reel to reel | Week of Feb. 20

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About Last Night

An updated version of the classic romantic comedy. This film follows two couples from pickup line to bedroom. Rated R. At Century.

American Hustle

When the FBI decides to recruit con artists to infiltrate the Jersey mob and crooked power brokers, things get interesting in a hurry. Rated R. At Colony Square and Century.

The Armstrong Lie

In 2009 Alex Gibney was hired to make a film about Lance Armstrong’s comeback to cycling. The project was shelved when the doping scandal erupted, and reopened after Armstrong’s confession. As sportswriter Dan Coyle says in the film, “It’s not a story about doping, it’s a story about power.” At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

August: Osage County

Oscar regulars Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Sam Shepard lead an extraordinary cast in this play-turned-film about a family reuniting in Oklahoma that none of us will ever forget. Don’t miss it. Rated R. Century and SIE Film Center.

The Best Offer

Virgil Oldman is an antiques dealer who has never been close to another human being, not even Robert, his only friend. But he meets a mysterious young woman who changes everything. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

Big Words

Set in Brooklyn on the eve of Obama’s history-making election, three former members of a promising hip-hop crew cross paths again to discover that some things never change. (Showing in commemoration of African American History Month.) At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

Birth of the Living Dead

In 1968 a young college dropout and aspiring filmmaker named George A. Romero directed a low-budget horror film, Night of the Living Dead, that shocked the world. This film explores its genesis. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

Dallas Buyers Club

Matthew McConaughey stars in Dallas Buyers Club as real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof, whose freewheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. Rated R. At Colony Square and Esquire. — Landmark Theatres

Endless Love

Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde star as two teens having a love affair of which their parents don’t approve. This creates drama as the parents try to keep them apart. Rated PG-13. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.


When the snow queen traps a tiny kingdom in eternal winter, Anna and Kristoff, accompanied by Sven the reindeer and a comical snowman that has trouble keeping his head, set out to end the spell. Rated PG. At Twin Peaks and Century.

Global Glue Project

Fifty-two couples from around the globe share their secrets of sticking together in 52 shorts. This screening of three of these shorts will be followed by a provocative discussion about love and relationships with one of the filmmakers. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater



Gloria (Paulina García) is a “woman of a certain age” but still feels young. Though lonely, she makes the best of her situation and fills her nights seeking love at social dance clubs for single adults. Her fragile happiness changes the day she meets Rodolfo (Sergio Hernández). Rated R. At Esquire and Century. — Landmark Theatres


Like George Clooney’s character in this Oscar-nominated film about Sandra Bullock being stranded in space, this film just keeps coming back. Rated PG-13. At Century.


Only Spike Jonze could come up with a comedy flick wherein a shy writer (Joaquin Phoenix) falls in love with his computer’s sexy-voiced operating system. Rated R. At Century.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Another entertaining installment in the Lord of the Rings series. This one has a giant dragon guarding treasure. Rated PG-13. At Colony Square.

If You Build It

This documentary follows activist educators Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller as they fight a change-resistant school and school board to improve a high school in rural Bertie County, North Carolina. NR. At Mayan.

In Secret

This film is a tale of obsessive love turned to crime and revenge in the lower depths of 1860s Paris. Rated R. At Chez Artiste and Century. — Landmark Theatres

Inside Llewyn Davis

The Coen brothers craft this story of a homeless young folk singer trying to create a name for himself in the Greenwich Village of the 1960s. Rated R. At Mayan.

Labor Day

A 13-year-old and his mom go shopping, only to get abducted and taken back to their home by an escaped and wounded convict. They all grow into a happy family and have to dodge the heat looking for the escaped fellow. Rated PG-13. At Century.

The LEGO Movie 3D

Emmet is a normal, nerdy LEGO dude. So when he is mistakenly identified as the only LEGO who can topple an evil tyrant, things get pretty funny. Rated PG. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.

Like Father Like Son

Ryota is a hard-working architect in Tokyo taking care of his 6-year-old son and wife, Midori. All is going well until Ryota learns that his son was switched at birth with another baby. At Chez Artiste.

