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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?
Thursday, March 6,2014

Reel to Reel | Week of March 6

Movies playing in the Boulder area the week of March 6.
Thursday, March 6,2014

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Tuesday. March 11 at Muenzinger Auditorium

Alison Klayman’s documentary on Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei started out as profile of an exhibition of the artist before becoming a fascinating look at his political leanings and an examination of the perilous process of making art under the eye of a tyrannical government.
Thursday, March 6,2014

Elephant Poaching & Ivory Smashing: A Colorado Cause

Wednesday. March 12, University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

By Danielle Meltz
After banning international ivory trade in 1989, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Repository recently took a stand against the demand for ivory and put six tons of ivory through a rock crusher at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Denver late last year.
Thursday, February 27,2014

Kevin Costner hates you

‘3 Days to Kill’ is punishment

By Ryan Syrek
The “character” in question here is Ethan Renner (Costner), a stunningly lethargic and nondescript CIA badass who finds out he has brain cancer. With only weeks to live, Ethan tries to reconnect with his estranged wife (Connie Nielsen) and daughter (Hailee Steinfeld).
Thursday, February 27,2014

reel to reel

Movies playing the Boulder area this week

In 2009 Alex Gibney was hired to make a film about Lance Armstrong’s comeback to cycling. The project was shelved when the doping scandal erupted, and re-opened after Armstrong’s confession. As sportswriter Dan Coyle says in the film, “It’s not a story about doping, it’s a story about power.
Thursday, February 20,2014

Droning on

‘Robocop’ is repetitive

By Ryan Syrek
For one moment, the completely unnecessary remake of Robocop suggested the possibility of non-suckage when a host of cable news propaganda, frothily and non-ironically suggests using the same drone-based military action we use abroad to curb violence at home. Suddenly, this Robocop appeared to have a purpose.