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Thursday, July 9,2015

Hocus poking

‘Magic Mike XXL’ is an ode to the dry hump

By Ryan Syrek
The film then becomes a road trip movie without any adversity at all. They crash a car, but then immediately wind up at the mansion of a kind divorcee (Andie MacDowell) who loans them a ridiculously expensive convertible. They lose their announcing MC, Tobias (Gabriel Iglesias), but pick up an even better one, Rome (Jada Pinkett Smith).
Thursday, July 9,2015

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Those who feel at home behind a set of handlebars will be quite comfortable at this stop on the GiddyUP! Film Tour, which features bicycling movies filmed worldwide. The evening’s festivities advertise a chance to watch some world-class biking, and an opportunity to spend time with likeminded bike enthusiasts.
Thursday, July 2,2015

Mainline it

Dope will get you high

By Ryan Syrek
When the stunning Nakia (Zoë Kravitz) invites Malcolm to a birthday party for her on-again/off-again, dopeslinging boyfriend, Dom (A$ap Rocky), the nerdy good kids find themselves wading hip deep into shit creek.
Thursday, June 25,2015

Emotion motion

‘Inside Out’ is busy, breezy and (kinda) blah

By Ryan Syrek
My second set of questions: So logic doesn’t exist in this world? I understand this is a kid’s movie but “you are a creature ruled solely by your basic emotions” is a horrifying message. Why go to school if you never apply knowledge and you just emotionally react to stuff?.
Thursday, June 25,2015

Mother is the first other

Colorado native Sarah Adina Smith to present her debut feature in Boulder

By Michael J. Casey
Rashaan Salaam and Kordell Stewart!” Sarah Adina Smith cheers with delight, recalling her high school years as a University of Colorado Boulder Buffs fan. “I was born and raised in Fort Collins, but my Mom went to CU,” Smith tells Boulder Weekly. “We were, like, totally going against our town, but we were really into it.”
Thursday, June 18,2015

Hot dino-on-dino action

‘Jurassic World’ is what you wanted

By Ryan Syrek
Hand a kid two dinosaur toys. Said kid will not use them to contemplate evolutionary biology. Said kid will smash the two of them together, simulating an epic dino-smackdown while emitting a likely annoying reptilian howl. Jurassic World is that but with a $150 million budget. Director Colin Trevorrow went from quirky indie Safety Not Guaranteed to blockbuster franchise revival faster than you can ask, “How many zeroes are on that check again?” Those hoping Trevorrow managed to retain the light, whimsical, creative tone of his former effort should remember this is a movie about dinosaurs eating people. When it comes to people eating, Jurassic World does it better than most.
Thursday, June 18,2015

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Take your love for animals a step further and attend the Bow Wow Film Festival — a traveling film festival that strives to spread the love for dogs everywhere by shining a spotlight on man’s best friend. This event features a compilation of the years’ best doggie-themed footage from funny to heartwarming to educational.
Thursday, June 11,2015

On agents and agency

‘Spy’ treats Melissa McCarthy like a real person%u2028

By Ryan Syrek
Melissa McCarthy is immensely talented, armed with a stunning repertoire of acting skills. So, of course, Hollywood sees her and claps its collective hands together, yelling “Make the funny lady fall down again!” Spy is writer/director (and frequent McCarthy collaborator) Paul Feig’s attempt to save his friend from a Jack Blackian fate. In a clever conceit, he allows McCarthy to trot out her staid, clichéd usual characters, only to abandon them in favor of something authentic. Had it not been for one painfully tone deaf, unfunny, offensive running gag, Spy would have been damn good and not simply good.
Thursday, June 4,2015

Quake and stakes

‘San Andreas’ is morally terrible, kind of watchable

By Ryan Syrek
As people die in ugly, awful ways all around him, Ray ignores them in order to save his estranged wife and loving daughter. If you’re not related to Ray, sorry about your death by fire or pulverization, but you can’t ride in the city’s helicopter or the plane he steals, truck he steals or boat he steals.
Thursday, June 4,2015

The kid in the bird

‘I Am Big Bird’ brings Caroll Spinney’s story to the big screen

By Michael J. Casey
There is one thing you never do on Sesame Street and that is put someone down. “Our business is not to ridicule,” Caroll Spinney — the long time puppeteer inside Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch — tells Boulder Weekly. “Dumb is a word we never use on Sesame Street,” Spinney says. “Or stupid,” adds Big Bird.
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