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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...
Thursday, April 10,2014


Every Sunday Game of Thrones fans unite for the screening the newest episode along with DJ performers, cartoonist battles and drink specials. To add to the nerd-tastic time, the band H2Awesome plays as part of a pre-show, and there are free blood shots every time a main character dies.
Thursday, April 10,2014

Origins of evil, zombies and a film festival on the rise

Stanley Film Festival lures in horror fans and filmmakers

By Elizabeth Miller
It’s a cool spring evening with a bit of a breeze coming in off the mountains — just enough to slam a few doors and lift a few curtains. Old iron gates swing on their hinges in the courtyard. Though it’s too dark to clearly see the surrounding peaks, there’s a suggestion of cloud cover in the sky, a storm blanketing the peaks.
Thursday, April 3,2014

That ship cray: ‘Noah’ ain’t bible school, y’all

By Ryan Syrek
It takes all of five minutes for Noah to deliver a Dikembe Mutombo-like swat to expectations of Sunday school Bible study. Six-armed, rock-encrusted, giant fallen angels help humans to build thriving cities on a Pangaea-era Earth that looks like an alien planet. This is the Book of Genesis by way of Middle Earth. That’s not an accident.
Thursday, March 27,2014

Quirking on something different

‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ is nearly new

By Ryan Syrek
Essentially, The Grand Budapest Hotel is a wild caper, littered with macabre humor, more murder than one would anticipate (including severed heads and fingers) and one hell of a lead performance. The performer who hella delivered is Ralph Fiennes, who carves out a divinely unique character, named Gustave.
Thursday, March 20,2014

Speedy and irritable

Need for Speed’ is neither fast nor furious

By Ryan Syrek
It nearly causes physical pain to recap the lobotomized shenanigans brought to life by writers George and John Gatins and director Scott Waugh, but here goes.
Thursday, March 13,2014

Xerox Xerxes

‘300: Rise of an Empire’ is a fun copy

The non-sequel sequel opens with the widowed Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey) readying Spartan warriors for battle. Rightfully super pissed about her husband’s decapitation, Gorgo tells the troops about what started the conflict between the Persian Empire and the Greek city states.
Thursday, March 6,2014

Dumb wolf in smart sheep’s clothes

‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ is all excess and sex%u2028

By Ryan Syrek
Does the film’s dramatization of realworld douchehammer Jordan Belfort’s drug-fueled depravity lend tacit approval, implicitly embracing harmful excess for entertainment?