<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Screen]]> <![CDATA[Aliens]]> Boulder Outdoor Cinema mostly shows its films at night. Mostly. ]]> <![CDATA[A lesserknown masterpiece]]> A summation of the movie makes sound intolerably sad, and it is a sad movie, but only because it invokes genuine empathy. Consider the scene where the mother watches her grandson playing in a field. She wonders if he will grow up to be a doctor. She then wonders if she will live to see it.]]> <![CDATA[Confusing hacktion]]> A similar attack on an American nuclear plant failed, so Chen hightails it to America with his sister, Lien (Wei Tang), to liaise with them because liaising is sexy. Chen convinces FBI agent Carol Barrett (Viola Davis) to spring Hathaway from the clink to help them locate the nasty cyber baddie.]]> <![CDATA[BIFF 2013: Finding light in the darkness]]> Somewhere in a Ukrainian cave, the film crew for No Place on Earth switched off their headlamps.]]> <![CDATA[Geneticists and horror]]> Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley, neither of whom make it a habit to play for audience sympathy in any circumstance, portray genetic engineers and lovers funded by a cashstrapped pharmaceutical company. They have successfully created a new blob-like hybrid creature, featuring DNA from various species.]]> <![CDATA[Submit to the scare tactics]]> Imagine you’ve checked into your hotel room, passing by signs at the hotel entrance about a boy gone missing and seen a distraught man handing out more copies of that same flyer. “How sad,” you think.]]> <![CDATA[Best in show]]> The Boulder International Film Festival is the cherry on top for a town with an already-impressive film scene. Throw in some big stars, up-and-coming filmmakers, foreign favorites and fascinating documentaries and you’ve got the perfect weekend for a cinephile. Here’s a look at a handful of stand-out films visiting this year.]]> <![CDATA[BIFF 2013: The man behind the Man in Black]]> He found a locker full of Johnny Cash memorabilia — gold records, signed posters, and a treasure trove: 60 hours of reel-to-reel tape, Saul’s audio diaries as well as recorded phone calls with the Man in Black himself. He decided to make a documentary.]]> <![CDATA[Watch This: 'Master of the Flying Guillotine']]> This screening of Master of the Flying Guillotine at the International Film Series will be on rare, original 35 mm film, made possible by a private collector who rescued the prints.]]> <![CDATA[Will the real Bond please stand up?]]> There’s no more iconic spy in Western culture than 007, Bond, James Bond, and with a 50-year cinematic history, the 22 previous films in the franchise also represent an extraordinary body of cinematic work.]]> <![CDATA[Film]]> The 10th annual traveling Italian film festival is making its way to Boulder April 18. The three-night affair will offer a peek into modern Italian culture through recent, critically acclaimed Italian films each night. The featured films— all shown in Italian with English subtitles — are La Prima Neve, Teorema Venezia and Viva la Libertà. All films are free and open to the public.]]> <![CDATA[Les swing and les miss]]> Two minutes in: You can do this, Ryan. Sure, a three-hour film version of a Broadway musical is a dry way to waterboard you, but people say Les Misérables is the best adaptation yet. Maybe this is the one that finally changes your mind. Five minutes in: Nope. This is my personal hell.]]> <![CDATA[Uncomfortable in the uncanny valley]]> Directed by Steven Spielberg, a longtime fan of the source material, The Adventures of Tintin begins with a gorgeous animated credit sequence, deftly incorporating bits of the narrative about to unfold. It’s as nifty as the overture in Spielberg’s earlier Catch Me If You Can, both scored, with a glancing touch, by his longtime mood generator, composer John Williams. It’s always gratifying to hear what Williams can do when he’s not in attack mode.]]> <![CDATA[Why, Steve and Tina, why?]]> Director Shawn Levy’s film is a self-proclaimed “action comedy.” Entrenched in their domestic New Jersey routine, Phil and Claire Foster leave the kids with a sitter and hit Manhattan for dinner. Stuck without a reservation at a trendy restaurant they decide to live a little.]]> <![CDATA['This isn’t a comic book']]> Since we last left Dave Lizewski, aka Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), the world’s first “real” superhero, the idea has spread like herpes at the resorts where they film those MTV competition shows.]]> <![CDATA['Gentlemen Broncos' tedious, unfocused]]> Once upon a time there was a weird little thrift-shop comedy called "Napoleon Dynamite." It came out of nowhere (well, almost nowhere: Utah) with a no-name cast, adhered to no known comedic formula, and became a smash.]]> <![CDATA[Are you not entertained?!]]> Another epic tale about incredibly powerful beings fighting against one another with melodramatic overtones? Ugh.]]> <![CDATA[Hello, GoodBye]]> The BIFF Chairman and longtime Boulder metal sculptor left this planet unexpectedly last October — a shock to the system for his staggeringly wide circle of friends, including this writer — but Kathy Beeck, BIFF co-founder and a friend of Vielehr’s...]]> <![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[Men ruin everything]]> This isn’t to say that the film isn’t speaking volumes. Hell, it’s not even speaking: it’s shouting and screaming over a wailing guitar riff. The brides scrawl graffiti in the dungeon they escaped, reading “We are not things” and “Who killed the world?” The latter has a clear answer: Dudes.]]>