<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Screen]]> <![CDATA['This isn’t a comic book']]> Since we last left Dave Lizewski, aka Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), the world’s first “real” superhero, the idea has spread like herpes at the resorts where they film those MTV competition shows.]]> <![CDATA[Emphasis on ‘film’]]> The International Film Series is a celluloid-focused Boulder institution attached to the film studies department at the University of Colorado Boulder, and it’s been going strong since 1941, when IFS began showing eclectic black-and-white 16 mm titles. With CU’s Muenzinger Auditorium as its chief venue, IFS now fills nearly every night in Boulder — skipping only summers — with exciting documentaries, unique features from around the globe, and mint-condition reels of inimitable oldies.]]> <![CDATA['Ong Bak 2': Thai fighters]]> It was especially anticipated because, according to reports in the Hollywood trade papers, Jaa, feeling the pressure of adding directing and action choreography to his credits, disappeared for a time during shooting, only to reemerge after a bout of self-described meditation to say he was A-OK and ready for renewed combat.]]> <![CDATA[Your lowness]]> The worst part is that the film looks beautiful, with gorgeous exterior shots, terrific visual effects and a sequence of well-staged interior shots that make it clear the production team (led by director David Gordon Green) was aiming at a modern, updated The Princess Bride.]]> <![CDATA[A contraption, but it works]]> I like the size and scale and itchy excitement of this medium-budget picture (reportedly in the $30 million-$40 million range). While Monaghan has played richer roles, she's very shrewd about finding variations on a theme and forcing the audience to regard her character a little differently in each replay.]]> <![CDATA[Review: The Portal: A Cosmic Rock Odyssey]]> Billed as modern interpretation of a classic shamanic journey, The Portal: A Cosmic Rock Odyssey combines film, music, and lighting to try and create a surreal, out-of-body, perhaps even religious experience.]]> <![CDATA[John Hughes for kids]]> Greg, played by Zachary Gordon, is heading into seventh grade in his overwhelmingly lily-white town. His pal Rowley (Robert Capron, who has yet to discover a neutral expression; everything is either manic grinning or overt panicking) devotes his spare time to perfecting magic tricks for the community talent show.]]> <![CDATA[Myopic biopic]]> Biopics are lies. Oh, don’t get me wrong, all storytelling is fundamentally fibbing. But it seems somehow more disingenuous to airbrush actual human histories, to select which warts to ignore and which redemptive moments to exaggerate. Documentaries exist for a reason and, while they too require editing, at least the filmmaker has to show his work.]]> <![CDATA[Who doesn’t want 15 minutes of fame?]]> In 2004, John Wood lost his foot when his father — a prop plane pilot — crashed, killing himself and injuring his son. Wood survived, but his left leg was so damaged in the crash that doctors amputated his leg from the knee down.]]> <![CDATA['Gentlemen Broncos' tedious, unfocused]]> Once upon a time there was a weird little thrift-shop comedy called "Napoleon Dynamite." It came out of nowhere (well, almost nowhere: Utah) with a no-name cast, adhered to no known comedic formula, and became a smash.]]> <![CDATA[Ghost stories]]> "I've always been interested in ghosts, the paranormal and understanding the unknown," says Schultz, who graduated from CU in 2004 with a degree in broadcast news. "I've always been interested in independent film and documentaries, too, so I just put the two interests together."]]> <![CDATA[Light tone, dark topic]]> Checking himself into the facility (Viola Davis plays his supervising doctor), he finds an adoptiveuncle figure in Bobby (Zach Galifianakis), who has been there awhile.]]> <![CDATA[Philomena, evil nuns and AIDS]]> Philomena is kind of a tough sell. It’s not a feel-good holiday picture or a tour-de-force acting showcase destined to be showered with Oscar kisses. All the movie has to offer is the fact that it’s really, really good.]]> <![CDATA[Affleck actually delivers]]> Thus, an unlikely, far-fetched “relationship” begins — the still-traumatized Claire, who has no clue that this charming working-class Joe she met in a laundromat had once held a gun on her, and the good-hearted bank robber who has this great big lie hanging over his hopes for the woman of his dreams.]]> <![CDATA[The core of Apple’s man]]> Apparently, writer Aaron Sorkin has decided that his “thing” is making fascinating films out of seemingly unfilmable, boring-ass ideas. I don’t have an iPhone. I don’t like Apple. I don’t like Steve Jobs. I don’t care about Steve Jobs. I didn’t care to ever see a movie about Steve Jobs.]]> <![CDATA[An unpretentious timewaster]]> Ten percent to the usual charities?%uFFFD I love a line like that, smack in the middle of a scene featuring bank robbers dividing up the spoils. It proves they%uFFFDre good guys at heart, willing to spread it around (if only for the sake of appearances) while blowing the rest on bling, ladies, threads, cars and bling.]]> <![CDATA['An Education' a good adaptation]]> "Why was I, a conventional Twickenham schoolgirl, running round London nightclubs with a con man?" British journalist Lynn Barber asks herself this question in her memoir, published earlier this year. The question has now led to a movie, which answers Barber's query in its own genial, highly enjoyable way.]]> <![CDATA[Smurfed up]]> The good news about the big-screen 3-D version of The Smurfs is that it’s not the insipid — and some say “socialist” — Smurfs you remember from 1980s TV. Yes, they’re still tiny and blue. They still use “smurf ” as a verb, adverb, swear word, etc.]]> <![CDATA[Out of this world]]> Director Mike Cahill has woven sci-fi imaginings and quantum physics theories of parallel universes into a provocative meditation on the prospect of rewriting your life history.]]> <![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,.]]>