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ALL ABOUT ACTRESSES

A woman director wants to make a documentary about actresses, all actresses: the popular ones, the unknown, the intellectuals, the comics and the forgotten ...Filming absolutely everything, with or without their permission, the director will be pulled into the game and let herself be devoured by these women who are as fragile as they are manipulative. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

THE AVENGERS 3D

See full review page 35. Rated PG-13. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

BALLET: LA FILLE MAL GARDÉE — LIVE

“Fille is a treasure,” says Monica Mason, director of The Royal Ballet. Anyone who has seen this sunniest of ballets will certainly agree. With its origins in a work first seen in Bordeaux in 1789, La Fille Mal Gardée had been staged by several choreographers in the 19th century. Frederick Ashton brought the work into the 20th century and created an instant classic which has never left The Royal Ballet’s repertory. Funny and touching, La Fille Mal Gardée is the perfect ballet for firsttimers of all ages, but it is also one to which ballet lovers will return again and again. At Boedecker Theater. — Boedecker Theater.

THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

A group of British retirees (Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith) who decide to “outsource” their retirement to the less expensive and seemingly exotic country of India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the place a mere shell of its former self. At Century and Esquire. — Landmark Theatres

BOY

This is a hilarious and heartfelt coming-ofage tale about heroes, magic and Michael Jackson. Boy is a dreamer who lives with his brother, a tribe of deserted cousins, and his Nan. Boy’s other hero, his father, is the subject of fantasies; a deep sea diver, war hero and a close relation of Michael Jackson. In reality he is an inept, wannabe gangster who has been in jail for robbery. When his father returns home, Boy is forced to confront the man he thought he remembered, find his own potential, and learn to get along without the hero he imagined. At Boedecker Theater and Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Boedecker Theater

BULLY

More than 13 million American kids will be bullied this year, making it the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the nation. The new film Bully, directed by Sundance and Emmy award-winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch, brings human scale to this startling statistic, offering an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched five kids and their families. At Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS

Writer Joss Whedon and writer/director Drew Goddard play footsie with stale horror movie tropes and themes in one of the most entertaining genre movies in recent memory. As a quintet of teenagers face clichéd terror, the result is surprisingly refreshing. So see it before a spoilerpeddler ruins it for you. Rated R. At Century. — The Reader of Omaha, Neb.

CHIMPANZEE

This nature documentary follows a baby chimpanzee and his family as they survive in the African forest. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

DAMSELS IN DISTRESS

Writer/director Whit Stillman’s (Barcelona, Metropolitan) comically deadpan and charming film Damsels in Distress follows a trio of beautiful girls who set out to revolutionize life at a grungy East Coast college. Rated PG-13. At Century and Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

DARK SHADOWS

See full review page 35. Rated PG-13. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

DARLING COMPANION

Beth (Diane Keaton) saves a lost dog from the side of the freeway on a wintry day in Denver. Struggling with her dis tracted,

self-involved husband Joseph (Kevin Kline) and an empty nest at home, Beth forms a special bond with the rescued animal. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

THE DEEP BLUE SEA

Writer/director Terence Davies, master chronicler of post-War England, returns with a timeless romantic drama starring Rachel Weisz as a woman whose overpowering love threatens her well-being and alienates the men in her life. At Boedecker Theater and Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

ELLES

Juliette Binoche plays Anne, a wife, mother and journalist researching an article about student prostitution for the French edition of ELLE magazine. She finds herself drawn to two young women who have entered the sex trade for different reasons. As they open up, Anne confronts realities of her own bourgeois life. At Chez Artiste and Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Landmark Theatres

THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT

Most romantic comedies give up once the girl, or guy, has been gotten. This movie shows why. Rated R. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

THE GLASSHOUSE

The American artist Danielle de Picciotto has finished a new experimental movie about her last night in NYC in 1987 just before she moved to Berlin, Germany. The bizarre events which took place on that dark evening are not only meant as a personal memoir in her film, but as a metaphor for the growing atmosphere of menace in our society. The movie The Glasshouse, will be shown in the form of an audio/visual performance on May 12 with live music by Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten) and other special guests. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax.

