<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Screen]]> <![CDATA[BW BIFF Picks 2013: 'The New Public']]> Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School (BCAM) starts out with about a hundred students and idealistic optimism on the part of the school’s teachers. The documentary follows a handful of teachers, administrators and students during the school’s first year, then revisits them as the students complete their senior year in high school.]]> <![CDATA['The Princess and the Frog' sticks to Disney template]]> As you might guess by the title, "The Princess and the Frog" is a fairly familiar story. And because this animated musical comes from Walt Disney Pictures, you can expect talking-animal sidekicks, a perilous journey, a budding romance and a moral to the tale.]]> <![CDATA[An unpretentious timewaster]]> Ten percent to the usual charities?%uFFFD I love a line like that, smack in the middle of a scene featuring bank robbers dividing up the spoils. It proves they%uFFFDre good guys at heart, willing to spread it around (if only for the sake of appearances) while blowing the rest on bling, ladies, threads, cars and bling.]]> <![CDATA[Remake worth watching]]> Jenko and Schmidt weren’t friends in high school, as we learn in the 2005-set prologue. Jenko was the jock triumphant and a lousy student, and Schmidt (sporting an impressive mouthful of braces) spent most of his waking hours being embarrassed by his parents.]]> <![CDATA[Bourne to be bored]]> The film opens with Cross in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness, having to fend off a wolf attack and survive an extraordinarily hostile environment until he meets up with another agent (Oscar Isaac). Cross learns he’s not the only Outcome creation and is then forced to make his way back to civilization after a drone attacks their isolated cabin.]]> <![CDATA[Sequel, heal thyself]]> Pretend you were excited for the big screen version of 21 Jump Street. Yeah, nobody believes you. Writers Michael Bacall and Jonah Hill teamed up with directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller for the most hilarious, self-aware adaptation of a Richard Greico television show ever attempted. A sequel was inevitable. Yet somehow this sequel is far better than we deserve.]]> <![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[Despite cast, 'Nine' is a bore]]> <![CDATA[Awful everything]]> Alice ( Jovovich) is still stalking the evil Umbrella Corp., the folks who created the virus that made her super-strong and everybody else the Living Dead. Wesker (Shawn Roberts) is an Umbrella executive who never takes off his sunglasses; he%uFFFDs seen Val Kilmer in Top Gun.]]> <![CDATA['Nine' is sexy, engaging and stylish]]> Films are dreams, whether the director is aiming for hyper-realism or whether we’re allowed to fly through the odd, the dreamy, and the troubling of their imagination. Director Rob Marshall’s Nine is a sexy, engaging, stylish and enlightening journey through the imaginative life of Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his many loves.]]> <![CDATA[Cinema highlights]]> How bad of a year was it for movies? As late as August, I was wondering if there would be enough films to fill a list of 10. Then came the fall movie season and everything changed. Overall, 2011 will be remembered as a mediocre year for cinema. But the bright spots burned really, really bright. These 10 films from 2011 were very worthwhile.]]> <![CDATA[Merchandise in lieu of a movie]]> Cars 2 had every chance to improve upon the leisurely 2006 animated feature from Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Studios. Yet here we are, stuck with a merchandising assembly line in lieu of a movie. Despite its technical and design finesse, this ranks as Pixar’s weakest project to date, as well as the first from the animation powerhouse that can be described as craven.]]> <![CDATA[BIFF: Drop acid, play baseball, make history]]> In 1970, Dock Ellis, a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, threw a no-hitter. Years later, he would claim that during the game, he was tripping on LSD.]]> <![CDATA[Mechanical failure]]> There's a predictable father-son relationship between Bishop and his 'handler' Harry (Donald Sutherland), which is reinforced by Harry complaining to Bishop about his ne'er-do-well son Steve (Ben Foster). In one particularly odd scene, Bishop offers parenting advice to Harry, even though he prides himself on being disconnected from his own emotions.]]> <![CDATA[BIFF: God Loves Uganda]]> <![CDATA[Tom Cruise’s foreign policy]]> If you conceived a child back when Tom Cruise jumped on Oprah’s couch, it would now be old enough to tell you to move on. Despite welcoming back rapists and murderers when they win a Super Bowl, modern society seems intent on holding a grudge against a guy who, at worst, is a weird idiot.]]> <![CDATA[Cinematography and ski porn]]> From the opening shots of Solitaire, the new ski film from Sweetgrass Productions, you know you’re in for something different. The movie begins with a grizzled Argentine actor, Tata Cabral, sitting by a fire, speaking lines inspired by Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.]]> <![CDATA[British invasion in 'Pirate Radio']]> Any film that’s built around the music of the mid-1960s starts out with one thing going for it: a great soundtrack. That Pirate Radio goes beyond that and offers up an entertaining and poignant story about loss of innocence is what makes it a film well worth your time.]]> <![CDATA[Lonely Hearts’ Club]]> Let’s be honest, Love Is All You Need (or Den Skaldede Frisør if Danish is more than a donut to you) is basically redundant escapist fantasy. But when the fantasy services the desires of middle-aged women struggling with uncompassionate husbands and cancer and not hormonal, heterosexual male teenagers jagged (as most movies seem intent to service), it scores a free pass on originality.]]> <![CDATA[Solid cast helps '2012' overcome flaws]]> Nothing like a dandy evening's apocalypse to take the edge off recession, unemployment, Afghanistan and Glenn Beck. With 2012, Roland "Day After Tomorrow" Emmerich serves up World's End 4.0, with cataclysmic effects showcasing what volcanoes, tidal waves and earthquakes will do once that fabled Mayan calendar runs out on 12-21-12.]]>