Reel to reel | Week of September 5, 2013

Vin Diesel does a great job finding things to kill on a bare planet.
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20 Feet from Stardom

See full review. At Boedecker.

The Act of Killing

When approached to make a film about their role in an Indonesian genocide, Anwar Congo and his friends eagerly comply — but their idea of being in a movie is not to provide reflective testimony, it’s to dance their way through musical numbers, twist arms in film noir gangster scenes and gallop across the prairies as yodeling cowboys. At SIE FilmCenter. — Landmark Theatres


Naomi Watts and Robin Wright deliver riveting performances in Adore, a sensual and provocative drama about two lifelong friends who find unexpected happiness in relationships that cross the bounds of convention. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society

Afternoon Delight

Rachel (Kathryn Hahn) is a quick-witted and lovable, yet tightly coiled, 30-something steeped in the creative class of Los Angeles’ bohemian, affluent Silver Lake neighborhood. Everything looks just right — chic modernist home, successful husband, adorable child, hipster wardrobe. So why is she going out of her gourd with ennui? Esquire. — Landmark Theatres

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

After his pregnant wife makes one false move during a bloody shootout, a bank robber faces a 25-year sentence that destroys his dreams of a family life. At SIE FilmCenter. — Landmark Theatres


Thirty-something, single Jane Hayes (Keri Russell, Waitress) is a seemingly normal young woman with a secret: her unhealthy obsession with all things Jane Austen. Desperately seeking her own Mr. Darcy, Jane sinks her life savings into a trip to England to stay at an Austen theme manor ruled by Mrs. Wattlesbrook (Jane Seymour) where everything is Austen, including the actors who court the lady visitors with decorous dalliance. Rated PG-13. At Century and Esquire. — Landmark Theatres


The documentary Blackfish unravels the complexities of our relationship with orca whales, employing the story of notorious performing whale Tilikum, who has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. So what exactly went wrong? At Chez Artiste, SIE FilmCenter and Century. — Landmark Theatres

The Bling Ring

Oscar-winning filmmaker Sofia Coppola takes us inside the world of these teens, where their youthful naivete and excitement is amplified by today’s culture of celebrity and luxury brand obsession. The members of the Bling Ring introduce us to temptations that any teenager would find hard to resist. And what starts out as youthful fun spins out of control, revealing a sobering view of our modern culture. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

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, Colony Square and Century. — Landmark Theatres

Closed Circuit

After a busy London market is decimated by an explosion, only one member of the suspected terrorist cell survives: Farroukh Erdogan (Denis Moschitto), who is arrested and jailed. Preparations begin for what promises to be the trial of the century. But there’s a hitch: the government will use classified evidence to prosecute Erdogan — evidence so secret that neither he nor his lawyers can be allowed to see it. Rated R. At Century and Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

Despicable Me 2

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

Drinking Buddies

The ever-prolific Joe Swanberg (Hannah Takes the Stairs) delivers this seductive romantic comedy, a departure from his previous work. Kate (Olivia Wilde, Tron: Legacy) and Luke (Jake Johnson, Safety Not Guaranteed) are co-workers at a Chicago brewery, where they spend their days drinking and flirting. They’re perfect for each other, except that they’re both in relationships with other people. At Mayan. — Landmark Theatres


In the future, two classes of people exist: the very rich who live a beautiful life on a space station called Elysium, and the very poor who carry on a dreadful existence down on Earth. Rated R. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.

Free the Mind

Professor Richard J. Davidson, one of the world’s leading neuroscientists, took the Dalai Lama’s advice to apply the same rigorous methods he used to study depression and anxiety to the study of compassion and kindness. The results of his studies at Wisconsin’s Center for Investigating Healthy Minds are portrayed in this fascinating new documentary. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

From Nothing, Something: A Documentary on The Creative Process

From Nothing, Something profiles creative thinkers across a variety of disciplines (including architecture and design) to find the common techniques, habits and neuroses that lead to breakthrough ideas. This is a thoughtful, intimate, often funny look at the creative process — straight from the brains of some of culture’s most unique and accomplished talents. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society


A former racecar driver’s wife is kidnapped. With the help of a hacker, he must return to his driving exploits if his wife is to be saved. Really. Rated PG-13. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.

