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Thursday, May 28,2015

All refrain

‘Pitch Perfect 2’ is a worthy encore

By Ryan Syrek
Fact: It’s harder to make people laugh than cry. Fact: It’s harder to make someone laugh a second time than the first. Conclusion: Comedy sequels are the hardest sequels to make satisfying. Pitch Perfect was a comedy ninja, stealthily stepping from shadows to chuck a throwing star of hilarity into the funny bone of unsuspecting viewers. But Pitch Perfect 2 is an encore performed before a ravenously loyal crowd demanding to hear certain hits. It’s clear that everyone, including first-time director Elizabeth Banks, felt the pressure to obey the raised lighters in the audience and repeat certain notes, lest those lighters become torches and pitchforks.
Thursday, May 28,2015

watch this!

When stage director Len Barron set out to produce his original play telling the stories of world-renowned physicists, he decided to cast eight grandmothers.
Thursday, May 28,2015

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.
Thursday, May 28,2015

Make way for yesterday

Silent cinema is going strong at Chautauqua Auditorium

By Michael J. Casey
The movies started small. So small that only one person at a time could watch them. The year was 1892, and Thomas Edison and his colleague William Kennedy Laurie Dickson discovered that if you spun sequential photographs in a small box, you could create the illusion of movement. Edison called them Kinetoscopes, and these viewing booths were the iPhones of their day, a private experience where patrons paid to watch short movies of a giddy girl kissing a mustachioed man, of a dancer swirling her dress and of a weightlifter flexing his muscles.
Thursday, May 21,2015

Men ruin everything

Yes, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ is as good as you’ve heard%u2028

By Ryan Syrek
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.
Thursday, May 14,2015

Sodium eyewater

‘The Salt of the Earth’ swims in human suffering

By Ryan Syrek
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.
Thursday, May 7,2015

Are you not entertained?!

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ is a joyous spectacle

By Ryan Syrek
Another epic tale about incredibly powerful beings fighting against one another with melodramatic overtones? Ugh.
Thursday, May 7,2015

TIME WARP

Hot patootie, bless my soul! With six months until Halloween, the Boulder Theater is gearing up for the holiday with the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show. As per tradition, along with the screening enjoy a performance by shadowcast Colorado’s Elusive Ingredient, which has been performing in Denver since 2000.
Thursday, April 30,2015

Let’s not be gods

‘Ex Machina’ is a thoughtful thriller%u2028

By Ryan Syrek
This is in stark contrast to the muted Caleb, a painfully shy nice dude who is overwhelmed by the opportunity in front of him. That opportunity? To be the human component in the “Turing Test,” which determines whether a computer has achieved true artificial intelligence.
Thursday, April 30,2015

Submit to the scare tactics

Stanley Film Festival immerses festivalgoers in the latest horror films and a game that takes the action off the screen

By Elizabeth Miller
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.
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