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Quake and stakes

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Let’s get this clear up front: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s character, Ray, in San Andreas is stealthily one of the most morally bankrupt, narcissistic assholes to ever be called a “hero.” He’s introduced as having saved more than 600 lives during his many years with ...

Despite cast, ‘Nine’ is a bore

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How can a movie starring six Academy Award-winning actors be such a bore...

‘Valentine’s Day’ an ideal date movie

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When making movies, it's possible to have too much of a good thing...

Not awful, at least

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Compared to 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth and Killers — The Ugly Truth and Killers being extra-specially evil benchmarks of how low modern romantic comedies can go — Life as We Know It does not crush your soul, does not turn Katherine Heigl into a shrill pain in the ...

Indifference wins the day

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The best romantic comedies have a blithe, take-it-or-leave-it spirit. Larry Crowne has the opposite. It’s the neediest movie of 2011, and one of the phoniest...

reel to reel | Week of Oct. 6, 2011

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1911 Jackie Chan’s 100th movie: Starring Jackie Chan and co-directed by the star and Zhang Li, 1911 tells the story of the founding of the Republic of China when Sun Yat-sens forces overthrew the Ming Dynasty. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. — Denver Film Society 50...

Yo ho no

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‘The Pirates! Band of Misfits’ fires an errant cannonball%u2028 It’s hard not to mention Chicken Run without wanting to make a joke about Mel Gibson voicing a rooster. And while that may be the lasting thought from the 2000 movie, the fact remains that it was ...

Reel to reel | Week of June 21, 2012

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17 GIRLS Based on a 2008 headline-grabbing news story about an alleged pregnancy pact among 17 high school girls in the fishing town of Gloucester, Mass. — an act at once unexpected and incomprehensible to adults and boys in their world. At Denver FilmCenter/Colfax...

Partly sunny

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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. The ambition of writers/directors Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Twyker, working from David...

Reel to reel | Week of December 20, 2012

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ANNA KARENINA...

You’ll need a Haneke

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Oh, hell no. Why you gotta do us like that, writer/director Michael Haneke? Is life not already emotionally dense enough that you have to go and drop Amour on us just to remind us how finite and precious this human experience is? This is the sort of film you don’t ...

Reel to reel | Week of September 12, 2013

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