Reel to reel | Week of August 1, 2013

Apparently Denzel and Mark don\'t need any more money.
2 Guns

20 Feet From Stardom

Director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. At Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

2 Guns

It has the acting. Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, and Bill Paxton star in this “dirty cops out to screw each other” saga of drugs and money. Many a plot twist and lots of action in this one. Rated R. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.

The Attack

Israeli Palestinian surgeon Amin Jaafari’s picture-perfect life is turned upside down when a suicide bombing in a restaurant leaves 19 dead, and the Israeli police inform him that his wife Sihem, who also died in the explosion, was responsible. At Chez Artiste.— Landmark Theatres

Before Midnight

Jesse and Celine first met in their 20s in Before Sunrise, reunited in their 30s in Before Sunset and now, in director/co-writer Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight, they face the past, present and future. Rated R. At Century, Mayan, Esquire and Boedecker.

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is a feature-length documentary about legendary Memphis band Big Star. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society

A Clockwork Orange

Stanley Kubrick’s classic exploration of violence adapted from the Anthony Burgess’s novel. Not many films come with their own language, but this one does. Rated R. Esquire. — Landmark Theatres

Cockneys vs Zombies

The Bow Bells Care Home is under threat and the McGuire’s — Andy, Terry, and Katy — need to find some way to keep their grandfather and his friends in the East End, where they belong. But, when you’re robbing a bank, zombie invasions makes things a lot harder. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society

The Conjuring

When disturbing things start happening at the Perron family’s farmhouse, paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine must step in to help the famiy. Rated R. At Twin Peaks, Century and Colony Square.

Crystal Fairy

Michael Cera teams up with maverick writer/director Sebastian Silva in an offbeat comedy/drama about young people trying to discover themselves. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

Despicable Me 2

It’s time for more Minion madness as this animated sequel starring the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Russell Brand and others is sure to be a family favorite. Rated PG. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.

Dirty Wars

Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America’s expanding covert wars. It’s the dirty little secret of the War on Terror: all bets are off, and almost anything goes. This is a battle cry for the soul and conscience of an America few of us know exists. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

Fruitvale Station

Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, wakes up on the morning of Dec. 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions. At Esquire and Century. — Landmark Theatres

Girl Most Likely

Failed New York playwright Imogene Duncan is forced to move back in with her New Jersey family after both her personal and professional lives hit the skids. At Esquire. — Landmark Theatres

Grateful Dead Meet Up: Sunshine Daydream

This Deadhead meet up features Sunshine Daydream, the band’s single most requested release. NR. At Century

Grown Ups 2

This sequel to Grown Ups features Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade learning lessons from their kids on the last day of school. Rated PG-13. At Twin Peaks.

The Heat

A foul-mouthed, dirty methods cop (played by Melissa McCarthy) is forced to team up with a suit-wearing, micro-managing FBI agent (Sandra Bullock) to go after a drug lord. Rated R. At Twin Peaks, Century and Colony Square.

The Hunt

This film is a disturbing depiction of how a lie becomes the truth when gossip, doubt and malice are allowed to flourish. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society

I’m So Excited

Passengers are put in a precarious situation aboard a plane flying from Spain to Mexico City when a landing gear failure endangers their lives. At Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

The Lone Ranger

There is much action and killing as the Lone Ranger (Armie Hammer) and Tonto (Johnny Depp) take to the western landscape in this TV to cinema redo. Rated PG- 13. A Colony Square.

The Look of Love

This is an epic portrait of the rise and fall of British nudie theater impresario Paul Raymond. The symbol of Soho, sex and sophistication from the swinging 60s to the 80s, Raymond almost single-handedly rewrote the cultural history of the U.K. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society

Monsters University

This prequel to Monsters, Inc. follows Mike and Sulley through their scare training and their attempts to join the best fraternity. Rated G. At Colony Square.

Only God Forgives

Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn and star Ryan Gosling reunite for
this intense crime drama set in Thailand, following a powerful crime
boss seeking bitter vengeance for the murder of her son. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society

Over the Edge

New Granada: a typically neat and neighbourly new town for middle class families, offering all mod cons. Except, that is, for the kids, left to find the usual entertainment of drugs, drink and sex in a run-down prefab ‘rec’. When this last haven is threatened with demolition, adolescent high spirits and bad behavior result in nihilist rage and rebellion. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society

Pacific Rim

When giant monsters rise from the Pacific Ocean, mankind turns to massive robots piloted by soldiers to defeat them. The robots aren’t enough, however, and an unlikely team must find a way to save mankind. Rated PG-13. At Twin Peaks and Century.

