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Thursday, September 13,2012

Reel to reel | Week of September 13, 2012

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2 DAYS IN NEW YORK

Mingus and Marion live cozily in a New York apartment with their cat and two young children. But when Marion’s jolly father, her oversexed sister, and her sister’s outrageous boyfriend descend upon them for a visit, it initiates two unforgettable days of family mayhem. At Esquire. –– Landmark Theatres

2016: OBAMA’S AMERICA

A film by Dinesh D’Souza, author of Obama’s America: Unmaking the American Dream, speculates on how another four years of Obama as president would allow his sordid past to ruin America’s future. Rated PG. At Century.

AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY

Documentarian Alison Klayman spares no fact or foible in her biography of Ai Weiwei, the most influential artist whose tummy you ever wanted to rub. Charming and humble, Ai is the eloquent voice of Chinese resistance. The film isn’t so much a love letter as a lens into a world we can barely understand. At Boedecker. — The Reader of Omaha, Neb.

THE AMBASSADOR

This piece of gonzo journalism from international provocateur Mads Brügger rips the corroded lid off the global scheme of political corruption and exploitation in the Central African Republic. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. –– Denver Film Center

ARCHITECTURE OF CARLO SCARPA

Nothing seems simpler: Historical buildings must be restored. And yet there are dangers. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. –– Denver Film Center

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD

Fight to see this movie and to let it be seen. We have never needed a coming-of-age fable set against environmental and poverty concerns as much as we need this. Rated PG-13. At Century and Mayan. — The Reader of Omaha, Neb.

BEING THERE

Chance is a simple-minded man who has been isolated his whole life, living in a man’s house and tending his garden. When the benefactor dies, he is thrust into the world. At Denver Film Center/Colfax. –– Denver Film Center

BELOVED

Catherine Deneuve and her real-life daughter Chiara Mastroianni star in this sexy yet exquisitely romantic musical drama that follows a mother and daughter’s misadventures in love. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

THE BOURNE LEGACY

As the Bourne series continues minus its star, we find out about another super-secret spy program that produced super-secret super spies. Rated PG-13. At Century, Colony Square, and Twin Peaks. — The Reader of Omaha, Neb.

BRAVE

A Disney princess who defies Disney pric ness stereotypes tries to save her kingdom. Rated PG. At Colony Square

THE CAMPAIGN

Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis play dueling politicians who are only slightly more addled and alarming than our real ones. Rated R. At Century, Colony Square, and Twin Peaks. — The Reader of Omaha, Neb.

CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER

See full review. At Esquire and Century.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

Director Christopher Nolan’s D.C. superhero legacy comes to an end as unwelcome and reluctant hero Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) dons his cape and deepens his voice once more. Rated PG-13. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS

The latest installment in this series based on the popular books sends the wimpy kid off on appropriately wimpy summer misadventures. Rated PG. At Colony Square.

A DRUMMER’S DREAM

Explosive talent, passion, humor and irresistible personality come together in a magical setting when seven diverse drummers create a profound and unforgettable experience. At Boedecker. –– Boedecker Theater

THE EXPENDABLES 2

The Expendables reunite for a bloody film that features a bulked up cast. Rated R. At Century and Twin Peaks.

FINDING NEMO 3D

A re-release in 3D of the 2003 film about a clown fish on a mission to save his son from a life of captivity. Rated G. At Colony Square, Century and Twin Peaks.

FOLD CRUMPLE CRUSH: THE ART OF EL ANATSUI

Filmed over three years in Venice, Nsukka and the United States, this is a powerful portrait of Africa’s most widely acclaimed contemporary artist El Anatsui. This film gives an insider’s view of the artist’s practice, the ingenious steps and intensive labor that convert used bottle tops into huge, opulent wall hangings. At Boedecker. –– Boedecker Theater

GIRLS ROCK

At Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp, girls ranging in age from 8 to 18 are taught that it’s OK to sweat like a pig, scream like a banshee, wail on their instruments with complete and utter abandon, and that “it is 100 percent OK to be exactly who you are.” At Boedecker. –– Boedecker Theater

GOD’S FIDDLER

A legendary but mysterious figure, violin virtuoso Jascha Heifetz embodied the paradox of how a mortal man lives with immortal gifts. At Boedecker. –– Boedecker Theater

FOR A GOOD TIME CALL

Two girls with little in common team up to keep up with rent on a pretty New York apartment — by launching a phone sex business. Rated R. At Century.

HERB AND DOROTHY

This is the extraordinary story of Herb, a postal clerk, and Dorothy, a librarian — an ordinary couple of modest means who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history. At Boedecker. –– Boedecker Theater

HIT AND RUN

A former getaway driver lets his girlfriend talk him into speeding away from his parole officer — with collision course conclusions. Rated R. At Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

HOPE SPRINGS

Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones play a married couple seeking to rekindle a big romance in the hands of a couples counselor (Steve Carell) in a small town. Rated PG-13. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

THE INTOUCHABLES

The Intouchables is the inspiring true story of two men who should never have met — a quadriplegic aristocrat and a young man from the projects. At Century and Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

KOCHUU

Kochuu is a visually stunning film about modern Japanese architecture, its roots in the Japanese tradition and its impact on the Nordic building tradition. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. –– Denver Film Center

LAST OUNCE OF COURAGE

The son of a young man killed in combat inspires his grandfather, mayor of a small town, to stand up against big-money Washington to protect religious expression. Rated PG. At Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

LAWLESS

Because when the law says you can’t drink, only criminals will have alcohol. Based on the true story of the bootlegging Bondurant brothers. Rated R. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

MARINA ABRAMOVIC: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT

Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Marina Abramovic has been redefining what art is for nearly 40 years. At Boedecker. –– Boedecker Theater

MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS

Superheroes team up to combat a threat to our planet, life as we know it and movies that come from original ideas. Rated PG-13. At Colony Sqaure.

