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Thursday, February 12,2015

I’m-a let you finish, but…

The only list of the best and worst films of 2014 you need

By Ryan Syrek
Somehow Jake Gyllenhaal has transformed into one of the best actors of our era. His performance here is diabolically perfect. Writer/director Dan Gilroy spits in the face of screenwriting 101, as his main character never evolves or changes. Oh, and if there was an award for “best scene of the year,” the final shootout in this one would be a shoo-in.
Thursday, February 5,2015

Don’t let millennials time travel

‘Project Almanac’ can go to hell%u2028

By Ryan Syrek
Man, you know a movie is bad when writing a review for it ruins your who just got into MIT but acts like he sociopathic needs to write a note on his hand reminding him it goes “unzip, then pee.” His dead dad was an inventor who left an unfinished time machine in thetime.
Thursday, January 29,2015

The long on the shorts

2015’s Oscar-nominated live-action and animated shorts

By Ryan Syrek
Thursday, January 29,2015

The sound of a true American voice

Shorts, ‘Chop Shop’ and Ramin Bahrani at IFS

By Michael J. Casey
Bahrani is more than just a filmmaker, he also teaches film directing at Columbia University’s graduate program in New York City. And he will be on hand Feb. 3 at the International Film Series, his visit sponsored by Conference on World Affairs Athenaeum and Roser Visiting Artist Program.
Thursday, January 29,2015

IFS packs its schedule with female directors and its first 3D screening

A new season starts up for IFS

By Amanda Moutinho
“Our goal is to provide a range of titles that honor the past as well as the present,” Kjolseth says. “Making sure to sprinkle in enough gems that might have been overlooked, or that otherwise wouldn’t be seen, along with titles that people really want to see.
Thursday, January 22,2015

Confusing hacktion

‘Blackhat’ tries sexy cybercrime-fighting

By Ryan Syrek
A similar attack on an American nuclear plant failed, so Chen hightails it to America with his sister, Lien (Wei Tang), to liaise with them because liaising is sexy. Chen convinces FBI agent Carol Barrett (Viola Davis) to spring Hathaway from the clink to help them locate the nasty cyber baddie.
Thursday, January 22,2015


In partnership with the Denver Film Society, the Colorado Department of Human Services is throwing a film festival to shed light on adoption and foster care and all the realities that come with it.
Thursday, January 15,2015


‘Selma’ resonates

By Ryan Syrek
King explains to President Lyndon B. Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) the “what” that must come “now”: Voting protection.
Thursday, January 8,2015

The burden of actual Christianity

‘The Overnighters’ is brutal

By Ryan Syrek
The first shock-and-awe moment comes early: People are moving to North Dakota on purpose. The town of Williston is one of many North Dakotan locales blessed and cursed with the “oil boom.” They call it an “oil boom” because “fracking the planet into oblivion” doesn’t sound as fun.
Wednesday, December 31,2014

Winter camp

‘White Bird in a Blizzard’ is a melodramatic avalanche

By Ryan Syrek
If you were weaned on John Waters, you’ll gobble up every cheese-tastic second, from a horny housewife lusting towards her daughter’s boyfriend to Christopher Meloni’s Yosemite Sam mustache. If you’re intolerant of goofy tomfoolery, you won’t survive dialogue like, “In the blink of an eye, my virginity was gone.