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Thursday, February 21,2013

Reel to reel | Week of February 21, 2013

This space junk looks exactly like a car muffler in Escape from Planet Earth 3D.

56 UP

Starting in 1964 with Seven UP, the UP series has explored the Jesuit maxim, “Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man.” The original concept was to interview 14 children from diverse backgrounds from all over England, asking them about their lives and their dreams for the future. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

AMOUR

Georges and Anne are a couple in their 80s about to experience one of the perils of mortality, dementia. Rated PG-13. At Century and Chez Artiste. — The Reader of Omaha, Neb.

ANNA KARENINA

Leo Tolstoy’s novel of love and infidelity comes to life thanks to director Joe Wright. Rated R. At Chez Artiste. — The Reader of Omaha, Neb.

ARGO

Ben Affleck’s latest directing project (in which he also stars) is based on true events from the Iranian revolution in 1979. Rated R. At Esquire.

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES

A Romeo and Juliet-esque love story set in a supernaturally charged South. Rated PG-13. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

BMX BANDITS

Think Goonies with a dash of Rad and a sprinkle of acting. Starring Nicole Kidman. Part of Mile High Sci Fi at SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society

BREATHING

Youthful mistakes, redemption, and guilt are the main themes in this German psychological drama about a young man in jail who finds work in a morgue. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD

A 6-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society

CHASING ICE

James Balog tracks the alarming rate at which rate glaciers are melting and raising the oceans’ water levels. At Muenzinger Auditorium. — International Film Series

DARK SKIES

A couple begins to fear for the safety of their family after they’re plauged by a series of unexplainable events. Rated PG-13. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

DJANGO UNCHAINED

Quentin Tarantino does to slave owners what he did to Nazis in Inglourious Basterds. Rated R. At Century and Colony Square. — The Reader of Omaha, Neb.

ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH

An animated space hero (voiced by Brendan Fraser) fights to defend his planet, Beeb. Rated PG. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH 3D

Same as above only you get really cool glasses. Rated PG. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD

Bruce Willis is back as John McClane. Bad guys in Russia die. Rated R. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES

In the final days of World War II, 14-year-old Seita and his 4-year-old sister Setsuko are orphaned. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society

HANEZU

The Asuka region is the birthplace of Japan. The patience of ancient times now collides with the modern belief that we control our own destiny. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society

HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS

The Brothers Grimm fairy tale is the latest victim of the ever-expanding quest to produce a gritty reboot of every franchise or concept in storytelling history. Rated R. At Twin Peaks.

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY 3D

This adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s original tale of hobbits and wizards is every bit as good as the Lord of the Rings series. Rated PG-13. At Century and Twin Peaks. — The Reader of Omaha, Neb.

HYDE PARK ON HUDSON

An interesting tale from 1939 when the King and Queen of England stay overnight at President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s country estate. Rated R. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

IDENTITY THIEF

The director of Horrible Bosses returns with an Odd Couple meets Planes, Trains and Automobiles redemption tale. Starring Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman. Rated R. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

THE IMPOSSIBLE

A beautifully acted survival tale based on the 2004 tsunami in Eastern Asia. Rated PG-13. At Mayan. — The Reader of Omaha, Neb.

IN SEARCH OF UNRETURNED SOLDIERS

In Malaysia, Imamura follows one false lead after another as he tries to locate unreturned Japanese who had given up the culture of their birth to integrate with Malaysian society. At SIE FilmCenter — Denver Film Society

JOHN DIES AT THE END

Suddenly a silent otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. But that’s not what it gets. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society

KARAYUKI-SAN - THE MAKING OF A PROSTITUTE

A film about another kind of “unreturned soldier” than Shohei Imamura has profiled elsewhere, Karayuki-San finds the filmmaker traveling to Malaysia to interview Kikuyo Zendo, one of the countless Japanese women who were kidnapped or otherwise sold into sexual slavery in order to service the Japanese military in Southeast Asia. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society

LAND OF HOPE

In the prefecture of Nagashima, the Ono family is torn apart when an earthquake causes a nuclear meltdown. The government draws danger zones across the prefecture, going right down between the houses of two next-door neighbors: the Onos and the Suzukis. At SIE FilmCenter. ­— Denver Film Society

LA PIROGUE

A commendably told and moving story about a group of Senegalese men drifting in the Atlantic with dreams of starting a better life in Europe. At Muenzinger Auditorium. — International Film Series

A LETTER TO MOMO

A touching, fantastical tale of a young girl’s grief and the three mischievous spirits sent to look after her. At SIE FilmCenter. ­— Denver Film Society

LIFE OF PI 3D

A storm ravages a boat carrying a zookeeper’s family and menagerie, and the only survivors are the family’s son, Pi, and a Bengal tiger. Shot in 3-D, the film is a visual feast. Rated PG. At Century and Colony Square. — The Reader of Omaha, Neb.

