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Arthur Christmas

See full review Page 37. Rated PG. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

Crazy Wisdom: The Life and Times of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Raised and trained in the rigorous Tibetan monastic tradition, Trungpa came to the West and shattered preconceived notions about how an enlightened teacher should behave. He openly smoked, drank and had intimate relations with students — yet his teachings are recognized as authentic, vast and influential. At Boedecker Theater. — Boedecker Theater

The Descendants

From Alexander Payne, creator of Sideways, comes a sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey for Matt King (George Clooney), a distracted husband and back-up parent to two girls who is forced to reexamine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a life-threatening boating accident off of Waikiki. At Century and Esquire. — Landmark Theatres

Drive

Breakout Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, the Pusher trilogy) throttles into the fast lane with the precision-crafted action caper Drive. At Denver FilmCenter/ Colfax. — Denver Film Society

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

The sprawling slum that towers over Rio de Janeiro is one of the most dangerous places on Earth, and the head of Rio’s BOPE (Special Police Operations Battalion), Captain Nascimento (Wagner Moura), has seen his share of intense situations. When a mission to stop a jail riot ends in violence, Nascimento finds his job on the line — and BOPE is accused of a massacre. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

Happy Feet Two

In this sequel to the 2006 animated film, a dancing penguin must help his young son find his rhythm while also setting things right in Antarctica. Rated PG. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

Hugo

To write off this dreamy, overwhelmingly beautiful movie as mere kids’ stuff would be an injustice. This adaptation of Brian Selznick’s children’s book The Invention of Hugo Cabret (screenplay by John Logan) is as much of a personal Scorsese picture as Raging Bull or Taxi Driver. Rated PG. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Rene Rodriguez/MCT

The Ides of March

In the hectic days before an 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. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

Immortals

When a power-hungry king rampages across ancient Greece in search of a legendary weapon, a brave young stonemason assembles a band to stop him. Rated R. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

J. Edgar

Director Clint Eastwood’s film, featuring a valiant performance from Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar), is a subtle and muted portrayal of one of American history’s most mysterious figures. Molded by his smothering mother (Judi Dench), Hoover ran the FBI from 1935 until his death in 1972. Between Eastwood’s objective stance and DiCaprio’s bold acting, you’re in capable hands here. Rated R. At Century and Colony Square. — Michael Phillips/TMS

Jack and Jill

A successful advertising executive with a beautiful wife and kids dreads the annual Thanksgiving visit of his passive-aggressive twin sister. Rated PG. At Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

Le Havre

A young African refugee is thrown into the path of a well-read Bohemian working as a shoe-shiner, who, with innate optimism and the unwavering solidarity of his community, stands up to the officials pursuing the boy for deportation. Received the FIPRESCI Critics’ prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. At Boedecker Theater and Chez Artiste. — Boedecker Theater

Like Crazy

A love story is both a physical and emotional tale, one that can be deeply personal and heartbreaking for an audience to experience. At Century and Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

Martha Marcy May Marlene

A young woman rapidly unravels amidst her attempt to reclaim a normal life after fleeing from a cult and its charismatic leader. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

Melancholia

In this beautiful movie about the end of the world, Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Michael (Alexander Skarsgård) celebrate their marriage at the home of her sister Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and brother-in-law John (Kiefer Sutherland). Despite Claire’s best efforts, the wedding is a fiasco, with family tensions mounting and relationships fraying. Meanwhile, a planet called Melancholia is heading directly towards Earth. At Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

Midnight in Paris

A romantic comedy from writer/director Woody Allen tells the story of a family that travels to the French capital on business. Rated PG-13. At Century and Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

Mozart’s Sister

A re-imagined account of the early life of Maria Anna “Nannerl” Mozart, five years older than Wolfgang and a musical prodigy in her own right, this story documents how she had to give way to Wolfgang as the main attraction, as their strict but loving father Leopold tours his talented offspring in front of the royal courts of pre-French Revolution Europe. At Boedecker Theater. — Boedecker Theater

The Muppets

The oddest, sweetest movie you’re likely to see this season is The Muppets, a quirky little musical fantasy about plush frogs, diva pigs, friendship and dreams. Those who fondly remember The Muppet Show will get a kick out of seeing old friends again; those who don’t just might realize what they missed. Rated PG. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Moira Macdonald/MCT

My Week With Marilyn

See full review Page 37. Rated R. At Century.

New Year’s Eve

The lives of people searching for love, hope, forgiveness and second chances intertwine in New York City. Rated PG-13. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

NYICFF Kid Flix Mix

A kaleidoscopic showcase of the best short film and animation from around the world, for ages 3 to 6. At Boedecker Theater. —Boedecker Theater

NYICFF Party Mix

A selection of the most entertaining, thought-provoking and visually stunning short films for ages 7 to 14. Program includes films from around the world. At Boedecker Theater. — Boedecker Theater

Opera: Don Giovanni The Swell Season

As the fictional romance of the stars of Once blurred with reality, they fell in love, recorded an album, and embarked on a world tour. Fueled by two years of exhilaration, performance and turmoil, The Swell Season is a volatile and intimate portrait of a romance that fractures from life on the road and personal tragedy. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society Mozart’s ultimate bad boy meets his match in Anna Netrebko. At Boedecker Theater. — Boedecker Theater

Opera: Falstaff

Falstaff, the bumbling, portly knight who has a habit of stealing the show in various Shakespeare plays, takes center stage in Verdi’s final opera. At Boedecker Theater. — Boedecker Theater

The Other F Word

This film follows Jim Lindberg’s moving, humorous journey from belting out the Pennywise anthem “F**k Authority” to embracing his ultimate authoritarian role in mid-life fatherhood. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

Puss in Boots

This is no mere Shrek sequel. There is sex appeal in every syllable, swagger in every line. And even kids get the joke of a voice that sensual and grand coming out of a kitty so small. Rated PG. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Roger Moore/TMS

The Sitter

An unlikely babysitter takes three out-ofcontrol kids on a wild adventure through the streets of New York City. Rated PG-13. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

The Skin I Live In

Since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas), an eminent plastic surgeon, has been obsessed with creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. At Denver Film Center/Colfax. — Landmark Theatres

Tower Heist

After the staff workers at an upscale Central Park condo discover the billionaire in the penthouse has stolen their retirement money, they conspire to take back what’s theirs. Rated PG-13. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn

In the first half of the conclusion to the Twilight series, human Bella and vampire Edward wed and conceive a child, with dangerous unforeseen consequences. Rated PG-13. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

The Way

Martin Sheen is an American doctor who comes to France to collect the remains of his adult son, killed while walking the Camino de Santiago. Rather than return home, he decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage to honor his son’s desire to finish the journey. At Boedecker Theater. — Boedecker Theater

We Were Here

We Were Here illuminates the profound personal and community issues of the AIDS epidemic and the broad political and social upheavals it unleashed. Sponsored by Belvedere to raise awareness for the Global AIDS Fund. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

Young Goethe in Love

Director Philipp Stölzl (North Face) returns to the very wellspring of Romanticism — Goethe’s autobiographical masterpiece The Sorrows of Young Werther — and conjures up a beguiling and refreshingly innocent period romance. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

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