reel to reel | Week of Dec. 22, 2011


The Adventures of Tintin

When an intrepid young reporter purchases a model ship that holds the key to a mystery, he and his dog embark on a globe-trotting adventure. Rated PG. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

A group of talking chipmunks and their human companions get shipwrecked on a remote island. Rated G. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

Another Happy Day

Winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s prestigious Screenwriting Award, Another Happy Day is the feature film debut of writer and director Sam Levinson. The film is a powerful, darkly comic story of a woman struggling to find her place in a volatile family dynamic and features an outstanding ensemble cast led by Ellen Barkin, who also produced. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

Arthur Christmas

Arthur Christmas is not a perfect gift, but it does feature enough holiday cheer and silly fun to make it more entertaining than 10 lords a-leaping. It helps that the film also has a warm message about how tradition should never be sacrificed for efficiency’s sake. Rated PG. At Century. — Rick Bentley/MCT

The Artist

Hollywood 1927. Silent movie matinee idol George Valentin is enjoying the good life, although he seems fonder of his faithful dog than of his trophy wife. He meets funny, sexy young extra Peppy Miller, a dancer set for a big break, and sparks fly. With the advent of the talkies George’s career nosedives, while Peppy’s takes off. The Artist is the charming and poignant story of their interlinked destinies. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

The Descendants

From Alexander Payne, creator of the Oscar-winning Sideways, comes The Descendants, a sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey for Matt King (George Clooney), a distracted husband and back-up parent to two girls who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a lifethreatening boating accident off of Waikiki.

At Century and Esquire. — Landmark Theatres

The First Movie

Filmmaker Mark Cousins, travels to a small Kurdish-Iraqi village on a tributary of the Tigris river. The kids here have never seen a movie, so he sews sheets together for a screen and has a movie night. Then he gives the kids cameras. They make little movies about war, love, a fish that goes to a magical place, and a chicken who debates justice. Production was stopped twice by Iraqi secret police.At Boedecker Theater. — Boedecker Theater

Girl Walk // All Day

Girl Walk // All Day is a feature-length dance music video and tale of urban exploration that follows three dancers across New York City. They turn the city’s sidewalks, parks and architecture into an evolving stage as they spread their joy of movement. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

A journalist and a hacker search for a woman who has been missing for decades in this adaptation of the novel by Stieg Larsson. Rated R. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

The Hedgehog

Inspired by a New York Times bestseller, this is the story of Paloma, a young girl bent on ending it all on her upcoming 12th birthday. Using her father’s old camcorder Paloma begins to learn about life from the grumpy building concierge, discovering the extensive secret library in the gruff matron’s back room, and that she reads Tolstoy to her cat. At Boedecker Theater. — Boedecker Theater


To write off this dreamy, overwhelmingly beautiful movie as mere kids’ stuff would be an injustice. This adaptation of Brian Selznick’s illustrated children’s book The Invention of Hugo Cabret (John Logan wrote the screenplay) is as much of a personal Martin Scorsese picture as Raging Bull or Taxi Driver. Rated PG. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Rene Rodriguez/ MCT

The Ides of March

The Ides of March is an intense tale of sex, ambition, loyalty, betrayal and revenge. The film takes place during the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, when an up-and-coming campaign press secretary (Ryan Gosling of Drive and Blue Valentine) falls prey to backroom politics, the treacherous manip ulations of veteran operatives and seduction by a young intern. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

Jane’s Journey

Accompany Dr. Jane Goodall on her travels across several continents, and delve into her intense and exciting past. From her childhood home in England, we embark to Gombe National Park on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, in Tanzania, her second home. At Boedecker Theater. — Boedecker Theater


In the genocide that swept though Rwanda in 1994, the Hutu ethnic majority killed almost a million Tutsis — a bloody tragedy that was the subject of the 2004 Oscar nominee Hotel Rwanda. Director Alrick Brown, a native Jamaican who studied filmmaking at NYU, has a different take on Rwanda’s agony. At Denver FilmCenter/ Colfax. — Denver Film Society

Le Havre

In this warm-hearted portrait of the French harbor city that gives the film its name, fate throws young African refugee Idrissa into the path of a well-spoken bohemian who works as a shoe-shiner. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres


In this beautiful movie about the end of the world, Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Michael (Alexander SkarsgÃ¥rd) are celebrating their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of her sister Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg), and brother-in-law John (Kiefer Sutherland). Despite Claire’s best efforts, the wedding is a fiasco, with family tensions mounting and relationships fraying. Meanwhile, a planet called Melancholia is heading directly towards Earth. At Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris, a new romantic comedy from writer/director Woody Allen, tells the story of a family that travels to the picturesque French capital on business. Rated PG-13. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

