reel to reel | Week of Sept. 8, 2011

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30 Minutes Or Less

A pizza-delivery guy (Jesse Eisenberg) is kidnapped by dim-witted criminals and forced to help them rob a bank. Rated R. At Flatiron and Century. — Rene Rodriguez

Antwerp Central Station

Between past and present, between dream and reality, a mildly ironic and contemplative look at Antwerp’s Central Station. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

Apollo 18

On a top-secret moon mission in 1973, two astronauts uncover a deadly secret that explains why NASA never went back. Rated PG-13. At Flatiron, Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

Attack the Block

Attack the Block follows a gang of tough innercity kids who try to defend their turf against an invasion of savage alien creatures. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

Bad Teacher

Cameron Diaz gets in touch with her bad self as the world’s worst teacher, an alcoholic, drug-using party animal who tries to seduce a wealthy new substitute (Justin Timberlake). Rated R. At Flatiron and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

The Beaches of Agnes

Agnès Varda explores her memories, which touch on everything from the feminist movement and the Black Panthers to the films of husband Jacques Demy and the birth of the French New Wave. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater


Best friends Woodrow and Aiden spend all of their free time building Mad Max-inspired flamethrowers and muscle cars in preparation for a global apocalypse. At Mayan. — Landmark Theatre

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

Two brain-dead California teenagers (Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter) travel back in time to corral historical figures for a class presentation. At Esquire. — Landmark Theatres


Buck Brannaman, a true American cowboy, travels the country for nine grueling months a year helping horses with people problems. At Chez Artiste.— Landmark Theatre

Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star

A grocery bagger going nowhere in a small town discovers that his straight-laced parents used to be adult-film stars and heads to Los Angeles to follow in their footsteps. At Flatiron and Century. — Los Angeles Times/ MCT

Captain America: The First Avenger

A military experiment transforms a scrawny soldier into a patriotic superhero. Rated PG-13. At Flatiron. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

Cars 2

Anthropomorphic automobiles head overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix. Rated G. At Flatiron, Century, Colony Square, and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT


A rap version of This Is Spinal Tap, CB4 stars Chris Rock as Albert, a wanna-be rap star who, along with two friends, is trying in vain to break into the business. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

City of Life and Death

On Dec. 9, 1937, the Imperial Japanese Army laid siege to the Chinese capital of Nanking, beginning a reign of terror that killed as many as 300,000 civilians. This film is a visceral, heartbreaking portrait of life during wartime and an unforgettable masterpiece of contemporary world cinema At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater


A woman who witnessed the murder of her parents as a child has grown up to be an assassin and hunts the mobster responsible for their deaths. Rated PG-13. At Flatiron. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

Conan the Barbarian

A warrior’s personal vendetta turns into an epic battle against fierce rivals, monsters and supernatural forces. Rated R. At Century. — Los Angeles Times/MCT


When a lethal airborne virus causes a pandemic, the medical community races to find a cure as people struggle to survive in an unraveling society. At Flatiron, Century, Colony, and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

Cowboys & Aliens

Jon Favreau directs this Western about an amnesiac (Daniel Craig) in 1873 who stumbles into an Arizona town ruled by a ruthless rancher (Harrison Ford) who doesn’t take kindly to strangers. Rated PG-13. At Flatiron, Century,

Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Rene Rodriguez

Crazy, Stupid, Love

After discovering his unfaithful wife wants a divorce, a straight-laced 40-something tries to readjust to single life under the tutelage of a young ladykiller. Rated PG-13. At Century and Colony Square. — Los Angeles Times/MCT


Review unavailable. Rated R. At Flatiron, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

The Debt

See full review on Page 53. Rated R. At Century and Colony Square.

The Devil’s Double

An Iraqi army lieutenant (Dominic Cooper) is thrust into the highest echelons of the “royal family” when he’s ordered to become the fiday — or body double — to Saddam’s son, Uday Hussein (also Dominic Cooper). At Esquire. — Landmark Theatre

DocuWest Film Festival

The Dairy Center for the Arts is partnering with Foothills Arts Center in Golden to bring you some of the best new documentary films available. More information: http://docuwestfest. com/2011films.html — Boedecker Theater

Don’t be Afraid of the Dark

A girl sent to live with her father and his girlfriend, who are restoring an old mansion, unleashes evil creatures lurking in the dark. Rated R. At Flatiron, Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

A Good Old Fashioned Orgy

See full review on Page 53. Rated R. At Century.

