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Thursday, September 17,2015

The M stands for middling

M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘The Visit’ isn’t completely awful!

By Mason Shumaker
“Horror movies be happening here!” In true found footage style, the siblings must record the entirety of their experiences for reasons that are not-at-all completely, obnoxiously and awkwardly forced.
Thursday, September 10,2015

Trial and terror

When an experiment goes bad

By Ryan Syrek
You only hear about a psychological experiment if it goes really, really well or really, really bad. Guess how a simulation of prison using 20-something college students as both guards and inmates went? Writer Tim Talbott’s script strays little from...
Thursday, September 3,2015

Sorry, Malaysian tourism industry!

‘No Escape’ shows why travel is bad

By Ryan Syrek
When Jack (Owen Wilson) loses his company, he takes a job in Malaysia, and somehow his wife, Annie (Lake Bell), decides to support this mind-bogglingly awful decision and uproots their two small daughters. They aren’t there 24 hours before the whole country goes to spectacular shit.
Thursday, September 3,2015


Moondance Film Festival is a powerhouse film festival right in our backyard. Featuring work from around the world, the festival provides a platform for filmmakers, writers and composers to deliver varying perspectives on social issues. One highlight of this year’s festival is a sneak preview of The World is My Country about “World Citizen No.
Thursday, September 3,2015

The power of discussion

A screening of ‘Transamerica’ offers a chance to ask and learn

By Caitlin Rockett
The “road trip” might be the ultimate American movie trope — the vast expanse of the continental United States providing a vivid backdrop while the confines of a vehicle pressure-cook characters in the comedy and drama they need to discover the intricacies of relationships with fellow travelers.
Thursday, August 27,2015

Myopic biopic

‘Straight Outta Compton’ flashes but fixates

By Ryan Syrek
Biopics are lies. Oh, don’t get me wrong, all storytelling is fundamentally fibbing. But it seems somehow more disingenuous to airbrush actual human histories, to select which warts to ignore and which redemptive moments to exaggerate. Documentaries exist for a reason and, while they too require editing, at least the filmmaker has to show his work.
Thursday, August 20,2015

Cold War sizzle

‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ is a spy surprise%u2028

By Ryan Syrek
Ritchie’s hyper-stylized action fuses Saul Bass imagery with live-action. And the film is jam-packed with gleeful little moments, like Ilya and Solo having a pissing contest over whether Gaby’s belt must match her dress. TMFU.
Thursday, August 20,2015

Continuing excellence

The International Film Series comes out swinging and doesn’t stop

By Michael J. Casey
It’s that time of year again. The roads are packed, the lines at the sandwich shops quadruple, electrical outlets at Starbucks become a scarce commodity and Boulder is flooded with 30,000 hungry young minds ready to change the world. School is back in session, and so is, thankfully, the International Film Series (IFS).
Thursday, August 13,2015

Reel meaning

‘The Wolfpack’ is profound%u2028

By Ryan Syrek
Oscar Angulo, a self-aggrandizing religious fanatic, kept his seven children and wife secluded inside an apartment in Manhattan for 14 years. As one of the brother’s explains, sometimes they would go out once a year; some years they wouldn’t go out at all.
Thursday, August 6,2015


What’s not to love about this ‘Mission Impossible’ series?

By Ryan Syrek
Bond moved from implausible ridiculousness to slightly-more-grounded cloak-and-daggerism, whereas Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is now climbing into airplanes by holding on to a door handle while it takes off. There’s room for both types of espionage spectacles, and Mission Impossible.