MOONRISE KINGDOM

Once more, writer/director Wes Anderson dips his stylish pen into murky, melancholy tales of whimsy. This time out, the Royal Tenenbaums auteur follows a young “Khaki Scout” who flees from his troop and troop leader (Edward Norton) while camping on an island to unite with his prepubescent and troubled gal pal. At Mayan. ­— The Reader of Omaha, Neb.

MY KID COULD PAINT THAT

This documentary tracks the overnight celebrity of little Marla Olmstead, a toddler who creates gallery-worthy paintings. When a 2005 profile by 60 Minutes suggests that Marla had help making her paintings, the finger is pointed at her father, an amateur artist and night manager at Frito Lay. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN

A young couple learns to expect the unexpected when it comes to children in this frolicky romp of a story that comes off with too much shine to be taken seriously. Rated PG. At Century, Twin Peaks and Colony Square.

OCEAN WAVES

Taku and his best friend Yutaka are headed back to school for another uneventful year. But they find their friendship tested by the arrival of a beautiful new transfer student. At Denver Film Center/Colfax. –– Denver Film Center

OPERA: LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK

This production from Florence’s Maggio Musicale won the prestigious Abbiati Prize for best operatic production of the year. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

PARANORMAN 3D

Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee) sees dead people. This comes in handy when a witch that haunts his hometown is on the verge of creating mass hysteria and destruction. Rated PG. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — The Reader of Omaha, Neb.

THE POSSESSION

A little girl buys a box full of trouble at a yard sale. The spirit inside is determined to inhabit and then eat her. Rated PG-13. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

PREMIUM RUSH

A bike messenger races for his life — instead of his paycheck. Rated PG-13. At Century, Colony Square, and Twin Peaks.

PRINCESS MONONOKE

A young warrior afflicted with a curse meets a girl raised by wolf-gods, who is waging battle against a human outpost. At Denver Film Center/Colfax. –– Denver Film Center

QUADROPHENIA

This film version of The Who’s rock opera makes a few tentative stabs at “explaining” the alienation of 1960s British working-class youth. At Boedecker. –– Boedecker Theater

[REC]3 GENESIS

Everything appears to be running smoothly for an impending wedding until guests start showing signs of a strange illness. At Denver Film Center. –– Denver Film Center

RED HOOK SUMMER

A sullen young boy from middle-class Atlanta has come to spend the summer with his deeply religious grandfather in the housing projects of Red Hook in Brooklyn. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. –– Denver Film Center

RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION 3D

Alice returns in this installment to face more zombies. At Colony Square. Century and Twin Peaks.

ROBOT & FRANK

Frank has two grown kids who are concerned he can no longer live alone. Against the old man’s wishes, he buys Frank a walking, talking humanoid robot programmed to improve his physical and mental health. At Chez Artiste and Century. — Landmark Theatres

ROLL ON COLUMBIA

In May 1941, an unemployed Woody Guthrie and his wife and three children left for Portland, Ore. to chase the vague possibility of writing songs for a documentary film about the dams being built on the Columbia River. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. –– Denver FIlm Center

SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED

An unusual classified ad inspires three cynical Seattle Magazine employees to look for the story behind it. They discover a mysterious eccentric named Kenneth, a likable but paranoid supermarket clerk, who believes he’s solved the riddle of time travel. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

SAMSARA

“Samsara” is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life” and it is the point of departure for a search for the current of interconnection that runs through our lives. At Esquire. — Landmark Theatres

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN

How is it possible that a musician named Rodriguez could bomb with two albums in the U.S., disappear into obscurity for years and then be unknowingly resurrected as a successful, inspirational hero in totally different country? At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

SLEEPWALK WITH ME

Unable to confront his anxieties, a struggling stand-up comedian finds them manifesting in ridiculous, dangerous and surreal bouts of sleepwalking. At Mayan. –– Landmark Theatres

SPIRITED AWAY

At abandoned carnival site, 10-year-old Chichiro is separated from her parents and stumbles into a spirit world where she is put to work in a bathhouse for the gods. At Denver Film Society/Colfax. –– Denver Film Society

STOLEN

Upon being released from prison, master thief Will Montgomery is ready to put his criminal past behind him. However, his old partner kidnaps his daughter because he believes Montgomery had hidden the $10 million from the last heist. At Colony Square.

UNFINISHED SPACES

Co-directors Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray spent 10 years chronicling the fate of Cuba’s National Art Schools. At Denver Film Center/Colfax. –– Denver Film Center

WHY STOP NOW

The story of Eli Smith (Jesse Eisenberg), a piano prodigy, dealing with his troubled mother, Penny, and enlisting help from a hapless drug dealer, Sprinkles, on the day he auditions for a prestigious music program. At Denver Film Center/Colfax. –– Denver Film Center

THE WORDS

Guilt has a firm hold on a writer who made his fame with someone else’s novel. Rated PG-13. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

!WOMEN ART REVOLUTION

A revelatory “secret history” of Feminist Art, this film illuminates this under-explored movement through conversations, observations, archival footage and works of visionary artists, historians, curators and critics. At Boedecker. –– Boedecker Theater

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