<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Screen]]> <![CDATA[To see a man about a demon]]> Young, brooding Michael, played by young, brooding Irish stage actor Colin O'Donoghue, opts out of the family business to become a seminary student but lacks the spiritual commitment to go all the way. Then a tragic accident and a slyly blackmailing priest (played by Toby Jones) conspire to send Michael to Rome on a training program for exorcists.]]> <![CDATA[Charming, in a bloody way]]> The next scene launches the viewer three years ahead to a Texas border town. The story changes to Senator McLaughlin (Robert De Niro) running for re-election on a draconian anti-immigration platform. His cynical media manipulation plan includes hiring a Mexican day laborer to hurt, but not kill, him.]]> <![CDATA[Don't escape - innovate]]> After a long, hard day at work, many people find themselves in front of a brightly lit screen, immersed in what they consider pure entertainment. To them, it’s a chance to let go, to forget about their troubles, to distract themselves from their boring existence on this planet. But if life sucks — for whatever reasons — perhaps instead of escape, one should look for inspiration. One way to easily and cheaply do that is through independent cinema.]]> <![CDATA[Cross-cultural animation]]> Five years ago, the Bristol, England-based Aardman animation folks — who created the stop-motion legends Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep and therefore are eligible for sainthood — made the digitally animated British/American co-production Flushed Away. Jam-packed with peril, if not with charm, the film had both eyes on a crossover American audience that never materialized.]]> <![CDATA[UFO snark]]> <![CDATA[Top 10 films of the decade]]> There have been some outstanding films, notably by auteur filmmakers, who have forced us as an audience to confront the insecurities of our time. The ten best films of the decade are:]]> <![CDATA[Why, Steve and Tina, why?]]> Director Shawn Levy’s film is a self-proclaimed “action comedy.” Entrenched in their domestic New Jersey routine, Phil and Claire Foster leave the kids with a sitter and hit Manhattan for dinner. Stuck without a reservation at a trendy restaurant they decide to live a little.]]> <![CDATA[BIFF: Alive Inside]]> This moving documentary focuses on individuals in nursing homes who have Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and confirms what many of us already knew: The healing, soothing power of music has been underestimated.]]> <![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[Coming of age]]> Richard Linklater’s latest work, Boyhood, employs one of the most audacious approaches to storytelling: Linklater and company filmed the actors for a few days every year for 12 years.]]> <![CDATA[The hidden sounds of Alabama]]> Musicians like Willie Nelson, The Rolling Stones and Lynyrd Skynyrd visited the tiny Alabama town to record some of their most famous hits. However, few know that this hotbed of American music even exists.]]> <![CDATA[Grade A-Holes]]> The proliferation of comic book movies has reached its cultural apex, so thoroughly dominating the box office and public consciousness that a backlash was practically invited. While the public plays Oliver Twist, wallets open and begging for more, those who critically engage cinema have begun the “tsk, tsk”-ing and the “poo-poo”-ing.]]> <![CDATA[Biff 2012 | Not your average stoner movie]]> Graduating college can be rough. Some find it hard to break into the real world and instead find themselves sleeping in their parent’s basement. Jeff, Who Lives at Home, showing at the Boulder International Film Festival this week, follows Jeff (Jason Segel) as he focuses on something more philosophical than finding a job.]]> <![CDATA[Easy, breezy fun]]> Located in the parking lot behind the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA), BOC celebrated its initial season in 1995 and has been running strong since. Three years ago, Marsh and Fritz purchased the festival from Dave Riepe and Jon Hegeman and oversaw the continuation and.]]> <![CDATA[Farce gone awry in 'Planet 51']]> How might a teenager protect himself from that dreaded fate described in legions of sci-fi movies — the probe? If you weren’t thinking “champagne cork,” you were way off, according to the sci-fi kids cartoon Planet 51.]]> <![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[Bourne to be bored]]> The film opens with Cross in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness, having to fend off a wolf attack and survive an extraordinarily hostile environment until he meets up with another agent (Oscar Isaac). Cross learns he’s not the only Outcome creation and is then forced to make his way back to civilization after a drone attacks their isolated cabin.]]> <![CDATA[Indians, cowboys and aliens, oh my!]]> There`s something timeless about a good Western. Sprinkle in scary aliens, stunning special effects, and a terrific cast, and the mash-up film Cowboys & Aliens turns out to be a highly entertaining summer adventure. ]]> <![CDATA[BIFF: God Loves Uganda]]> <![CDATA[Got ham?]]> From Christian Bale’s bark to Hans Zimmer’s “gonna getcha” score, if director Christopher Nolan has driven one point home in his Batfilms, it has been this: “Take my films seriously, yo.” From meditations on the fine line between vengeance and justice to the moral ambiguity of using high-end technology “for the greater good,” this Bat-trilogy has cleverly and successfully fused “real world” stuff with “comic book” stuff. Until now.]]>