Paris Opera Ballet: Mahler’s 3rd Symphony Ballet

Mahler’s 3rd Symphony, written as “a great hymn to the glory of all creation,” combined with John Neumeier’s lyrical and powerful choreography, creates an elegant and inspired evening of dance. Simon Hewetti conducts. From the Opera de Paris, captured live on April 18, 2013. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater


While trying to clear his name, Frank must defuse a Cold War project involving an activated nuclear weapon in Russia. Rated PG-13. At Twin Peaks, Century and Colony Square.


Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, this atmospheric drama tells the story of the celebrated Impressionist painter. In declining health at age 74, his middle son, Jean, returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. Both father and son fall under the spell of the free-spirited young Andree, who will be Renoir’s last model. Their home and countryside grounds reverberate with the enchanting and headstrong young muse. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater


Detective Nick Walker is recruited into the Rest in Peace Department, which is tasked with protecting the living from evil spirits, after a fatal accident. Rated PG-13. At Twin Peaks, Century and Colony Square.

The Secret Disco Revolution

Beneath the reverberating vocals, frenetic strobe lights and four-on-the-floor beat, there was a neon epiphany waiting to emerge. This humorous and insightful investigation into the much-maligned genre takes up the claim that disco was in fact a misunderstood culture of protest and a movement of mass liberation for some of American society’s most marginalized citizens: women, African-Americans, and gay men. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

The Smurfs 2

The Smurfs turn to their human friends for help rescuing Smurfette from an evil wizard. Rated PG. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.

Star Trek Into Darkness

When the crew of the Enterprise returns to earth they find the whole place in chaos. Captain Kirk takes his merry band of space pals to a forbidding prison planet to restore order and exact revenge. Rated PG-13. At Colony Square.

Stories We Tell

In this inspired, genre-twisting new film, Oscar-nominated writer/director Sarah Polley discovers that the truth depends on who’s telling it. Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets kept by a family of storytellers. She playfully interviews and interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

Still Mine

In his first lead role after decades of playing supporting characters, James Cromwell (The Artist, L.A. Confidential) gives a tour de force performance in Still Mine, an exquisitely crafted and deeply affecting love story about a couple in their twilight years. Based on true events and laced with wry humor, Still Mine tells the heartfelt tale of independent farmer Craig Morrison (Cromwell), who sets out to build a more suitable house for his ailing wife Irene (Geneviève Bujold). Rated PG-13. At Esquire. — Landmark Theatres

Terms and Conditions May Apply

Admit it: you don’t really read the endless terms and conditions connected to every website you visit, phone call you make or app you download. But every day, billion-dollar corporations are learning more about your interests, your friends and family, your finances, and your secrets, and they’re not only selling the information to the highest bidder, but also sharing it with the government. At SIE Film Center. — Denver Film Society

The To Do List

See full review page 46. Rated R. At Century.


Theo the garden snail’s racing dreams come true when an accident with nitrous oxide gives him the power of incredible speed. His newfound talent inspires him to try to win the Indianapolis 500. Rated PG. At Twin Peaks, Century and Colony Square.

Unfinished Song

Unfinished Song is a funny and inspiring comedic drama about curmudgeonly pensioner Arthur, who is reluctantly inspired by his beloved wife Marion to join a highly unconventional local seniors choir. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

The Way, Way Back

A lonely and awkward yet intelligent teenage boy, Duncan, begins his transition into adulthood over the course of one transformative summer. Rated PG-13. At Century and Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

When Comedy Went to School

Why are there so many Jewish comedians? When Comedy Went to School answers this question with an entertaining portrait of this country’s greatest generation of comics — the generation that includes Jerry Lewis, Sid Caesar, Jackie Mason, Mort Sahl and Jerry Stiller, all of whom make appearances in the film, delivering jokes and telling their personal stories. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

The Wolverine

Logan must travel to Japan to battle an old acquaintance while stripped of his immortality. Rated PG-13. At Twin Peaks, Century and Colony Square.

World War Z

As the zombie apocalypse hits, a retired UN worker must find a way to stop the pandemic and save the world. Rated PG-13. At Century.