<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Screen]]> <![CDATA[Breathe in the Smaug]]> The story is just so much richer, as it doesn’t stop at “Baddie McEvil tries to destroy the world.” We join Bilbo and his dwarf buddies as they are nearing the secret entrance to the home they were forced to abandon on the grounds of “Oh, dear God, that’s a fire breathing dragon,” which is an understandable reason to break a lease.]]> <![CDATA['Hangover' hangover]]> Again, a night of extreme debauchery leaves the lads clueless and foggy-brained, unable to recall anything without photographic evidence saved for the end credits. Bradley Cooper returns as Phil, the 'cool' one who rarely takes off his sunglasses, and while Cooper has talent, I find his character in these Hangovers.]]> <![CDATA[Solid-iron fun]]> Meanwhile, Stark is relishing his fame along with the wealth that being a captain of industry provides — a rich frat boy having a great time of life. He engages in much flirting and witty banter with Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), his secretary and confidante, as they prepare for Stark Expo 2010.]]> <![CDATA[Watch]]> If you’ve ever found yourself curious about the practice of ultrarunning, running beyond 26.2 miles, look no further than Run Free. This documentary recounts the life of ultrarunning pioneer and Boulder native Micah True.]]> <![CDATA[Singing on the ice]]> I admired much of the original Happy Feet (2006), but five years later, I’m still considering suing its makers for emotional distress. Certainly the most sadistic aspects of its storyline make it a film one doesn’t easily revisit, either for me or my son.]]> <![CDATA[Frozen is a bit childish, but that's OK]]> There’s a joke about how a dude will like his new “sled” because “it’s got cupholders.” Oh, Frozen, you so hawt.]]> <![CDATA[Aubrey Plaza hilarious in a wasted effort]]> Before anything else: How great is Aubrey Plaza, right? From her droll, intentionally weird character on NBC’s Parks and Recreation to her killer late-night TV interviews (just watch the last one with Conan O’Brien if you doubt), Plaza is deliciously and completely secure in herself.]]> <![CDATA[BIFF: Just give him a camera]]> With a small camera hanging from a lanyard around his neck, Tom Berninger tagged along on tour with his brother´s band, The National, planning to make a rock documentary. The result is Mistaken for Strangers, named after the group’s 2007 single. Michael Moore calls it “one of the best music documentaries I have ever seen.”]]> <![CDATA[BolderLife Festival delivers films, speakers and theater]]> As the BolderLife Festival enters its second year on the scene, the film/theater festival will take on an array of taboo topics, giving audiences a platform to engage in in-depth discussions.]]> <![CDATA[High-octane hit]]> Faster is a throwback to the action films of the 1970s, from the production color schemes to the film stock and camera angles utilized by cinematographer Michael Grady. If you%uFFFDre not familiar with classics like Shaft, The French Connection, Dirty Harry, Enter the Dragon.]]> <![CDATA[Don't escape - innovate]]> After a long, hard day at work, many people find themselves in front of a brightly lit screen, immersed in what they consider pure entertainment. To them, it’s a chance to let go, to forget about their troubles, to distract themselves from their boring existence on this planet. But if life sucks — for whatever reasons — perhaps instead of escape, one should look for inspiration. One way to easily and cheaply do that is through independent cinema.]]> <![CDATA[Sherlock Holmes minus the mystery]]> While I enjoyed the 2009 Guy Ritchie reinvention of the fabled detective in Sherlock Holmes, applying the same formula in this newer film Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows proved more a boring, tedious exercise in special effects and self-conscious filmmaking and less an engaging and narratively ingenious film.]]> <![CDATA[If it ain’t broke, don’t tinker with it]]> Starting in 1975, Roger Ebert began a rather novel idea for a film series, which he called “Cinema Interruptus.” Screen the film on day one, and on days two through five, screen the film again, but allow any audience member to stop the film (by yelling “Stop!”) and begin a discussion.]]> <![CDATA['Armored': Terrible tough guys]]> Ever wonder what kind of guy drives an armored car full of cash? Yeah, I never did either, but that’s the environment that Armored presents us with: a bunch of edgy, tough-guy losers who somehow have ended up as employees of Eagle Shield Security.]]> <![CDATA[Instagrim: 'Celeste and Jesse Forever' is a hipster love tragedy]]> The degree to which you will enjoy Celeste and Jesse Forever solely depends on how ensorcelled you are by the luminous Rashida Jones.]]> <![CDATA[Thanks, Morgan Freeman]]> Dolphin Tale turns out to tell an interestingly crowded story. It’s rudimentary and even a little clumsy in its filmmaking technique, but there’s some narrative ambition, at least, in its inventions built upon the real-life rescue of Winter, who was no stranger to adversity and therefore destined for the movies.]]> <![CDATA[Sodium eyewater]]> The last one, “Genesis,” is beautiful and moving. It ties in to Salgado and Wanick’s Institutio Terra, which is a restoration of part of a rainforest that began in the 1990s. Yeah, they rebuilt a rainforest, in case you feel like recycling is a bit too much effort on your part to save the planet.]]> <![CDATA[Conned by a film]]> It’s billed as the first feature by the shadowy British street artist known as Banksy, who appears on-screen in literal shadows and a hoodie, with a digitally scrambled voice. (His kind of graffiti and urban commentary exists, as he says, in “a bit of a legal gray area.]]> <![CDATA[Revenge with a twist that falls short in 'Citizen']]> Law Abiding Citizen is the latest in the bad-lawyer genre, with Jamie Foxx as careerfocused attorney Nick Rice, who accepts a plea bargain from the killer of affable inventor Clyde Shelton’s (Gerard Butler) family to ensure his excellent trial outcome record. The film opens with Shelton and his daughter working together in the basement, while his wife prepares dinner.]]> <![CDATA[Powerful pandemic picture]]> One of the most powerful — and frightening — film themes is global pandemics. Diseases already seem to spread without us fully understanding or being able to control them, and rapidly evol]]>