<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Screen]]> <![CDATA[Jazz gives the blues]]> <![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[15 for 15]]> Channing Tatum plays an alien wolfman trying to rescue the queen of the universe (Mila Kunis) while fighting lizard people. I’m in. It’s not an encouraging sign that the studio moved this wacky space opera from July 2014 to February, but Edge of Tomorrow.]]> <![CDATA[The ship so nice they sank it twice]]> The RMS Titanic has resurfaced from the icy depths of the Atlantic only to be subjected to a second dunking, this time with a 3-D upcharge, under the stewardship of Capt. James Cameron, master and commander.]]> <![CDATA[Comedy, with flashes of Hughes]]> What Olive needs is “an identifier,” Rhiannon declares. But what Olive settles on throws her whole world for a loop. She invents a boyfriend and a night of hot sex. In the Twitter and text universe of high school, word travels faster than ever. As the school’s resident holy roller Marianne (Amanda Bynes) fumes, Olive’s a “trollop.]]> <![CDATA[BIFF: Drop acid, play baseball, make history]]> In 1970, Dock Ellis, a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, threw a no-hitter. Years later, he would claim that during the game, he was tripping on LSD.]]> <![CDATA[Matters of life and death]]> The first annual Life and Death Matters International Multimedia Festival — better known as LADmatters — promises to be a thought-provoking, engaging event with plenty to prick the senses. Running Sept. 1 to Sept. 4 at various venues in Boulder, the event encompasses speakers (including famed autistic writer and teacher Temple Grandin), panels, seminars, workshops, films and short plays.]]> <![CDATA[If it ain’t broke, don’t tinker with it]]> Starting in 1975, Roger Ebert began a rather novel idea for a film series, which he called “Cinema Interruptus.” Screen the film on day one, and on days two through five, screen the film again, but allow any audience member to stop the film (by yelling “Stop!”) and begin a discussion.]]> <![CDATA[My kingdom for some Shakespeare]]> Whether it has robots, high school politics or rival gangs dance fighting — film adaptations of William Shakespeare’s beloved plays vary across all genres. And this week, the International Film Series is bringing you a taste of the variety with a week of Shakespeare on film.]]> <![CDATA[Biff 2012 | Hollywood, Colorado]]> Getting a few minutes with the inimitable Beeck sisters — the founding mothers of the Boulder International Film Festival — in the weeks leading up to BIFF isn’t easy, even if you’re sitting across from them in the festival’s downtown-Boulder offices.]]> <![CDATA[Dull expectations]]> Since their married friends have morphed into shrill shadows of their former selves, they wonder: Is it possible to bring children into your life without destroying the possibility of romance? Only one way to find out: Tackle the former without even a whiff of romantic expectation.]]> <![CDATA[Remake worth watching]]> Jenko and Schmidt weren’t friends in high school, as we learn in the 2005-set prologue. Jenko was the jock triumphant and a lousy student, and Schmidt (sporting an impressive mouthful of braces) spent most of his waking hours being embarrassed by his parents.]]> <![CDATA[Exploring legacy of experimental filmmaker Brakhage]]> No one can say for sure what the late Stan Brakhage would think of the Brakhage Center Symposium — except that he would both hate and love it.]]> <![CDATA[I’m-a let you finish, but…]]> Somehow Jake Gyllenhaal has transformed into one of the best actors of our era. His performance here is diabolically perfect. Writer/director Dan Gilroy spits in the face of screenwriting 101, as his main character never evolves or changes. Oh, and if there was an award for “best scene of the year,” the final shootout in this one would be a shoo-in.]]> <![CDATA[No big bang]]> Then comes Hawking’s ALS diagnosis... As with the rest of the film, writer Anthony McCarten doesn’t turn things into disability pornography. Previous scenes serve as building blocks to garner sympathy, but characters are allowed to express genuine feelings.]]> <![CDATA[Teen dream, parental nightmare]]> Things only start to go wrong when they rip off Costa’s well-armed, disturbed drug dealer. Costa has blasted the invitations all over social media, so the socially anonymous Thomas will be hosting hordes of “randoms,” peers who don’t know he exists. Not to worry, though.]]> <![CDATA[Seuss is spinning]]> Most of the picture, as did the book, unfolds as a flashback to the Once-ler’s rabid capitalistic youth, when he harvested the precious Truffula tree for its velvety tufts and commercial prospects. Taking its cue from a single line in the original about the Once-ler’s family, The Lorax.]]> <![CDATA[Oscar baiting]]> Please be silent behind the screen. Backstage at the 1927 Hollywood premiere of his latest screen triumph, film star George Valentin — played with irresistible zest by Jean Dujardin — waits for the crowd’s response. Standing in front of the sign shushing the backstagers, he hears the applause. We only see it, The Artist being a silent film (or nearly) whose story begins in the late silent era.]]> <![CDATA[Yo ho no]]> Pirate Captain, voiced by former hooker enthusiast Hugh Grant, is sad that he continues to lose the Pirate of the Year award to folks like Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven), Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) and Peg Leg Hastings (Lenny Henry). But the goofy, well-intentioned leader has a plan … sort of.]]> <![CDATA[Realism thwarted]]> Its Navy Sea, Air and Land team warriors, better known as SEALs, collaborate without friction. They stick to the plan or adapt it when needed. Authority is not bucked. Voices are raised only under fire.]]>