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Thursday, May 29,2014

It’s a sad business, being funny

Charlie Chaplin’s autobiographical ‘Limelight’

By Michael J. Casey
back on stage. Two performers, one on the way up and one on the way down meet in the middle — typical fare for melodrama, but Chaplin mines the material for something far more serious. A younger Chaplin would have made the movie with more joie de vivre, but reality weighed heavily on Chaplin’s mind.
Thursday, May 22,2014

Atomic blast ‘Godzilla’ is radioactive fun

By Ryan Syrek
The film opens in the late ’90s. Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) and his wife Sandra (Juliette Binoche) are investigating bizarre seismic readings at the nuclear reactor where they work. Things do not go well. The nuclear station goes kablooey, Sandra is killed and Joe spends the next 15 years trying to get to the bottom of what really happened.
Thursday, May 15,2014

Hazy Hazings

‘Neighbors’ is hilarious-ish

By Ryan Syrek
Let’s start with something that’s apparently really, really hard for edgy comedy people to grasp: jokes about rape or the N-word suck, and you suck for using them. Yes, you are allowed to make them; they aren’t illegal or anything.
Thursday, May 8,2014

Squash the spider, man!

‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ is icky

By Ryan Syrek
Screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are franchise serial killers, having parasitically attached themselves to Transformers and Star Trek, among others. That two living, breathing human beings can routinely produce content this noxious and vapid without remorse is almost impressive.
Thursday, May 8,2014


After years of being told to put your phone away at the movies, the Dutch are changing the norms with the new thriller APP. Phones are a part of the movie experience, and audience members are encouraged to download the app IRIS before the movie to augment the story.
Thursday, May 1,2014

Sex will kill you

Decoding the meaning of ‘Under the Skin’

By Ryan Syrek
Director Jonathan Glazer and writer Walter Campbell’s Under the Skin joins the smallest movie subgenre: brilliant but batshit insane.
Thursday, April 24,2014

A lesserknown masterpiece

Dairy Center to screen Ozu’s ‘Tokyo Story’

A summation of the movie makes sound intolerably sad, and it is a sad movie, but only because it invokes genuine empathy. Consider the scene where the mother watches her grandson playing in a field. She wonders if he will grow up to be a doctor. She then wonders if she will live to see it.
Thursday, April 17,2014

Slipping Mickey

Ernest & Celestine ditches Disney

By Ryan Syrek
Gather ‘round kids and hear a story from the days of yore, a time when artists drew cartoons with their actual human hands and not every children’s movie had covert sex jokes for ma and pa to chuckle at. It was a time before everything was glossy and smooth, before Pharrell and his hat dropped feel-good funky dance beats over computer animation in an attempt to market a soundtrack to a wider demo.
Thursday, April 17,2014


The 10th annual traveling Italian film festival is making its way to Boulder April 18. The three-night affair will offer a peek into modern Italian culture through recent, critically acclaimed Italian films each night. The featured films— all shown in Italian with English subtitles — are La Prima Neve, Teorema Venezia and Viva la LibertÓ. All films are free and open to the public.
Thursday, April 10,2014

Mama, have mercy

‘Oculus’ slices to the core

By Elizabeth Miller
When he’s finally released from protective custody, she immediately shuttles him back to their still-empty family home — because as the Ramseys can tell you, no one wants to buy a murder house — with a weekend’s worth of provisions, precautions and...