See full review Page 39. Rated PG-13. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT


Moneyball is based on the true story of Billy Beane (Brad Pitt — once a would-be baseball superstar who turned his fiercely competitive nature to management. Heading into the 2002 season, Billy faces a dismal situation: his small-market Oakland A’s have lost their star players (again) to big market clubs (and their enormous salaries) and he is left to rebuild his team and compete with a third of their payroll. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

The Muppets

The oddest, sweetest movie you’re likely to see this season is The Muppets, a quirky little musical fantasy about plush frogs, diva pigs, friendship and dreams. Those who fondly remember The Muppet Show will get a kick out of seeing old friends again; those who don’t just might realize what they missed. Rated PG. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Moira Macdonald/MCT

My Week With Marilyn

Marilyn Monroe, at the height of her pinup popularity, is making a movie in London with master actor Laurence Olivier. Behind the scenes she is a complete mess — doped up, paranoid and suffocating in insecurities. Monroe finds solace in one of Olivier’s young assistants, Colin Clark (the film is based on his memoir). Rated R. At Century and Mayan. — Tom Horgen/MCT the streets of New York City. Rated R. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

Sleeping Beauty

The bold and provocative directorial debut of Julia Leigh, an official selection of the Cannes, Toronto and Chicago film festivals, features a phenomenal breakthrough performance by Emily Browning. This coolly shocking retelling of the classic myth poses its heroine as a rarified sex-worker, confronting ideas of feminine sexuality with bravado and precision. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society


Snowmen is a humorous and heartfelt coming-of-age story about three unlikely heroes who hatch a plan to be remembered forever by setting a Guinness World Records® title. They unite their community and discover that, while fame may be fleeting, true friendship lasts forever. At Boedecker Theater. — Boedecker Theater

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

New Year’s Eve

On the last night of the year, the lives of people searching for love, hope, forgiveness and second chances intertwine in New York City. Rated PG-13. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

NYICFF Kid Flix Mix

A kaleidoscopic showcase of the best short film and animation from around the world, for ages 3 to 6. Program includes films from the U.K., Hungary, Latvia, Denmark, Slovakia, Germany, Spain, Canada and the United States. At Boedecker Theater. — Boedecker Theater

NYICFF Party Mix

A selection of the most entertaining, thought-provoking and visually stunning short films for ages 7 to 14. Program includes films from the U.K., Canada, Turkey, Germany, Ireland, France, Australia and the United States. At Boedecker Theater. — Boedecker Theater


Brandon (Michael Fassbender, A Dangerous Method and Jane Eyre) is a New Yorker who shuns intimacy with women but feeds his desires with a compulsive addiction to sex. When his wayward younger sister (Carey Mulligan, Drive and An Education) moves into his apartment, stirring memories of their shared painful past, Brandon’s insular life spirals out of control. At Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

The famous detective Sherlock Holmes meets his match in the criminal mastermind known as Professor Moriarty in this sequel to the 2009 film. Rated PG-13. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

The Sitter

An unlikely babysitter takes three out-ofcontrol kids on a wild adventure through See full review Page 39. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres


A French family with two daughters, 10-year-old Laure and 6-year-old Jeanne, moves to a new neighborhood. With her Jean Seberg haircut and tomboy ways, Laure is immediately mistaken for a boy by the local kids and decides to pass herself off as Mikael, a boy like the others but different enough to catch the attention of leader of the pack Lisa, who becomes smitten with him. Rated PG-13. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn

In the first half of the conclusion to the Twilight series, human Bella and vampire Edward wed and conceive a child, with dangerous unforeseen consequences. Rated PG-13. At Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

We Bought a Zoo

A single father moves his family into a house situated in the middle of a rundown zoo, which they try to restore.

Rated PG. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

The Women on the 6th Floor

In this upstairs/downstairs comedy of manners set in 1960 Paris, Jean-Louis lives a bourgeois existence absorbed in his work, cohabitating peacefully with his neurotic socialite wife Suzanne. The couple’s world is turned upside-down when they hire a Spanish maid Maria (Natalia Verbeke). Through Maria, Jean-Louis is introduced to an alternative reality just a few floors up. At Esquire. — Landmark Theatres

Young Adult

When a YA writer returns to her small hometown to relive her glory days and reunite with her now-married high school sweetheart, things don’t go quite as she’d planned. Rated R. At Century. — Los Angeles Times/MCT