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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.

Classics: Nashville

A winner of numerous awards and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry, Nashville is generally considered to be one of Altman’s best. The film takes a snapshot of people involved in the country music and gospel music businesses in Nashville, Tennessee. It has 24 main characters, an hour of musical numbers, and multiple storylines. The characters’ efforts to succeed or hold on to their success are interwoven with the efforts of a political operative and a local businessman to stage a concert rally before the state’s presidential primary for a populist outsider running for President. At Boedecker.— Boedecker theater

Dallas Buyers Club

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


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.

The Grand Budepest Hotel

A respected concierge at a famous hotel after WWI and pre-WWII, takes a liking to a young chap. Together they have a great aventure that includes action, art and thievery. Rated R. At Esquire and Century.


Like George Clooney’s character in this Oscar-winning film about Sandra Bullock being stranded in space, this film just keeps coming back. Rated PG-13. At Twin Peaks and Colony Square.


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 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.


14-year-old Laura Dekker sets out — camera in hand — on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. In the wake of a year-long battle with Dutch authorities that sparked a global storm of media scrutiny, Laura now finds herself far from land, family and unwanted attention, exploring the world in search of freedom, adventure and distant dreams of her early youth at sea. Jillian Schlesinger’s debut feature amplifies Laura’s brave, defiant voice through a mix of Laura’s own video and voice recordings at sea and intimate vérité footage from locations that include the Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia, Australia and South Africa. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

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.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (also in 3D)

The movie version of the old cartoon featuring a genius dog and a less accomplished young man who travel time and encounter great adventures. Rated PG. At Twin Peaks, Century and Colony Square.


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 Colony Square and Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

Need for Speed 3D

Aaron Paul plays Tobey Marshall, a working-class mechanic who likes to make muscle cars and illegally street races. He teams up with a rich and famous racecar driver and things go bad. Rated PG-13. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.


Liam Neeson plays an air marshal on a flight from New York to London on which a passenger is being murdered every 20 minutes by someone demanding $150 million by text. All is not as it appears in this action thriller. Rated PG-13. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.


This is a tense, gripping thriller about betrayal, suspected and real, in the Occupied Territories. Omar (Adam Bakri) is a Palestinian baker who routinely climbs over the separation wall to meet up with his girl Nadja (Leem Lubany). By night, he’s either a freedom fighter or a terrorist — you decide — ready to risk his life to strike at the Israeli military with his childhood friends Tarek (Eyad Hourani) and Amjad (Samer Bisharat). Arrested after the killing of an Israeli soldier and tricked into an admission of guilt by association, he agrees to work as an informant. So begins a dangerous game — is he playing his Israeli handler (Waleed F. Zuaiter) or will he really betray his cause? And who can he trust on either side? NR. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

The Oscar-Nominated Short Films of 2014: Animated

Check in with the theater for details and showtimes. At Boedecker, Mayan.

The Oscar-Nominated Short Films of 2014: Action

Check in with the theater for details and showtimes. At Boedecker, Mayan.


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.

The Rocket

Australia’s submission to the Oscars is an exotic and surprising take on the “hero’s journey.” A boy, believed to carry a curse, leads his dispossessed family through Laos to find a new home. The journey through a land scarred by war culminates when the boy, in order to prove he’s not cursed and to earn his family a new home, enters a lucrative but dangerous competition at an annual rocket festival. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

Son of God

This story of the life and death of Jesus is approriate for families. Mel Gibson is nowhere to be found. Rated PG-13. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.

Stranger by the Lake

This film is an erotic thriller that tests the lengths and limits of sexual desire. Frank (Pierre Deladonchamps) spends his summer days hopelessly searching for companionship at a popular cruising spot on the shores of a lake in rural France. His only friend there is Henri (Patrick D’Assumçao), an older married man who insists he comes to the lake for the views, not the men. One day, Frank meets Michel (Christophe Paou), an attractive yet darkly mysterious man and falls blindly in love. They quickly become lovers, yet something remains off about Michel. When a death occurs at the lake, Frank and Michel become the primary suspects, but despite constant inquiries from the area’s detective, they choose to ignore the danger and instead continue to engage in their passionate and potentially lethal relationship. NR. At Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

The Tempest

This culminating masterpiece of Shakespeare’s career pits the desire for revenge against the demands of love and asks if man is capable of creating a brave new world. Filmed live in high definition over three performances, this spectacular and griping play is captured by 14 high definition cameras that gives the viewer an upfront and intimate theatrical experience unlike any other. Directed for the stage by Des McAnuff and starring Christopher Plummer. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

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. Rated PG-13. At Century.

300: Rise of an Empire 3D

If you liked the strange and bloody effects in the original, you’ll probably like the strange and bloody effects in this 3-D gorefest as well. Rated R. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.

Tim’s Vermeer

Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor and the visionary behind the desktop video revolution, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer (“Girl with a Pearl Earring”) manage to paint so photo-realistically — 150 years before the invention of photography? The epic research project Jenison embarks on to test his theory is as extraordinary as what he discovers. Spanning eight years, Jenison’s adventure takes him to Delft, Holland, where Vermeer painted his masterpieces, on a pilgrimage to the north coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney, and even to Buckingham Palace to see a Vermeer masterpiece in the collection of the Queen. Rated PG-13. At Century and Esquire. — Landmark Theatres

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 won the Oscar for best picture. Rated R. At Century, Colony Square and Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu)

Writer Director Hayao Miyazaki pays tribute to engineer Jiro Horikoshi in this epic tale set in 1927. Rated PG- 13. At Mayan and Century.

Additional films showing at the Denver Film Society’s SIE Film Center in Denver: The Great Beauty; Visitors; Galaxy Quest; Jimmy P; Love and Airsex; Stranger by a Lake; The Wolf of Wall Steet; Visitors.

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