<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Screen]]> <![CDATA[Your lowness]]> The worst part is that the film looks beautiful, with gorgeous exterior shots, terrific visual effects and a sequence of well-staged interior shots that make it clear the production team (led by director David Gordon Green) was aiming at a modern, updated The Princess Bride.]]> <![CDATA[Acting skills gone missing]]> Twilight alumnus Taylor Lautner makes his debut as a leading man in a film tailor-made for him. Abduction puts Lautner in motion and never goes wrong as long as he remains in motion. ]]> <![CDATA[Neeson vs. wolf]]> We meet Liam Neeson’s character, a heartbroken loner named John Ottway, on the verge of suicide and thinking back, obsessively, to the woman who got away.]]> <![CDATA[Guilty of misdirection]]> Kenny Waters (the always-superb Sam Rockwell) is the redneck brother of Betty Anne Waters (Hilary Swank). Set in the small rural town of Ayer, Mass., I felt like every single character in the film was an unpleasant stereotypical hillbilly %uFFFD swearing, drinking, fighting and mistreating their spouses and children.]]> <![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[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['Good Hair' a good time]]> Morgan Spurlock, look lively. Sacha Baron Cohen, watch your back. Chris Rock's bright, wisecracking expose Good Hair is the mane event. Let's not call it a documentary; it's just too entertaining. Untangling the knotty issues of identity, sex, culture and commerce surrounding African-American hairstyling, Rock has made his funniest film ever, "Madagascar" and "Pootie Tang" included.]]> <![CDATA[Falling through plot holes]]> The least coherent character in the film is his on-again, off-again girlfriend Lindy, (Abbie Cornish) who dumps Eddie for being a do-nothing slacker then finds him attractive once he starts taking NZT- 48 (the mystery drug), then dumps him when she finds his newfound attitude is drug-based.]]> <![CDATA[Too many Ds]]> When you remake a movie that originally starred Sylvester Stallone and Rob Schneider, it’s not a challenge to clear the bar that was set.]]> <![CDATA[Jerry Garcia documentary in the works after years of delays]]> Deadheads rejoice — a new documentary chronicling the life of the late guitar-god Jerry Garcia is in the works for an end of the year release. ]]> <![CDATA[Oui, Oui!]]> There’s no good reason why '2 Days in New York' even exists, let alone anything that would explain how it came to be pretty fantastic.]]> <![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[Matters of life and death]]> The first annual Life and Death Matters International Multimedia Festival — better known as LADmatters — promises to be a thought-provoking, engaging event with plenty to prick the senses. Running Sept. 1 to Sept. 4 at various venues in Boulder, the event encompasses speakers (including famed autistic writer and teacher Temple Grandin), panels, seminars, workshops, films and short plays.]]> <![CDATA['Panda' not going extinct any time soon]]> Cuddly, plush Po (voiced by Jack Black) is now a reasonably accomplished and competent Dragon Warrior, a sixth member of the Furious Five, meting out justice with his mad kung fu skillz.]]> <![CDATA[Sexy puss]]> DreamWork´s cunning casting of the silky Spaniard Antonio Banderas as a swashbuckling Puss in Boots pays off, brilliantly, in Puss in Boots, a star vehicle for the nursery rhyme kitty cat from the Shrek movies.]]> <![CDATA[Coming of age]]> Richard Linklater’s latest work, Boyhood, employs one of the most audacious approaches to storytelling: Linklater and company filmed the actors for a few days every year for 12 years.]]> <![CDATA[Hazy Hazings]]> Let’s start with something that’s apparently really, really hard for edgy comedy people to grasp: jokes about rape or the N-word suck, and you suck for using them. Yes, you are allowed to make them; they aren’t illegal or anything.]]> <![CDATA[Sam and Max deliver the laughs again]]> It was a boring weekday night when I stumbled across what I thought was a relic from my youth: a Sam and Max video game, fully restored and buyable from the Playstation Network store. But I was wrong. Delightfully wrong. The game I had found was Sam Max: The Devil%uFFFDs Playhouse,.]]> <![CDATA[Corruption of small-town innocence]]> It's a hardy tradition, though naturally prone to patronizing attitudes about provincials and their simple ways. Maybe I wouldn't notice the condescending part if I'd grown up somewhere other than a medium-size town in Wisconsin. Then again, the protagonist of the new comedy Cedar Rapids.]]> <![CDATA[Emphasis on ‘film’]]> The International Film Series is a celluloid-focused Boulder institution attached to the film studies department at the University of Colorado Boulder, and it’s been going strong since 1941, when IFS began showing eclectic black-and-white 16 mm titles. With CU’s Muenzinger Auditorium as its chief venue, IFS now fills nearly every night in Boulder — skipping only summers — with exciting documentaries, unique features from around the globe, and mint-condition reels of inimitable oldies.]]>