<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Screen]]> <![CDATA[Partly sunny]]> To steal from Mother Goose (don’t worry, she’s dead): When Cloud Atlas is good, it’s very, very good; when it’s bad, Hugo Weaving is doing a drag impression of Nurse Ratched.]]> <![CDATA[All the president's meh]]> Although he may still be a panty dropper to the baby boomer set, Robert Redford looks like he needs a good nap.]]> <![CDATA[Cast riveting in 'The Road']]> The Road is a prophecy of a blasted world. The unchanging sky resembles hammered lead. The trees are leafless, lifeless, crashing to earth like poleaxed cattle. Animals have vanished. Cities are rubble fields. Houses are empty.]]> <![CDATA[Wahlberg pulls through]]> Playing a reformed cargo smuggler sucked back into the game, Mark Wahlberg is the star of Contraband, a fairly entertaining remake of the 2008 Icelandic thriller Reykjavik-Rotterdam.]]> <![CDATA[Crisis of context]]> Fruitvale Station is tangible context in fictional form. It’s a film about a real-life incident that’s not about a real-life incident; it’s about a real-life person.]]> <![CDATA[Festival for the rest of us]]> Don´t be scared. It’s just a film festival. Yes, more than a third of the movies at this year’s Moondance Film Festival are foreign. Yes, many of the films at the Boulder event, happening Sept. 16 to Sept. 18 on the CU campus, sound deadly serious: The Way of Justice, Oil Factor, The Road Home, Tales of Woe. No, you can’t crack open a box of Junior Mints and start texting your friends. But it’s not meant to be scary.]]> <![CDATA[Bad title, good movie]]> Forty-five minutes or so into Tower Heist, the question arises: Is this movie with the title of purest generica — was “Stealing Money” taken? — truly good, or simply less bad than most of what director Brett Ratner has done previously?]]> <![CDATA[Who watches ‘The Watch,’ man?]]> Seeing as how it has an extraterrestrial plot, let’s describe The Watch using an astronomical metaphor. Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade are like comedic planets that orbit a central, burning sun. And that sun is made entirely of penis jokes.]]> <![CDATA[Indecent bro-posal]]> That’s My Boy isn’t just so bad that you would rather play a fun game of “scratch my retina with chicken wire” for 90 minutes, it’s so bad that writer David Caspe and director Sean Anders should be legally prosecuted for crimes against humanity. If this is what we’re capable of as creatures living in a (relatively) free society who have evolved to the point where we are afforded the luxury of creative expression, then we deserve the inevitable zombie apocalypse or thermonuclear war that’s coming. You hear that, divine creator?]]> <![CDATA['Legion' starts well -- then plunges]]> <![CDATA[Rock ’n’ roll odd couple]]> We’re not talking about Greek tragedy (though if they don’t get to the Greek, it will of course be sad). As a director, Stoller’s touch is uneven: When the trouble becomes violently physical in Vegas, the tone seems uncertain..]]> <![CDATA[Glorious geekdom]]> The story is one of journeys traveled, risks taken and challenges overcome, as we'd hope with any epic adventure. That it primarily takes place within the digital realm of the Grid gives the production team complete freedom, and it's an amazing, compelling world.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'World War Z' better than awful]]> As has been well-publicized, Brad Pitt’s company, Plan B, snapped up the rights to Max Brooks’ thoughtful, faux-historical retrospective novel and then promptly scrapped everything but the title. Turns out, they disregarded most of that too, in that the film World War Z features no war. Technically, it does take place on a planet, so it satisfies the “world” in its title. But unless the “Z” is meant to invoke onomatopoetic snoring, two-thirds of the title is still a lie.]]> <![CDATA[Learning the wrong lessons]]> An employee of the Chicago public school system, ha-cha seventh-grade educator Elizabeth, portrayed by Cameron Diaz in Bad Teacher, blows most of her classroom time showing her students (whose names she never learns) movies such as Lean on Me, Stand and Deliver and Dangerous Minds while she nurses a hangover or longs for her next bong hit.]]> <![CDATA[Under a rock]]> In April 2003, Ralston, an experienced hiker, like a lot of Colorado residents, took off solo on what he describes in his book as %uFFFDa capriciously impromptu vacation,%uFFFD by dirt bike and on foot.]]> <![CDATA['Red Cliff' a rare war movie invested in strategy]]> Red Cliff is the first Chinese-language film from John Woo in more than a decade, and reportedly the most expensive Chineselanguage movie ever made (though, once you see its Lord of the Rings-like immensity, that “reportedly” becomes “oh, totally”). ]]> <![CDATA[Three’s a charm]]> Young Andy, now 17, has long since sidelined his old pals. He’s heading off to college, and the longneglected toys are headed for the attic. Mistakenly, they’re bagged and thrown to the curb as trash; screenwriter Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine).]]> <![CDATA[Out of this world]]> Director Mike Cahill has woven sci-fi imaginings and quantum physics theories of parallel universes into a provocative meditation on the prospect of rewriting your life history.]]> <![CDATA[Nolan delivers again]]> Inception is one of the most complicated stories I’ve ever seen on the big screen, but if you can figure out what’s going on, it’s an amazing movie filled with mind-boggling visuals and an intriguing exploration of the subconscious. It might also be the best movie of the summer, if not 2010.]]> <![CDATA[Unfashionable life at a fashion magazine in 'September Issue']]> Two years ago may as well be 200 in this economy, a fact that gives the easygoing, entertaining court documentary The September Issue a certain poignancy]]>