LINCOLN

Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln during the Civil War trying to pass the 13th Amendment. Rated PG-13. At Century and Colony Square.

MAMA

Five years after they disappeared, sisters Victoria and Lilly are found in a half-collapsed cabin in the woods. But when they come to civilization to live with their relatives, the girls don’t come alone. Rated PG-13. At Twin Peaks.

A MAN VANISHES

The film follows the case of Tadashi, a handsome businessman who has suddenly vanished. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society

ONE LIFE

This film focuses on the cyclical journey taken by all living things, from their own birth to the moment they deliver youngsters of their own and the next generation is born. At Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

OSCAR-NOMINATED SHORT FILMS 2013: ANIMATED

Featuring all five Academy Award nominees in the category of Best Animated Short and more, this year’s program will be hosted by last year’s winners, directors William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg. At Muenzinger Auditorium and Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

OSCAR-NOMINATED SHORT FILMS 2013: DOCUMENTARY

This year’s nominated films are hosted onscreen by Academy Award Winning Filmmaker Daniel Junge. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society

OSCAR-NOMINATED SHORT FILMS 2013: LIVE ACTION

Featuring all five Academy Award nominees in the category of Best Live Action Short, this year’s program will be hosted by last year’s winner: Luke Matheny, writer/director of “God of Love.” At Mayan and Muenzinger Auditorium. — Landmark Theatres

PATANG

A poetic journey to the old city of Ahmedabad, the stories of six people are woven together by the excitement of India’s largest kite festival. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

PENANCE PART I AND PART II

Divided into five chapters, the film tells the story of Asako, whose daughter Emili was brutally murdered while in elementary school. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society

POSTCARD

Kaneto Shindo’s 49th film is a tragedy set in 1944 about a young soldier. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society

QUARTET

A singer returns home and shocks everyone. Rated PG-13. At Century and Esquire. — Landmark Theatres

RADIO UNNAMEABLE

This documentary chronicles the career of Bob Fass, a radio personality who launched the notion of free expression on the air waves. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW

The longest-running midnight movie of all time. Enough said. At Esquire. — Landmark Theatres

ROYAL OPERA HOUSE’S LES TROYENS

Eva-Maria Westbroek’s “big, shimmering, dark-hued voice [is] ideal” raves the New York Times. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN

How is it possible that a musician could bomb with two albums in the U.S., disappear into obscurity for years and then be resurrected as a successful, inspirational hero in a totally different country? At Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

SERENITY

When the renegade crew of Serenity agrees to hide a fugitive on their ship, they find themselves in an action-packed battle. At Esquire. — Landmark Theatres

SIDE EFFECTS

See full review page 37. Rated R. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

Although the film has the trappings of drama, everything is sanitized and clichéd enough to make this a feel-good romance between attractive people. Rated R. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks. — The Reader of Omaha, Neb.

SNITCH

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson plays a dad who must become a drug cartel-fighting informant to save his son from a wrongful conviction. Rated PG-13. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 

This documentary interlaces the lives of four adopted teenaged girls living throughout the U.S. who are victims of China’s “One Child Policy.” At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

THERMAE ROMAE

Few things in life are as comforting as a good bath. No one knows this better than Lucius, a thermae architect in ancient Rome who designs glorious bathing complexes for the imperial city-state’s elite. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society

TRAILER WAR

It’s not so much a movie as it is a feature-length compilation of trailers — gloriously bizarre, gleefully tasteless vintage trailers from low-budget exploitation flicks, in the vein of the old 42nd Street Forever compilations. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society

WARM BODIES

Adding some laughs to the paranormal teen romance genre, Warm Bodies tells the story of unlikely love in the zombie apocalypse. When zombie R (Nicholas Holt) meets still-human Julie (Teresa Palmer), human feelings begin filling his decayed heart. Rated PG-13. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

SAFE HAVEN

In the latest tearjerker from a novel by Nicholas Sparks, a young woman moves to a small town looking to leave a dark past behind. Doesn’t happen. Rated PG-13. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

ZERO DARK THIRTY

Have you heard about the time we shot Osama bin Laden? Have you ever wondered about the painstaking decade of research that went into that moment? Well, you’re in for a treat, as Maya (Jessica Chastain), the investigator who broke the case open, searches for bin Laden. Rated R. At Century and Colony Square. — The Reader of Omaha, Neb.

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