Reel to reel | Week of October 24, 2013

The Counselor


The ensemble comedy A.C.O.D. follows Carter (Adam Scott), a seemingly well-adjusted Adult Child of Divorce. Having survived the madness of his parents’ (Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara) divorce, Carter now has a successful career and supportive girlfriend (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). But when his younger brother (Clark Duke) gets engaged, Carter is forced to reunite his bitterly divorced parents and their new spouses (Amy Poehler and Ken Howard) for the wedding, causing the chaos of his childhood to return, including his wacky therapist (Jane Lynch). At Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

All Is Lost

Robert Redford is the entire cast. This film is a gripping, visceral and powerfully moving tribute to ingenuity and resilience. Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. Rated PG-13. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

Blue Jasmine

After everything in her life falls to pieces, elegant New York socialite Jasmine moves into her sister Ginger’s modest apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back together again. Rated PG. At Esquire and Colony Square.

Captain Phillips

This film, starring Tom Hanks as Captain Phillips, is director Paul Greengrass’ interpretation of the real-life hijacking of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama in 2009 by Somali pirates. Rated PG-13. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.


Another remake of the classic. A shy girl who gets treated like crap by her family and peers discovers she has super evil powers and decides to get even. Rated R. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

If you and the kids liked the first version, then you’ll no doubt like the second. Rated PG. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

The Counselor

Ridley Scott and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy team up with a great cast, including Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt, to tell the tale of an old illegal business deal that comes back to haunt a lawyer. Rated R. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.

Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

Ricky Jay is a world-renowned magician, author, historian and actor (often a mischievous presence in the films of David Mamet and Paul Thomas Anderson) — and a performer who regularly provokes astonishment from even the most jaded audiences. Deceptive Practice traces Jay’s achievements and influences, from his apprenticeship at age 4 with his grandfather to such now-forgotten legends as Al Flosso, Slydini, Cardini and his primary mentors, Dai Vernon and Charlie Miller. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

Despicable Me 2

It’s time for more Minion madness in this animated sequel. Rated PG. At Twin Peaks.

Direct from Broadway: Smokey Joe’s Cafe

This film with the Songs of Leiber and Stoller features the original Tony Award-nominated cast performing 40 songs that provided the soundtrack to the lives of a generation of Americans. Smokey Joe’s Cafe has the distinction of being the longest-running musical revue in Broadway history. Captured in brilliant high definition. Rated PG. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

Don Jon

Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is addicted to porn. Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson) is addicted to romantic Hollywood movies. When the pair’s fantasy worlds collide, it gets interesting. Rated R. At Century and Colony Square.

Enough Said

Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is a divorced, single parent masseuse who meets Albert (James Gandolfini), a nice guy in the same boat. Love and laughs follow. Rated PG-13. At Esquire, Colony Square and Century. — Landmark Theatres

Escape Plan

Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger team up to break out of an escape-proof prison. Rated PG- 13. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.

The Fifth Estate

This is a film about WikiLeaks and its role in our new world where our own government is constantly spying on us and whistleblowing has become a life-threatening pursuit. Rated R. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.


Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star in this visually stunning film that strands two astronauts in space when a routine spacewalk goes wrong. Also in 3-D. Rated PG- 13. At Century, Twin Peaks and Colony Square.

A Hijacking

The cargo ship MV Rozen is heading for harbor when it is hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. Amongst the men on board are the ship’s cook Mikkel (Pilou Asbæk) and the engineer Jan (Roland Møller), who, along with the rest of the seamen, are taken hostage in a cynical game of life and death. With the demand for a ransom of millions of dollars, a psychological drama unfolds between the CEO of the shipping company (Søren Malling) and the Somali pirates. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

In a World…

Carol, a struggling vocal coach, strikes it big in the cutthroat world of movie-trailer voiceovers, only to find herself in direct competition with the industry’s reigning king: her father. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

Inequality for All

In this timely and entertaining documentary, noted economic policy expert Robert Reich takes on the enormous question of what has been happening to our economy. Rated PG. At Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

Insidious: Chapter 2

Director James Wan gives us a terrifying sequel to his original horror film. Rated PG-13. At Twin Peaks.

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

Johnny Knoxville as 86-year-old Irving Zisman goes roadtripping with Billy, his 8-year-old grandson. Add a hidden camera and the Jackass team and it gets gross and sometimes humorous. Rated R. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.

Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Forest Whitaker stars as a White House butler whose 34-year tenure sees incredible social change. Rated PG-13. At Century and Colony Square.

Machete Kills

Just when it looks like a madman and his billionaire partner are about to take over the world, the President calls on super agent Machete to save the day. Rated R. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.

Muscle Shoals

Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Ala., is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music. At its heart is Rick Hall, who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, Hall brought black and white together in Alabama’s cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations. He is responsible for creating the “Muscle Shoals sound” and The Swampers, the house band at FAME that eventually left to start its own successful studio, known as Muscle Shoals Sound. Greg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals’ magnetism, mystery and why it remains influential today. At Chez Artiste and Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself

This moving and engaging film tells the story of writer, editor, amateur sportsman and friend to many. Using Plimpton’s own narration — along with thoughts and stories from friends, family and contemporaries — the film is a joyful celebration of a life lived fully, richly, strangely, and, at times, a life that is hard to believe was actually lived by just one man. At SIE Film Center. — Denver Film Society


How far would you go to save your kid? What would you be willing to do? These are the questions that Hugh Jackman’s character Keller Dover is forced to answer when his 6-year-old daughter mysteriously disappears. Rated R. At Century and Twin Peaks.

RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead

Go watch the Mystery Science Theater 300 guys make fun of this classic horror film. At Century.

Romeo and Juliet (2013)

The ultimate romantic story, traditionally told in a Renaissance setting, Romeo & Juliet shows us love at its purest and tragedy at its most fateful. Having been decades since its last representation through film, Romeo & Juliet offers a new generation the opportunity to savor and cherish literature’s most enduring romance. Rated PG-13. At Century, Colony Square and Chez Artiste — Landmark Theatres.

Runner Runner

A Princeton college student who earns his tuition money by gambling online winds up in Costa Rica trying to get back his losses from the gambling site’s owner, who he thinks swindled him. The two team up, but when things go bad, they turn on each other. Rated R. At Century.


Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard creates a visual masterpiece that recreates the well-documented 1970s rivalry between race-car drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda. Rated R. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.

Short Term 12

A compassionate 20-something who works with troubled kids runs into her own troubles when her life starts spinning out of control. Rated R. At SIE Film Center — Denver Film Society

The Summit

In August 2008, 22 climbers from several countries and in several separate expeditions wound up at High Camp on K2. This documentary shows what happened next on this mountain where one in four climbers never make it down. NR. At Mayan.


Wadjda is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun-loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. Rated PG. At Chez Artiste — Landmark Theatres

We Are What We Are

In We Are What We Are, a seemingly wholesome and benevolent family, the Parkers, have always kept to themselves, and for good reason. Behind closed doors, patriarch Frank (Bill Sage) rules his family with a rigorous fervor, determined to keep his ancestral customs intact at any cost. As a torrential rainstorm moves into the area, tragedy strikes, and his daughters Iris and Rose are forced to assume responsibilities that extend beyond those of a typical family. Rated R. At SIE FilmCenter and Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

We Served Too: The Story of the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots of World War II

This is a story of a group of young, determined and courageous women during World War II who broke through barriers and shattered stereotypes. They were the first women pilots to ever fly for the United States military. However, after a nasty and aggressive campaign by male pilots who wanted the WASPs’ jobs during World War II, they were the only wartime unit that was denied military status by Congress and were sent home before the war was over and their job was done.


This film is a moving story of survival, reconciliation and friendship set in 1982, amid the Lebanese Civil War. While on a mission, Israeli fighter pilot Yoni (Stephen Dorff) is shot down over Beirut and taken prisoner by inhabitants of a Palestinian refugee camp. Among the captors is 10-year-old Fahed (Abdallah El Akal), whose father is killed in the bombing raid. Having listened to stories all his life about the supposedly idyllic village his grandfather called home when Israel was still Palestine, Fahed is overtaken by a powerful urge to return to the land of his ancestors and plant the olive tree his father had been nurturing. At Mayan. —Landmark Theatres

Additional films showing at the Denver Film Society’s SIE FilmCenter include: Escape from Tomorrow; Bad Milo; This Is JIM; Birth of the Living Dead; Delivery Man.