The Guard

Two policemen must join forces to take on an international drug-smuggling gang — one, an unorthodox Irish policeman and the other, a straight-laced FBI agent. At Mayan and Century. — Landmark Theatres

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

In the new film, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) is still hunting Horcruxes, which contain amounts of Voldemort’s (played by Ralph Fiennes) soul. Rated PG-13. At Flatiron, Century and Colony Square. — Michael Phillips

The Help

Viola Davis, Emma Stone and Octavia Spencer star in this adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s novel as women in 1960’s Mississippi who form an unlikely bond that shatters societal mores of the era. Rated PG-13. At Flatiron, Century and Colony Square. — Rene Rodriguez

Higher Ground

Acclaimed actress Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air) makes her directorial debut with this look at a tight-knit spiritual community thrown off-kilter when one of their own begins to question her faith. At Esquire. — Landmark Theatre

Horrible Bosses We’ve all had them. We’ve all had to suffer their indignities — or else just quit our jobs. But three friends come up with an alternative to dealing with their monstrous bosses with the help of an ex-con. Rated R. At Flatiron. — Rene Rodriguez

How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?

The film traces the rise of one of the world’s premier architects, Norman Foster and his unending quest to improve the quality of life through design. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

The Interrupters

In Chicago’s CeaseFire organization, reformed gang members protect their community from harm through a unique, dangerous and controversial method — by insinuating themselves personally into conflicts. At Denver FilmCenter/ Colfax. — Landmark Theatres


A sleepy-eyed exurb of Los Angeles is seen through the eyes of two young Japanese tourists, stranded there with a broken rental car. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

Magic Trip

Magic Trip is a freewheeling portrait of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters’ legendary LSD-fuelled cross-country road trip in the psychedelic Magic Bus (named “Further”). At Chez Artiste. — Boedecker Theater

Midnight in Paris

A family travels to Paris on business. Among them are an engaged couple who have lifechanging experiences. Rated PG-13. At Century and Mayan. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

One Day

This movie follows a man and woman’s relationship over 20 years, revisiting them each year on the exact day that they first entered each other’s lives. Rated PG-13. At Flatiron and Century. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

Opera: The Barber of Seville

A truly Italianate spectacle performed on the classic stage of the Teatro Regio di Parma in Italy. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

Our Idiot Brother

Our Idiot Brother has a menage a trois, nudity, pot use and profanity. But the unfailing sweetness of Paul Rudd’s lead performance makes what could have been another raunchy and rude R-rated farce a bracing change of pace in a summer of aggressive comedies about aggressive people. Rated R. At Flatiron, Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Roger Moore/MCT

Project Nim

In the 1970s, Nim, a chimpanzee, became the focus of a landmark experiment which aimed to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. At Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

Ready, Set, Bag!

Every February, competitive grocery baggers from across the country meet in Las Vegas to vie for the title of National Best Bagger. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Genetic experiments on primates lead to them developing intelligence and eventually battling humans for supremacy. Rated PG-13. At Flatiron, Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

The Room

As the film depicts friendships and relationships in the lives of its five major characters, it raises life’s real and most-asked question: “Can you really trust anyone?” At Esquire. — Landmark Theatre

Sarah’s Key

Sarah, a 10-year-old girl, is taken with her parents by the French police as they arrest Jewish families. To protect her younger brother, Sarah locks him in a bedroom cupboard and promises to come back for him when they are released. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres


Brazilian Formula One racing legend Ayrton Senna’s remarkable story, charting his physical and spiritual achievements on the track and off, his quest for perfection, and the mythical status he has since attained. At Century and Esquire. — Landmark Theatres

Shark Night

A group of college students expecting a weekend of fun at a Louisiana lake island cabin find themselves terrorized by sharks. Rated PG-13. At Flatiron, Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT


As warlords feud in China, a cocky young lord must reconsider his ways and join forces with Shaolin monks to make a stand against his rivals. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

The Smurfs

A Smurfs movie was probably inevitable. But doesn’t this feel as if it’s arriving a decade late? Rated PG. At Flatiron and Twin Peaks. — Rene Rodriguez

Spy Kids: All the Time in the World

A retired secret agent who has her hands full with a new baby and twin step-kids is called back into action to battle a supervillain. Rated PG. At Flatiron, Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — Los Angeles Times/MCT

The Tree

Charlotte Gainsbourg (I’m Not There) stars in Julie Bertuccelli’s mystical drama of loss and rebirth in the Australian countryside. At Chez Artiste and Denver Film Center. — Boedecker Theater

The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life follows the journey of a family’s eldest son through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years. At Esquire. — Landmark Theatres

Warrior Estranged brothers — a Marine with a tragic past and a physics teacher struggling to support his family — meet in the ring at a big mixed-martialarts tournament. At Denver FilmCenter — Los Angeles Times/MCT

The Whistleblower

Kathy (Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz) is an American police officer who takes a job working as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

Winning A professional race-car driver (Paul Newman) takes a breather from the racing circuit to focus on fatherhood after marrying a single mother with a 13-year-old son. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society

Yojimbo To rid a terror-stricken village of corruption, wily masterless samurai Sanjuro turns a range war between two evil clans to his own advantage. At Mayan. — Landmark Theatres