<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Screen]]> <![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[Print the legend]]> “What I want people to get out of [the course], is understand, number one, [the Western] is a very dynamic genre and we shouldn’t oversimplify it,” Piturro says. “Number two, that form is what’s important and that form lives on in many different genres today.]]> <![CDATA[Making bad movies good]]> How many times have you and your friends found yourselves watching some random, awful movie? Faster than you can say ┬“Zardoz┬” you┬’re all chiming in with witty comments, ripping the movie apart like you┬’re Joel ┬— or maybe Mike ┬— and the bots on Mystery Science Theater 3000.]]> <![CDATA[BIFF’s new musical bent]]> The festival, this year, brings 47 documentaries and feature films plus shorts to town, and the only two full-time employees acknowledge that it’s the enthusiasm and dedication of hundreds of volunteers that makes the festival run.]]> <![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['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[Partly sunny]]> To steal from Mother Goose (don’t worry, she’s dead): When Cloud Atlas is good, it’s very, very good; when it’s bad, Hugo Weaving is doing a drag impression of Nurse Ratched.]]> <![CDATA[On her own terms]]> Amy Schumer is not your average anything by a long shot. The 34-year-old stand-up comic turned TV show writer, director and lead actress is now making her way to the big screen as screenwriter and star in Trainwreck, opening everywhere July 17. The entertainment business is anything but easy or kind, but Schumer is tackling it on her own terms and to quote Charlie Kane, “Those are the only terms anybody every knows.”]]> <![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.”]]> <![CDATA[All refrain]]> Fact: It’s harder to make people laugh than cry. Fact: It’s harder to make someone laugh a second time than the first. Conclusion: Comedy sequels are the hardest sequels to make satisfying. Pitch Perfect was a comedy ninja, stealthily stepping from shadows to chuck a throwing star of hilarity into the funny bone of unsuspecting viewers. But Pitch Perfect 2 is an encore performed before a ravenously loyal crowd demanding to hear certain hits. It’s clear that everyone, including first-time director Elizabeth Banks, felt the pressure to obey the raised lighters in the audience and repeat certain notes, lest those lighters become torches and pitchforks.]]> <![CDATA[Movie Madness]]> It seems nerve-wracking. Showing more than 50 films over four days at numerous venues in one small city. Hosting world-class celebrities including Oliver Stone and James Franco. Organizing a mostly volunteer staff of almost 300 people.]]> <![CDATA[Wonder Woman versus chauvinism]]> In many ways, the comic book character Wonder Woman is very much a product of the time in which she was conceived — World War II America. Her trademark costume — star-spangled blue-and-white panties, American flag-red corset with gold adornments, the yellow headband with the red star — is rife with the patriotic fervor that bled into so many comic books at the time.]]> <![CDATA[‘Glee’ clubbed]]> At the point where the fist pump from The Breakfast Club becomes a plot point, shortly after a near-mute Asian girl who ate her own twin in the womb makes snow angels in another girl’s vomit, Pitch Perfect moves from “potential cult classic” to “recommended for any human who likes funny.”]]> <![CDATA[Festival for the rest of us]]> Don┤t be scared. It’s just a film festival. Yes, more than a third of the movies at this year’s Moondance Film Festival are foreign. Yes, many of the films at the Boulder event, happening Sept. 16 to Sept. 18 on the CU campus, sound deadly serious: The Way of Justice, Oil Factor, The Road Home, Tales of Woe. No, you can’t crack open a box of Junior Mints and start texting your friends. But it’s not meant to be scary.]]> <![CDATA[The burden of actual Christianity]]> The first shock-and-awe moment comes early: People are moving to North Dakota on purpose. The town of Williston is one of many North Dakotan locales blessed and cursed with the “oil boom.” They call it an “oil boom” because “fracking the planet into oblivion” doesn’t sound as fun.]]> <![CDATA[Hot dino-on-dino action]]> Hand a kid two dinosaur toys. Said kid will not use them to contemplate evolutionary biology. Said kid will smash the two of them together, simulating an epic dino-smackdown while emitting a likely annoying reptilian howl. Jurassic World is that but with a $150 million budget. Director Colin Trevorrow went from quirky indie Safety Not Guaranteed to blockbuster franchise revival faster than you can ask, “How many zeroes are on that check again?” Those hoping Trevorrow managed to retain the light, whimsical, creative tone of his former effort should remember this is a movie about dinosaurs eating people. When it comes to people eating, Jurassic World does it better than most.]]> <![CDATA[Atomic blast ‘Godzilla’ is radioactive fun]]> The film opens in the late ’90s. Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) and his wife Sandra (Juliette Binoche) are investigating bizarre seismic readings at the nuclear reactor where they work. Things do not go well. The nuclear station goes kablooey, Sandra is killed and Joe spends the next 15 years trying to get to the bottom of what really happened.]]> <![CDATA[Crisis of context]]> Fruitvale Station is tangible context in fictional form. It’s a film about a real-life incident that’s not about a real-life incident; it’s about a real-life person.]]> <![CDATA[Songs of Solomon]]> For whatever reason, avant-garde art films have never gained the pop-culture cachet achieved by other realms of the art world.]]> <![CDATA[Love high]]> Unlike most rom-coms, the nudity%uFFFDs matter-of-fact here and, at its best, honest. The sexual current between the shallow Lothario portrayed by Gyllenhaal (a Viagra salesman, and how) and Hathaway%uFFFDs coffeehouse waitress and part-time artist, who is...]]>