<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Screen]]> <![CDATA[BW BIFF Picks 2013: 'Little World']]> Albert Casals’ version of travel is the equivalent of doing a solo ascent on K2 without oxygen and wearing only your underwear. It’s adventure travel without map or net.]]> <![CDATA[Check out some hot briefs]]> Outside of the unspeakable fame and groupies, the best part of being a movie critic is getting a peek at stuff you may otherwise never see. One of my favorite annual traditions is checking out what the Academy felt were little films worthy of a little guy made of gold.]]> <![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[ Race to mediocrity ]]> The animal that loved to preen for the cameras made all the magazine covers in 1973 after running away with the Triple Crown, though in the %uFFFD73 Kentucky Derby, Secretariat was back by nine lengths before finishing like a champ.]]> <![CDATA[The M stands for middling]]> “Horror movies be happening here!” In true found footage style, the siblings must record the entirety of their experiences for reasons that are not-at-all completely, obnoxiously and awkwardly forced.]]> <![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[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[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[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[The tin shine of BIFF]]> The 10th festival, taking place Thursday, Feb. 13 through Sunday, Feb. 16, includes almost 60 films, 12 musical acts, dozens of directors and other special guests, six films nominated for Academy Awards, and four films coming directly to BIFF from Sundance.]]> <![CDATA['Armored': Terrible tough guys]]> Ever wonder what kind of guy drives an armored car full of cash? Yeah, I never did either, but that’s the environment that Armored presents us with: a bunch of edgy, tough-guy losers who somehow have ended up as employees of Eagle Shield Security.]]> <![CDATA[ILY IMF]]> Bond moved from implausible ridiculousness to slightly-more-grounded cloak-and-daggerism, whereas Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is now climbing into airplanes by holding on to a door handle while it takes off. There’s room for both types of espionage spectacles, and Mission Impossible.]]> <![CDATA['Book of Eli' a throwaway post-apocalyptic religious parable]]> The 23rd Psalm, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,” is the inspiration for the dark, moody film The Book of Eli, and though it takes quite a while to move beyond its Mad Max roots, it is ultimately a modern religious parable. ]]> <![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[Mother is the first other]]> Rashaan Salaam and Kordell Stewart!” Sarah Adina Smith cheers with delight, recalling her high school years as a University of Colorado Boulder Buffs fan. “I was born and raised in Fort Collins, but my Mom went to CU,” Smith tells Boulder Weekly. “We were, like, totally going against our town, but we were really into it.”]]> <![CDATA[The power of discussion]]> The “road trip” might be the ultimate American movie trope — the vast expanse of the continental United States providing a vivid backdrop while the confines of a vehicle pressure-cook characters in the comedy and drama they need to discover the intricacies of relationships with fellow travelers.]]> <![CDATA[The casino that Jack destroyed]]> "Why would you make a documentary?" kingpin lobbyist Jack Abramoff, a.k.a. the Man Who Bought Washington, asked filmmaker Alex Gibney. "No one watches documentaries. You should make an action movie," he advised, which, in the best possible sense, is what Gibney has done.]]> <![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[Take it back]]> Go down swinging for the fences, punchdrunk and confident you’re making something truly awesome that people will love, even if it winds up a steaming pile of poodoo we mock. I respect the noble fool, the proud creator of disaster who clearly put everything into a creative vision beloved by only himself.]]> <![CDATA[God’s lonely men]]> For most, Taxi Driver is summed up by one of the most famous lines in cinema: “You talking to me?” Conveying masculinity and bravado, it readies angry men for battle. But it is misleading. It is an act, a fašade. The truth is found in the line that follows: “Well, I’m the only one here.”]]>