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Thursday, April 23,2015

Sexually transmitted ignorance

‘It Follows’ reminds you sex = death%u2028

By Ryan Syrek
David, I know it’s hard to find good actors and actresses, especially young ones. But there are local car commercials with more convincing performances than this. Like, it’s easier to believe Crazy Larry actually is losing his mind over those low, low prices than that Kelly (Lili Sepe) gives a shit about her sister’s vaginal possession.
Thursday, April 23,2015


Enjoy the red carpet premiere of the films Dalai Lama Awakening and Compassion in Action on Thursday, April 23 at the Boulder Theater. Dalai Lama Awakening is narrated by Harrison Ford and is the product of a cinematic dream that documents the journey of Western thinkers to India to meet with the Dalai Lama and discuss a variety of topics.
Thursday, April 23,2015

Locally-sourced cinema

Front Range Film Festival brings Colorado filmmakers from camera to screen

By Amanda Moutinho
Culture is homegrown in Boulder County — from breweries to art. In her latest documentary, Colorado Hopped — Bine to Brew, Longmont filmmaker Barbara Hau paired the two. A few years ago, while helping a friend harvest a hops field in Wisconsin, Hau became interested in local hop farming operations. Then, when Hau noticed a few fields popping up around Longmont, she knew she wanted to make a film about the farmers, who were selling their crops to breweries around town.
Thursday, April 16,2015

The bacon of blockbusters

‘Furious 7’ is gloriously unnecessary%u2028

By Ryan Syrek
The “plot” this time out, as if we need bother with such crap when there are cars to drive fast and people to punch, sees Deckard Shaw ( Jason Statham) looking to murder Dominic Toretto (Diesel) and his crew, including Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Brian (Paul Walker), Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Ludacris) and Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson).
Thursday, April 9,2015

Death of the handmade

‘Men of the Cloth’ and the art of the tailor

By Michael J. Casey
Clothes make the man. But who makes the clothes? Nowadays, most of us walk around wearing cookie-cutter shirts, pants and jackets, all produced en masse and for no one in particular. Sure, they come in a variety of standardized sizes, but very few bodies are standard.
Thursday, April 2,2015

Unlucky harms

‘’71’ features a soldier with many troubles

By Ryan Syrek
Americans can barely be bothered to care about civil unrest and violence currently unfolding on their own soil, let alone on another continent… let alone a conflict that has since resolved years ago.
Thursday, March 26,2015

Home is wherever I’m with you

Tim Johnson brings families together at ‘Home’

By Michael J. Casey
I’ve just always been fascinated by what happens when you take a doodle and breathe life into it,” animation director Tim Johnson says, describing his career and passion. Ever since the birth of the flickering image, writers, directors, animators and viewers have been enamored by the simple act of watching an idea come to life and move.
Thursday, March 19,2015

Define ‘run’

‘Run All Night’ has old men slowly shuffling

By Ryan Syrek
At this point, there is just one Liam Neeson movie: Taken a Non-Stop Run All Night to Walk Among the Tombstones 3. Neeson isn’t in the midst of some Nicolas Cage supernova, in which an actor’s need to perpetually work and “get dat paper” creates an acting black hole more realistic than anything in Interstellar. It’s worse. Sadder somehow. Neeson is still trying, still making a genuine effort in each of these rote, clichéd, repetitive “old man” action movies.
Thursday, March 12,2015


‘Chappie’ is too weird or not weird enough

By Ryan Syrek
Instead, the plot is nothing but a tired reworking of artificial intelligence clichés. Deon (Dev Patel) is a programmer who helped bring an automated robotic police force to Johannesburg. He wants to take the tech even further, much like the real-world scientists who are undoubtedly hastening our demise at the hands of our future robot overlords.
Thursday, March 5,2015

Cons, vexing

‘Focus’ is irritatingly almost good.

By Ryan Syrek
Despite its title and the fact that Will Smith continually mouth-dumps exposition about how pulling a con requires attention to detail, Focus is hella sloppy. It’s not just that genuinely thrilling “who’s playing who” moments bump up against a holistically unbelievable romantic core, it’s that writers/directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa never decided on the movie’s tone. Lithe and funny until it’s leaden and obtuse, Focus would be pleasantly forgettable were it not for Margot Robbie, who is announced here as a capital letter Movie Star.