<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Screen]]> <![CDATA[An icon under the microscope]]> Now 77, the woman born Joan Molinsky has long reprocessed her life, angst and comic’s rage as fodder for the public and bookings for her calendar. A full book? “That’s happiness,” she says. Rivers turned 14 months of that hectic life over to documentarians Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg.]]> <![CDATA[Almost a film]]> Director Sam Neave tells the tale of a doomed love triangle through two 40-minute-long shots, the first at a barbecue hosted by Sasha (Alex Karpovsky) and the second at his wedding party.]]> <![CDATA[Breathe in the Smaug]]> The story is just so much richer, as it doesn’t stop at “Baddie McEvil tries to destroy the world.” We join Bilbo and his dwarf buddies as they are nearing the secret entrance to the home they were forced to abandon on the grounds of “Oh, dear God, that’s a fire breathing dragon,” which is an understandable reason to break a lease.]]> <![CDATA[Nolan delivers again]]> Inception is one of the most complicated stories I’ve ever seen on the big screen, but if you can figure out what’s going on, it’s an amazing movie filled with mind-boggling visuals and an intriguing exploration of the subconscious. It might also be the best movie of the summer, if not 2010.]]> <![CDATA[Wonder Woman versus chauvinism]]> In many ways, the comic book character Wonder Woman is very much a product of the time in which she was conceived — World War II America. Her trademark costume — star-spangled blue-and-white panties, American flag-red corset with gold adornments, the yellow headband with the red star — is rife with the patriotic fervor that bled into so many comic books at the time.]]> <![CDATA[Grown up but not good]]> Sandler’s character is the rich, successful, cool one, the one we’re supposed to relate to, though he’s by far the most condescending of the bunch, a Hollywood agent married to a fashion designer (Salma Hayek, who now goes by Salma Hayek Pinault)...]]> <![CDATA[Well-seasoned action flick]]> There’s a half-hearted attempt to portray Salt’s domestic side in a scene where she’s watching a YouTube video on folding napkins so that her anniversary dinner will be “perfect,” but that’s quickly forgotten once Russian defector Orlov (Daniel Olbrychski) shows up and accuses her of being a sleeper agent.]]> <![CDATA[Sodium eyewater]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[BIFF: Just give him a camera]]> With a small camera hanging from a lanyard around his neck, Tom Berninger tagged along on tour with his brother´s band, The National, planning to make a rock documentary. The result is Mistaken for Strangers, named after the group’s 2007 single. Michael Moore calls it “one of the best music documentaries I have ever seen.”]]> <![CDATA[Being near Emma Watson]]> Reconciling the public’s fascination with Emma Watson’s blossoming sexuality with realizing that the first time she was on screen she was 11 years old is really difficult.]]> <![CDATA[Shadyac's Travels]]> The artist’s life is one of constant searching. Theirs is a restless journey, one constantly straining to see over the next horizon — and filmmaker Tom Shadyac’s journey has taken some unexpected turns that have finally brought him to Boulder.]]> <![CDATA[Pew! Pew! Pew! ’Merica!]]> GI Joe: Retaliation’s script is so horrible, it should be in MoMA. Just like some people can’t stop staring at the world’s ugliest dog, this screenplay is fascinatingly hideous blather.]]> <![CDATA[Not your average bear]]> Ted is a film about a foul-mouthed teddy bear and a 30-something Bostonian with a hot girlfriend and the maturity of, well, a 35-yearold guy who lives with a stuffed animal. I found Ted to be quite hilarious, even as it was easily one of the crudest and most crass films I’ve seen in the theater so far this year.]]> <![CDATA[Cage shines as corrupt New Orleans cop]]> "Anything’s possible in this storm!” says the man with the badge in Werner Herzog’s delirious Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, a true feat of daring and one of the craziest films of the year.]]> <![CDATA[Instagrim: 'Celeste and Jesse Forever' is a hipster love tragedy]]> The degree to which you will enjoy Celeste and Jesse Forever solely depends on how ensorcelled you are by the luminous Rashida Jones.]]> <![CDATA[Quake and stakes]]> As people die in ugly, awful ways all around him, Ray ignores them in order to save his estranged wife and loving daughter. If you’re not related to Ray, sorry about your death by fire or pulverization, but you can’t ride in the city’s helicopter or the plane he steals, truck he steals or boat he steals.]]> <![CDATA[The movie year in review]]> <![CDATA[Strength and decay: One strongman’s quest for the American dream ]]> New Jersey strongman Stan 'Stanless Steel' Pleskun, the 'Strongest Man in the World at Bending Steel,' and his struggle to build a career performing feats of strength are the subject of New York filmmaker Zach Levy's award-winning documentary Strongman,.]]> <![CDATA[Alexander Payne's sweet stakes]]> Nebraska is Payne’s fourth consecutive “reflections on an average white male life while on the road” film. When Woody (Bruce Dern), a crotchety wisp of an elderly man, gets a magazine sweepstakes letter telling him he “won” a million dollars, his increasingly addled mind becomes obsessed with it.]]> <![CDATA[Dumb wolf in smart sheep’s clothes]]> Does the film’s dramatization of realworld douchehammer Jordan Belfort’s drug-fueled depravity lend tacit approval, implicitly embracing harmful excess for entertainment?]]>