<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Screen]]> <![CDATA[Too much violence — despicable]]> The story has Gru (voice of Steve Carell trying to sound Russian) as an evil mastermind, ensconced in suburbia. Beneath his house is a vast subterranean lair where he’s plotting to (insert evil laugh) commit the perfect crime.]]> <![CDATA[SeaWorld can suck it]]> Breaking news: You know those giant, majestic, ocean-dwelling creatures with the first name “killer?” Turns out if you lock them in tiny spaces, it kills them, and if you get in with them, they kill you.]]> <![CDATA['The Wolverine:' Better Orient-ed]]> After his first solo stint landed with the grace and majesty of a wet fart, odds were stacked against a sequel for Wolvie. But if Hugh Jackman can forcibly warble Les Miserables to more than $400 million worldwide, there is literally nothing he cannot do.]]> <![CDATA[Film]]> The 10th annual traveling Italian film festival is making its way to Boulder April 18. The three-night affair will offer a peek into modern Italian culture through recent, critically acclaimed Italian films each night. The featured films— all shown in Italian with English subtitles — are La Prima Neve, Teorema Venezia and Viva la Libertà. All films are free and open to the public.]]> <![CDATA[Slipping Mickey]]> Gather ‘round kids and hear a story from the days of yore, a time when artists drew cartoons with their actual human hands and not every children’s movie had covert sex jokes for ma and pa to chuckle at. It was a time before everything was glossy and smooth, before Pharrell and his hat dropped feel-good funky dance beats over computer animation in an attempt to market a soundtrack to a wider demo.]]> <![CDATA[Bag it up]]> A really good documentary isn’t about whatever it looks like it’s about. It’s about people.I don’t mean nature docs, which are actually about nature. I mean films like Ready, S]]> <![CDATA[A tale of dirty, stinking apes]]> What if there was a research drug in the laboratory right now that had a good chance of curing Alzheimer’s but needed more testing on animals before it could be released for human trials? And what if that same drug made its research subjects smarter?.]]> <![CDATA[Out with the old, please]]> On the flimsiest of pretexts she, Carrie, Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) are junketed to Abu Dhabi. So it’s fun, frolic, run-ins with old lovers (John Corbett shows up at a spice market as Carrie’s blast from the past) and a teensy-tiny brush with crushing Islamic fundamentalist disdain for everything Sex and the City.]]> <![CDATA[Down to business; business accomplished]]> The story comes from “a true tall tale,” as the ads say. In 1938, a Tennessee man who came from wealth, Felix Breazeale, lived with his mule in the woods. Before dying, well before, in fact, he set upon the idea of throwing himself a living funeral, with his land to be given away by lottery.]]> <![CDATA[Indecent bro-posal]]> That’s My Boy isn’t just so bad that you would rather play a fun game of “scratch my retina with chicken wire” for 90 minutes, it’s so bad that writer David Caspe and director Sean Anders should be legally prosecuted for crimes against humanity. If this is what we’re capable of as creatures living in a (relatively) free society who have evolved to the point where we are afforded the luxury of creative expression, then we deserve the inevitable zombie apocalypse or thermonuclear war that’s coming. You hear that, divine creator?]]> <![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[Abridged and confusing]]> In a future where the government keeps a tight rein on the populace, the annual reminder of an earlier failed uprising is The Hunger Games, a televised battle to the death of teens chosen from each of 12 districts. When her young sister Prim (Willow Shields) is selected as the female tribute from District 12, tough rebel Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers in her place, getting paired up with local baker’s son Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson).]]> <![CDATA[Cinematography and ski porn]]> From the opening shots of Solitaire, the new ski film from Sweetgrass Productions, you know you’re in for something different. The movie begins with a grizzled Argentine actor, Tata Cabral, sitting by a fire, speaking lines inspired by Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.]]> <![CDATA[A thriller for grandma]]> Depp plays the wrong man in this wrong-man scenario, a Midwestern shmo picked up by Jolie%uFFFDs character, Elise, on a train from Paris to Venice. Elise, a Brit, is the paramour of a man who stole billions belonging to a London gangster (Steven Berkoff )..]]> <![CDATA[You say you want a revolution?]]> With a female protagonist, overt racial themes and a wonderfully literal “poor versus the poor while the rich look on” centerpiece, Catching Fire is the best science-fiction sequel since The Empire Strikes Back and is far more important.]]> <![CDATA[Gospel slop]]> Assembled from spare parts of Footloose and Sister Act, the serviceable gospel contraption Joyful Noise takes place in an economically hard-hit Georgia town, where the multiracial members of the Divinity Church Choir raise voices and spirits under the direction of their beloved choirmaster, played by Kris Kristofferson.]]> <![CDATA[Circular logic]]> Right when the film needs to kick into a higher gear, opening the futuristic world up for a sizable climax, it downshifts into a muted, quasi-philosophical think-piece set mostly on a Kansas farmstead.]]> <![CDATA['Edge of Darkness' needs more Gibson]]> Moviegoers can rest easy. Mel Gibson is back in the business of starring in violent, paranoid thrillers. Back in the business of starring in movies — period.]]> <![CDATA['Skin' doesn't go deep enough]]> An improbable true story of bloodlines and color lines, "Skin" dramatizes the life of Sandra Laing, a black girl born to white Afrikaner parents in apartheid-era South Africa. Sandra's birth certificate classified her as white, though a genetic quirk had given her dark skin and curly hair. In her youth Sandra attended a whites-only school where her appearance created an uproar. She was reclassified as colored under apartheid laws, and her parents mounted a judicial challenge to establish her "whiteness."]]> <![CDATA[Comedians sleep standing up]]> A note for the admittedly small subset of folks who swoon at the storytelling magic of This American Life and tingle at the mere mention of Ira Glass’s name: Sleepwalk with Me is charming public radio entertainment channeled into cinemas.]]>