<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Screen]]> <![CDATA['Love Happens' an unoriginal romantic comedy]]> Imagine experiencing a tragic loss and coping with that by writing a heartfelt journal that, through a series of coincidences, turns into a national best-selling book on dealing with grief.]]> <![CDATA[In need of altar-ations]]> Constantly clocking in well past two hours, the length of these films suggests a pretense that is (hopefully) unintentional.]]> <![CDATA[Bad advice]]> Featuring an all-star cast of irreproachable actors ... and also Cameron Diaz, The Counselor had Ridley Scott at the helm and an original screenplay written by Cormac McCarthy. All the ingredients in this cinematic recipe are independently delicious; so why does the final meal taste like week-old dumpster pizza with extra anchovies?]]> <![CDATA[Flatline]]> The film opens with a scene of blue energy bolts shooting into Los Angeles and emitting a hypnotic ray that causes people to walk blindly into the light, just to be sucked up into the sky and thence into the bowels of a strange, alien vessel. Flash back 15 hours to when Brooklyn couple Jarrod (Eric Balfour) and Elaine (Scottie Thompson) land in L.]]> <![CDATA[Sexy puss]]> DreamWork´s cunning casting of the silky Spaniard Antonio Banderas as a swashbuckling Puss in Boots pays off, brilliantly, in Puss in Boots, a star vehicle for the nursery rhyme kitty cat from the Shrek movies.]]> <![CDATA[Neeson vs. wolf]]> We meet Liam Neeson’s character, a heartbroken loner named John Ottway, on the verge of suicide and thinking back, obsessively, to the woman who got away.]]> <![CDATA[Best and worst movies of 2013]]> The only thing worse than years virtually free of good movies are years when I could make a top 10 list from the films I cut from my final top 10 list. What I’m sayin’ is: 2013 was real, real good, y’all.]]> <![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[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[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[Black humorless]]> Black is mailroom clerk and general shlub Lemuel Gulliver, in love with travel section editor Darcy Silverman (Amanda Peet). After straightarrow new hire Dan (local Denver comedian T.J.]]> <![CDATA[Origins of evil, zombies and a film festival on the rise]]> It’s a cool spring evening with a bit of a breeze coming in off the mountains — just enough to slam a few doors and lift a few curtains. Old iron gates swing on their hinges in the courtyard. Though it’s too dark to clearly see the surrounding peaks, there’s a suggestion of cloud cover in the sky, a storm blanketing the peaks.]]> <![CDATA['Love Actually']]> Against all odds, Love Actually has sort of, kind of, maybe become a holiday classic. On one eventful Christmas in England, something like 500 couples, including Professor Snape, magically fall in love.]]> <![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[Aliens]]> Boulder Outdoor Cinema mostly shows its films at night. Mostly. ]]> <![CDATA[Elephant Poaching & Ivory Smashing: A Colorado Cause]]> After banning international ivory trade in 1989, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Repository recently took a stand against the demand for ivory and put six tons of ivory through a rock crusher at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Denver late last year.]]> <![CDATA[When the system wins]]> It doesn’t take long for Alex Cox, University of Colorado Boulder assistant professor and director of such cult classics as 'Repo Man,' 'Sid & Nancy,' 'Walker' and 'The Highway Patrolman,' to show his famous independent streak. Just minutes into the conversation, he’s already articulating his take on Terrence Malick’s widely praised 2011 film, 'The Tree of Life.']]> <![CDATA[Glorious geekdom]]> The story is one of journeys traveled, risks taken and challenges overcome, as we'd hope with any epic adventure. That it primarily takes place within the digital realm of the Grid gives the production team complete freedom, and it's an amazing, compelling world.]]> <![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[Too many Ds]]> When you remake a movie that originally starred Sylvester Stallone and Rob Schneider, it’s not a challenge to clear the bar that was set.]]>