<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Screen]]> <![CDATA[Sequel, heal thyself]]> Pretend you were excited for the big screen version of 21 Jump Street. Yeah, nobody believes you. Writers Michael Bacall and Jonah Hill teamed up with directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller for the most hilarious, self-aware adaptation of a Richard Greico television show ever attempted. A sequel was inevitable. Yet somehow this sequel is far better than we deserve.]]> <![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[Eyes open to the world]]> The film tells the story of Ricky, a teenage boy on the autism spectrum who can’t remember to lift the toilet seat or eat without someone there to remind him, who gets lost in the bowels of New York City’s train system after his sister fails to pick him up after school.]]> <![CDATA[You've seen this film before]]> Grace plays a disillusioned MIT graduate stuck working at a Suncoast Video store in 1988, when cell phones the size of dinosaurs ruled the earth. The comedy echoes one ’80s artifact after another. It has the visual ambience (minus the self-importance) of Less Than Zero.]]> <![CDATA[Details matter]]> You can say this for screenwriter Pablo F. Fenjves’ story: It stays busy. It starts in the hotel, moves to the ledge and then swoops back into a one-month-earlier flashback, explaining how Nick got there, why he went to prison in the first place and how he managed to turn a furlough for his father’s funeral into an opportunity for escape.]]> <![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[Falling through plot holes]]> The least coherent character in the film is his on-again, off-again girlfriend Lindy, (Abbie Cornish) who dumps Eddie for being a do-nothing slacker then finds him attractive once he starts taking NZT- 48 (the mystery drug), then dumps him when she finds his newfound attitude is drug-based.]]> <![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[Better than nothing]]> When words such as “subversive” and “offbeat” and “unconventional” pepper a commercial American rom-com’s production notes, you know the studio (in this case, Miramax) is already in a sweat regarding how to sell it. The movie comes from the 1996 Jeffrey Eugenides short story “Baster,” originally published in The New Yorker.]]> <![CDATA[Dark side of ballet]]> Natalie Portman plays Nina Sayers, a dancer in a Manhattan-based ballet troupe who has mastered the technical requirements of ballet but lacks the passion, sensuousness and soul to be an outstanding prima ballerina. The troupe artistic director Thomas (Vincent Cassel) announces their next performance will be Swan Lake,.]]> <![CDATA[Royal triumph]]> Imagine you're second in line for the throne of England, right behind your selfish, womanizing brother, your father the King is in ill health, and you have a terrible stutter. Your father despises you for the impediment, your country is poised to enter World War II, and that older brother is determined to marry an American divorcee.]]> <![CDATA[Slop disguised as fun]]> In its own sweetly bombastic way, the 2008 remake of Journey to the Center of the Earth did the job, the job being a 21st-century 3-D bash starring Brendan Fraser — an actor who gives his all to the green screen, every time — and loosely based on the 19th-century Jules Verne adventure, a natural for the movies. Its script proceeded from the idea that Verne, science fiction visionary, was in reality writing about real places and genuine fantastic phenomena only disguised as fiction.]]> <![CDATA[Harry Potter grows up]]> Harry Potter finally behind him, Daniel Radcliffe has chosen a different sort of supernatural fantasy to launch his film career as an adult. In the 1920s, a London solicitor named Arthur Kipps is sent north to a grim, moist residence known as Eel Marsh House in order to settle the affairs of its recently deceased owner.]]> <![CDATA[Bloody interesting]]> The moment may or may not have been scripted, but you certainly appreciate it. You also appreciate how Swedish-born director Daniel Espinosa delivers harsh jolts a beat before you expect this car to smash into that car, or this character to calmly pull out a gun and murder that one.]]> <![CDATA[Corporate fate]]> David Norris (Matt Damon) is a young go-getter New York politician who has a chance encounter with the quirky, engaging Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt), a ballerina who captures his attention immediately. Strange forces are at work and Norris is assaulted and wakes up in a warehouse, surrounded by mysterious dark-suited men in fedoras.]]> <![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[Unnecessary 3-D]]> Here, the boy-men — now 30-ish menboys, dealing with adult concerns and relationships, in addition to their perpetual White Castle jones — hunt down a Christmas tree, mix it up with Ukrainian gangsters, briefly turn into Claymation-type animated versions of themselves, consort with virgins and meet Santa.]]> <![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[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,.]]> <![CDATA[Ice, ice maybe]]> In quite possibly the most literal scifi metaphor ever, the rich live lives of luxury at the front of the train. The poor are bound to the back, where they are crammed in tight quarters, eating “protein bars” made of stuff that makes hot dog ingredients sound delicious.]]>