The Grandmaster

Stunning cinematography accompanies this Kung Fu classic by director Wong Kar Wai. Rated PG-13. At Century. 

The Human Scale

Fifty percent of the world’s population live in urban areas. By 2050 this figure is expected to increase to 80 percent. The
megacity is both enchanting and scary. But how do we plan these cities
in a way that takes human behavior into account? At SIE FilmCenter. —
Denver Film Society

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 and Century. — Landmark Theatres


This biopic starring Ashton Kutcher as Apple co-founder Steve Jobs follows Jobs’ power struggles in Silicon Valley. Rated PG-13. At Century.

Kick-Ass 2

Homemade superheroes return to the screen as Red Mist plots his revenge against Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl, who get help from friendly imitators. Rated R. At Century.

La Camioneta

A decommissioned American school bus crosses the continent to be re-made into a brightly-colored “camioneta,” Guatemala’s most common form of public transportation. Since 2006, nearly 1,000 camioneta drivers and fare-collectors have been killed for either refusing or being unable to pay the extortion money demanded by local gangs. La Camioneta follows one such bus on its transformative journey. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Forest Whitaker stars as a White House butler whose 34-year tenure sees incredible social change. Based on the life of Eugene Allen. Rated PG-13. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

Monsters University

This prequel to Monsters, Inc. follows Mike and Sulley through their scare training. Rated G. At Colony Square and Century.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

A teen girl discovers she’s the descendant of a line of half-human, half-angel warriors who prevent demons from destroying the world. Rated PG-13. At Colony Square, Century and Twin Peaks.

One Direction: This is Us

This is one of those films that takes you on the road with the band so you get to see them as real people with real emotions, problems and personalities. If that’s not enough, you can watch it in 3-D. Rated PG. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.

Opera: Arena di Verona’s AIDA

This audience favorite shines in a stunning production, celebrating Verdi’s 200th birthday year and the 100th anniversary of the Arena di Verona’s opera series. Captured live on June 23, 2012. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater


Kids will love this Disney spinoff of the company’s animated classic Cars. Rated PG. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

In this sequel, Percy teams up with his other-worldly friends to go after the Golden Fleece. Rated PG. At Twin Peaks and Colony Square.


The latest installment in the story of escaped convict Riddick (Vin Diesel) picks up where The Chronicles of Riddick left off — on a sun-baked planet with Riddick battling aliens and bounty hunting mercenaries for a chance at surviving. Rated R. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.

The Spectacular Now

With sly humor and an intensity of feeling, The Spectacular Now creates a vivid, three-dimensional portrait of youth confronting the funny, thrilling and perilous business of modern love and adulthood. At Century and Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

Star Trek: Into Darkness/World War Z

Sci-fi geeks night out. Watch them both and make a full evening of it. At Colony Square.


On a seemingly idyllic Sicilian island, 20-year-old Filippo, whose father died at sea, lives with his mother Giuletta and his grandfather Ernesto, an old-time fisherman. One day while out fishing the two men encounter a raft of desperate illegal immigrants. Defying the orders of the coast guard, Ernesto obeys the law of the sea and saves a drowning pregnant woman and her son. This creates an agonizing moral dilemma for Filippo and his family that threatens to tear them apart: hide the survivors and endanger their own livelihood, or turn them out as they are legally required to do. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

This is the End

Seth Rogan, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson and James Franco star as themselves at a house party facing the end of the world. Rated R. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

The Way, Way Back

A lonely and awkward yet intelligent teenage boy begins his transition into adulthood. At Colony Square and Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

We’re the Millers

Everything that can go wrong does in this comedy when a small-time pot dealer to the soccer mom world decides to help out some local kids. Rated R. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.

The World’s End

A pub crawl aiming for a long-awaited pint at the World’s End pub draws a group of middle-aged friends into a battle to save the world. Rated R. At Century.

You’re Next

A family trying to make it through another reunion becomes the target of a massacre. Rated R. At Twin Peaks.

Also playing at the SIE FilmCenter: I Declare War, The Lifeguard, My Playground, Passion, Prince Avalanche, Utopia London, Whensday.