reel to reel | Week of June 30, 2011

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Another Earth

In Another Earth, Rhoda Williams, a bright young woman accepted into MIT’s astrophysics program, aspires to explore the cosmos. A brilliant composer, John Burroughs, has just reached the pinnacle of his profession and is about to have a second child. On the eve of the discovery of a duplicate Earth, tragedy strikes and the lives of these strangers become irrevocably intertwined. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society


Beginners imaginatively explores the hilarity, confusion and surprises of love. Oliver meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna only months after his father, Hal, has passed away. This new love floods Oliver with memories of his father, who — following 44 years of marriage — came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, energized and wonderfully tumultuous gay life. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

Black Orpheus

In this dazzlingly colorful film, the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice is set in modern Rio ductor young her losing dressed and barn. Brazilian Prize Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where a streetcar conductor rehearses his music for Carnival. A young woman fleeing a murderous stalker in her hometown comes to Rio in the hopes of losing him while in costume at Carnival. A man dressed as Death turns out to be the stalker and pursues her, finding her in the streetcar barn. Most of the actors and actresses were Brazilian nonprofessionals. It won the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and an Oscar

for Best Foreign Film in 1959. At Boulder Public Library. — BPL


As maid of honor, a single woman leads her best friend and a colorful group of bridesmaids on a wild ride. At Century, Colony Square. — Los Angeles Times/MCT


Buck Brannaman, a true American cowboy and sage on horseback, travels the country for nine months a year helping horses with people problems. Buck follows Brannaman from his abusive childhood to his phenomenally successful approach to horses. At Chez Artiste.

— Landmark Theatres

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

A breathtaking new documentary from the incomparable Werner Herzog (Encounters At The End Of The World, Grizzly Man), who follows an exclusive expedition into the nearly inaccessible Chauvet Cave in France, home to the most ancient visual art known to have been created by man. At Boedecker Theater. — Boedecker Theater

Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop

After a much-publicized departure from hosting NBC’s Tonight Show — and the severing of a 22-year relationship with the network — Conan O’Brien hit the road with a 32-city music-and-comedy show to exercise his performing chops and exorcise a few demons.

The “Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on  Television Tour” was O’Brien’s answer to a contractual stipulation that banned his appearance on television, radio and the Internet for six months following his last show. Filmmaker Rodman Flender’s resulting documentary, Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop, is an intimate portrait of an artist trained in improvisation, captured at the most improvisational time of his career. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

General Orders No. 9

General Orders No. 9 breaks from the constraints of the documentary form as it contemplates the signs of loss and change in the American South. The stunning culmination of more than 11 years’ work from first-time writer-director Robert Persons, General Orders No. 9 marries experimental filmmaking with an accessible, naturalist sensibility to tell the epic story of the clash between nature and man’s progress, and reaches a bittersweet reconciliation all its own. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. ­ — Denver Film Society

The Godfather

Marlon Brando stars as mob patriarch Don Corleone in this grand Mafia epic based on Mario Puzo’s best-selling novel — the chilling portrait of a Sicilian family’s rise and near fall from power in America, and the passage of rites from father to son. At Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

Green Lantern

This adaptation of the DC Comics series about a human recruited by aliens to wield a ring that gives him superpowers looks, well, a little ridiculous. Then again, Thor didn’t seem all that promising either, and look how that one turned out. Rated PG-13. At Flatiron, Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Rene Rodriguez

The Hangover Part II

On the heels of their wild Las Vegas bachelor party, four pals get into more trouble en route to a pre-wedding brunch in Thailand. At Flatiron. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

The Human Resource

The human resources manager of Jerusalem’s largest bakery is in trouble. He is separated from his wife, distanced from his daughter, and stuck in a job he hates. When one of his employees, a foreign worker, is killed in a suicide bombing, the bakery is accused of indifference, and the HR manager is sent to the victim’s hometown in Romania to make amends. Far from home, on a mission to honor a woman he didn’t even know but has somehow grown to admire, the HR manager fights to regain his company’s reputation — and possibly his own humanity. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society


I AM, a probing exploration of our world, what’s wrong with it and what we can do to make it better, represents writer/director Tom Shadyac’s first foray into nonfiction following a career as one of Hollywood’s leading comedy practitioners. At Chez Artiste and Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Landmark Theatres

Kung Fu Panda 2

The martial artist panda Po and his friends must once again protect the Valley of Peace from a formidable villain. At Flatiron and Colony Square. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

Larry Crowne

After being downsized, a cash-strapped com pany man (Tom Hanks, who also directed) starts over by enrolling in his local college, where he develops a raging crush on his public-speaking teacher (Julia Roberts). At Flatiron, Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Rene Rodriguez

The Last Hurrah

Based loosely on the last election campaign run by the famed — and infamous — mayor of Boston, James Curley, and directed by John Ford, the movie is a study of the connections between good intentions, a pragmatic understanding of political power and corruption. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

Midnight in Paris

A lark, a souffle, a delightful shaggy-dog story with Owen Wilson as its shaggy hero. What’s he doing in a Woody Allen movie about a B-list screenwriter who time-travels from the present to the Jazz Age? Disarming the audience with his wistful joie de vivre, that’s what. Rated PG-13. At Mayan, Century and Flatiron. — Carrie Rickey

Monte Carlo

Three girls (Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester and Katie Cassidy) go on vacation to Paris, where one is mistaken for a famous British heiress. Instead of telling the truth, the girls decide to go with the flow and see how the other half lives. At Flatiron, Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Rene Rodriguez