— Denver Film Society

HUNGER GAMES

In the post-apocalyptic ruins of North America, a teenage girl competes in a nationally televised battle to the death against 23 of her peers. Rated PG-13. At Century and Colony Square. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI

Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef, is the proprietor of a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. As his son Yoshikazu faces the pressures of stepping into his father’s shoes and taking over the legendary restaurant, Jiro relentlessly pursues his continuing quest of poetic mastery of life through his art. Rated PG. At Boedecker, Denver FilmCenter/Colfax and Chez Artiste. — Boedecker Theater

JUAN OF THE DEAD

Juan is 40 years old, and has spent most of his life in Cuba doing absolutely nothing. It’s his way of life, and he’s prepared to defend it at any cost, along with his pal Lázaro, who is as lazy as Juan but twice as dumb. Suddenly some strange things start to happen, and people are turning violent attacking one another. At first, Juan is convinced it’s just another stage of the Revolution. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

LA BAMBA

Rock ’n’ roll biopic on the life of Ritchie Valens, a young Mexican-American whose talents as a rock and roll singer catapulted him from the obscurity of a farm laborer obsessed with music to stardom at the age of 17 with a string of pop hits still popular today. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

THE LADY

The Lady, directed by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, The Professional), is the extraordinary story of human rights activist Aung San Suu Kyi (Michelle Yeoh) and her husband, Michael Aris (David Thewlis). It is also the epic story of the peaceful quest of the woman who is at the core of Burma’s democracy movement. Despite distance, long separations and a dangerously hostile regime, their love endures until the very end. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

THE LUCKY ONE

A Marine returns home from his third tour of duty in Iraq with his good-luck charm: a found photo of a woman he’s never met but intends to find and thank. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

MARLEY

Bob Marley’s universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. Director Kevin Macdonald’s (One Day In September, The Last King of Scotland) documentary Marley is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. At Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

MIRROR MIRROR

An exiled princess enlists the help of a group of diminutive bandits to take back her usurped throne from an evil queen in this retelling of the Snow White fairy tale. Rated PG. At Colony Square. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

OPERA: CARMEN

Lies. Lust. Murder. (And some great music, too.) Carmen. Bizet’s masterpiece (with its titillating story and memorable melodies) is one of the most popular operas of all time. This celebrated, modern-day production from the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, stars opera greats Roberto Alagna, Erwin Schrott and Beatrice Uria-Monzon. At Boedecker Theater. — Boedecker Theater

THE PERFECT FAMILY

Kathleen Turner stars in this timely family comedy as a meddling matriarch determined to rein her husband and two grown children into her image of what the “perfect family” should be. When her son and daughter choose to march to the beat of their own drum, the fur begins to fly. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS 3-D

The Pirate Captain tries to beat out a bitter rival for Pirate of the Year Award in Hugh Grant’s animated film debut. Rated PG. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

THE RAVEN

In The Raven, a killer stalks the streets of early-1800s Baltimore, committing murders modeled after the tales of author Edgar Allen Poe. Poe himself (John Cusack) teams with a Baltimore detective (Luke Evans) to find the killer before he targets Poe’s love (Alice Eve). This suspenseful thriller co-stars Brendan Gleeson and Kevin McNally. Rated R. At Century and Twin Peaks.

SAFE

A cage fighter and mixed martial artist swoops in to avenge his family and protect a young girl. Jason Statham continues to impress … or not. Rated R. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen stars Ewan McGregor as Dr. Alfred Jones, a fisheries scientist who one day receives an unusual

request. A businesswoman named Harriet Chetwode-Talbot (Emily Blunt, The Adjustment Bureau) wants his help in fulfilling a wealthy sheikh’s (Amr Waked) desire to bring sport fishing to Yemen. At Century and Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

THE SALT OF LIFE

In his warm and witty follow-up to the 2010 sleeper hit Mid-August Lunch, writerdirector-actor Gianni Di Gregorio has created another sparkling comedy — this time with a dash of the bittersweet. Gianni is a retiree who has become invisible to most everyone around him. In response, he tries his best to generate some kind of extracurricular love life — with both hilarious and poignant results. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

SOUND OF MY VOICE

In the mystery drama Sound of My Voice, a couple of young documentary filmmakers infiltrate a mysterious group led by an enigmatic young woman named Maggie (co-writer Brit Marling, Another Earth). Intent on exposing her as a charlatan and freeing the followers from her grip, Peter and Lorna start to question their objective and each other as they unravel the secrets of Maggie’s underworld. At Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

SURVIVING PROGRESS

Inspired by Ronald Wright’s bestselling non-fiction book A Short History of Progress, Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks’ intelligent and compelling documentary explores the concept of progress in our modern world, guiding us through a sweeping but detailed survey of the major “progress traps” facing our civilization in the arenas of technology, economics, consumption and the environment. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

THINK LIKE A MAN

Four men have their love lives shaken up when the women they are pursuing read a relationship-advice book and take its lessons to heart. At Century and Colony Square. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

THIS AMERICAN LIFE - LIVE 2012

A live showing of the much adored radio program. At Century on May 10.

THE THREE STOOGES

Three infants left on a nun’s doorstep grow up to be knuckleheads who get embroiled in a strange murder plot and stumble into a reality TV show. Rated PG. At Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

ZOOT SUIT

Based on a 1940s Los Angeles murder trial, Zoot Suit follows the various members of a Mexican-American gang, led by Henry Reyna (Daniel Valdez), as they’re tried and sentenced to San Quentin for a murder they may not have committed. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

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