Reel to Reel | Week of June 27, 2013

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20 Feet From Stardom

In his compelling new film 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.

100 Bloody Acres

Brothers Reg and Lindsay Morgan are struggling to keep their organic blood and bone fertilizer business in motion. Their secret “recipe” for success (using dead car crash victims in their product) was a huge boon to business, but lately supply has been gravely low. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society

After Earth

In the future, a father and son (Will and Jaden Smith) crash land on Earth 1,000 years after the last human was forced to evacuate the planet. The dad is badly injured and the son must face many obstacles. Rated PG-13. At Twin Peaks.

Arena de Verona: Aida

Verdi’s larger-than-life opera Aida is even larger than usual on the palatial outdoor stage at the Arena di Verona. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater


Set in Belle Époque France, director Alice Winocour’s sensual, fiercely intelligent tale of female sexual awakening follows 19-year-old “hysteria” patient Augustine, the star of Professor Charcot’s experiments in hypnosis, as she transitions from object of study to object of desire. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society.

A Band Called Death

Punk before punk existed, three teenage brothers in the early ’70s formed a band in their spare bedroom, began playing a few local gigs and even pressed a single. But this was the era of Motown and emerging disco. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society

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 and Mayan.

The Bling Ring

The Bling Ring tells the story of a group of teenagers who burglarize celebrities’ homes in Los Angeles. Rated R. At Chez Artiste and Century. — Landmark Theatres

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Presented by Film/STILL: Painting and the Myth of (Total) Cinema, with Melinda Barlow, associate professor of film studies at CU. The film provides unparalleled glimpses of some of the oldest art known to man and offers unexpected connections to the work of the abstract expressionists. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society.

Dirty Wars

It’s the dirty little secret of the War on Terror: All bets are off, and almost anything goes. Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill traces the rise of the Joint Special Operations Command, the most secret fighting force in U.S. history. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society.

The East

This espionage thriller stars co-writer Brit Marling as former FBI agent Sarah Moss, who’s starting a new career at an elite private intelligence firm that protects the interests of its A-list corporate clientele. Rated R. At Century and Esquire. — Landmark Theatres


When Mary Katherine visits her father, she gets lost in the forest near his house and discovers tiny warriors that her father has been studying. She joins them in a war against evil while trying to find her way home. Rated PG. At Twin Peaks, Century and Colony Square.


Hayuta and Berl, an elderly couple, find it hard to adjust to today’s Israel and to the social changes surrounding them. The two refuse to let go of their communal dreams and their revolutionary plans to build a welfare state in Israel. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society

Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie

Before entire networks were built on populist personalities, the masses fixated on a single, sociopathic star: controversial talk-show host Morton Downey Jr. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society.

Exhibition: Munch 150

A look at an exhibition put together by the National Museum and the Munch Museum to recognize artist Edvard Munch’s 150th birthday. Rated PG. At Century.

Fill the Void

Eighteen-year-old Shira (Hadas Yaron), the youngest daughter in an Orthodox Hasidic family from Tel Aviv, is about to be married to a promising young man of the same age and background. But on Purim, her 28-yearold sister dies while giving birth. At Chez Artiste.

Frances Ha

Frances struggles with maintaining her relationship with her best friend Sophie and following her dreams to be a dancer. Rated R. At Boedecker and Mayan.

Hannah Arendt

The sublime Barbara Sukowa re-teams with director Margarethe von Trotta for her brilliant new biopic of Hannah Arendt. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

The Heat

A foul-mouthed, dirty methods cop (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.

Hey Bartender

This new documentary explores the history of the bartending profession and takes a look at the artistry and skill involved with being a successful cocktail bartender. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

A Hijacking

The cargo ship MV Rozen is heading for harbor when it is hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. The seamen are taken hostage in a cynical game of life and death. At Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

I Do

Presented in partnership with Bent Lens Cinema. A gay Brit is deprived of his immigration status. He marries his lesbian best friend to remain in the country, but things get complicated when he meets the love of his life. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

The Internship

Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn are pals trying to work at Google. Rated PG. At Colony Square and Century.

Iron Man 3

When his enemy leaves Tony Stark’s personal life in shambles, he must suit up once again as Iron Man. Rated PG-13. At Century and Colony Square.

The Kings of Summer

This comedy is about three teenage friends who decide to build their own house and live off the land. Rated R. At Esquire and Mayan.


This film recreates the amazing adventure of Thor Heyerdahl’s Pacific Ocean crossing in 1947 in a balsa wood raft with five men. Rated PG-13. At Chez Artiste.

Magic Mike

Mike spends his days pursuing the American Dream, from roofing houses and detailing cars to designing furniture at his Tampa beach condo. But at night, he’s just magic. Presented with Hey Girl Happy Hour from 6-7:30 p.m. — complete with live male dancers. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society

Man of Steel

See full review, page 48. Rated PG-13. At Twin Peaks, Century and Colony Square.

Monsters University

Mike and Sulley enter scare training and attempt to join the best fraternity. Rated G. At Twin Peaks, Century and Colony Square.

Much Ado About Nothing

A series of comic and tragic events conspire to keep two couples from truly finding happiness — but then again, perhaps love will prevail. Rated PG-13. At Esquire and Century. — Landmark Theatres


When two boys discover a mysterious stranger hiding out on an island in the Mississippi River, their lives and those of everyone in their small town are changed forever. Rated PG-13. At Colony Square.

Now You See Me

The world’s greatest illusionists take to robbing corporate bad guys and giving the spoils to their fans, all the while avoiding capture by the feds. Think magic Robin Hoods. Rated PG-13. At Twin Peaks, Century and Colony Square.

Princess Bride

For middle- and high-school-aged youth only, showing July 2. A classic fairy tale, with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess and yes, some kissing (as read by a kindly grandfather). At Boulder Library. — Boulder Public Library

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The longest-running midnight movie of all time stars Tim Curry as the kinky yet endearing “transsexual from Transylvania” Dr. Frank N. Furter. At Esquire.

Samurai Cop

What do you do when a gang of Japanese criminals invades your city and you need a crime fighter trained by authentic martial arts masters? Have no fear! The Samurai Cop is coming! At Esquire.

The Sapphires

Inspired by a true story, the dramatic comedy The Sapphires follows four vivacious, young and talented Australian Aboriginal girls from a remote mission as their all-girl group entertains the U.S. troops in Vietnam in 1968. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society

The Secret Disco Revolution

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


SOMM takes the viewer into a mysterious world — the Court of Master Sommeliers and the massively intimidating Master Sommelier exam. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society


Presented by Mile High Sci-Fi. After eight years of ripping apart some of the worst/weirdest sci-fi, we now get our hands on the classic Spacehunter: Adventures In the Forbidden Zone. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society

Star Trek Into Darkness

When the crew of the Enterprise returns to Earth they find the whole place in chaos. Rated PG-13. At Twin Peaks, Century and Colony Square.

Stories We Tell

Writer/director Sarah Polley discovers that the truth depends on who’s telling it. Polley is filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets of a family of storytellers. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres


A retired woman seeks a man who has a secret connection to her past life as a farm owner near Mount Tabu in Africa. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

This is the End

When the apocalypse hits, six friends find out what true friendship really means. Rated R. At Twin Peaks, Century and Colony Square.

White House Down

A reluctant hero steps in to save the president when the White House comes under attack. 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. At Twin Peaks, Century and Colony Square.