Monster House

Monsters under the bed are scary enough, but what happens when an entire house is out to get you? Three teens aim to find out when they go up against a decrepit neighboring home and unlock its frightening secrets. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Jim Carrey stars in this adaptation of the 1939 Newbery Award-winning children’s book about a house painter who starts breeding trained penguins and takes his animal act on the road, creating a national sensation. Rated PG. At Flatiron, Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Rene Rodriguez

North Face

Based on a true story, North Face is a suspenseful adventure film about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps. Set in 1936, as Nazi propaganda urges the nation’s Alpinists to conquer the unclimbed north face of the Swiss massif — the Eiger — two reluctant German climbers begin their daring ascent. At Boedecker Theater. — Boedecker Theater

Page One: Inside The New York Times

In the tradition of great fly-on-the-wall documentaries, Page One: Inside The New York Times deftly gains unprecedented access to The New York Times newsroom and the inner workings of the Media Desk. With the Internet surpassing print as our main news source and newspapers all over the country going bankrupt, Page One chronicles the transformation of the media industry at its time of greatest turmoil. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure

When his treasured bicycle is stolen, Pee-Wee Herman is devastated — and he’ll do anything to get it back. Working off a hot tip that his wheels may be stashed in the Alamo’s basement, Pee-Wee sets off on a whirlwind crosscountry adventure. At Denver Film Center/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

The People Vs. George Lucas

The passion the original Star Wars trilogy inspires in its fans is unparalleled, but when it comes to George Lucas himself, many have found their ardor has cooled into a complicated love-hate relationship. This hilarious, heartfelt documentary delves deep into Lucas’ cultural legacy, asking all the tough questions. Has Lucas betrayed his masterwork? Should he have left the original trilogy alone? Will he ever redeem himself in their eyes, and more importantly, does he have any obligation to do so? At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Captain Jack Sparrow returns for another swashbuckling adventure, this time searching for the Fountain of Youth and tangling with the pirate Blackbeard. At Flatiron, Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/ MCT

The Princess of Montpensier

Against the backdrop of the savage Catholic/ Protestant wars, Marie de Mezieres, a beautiful young aristocrat, finds herself married to a young prince she does not love, haunted by a rakish suitor from her childhood, and advised by an aging nobleman, harboring his own forbidden desire for her. At Boedecker Theater.

— Boedecker Theater

Risky Business

With his parents on vacation, high schooler Joel (Tom Cruise) — abetted by a prostitute named Lana (Rebecca De Mornay) — turns opportunity into disaster as he transforms the family home into a brothel, sees a Porsche end up in Lake Michigan and watches his Princeton dreams fade. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society


Oliver Tate has two big ambitions: to save his parents’ marriage via carefully plotted intervention and to lose his virginity before his 16th birthday. Based on Joe Dunthorne’s acclaimed novel, Submarine is a captivating coming-of-age story with an offbeat edge. At Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

Super 8

Joe, the young teenage son of a local police officer, is making a zombie movie with his friends in their hilly Ohio steel town. One night while filming a scene on the train platform, an Air Force train derails before their very eyes, some strange boxcar cargo making its presence known. Then the strangeness starts happening. Rated PG-13. At Flatiron, Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Michael Phillips

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

Unable to afford proper care for his sister dying from kidney failure, Ryu turns to the black market to sell his own organs, only to end up cheated of his life savings. His girlfriend urges Ryu to kidnap the daughter of wealthy industrialist Dong-jin, who recently laid him off. Ryu agrees, but unforseen tragedies turn an innocent con into a merciless quest for revenge. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society


Based on the bittersweet story of food writer Nigel Slater’s childhood, and set to the songs

of Dusty Springfield, Toast is a delicious love letter to the tastes and smells a young boy associates with his journey into adulthood. A saucy new house cleaner, played by Helena Bonham Carter, sets her sights on Nigel’s father, and cooking soon becomes the key weapon in the battle between them for his father’s affections. At Boedecker Theater. — Boedecker Theater

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Even Michael Bay has admitted that Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen strayed too far from the qualities that made the first film in the series so enjoyable. Here’s hoping he’s not being insincere, because the idea of sitting through another Transformers movie like the last one makes me want to crawl into a cave. At Flatiron, Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Rene Rodriguez

The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father. Jack finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. Through Malick’s signature imagery, we see how both brute nature and spiritual grace shape not only our lives as individuals and families, but all life. At Esquire. — Landmark Theatres

The Trip

When Steve Coogan is asked by The Observer to tour the country’s finest restaurants, he envisions it as the perfect getaway with his beautiful girlfriend. But when she backs out on him, he has no one to accompany him but his best friend and source of eternal aggravation, Rob Brydon. As the brilliant comic duo, freestyling with flair, drive each other mad with constant competition and showdowns of competing celebrity impressions, the ultimate odd couple realize a rich amount about not only good food, but the nature of fame, relationships and their own lives. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres


The government says there’s nothing to worry about — it’s just a problem with bears making trouble in the mountains and forests of Norway. But local hunters don’t believe it, and neither do a trio of college students who want to find out the truth. Armed with a video camera, they trail a mysterious “poacher” until their persistence lands them straight in the path of the objects of his pursuits: trolls. They soon find themselves documenting every move of this grizzled, unlikely hero — The Troll Hunter — risking their lives to uncover the secrets of creatures only thought to exist in fairy tales. At Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

!Women Art Revolution

An entertaining and revelatory “secret history” of feminist art, !Women Art Revolution deftly illuminates this under-explored movement through conversations, observations, archival footage and works of visionary artists, historians, curators and critics. Starting from its roots in 1960s antiwar and civil rights protests, the film details major developments in women’s art through the 1970s and explores how the tenacity and courage of these pioneering artists resulted in what is now widely regarded as the most significant art movement of the late 20th century. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfx. — Denver Film Society