At Boedecker Theater. — Boedecker Theater

Point Blank

When she is kidnapped before his very eyes, a man begins a deadly race to save the lives of his wife and unborn child. Frantic and unrelenting, with two sublimely sinister lead performances that put this adrenaline-fueled genre gem one step ahead of the pack. At International Film Series. — IFS

Real Steel

See full review Page 53. Rated PG-13. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

Restless

When two outsiders chance to meet at a funeral, they find an unexpected common ground in their unique experiences of the world. At Century and Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

Robert Motherwell: Summer of 1971

At work on his Elegies and Windows series, Motherwell examines his place in the Abstract Expressionist movement, which he calls the first original American movement in the “mainstream,” and its practitioners “the last romantics.” At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The longest-running midnight movie of all time. At Esquire. — Landmark Theatres

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

Sarah Palin: You Betcha!

You Betcha! chronicles director Nick Broomfield’s quest to unveil the “real” Sarah Palin, and follows the filmmaker as he battles the icy snows of Alaska in mid-winter to speak to the school friends, family and Republican colleagues. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Dark

A riveting portrait of the great writer whose stories became the basis of the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

The Thing

An alien creature frozen in ice is excavated in an isolated outpost on Antarctica, where it awakens and begins killing off researchers. Rated R. At Century and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

Third Star

James has terminal cancer and wants to make the most of this life. He invites his three closest friends to join him on a camping trip to West Wales. With no other skills for the outdoor life except making tea, the journey will test their strength, their friendship, and their belief in what makes life worth living. At Boedecker Theater. — Boedecker Theater

Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil

Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil is a hilariously gory, good-spirited horror comedy, doing for killer rednecks what Shaun of the Dead did for zombies. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

The Way

An American doctor travels to France to collect the remains of his adult son, who died while making a pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago, and then takes up the journey himself. Rated PG-13. At Century. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

Weekend

Weekend follows Russell who, after randomly picking up artist Glen at a nightclub on a Friday night, unexpectedly spends most of the next 48 hours with him in bedrooms and bars, telling stories and having sex. At Denver FilmCenter/ Colfax. — Denver Film Society

What’s Your Number?

In this struggling rom-com, Ally (Anna Faris) has been dumped 19 straight times. A magazine article sends her into a panic: If she’s had twice the national average (10.5) of sexual partners, does that mean she’s unmarryable? Rated R. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Michael Phillips/TMS

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