Lone Survivor

If you still have the stomach for such tales, this film finds Mark Wahlberg telling the story of a group of Navy SEALs on a covert mission gone wrong trying to kill a big-shot Taliban operative. The SEALs get ambushed in Afghanistan. The film is based on a best-selling book. Rated R. At Twin Peaks and Colony Square.

The Monuments Men

Based on the true story, this film follows a special platoon of art experts and soldiers charged with finding and saving the art that has been stolen by the Nazis before it is destroyed and lost forever. Rated PG-13. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.


After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father (Bruce Dern) thinks he’s struck it rich, and wrangles his son (Will Forte) into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Shot in black and white across four states, Nebraska tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America. Rated R. At Century, Colony Square and Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

Night of the Living Dead

To describe it as “A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse” would be like summarizing Titanic as “Big boat hits chunk of ice; sinks.” But Living Dead is half as long and more than twice as interesting. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

The Nut Job 3D

This animated film is an action-packed comedy starring a mischievous squirrel named Surly (voiced by Will Arnett). Rated PG. At Twin Peaks.

Opera De Paris: Hansel and Gretel

Two sweets-loving children, one hungry witch — watch out, it’s the classic fairy tale with an operatic twist in this family favorite by Engelbert Humperdinck. Starring Daniela Sindram and Anne-Catherine Gillet. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

The Oscar-Nominated Short Films of 2014: Animated and Action

The animated shorts and action shorts have different showtimes, so check in with the theater. At Mayan and SIE Film Center.


The unparalleled Dame Judi Dench brings to life the story of a woman who gave away the child she conceived out of wedlock for adoption in the United States and her search, decades later, to find that son with the help of a BBC reporter. Rated PG-13. At Colony Square and Chez Artiste.

Pompeii 3D

Milo (Kit Harington) is a slave turned gladiator who has to hurry up and fight his way out of the arena in order to save Cassia (Emily Browning) before the volcano wipes out everything. Rated PG-13. At Twin Peaks and Century.

The Princess Bride

Maybe the best kid/adult film ever. If you or the kids haven’t seen it, this is your chance. It’s a fairy tale you will never forget. Rated PG. At Esquire.

Ride Along

Kevin Hart and Ice Cube star in this latest tale about misfit cops as partners. Rated PG-13. At Twin Peaks.


The year is 2028 and a good cop, Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman), has been all but killed doing his job. Technology gives him a new lease on life. Rated PG-13. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.

Royal Ballet: Swan Lake

Beautiful, enjoy. NR. At Century.

That Awkward Moment

Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan star in this film about three friends who find themselves confused by their dating situation. Rated R. At Twin Peaks and Century.

3 Days to Kill

Kevin Costner plays a spy who wants out of the racket but has to do one more hit job while watching his teenage daughter and rushing around trying not to die from the poison he’s been given. Rated PG-13. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.

12 Years a Slave

In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man, is abducted and sold into slavery. The heart-wrenching film has Oscar potential, and it landed nine nominations. Rated R. At Colony Square and Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

Vampire Academy

Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch) is a nice vampire living among us mortals who is charged with protecting her kind and the rest of us from bad vampires. Rated PG- 13. At Twin Peaks and Century.

Winter’s Tale

In this film that spans more than a century, the age-old battle of good and evil plays out in New York City. Rated PG-13. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.

What’s in a Name

Slick real estate agent Vincent (French cinema superstar Patrick Bruel) is about to become a father. At a meeting with family and childhood friends he announces the name of his future son, but the scandalous moniker ignites a discussion that brings the group’s past bubbling to the surface. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

The Wolf of Wall Street

Martin Scorsese directs Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Jean Dujardin in this adaptation of 1990s banker-gone-bad Jordan Belfort’s memoir. Rated R. At Century.

Additional films showing at the Denver Film Society’s SIE Film Center in Denver: Oscar-Nominated Shorts; The Past; The Square; August: Osage County; Dirty Wars; The Hunt; Twenty Feet From Stardom; The Great Beauty.