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reel to reel | Oct. 20, 2011

9000 Needles

At 40 years old, Devin Dearth is a successful businessman, a loving husband and a father of three. He and his family live the ideal American dream until Devin suffers a devastating stroke. The stroke leaves him paralyzed on his right side and unable to walk. 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. 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

Ballet: Esmeralda

This classic tale of love and loyalty triumphing over corruption is broadcast live from the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow. At Boedecker Theater. — Boedecker Theater

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

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

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 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

See full review Page 37. 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

Gun Hill Road

After three years in prison, Enrique (Esai Morales) returns home to the Bronx to find the world he knew has changed. His wife, Angela (Judy Reyes), struggles to hide an emotional affair, and his teenage son, Michael (Harmony Santana), explores a sexual transformation well beyond Enrique’s grasp and understanding. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

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

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 film The Human Centipede: First Sequence. At Esquire. — Landmark Theatres

The Ides of March

In the hectic days before a tight Ohio presidential primary, an up-and-coming campaign press secretary becomes embroiled in a political scandal that threatens his candidate’s shot at the presidency. Rated R. At Century and Colony Square. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

Jane’s Journey

A documentary by German film director Lorenz Knauer that traces Jane Goodall’s journey from her childhood in England to her ongoing work in Tanzania. This film focuses on Goodall’s skills as a soft-spoken diplomat for peace and inspiration to future generations. At International Film Series. — IFS

Johnny English Reborn

Atkinson returns as the bumbling British secret agent introduced in 2003’s Johnny English. Rated PG. At Century. — Rene Rodriguez/MCT

Opera: Salome

The one-act opera, based on Oscar Wilde’s play of the same name, was an instant succès de scandale. Audiences were both outraged and enthralled by the obscure Biblical story of Salome, the step-daughter of Herod, being crushed to death after expressing necrophilic love for the severed head of John the Baptist. At Boedecker Theater. — Boedecker Theater

Paranormal Activity 3

Now that Saw has run its course, a new horror franchise steps in to spawn a sequel every Halloween. This third installment promises to be an origin tale — where did that demon come from, anyway? — and is rumored to be set in the 1980s. Rated R. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Rene Rodriguez/MCT

Pollock

Tortured artist Jackson Pollock, played here by Ed Harris (who also directed), is alternately neurotic, misogynistic and brilliant. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

Real Steel

The year is 2020. Human boxing is no longer; robot boxing rules. Charlie (Hugh Jackman) reconnects with preteen son Max (Dakota Goyo) at a low point in his career. The two prepare their junkyard robot for battle against a Russian-owned force of destruction. Rated PG-13. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Michael Phillips/TMS

Return of the Living Dead

Two employees of a medical supply company unwittingly release several zombies from cylinders in which they have been trapped for many years. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

Sarah Palin: You Betcha!

Nick Broomfield’s quest to unveil the “real” Sarah Palin follows the filmmaker as he speaks to school friends, family and Republican colleagues. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

Senna

A documentary that spans Formula 1 driver Senna’s opening season in 1984 to his untimely death a decade later, Senna eschews many standard non-fiction filmmaking techniques in favor of a more cinematic approach. At Boedecker Theater. — Boedecker Theater

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

Special Treatment

High-class prostitute Alice, fed up with the seamy underbelly of French masculinity, crosses paths with a neurotic psychoanalyst facing a marriage crisis. The two quickly realize their professions share a thing or two. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

Stray Dog

Kurosawa adapted his own unpublished novel for this, his first detective film and the real beginning of the genre in Japan. At Boedecker Theater. — Boedecker Theater

Tabloid

Errol Morris uncovers the stranger-than-fiction tale of an ex-beauty queen accused of kidnapping the man she loves, holding him prisoner in a “love cottage” and forcing him to have sex. At International Film Series. — Steven Rea/MCT

Take Shelter

A father and crew chief for a sand-mining company begins having terrifying dreams about an apocalyptic storm. He channels his anxiety into the obsessive building of a storm shelter in his backyard.At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

The Thing

See full review Page 37. Rated R. At Century, Colony Square 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

The Three Musketeers

Matthew MacFadyen, Luke Evans and Ray Stevenson are the titular trio, made a quartet by the addition of the hot-headed D’Artagnan (Logan Lerman) and facing off against baddies played by Christoph Waltz and Orlando Bloom. Rated PG-13. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Rene Rodriguez/MCT

Toast

Based on the hilarious and touching memoir of food writer Nigel Slater’s childhood, this is a delicious love letter to the tastes and smells that turned a young boy into a lifelong foodie. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

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

Turtle: The Incredible Journey

Born on a beach in Florida, she rides the Gulf Stream towards the Arctic, and swims around the entire North Atlantic to Africa and back. — Boedecker Theater

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

!Women Art Revolution

Director Lynn Hershman spent more than 40 years collecting hundreds of hours of interviews for this film, which examines the beliefs and values of the Feminist Art Movement and its influence on the 1960s anti-war and civil rights movements. At International Film Series. — IFS

The Women on the 6th Floor

Breezy, ’60s-set tale of an uptight, unhappily married Paris stockbroker, who rediscovers his joie de vivre after he gets to know the raucous Spanish maids who live upstairs. At Boedecker Theater. — Boedecker Theater

Zombie

Lucio Fulci’s worm-infested, violent voodoo masterpiece returns, digitally remastered from the original negative and completely uncut. At Esquire. — Landmark Theatres

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

The Leopard

Visconti’s epic masterpiece can now be relived one-time only as a matinee show this Sunday at 2pm with a new 35mm print. It is widely considered one of the greatest of all historical costume dramas as it portrays the passing of a society whose feudalism is deplored while its elegance is mourned.At International Film Series. — IFS

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

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 kidnapped 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

Moneyball

Director Bennett Miller’s Moneyball is 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

My Afternoons with Margueritte

In a small French town, Germain (Gérard Depardieu), a nearly illiterate man in his 50s, 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

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