<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Screen]]> <![CDATA[SeaWorld can suck it]]> Breaking news: You know those giant, majestic, ocean-dwelling creatures with the first name “killer?” Turns out if you lock them in tiny spaces, it kills them, and if you get in with them, they kill you.]]> <![CDATA[What happens when a son sets out to profile his father?]]> The documentary film Old Man is as much a story of a troubled, perhaps marginally dysfunctional family as it is the story of a troubled record store — and, in many ways, a dysfunctional town. The portrait of Boulder is not graceful. It’s a critique of the town’s ability to win both for greatest number of advanced degrees per capita and for high incidence of teen suicide and drug use. That’s the context the film’s director Dan Schneidkraut leans on to make a far more personal story make sense — one that’s about his father, Andy, owner of the Boulder institution Albums on the Hill.]]> <![CDATA[That ship cray: ‘Noah’ ain’t bible school, y’all]]> It takes all of five minutes for Noah to deliver a Dikembe Mutombo-like swat to expectations of Sunday school Bible study. Six-armed, rock-encrusted, giant fallen angels help humans to build thriving cities on a Pangaea-era Earth that looks like an alien planet. This is the Book of Genesis by way of Middle Earth. That’s not an accident.]]> <![CDATA[Strength and decay: One strongman’s quest for the American dream ]]> New Jersey strongman Stan 'Stanless Steel' Pleskun, the 'Strongest Man in the World at Bending Steel,' and his struggle to build a career performing feats of strength are the subject of New York filmmaker Zach Levy's award-winning documentary Strongman,.]]> <![CDATA[Emancipation examination]]> A humble suggestion: Force the chittering, self-serving partisans in Washington who increasingly prefer filibusters over floor votes to watch Lincoln. Director Steven Spielberg’s latest provides a character sketch, not of its titular president, but of America’s political process.]]> <![CDATA[No big bang]]> Then comes Hawking’s ALS diagnosis... As with the rest of the film, writer Anthony McCarten doesn’t turn things into disability pornography. Previous scenes serve as building blocks to garner sympathy, but characters are allowed to express genuine feelings.]]> <![CDATA[The tin shine of BIFF]]> The 10th festival, taking place Thursday, Feb. 13 through Sunday, Feb. 16, includes almost 60 films, 12 musical acts, dozens of directors and other special guests, six films nominated for Academy Awards, and four films coming directly to BIFF from Sundance.]]> <![CDATA[Shadyac's Travels]]> The artist’s life is one of constant searching. Theirs is a restless journey, one constantly straining to see over the next horizon — and filmmaker Tom Shadyac’s journey has taken some unexpected turns that have finally brought him to Boulder.]]> <![CDATA['Ong Bak 2': Thai fighters]]> It was especially anticipated because, according to reports in the Hollywood trade papers, Jaa, feeling the pressure of adding directing and action choreography to his credits, disappeared for a time during shooting, only to reemerge after a bout of self-described meditation to say he was A-OK and ready for renewed combat.]]> <![CDATA[Freebie fraught with failure]]> Rick and Maggie are happy enough in their marriage, luckier than most, even. But sex has become a sometime thing, their three kids (barely visible in the story) taking up most of their energy.]]> <![CDATA[‘Fury’ is missing fast]]> The film’s opening text sets hopes impossibly high for self-awareness, describing the timing near the end of  World War II and the superiority of the German tanks.]]> <![CDATA[Why teenagers shouldn’t get superpowers]]> Teenagers acquire superpowers and, being teenagers, videotape themselves as they learn what they can do in Chronicle, an entertaining comic book movie without the comic book.]]> <![CDATA[Watch This]]> The Dairy Center is adding a little extra onto a documentary called Bettie Page Reveals All, Thursday, Jan. 23, Friday, Jan. 24. and Saturday, Jan. 25. In conjunction with the screenings, the Dairy Center is featuring a small exhibition of pinup photography in its galleries.]]> <![CDATA['Valentine's Day' an ideal date movie]]> When making movies, it's possible to have too much of a good thing. Director Garry Marshall's romantic comedy "Valentine's Day" is loaded with more stars than a season of "The Love Boat," "Dancing With the Stars" and "Celebrity Rehab" combined. The result: celebrity overkill.]]> <![CDATA[BIFF: Alive Inside]]> This moving documentary focuses on individuals in nursing homes who have Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and confirms what many of us already knew: The healing, soothing power of music has been underestimated.]]> <![CDATA[Throwback cinema]]> Led by budding filmmaker Charles, the boys are busy making a zombie film called 'The Case' when they sneak out at midnight to shoot some footage at the train station. As they watch in horror, there's a tremendous train wreck and they barely escape with their lives.]]> <![CDATA[The long on the shorts]]> ‘A SINGLE LIFE,’ DIRECTORS: MARIEKE BLAAU, JORIS OPRINS, JOB ROGGEVEEN.]]> <![CDATA[Running with it]]> Writer-director Floria Sigismondi has worked in photography, sculpture and music videos, and she gets behind the eyes and into the nervous systems of her subjects, without turning them into instruments of easy pathos. Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, two-fifths of The Runaways, take center stage here.]]> <![CDATA[Mars wars]]> John Carter (a rugged Taylor Kitsch) is an American Civil War soldier who has deserted his regiment to quest for gold and treasure. He’s imprisoned for deserting, but is more interested in his quest than in the needs of his country, refusing to return to active duty.]]> <![CDATA[A tale of dirty, stinking apes]]> What if there was a research drug in the laboratory right now that had a good chance of curing Alzheimer’s but needed more testing on animals before it could be released for human trials? And what if that same drug made its research subjects smarter?.]]>