Reel to reel | Week of September 12, 2013

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Naomi Watts and Robin Wright deliver riveting performances in Adore, a sensual and provocative drama about two lifelong friends who find unexpected happiness in relationships that cross the bounds of convention. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society

Afternoon Delight

Rachel (Kathryn Hahn) is a quick-witted and lovable, yet tightly coiled, 30-something steeped in the creative class of Los Angeles’ bohemian, affluent Silver Lake neighborhood. Everything looks just right — chic modernist home, successful husband, adorable child, hipster wardrobe. So why is she going out of her gourd with ennui? At Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

After his pregnant wife makes one false move during a bloody shootout, a bank robber faces a 25-year sentence that destroys his dreams of a family life. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater


Thirty-something and single Jane Hayes (Keri Russell, Waitress) is a seemingly normal young woman with a secret: her unhealthy obsession with all things Jane Austen. Desperately seeking her own Mr. Darcy, Jane sinks her life savings into a trip to England to stay at an Austen theme manor ruled by Mrs. Wattlesbrook (Jane Seymour) where everything is Austen, including the actors who court the lady visitors with decorous dalliance. Rated PG-13. At Century and Esquire. — Landmark Theatres


The documentary Blackfish unravels the complexities of our relationship with orca whales, employing the story of notorious performing whale Tilikum, who has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. So what exactly went wrong? At Boedecker, Chez Artiste, SIE FilmCenter. — Landmark Theatres

Blue Jasmine

After everything in her life falls to pieces, elegant New York socialite Jasmine moves into her sister Ginger’s modest apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back together again. Rated PG. At Esquire, Colony Square and Century. — Landmark Theatres

Closed Circuit

After a busy London market is decimated by an explosion, only one member of the suspected terrorist cell survives: Farroukh Erdogan (Denis Moschitto), who is arrested and jailed. Preparations begin for what promises to be the trial of the century. But there’s a hitch: the government will use classified evidence to prosecute Erdogan — evidence so secret that neither he nor his lawyers can be allowed to see it. Rated R. At Century and Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

Despicable Me 2

It’s time for more Minion madness in this animated sequel. Rated PG. At Twin Peaks and Colony Square.

Drinking Buddies

The ever-prolific Joe Swanberg (Hannah Takes the Stairs) delivers this seductive romantic comedy, a departure from his previous work. Kate (Olivia Wilde, Tron: Legacy) and Luke (Jake Johnson, Safety Not Guaranteed) are co-workers at a Chicago brewery, where they spend their days drinking and flirting. They’re perfect for each other, except that they’re both in relationships with other people. At Mayan and SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society


In the future, two classes of people exist: the very rich who live a beautiful life on a space station called Elysium, and the very poor who carry on a dreadful existence down on Earth. Rated R. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.

The Family

An offbeat action comedy starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert DeNiro, who play mobsters in the witness protection program who revert to their old ways when they are moved to France and find themselves threatened. Rated R. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.


A former racecar driver’s wife is kidnapped. With the help of a hacker, he must return to his driving exploits if his wife is to be saved. Really. Rated PG-13. At Twin Peaks and Colony Square.

The Grandmaster

Stunning cinematography accompanies this Kung Fu classic by director Wong Kar Wai. Rated PG-13. At Century.

In a World…

Carol, a struggling vocal coach, strikes it big in the cutthroat world of movie-trailer voiceovers, only to find herself in direct competition with the industry’s reigning king — her father. At Chez Artiste and Century. — Landmark Theatres

Insidious: Chapter 2

Director James Wan gives us a terrifying sequel to his original horror film. Rated PG-13. At Twin Peaks and Century.

Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Forest Whitaker stars as a White House butler whose 34-year tenure sees incredible social change. Based on the life of Eugene Allen. Rated PG-13. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

Life Architecturally

Life Architecturally looks at the changing face of architecture, innovation and design in Australia through the eyes of an award-winning husband-and-wife team, architect Robert McBride and interior designer Debbie Ryan. This intimate documentary observes the pressures of building a multi-story, twin-tower development; revolutionary new schools, including one in the shape of an infinity symbol; and the ongoing construction and design of their own family home — which is on the back burner once again due to how busy they are. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society

The Magic Flute

Acclaimed director Kenneth Branagh skillfully lifts one of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s most beloved works from its original fairy-tale setting and places it against the backdrop of the first World War with this impassioned English-language adaptation staged to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the master composer’s birth. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

A teen girl discovers she’s the descendant of a line of half-human, half-angel warriors who prevent demons from destroying the world. Rated PG-13. At Century and Twin Peaks.

One Direction: This is Us

This is one of those films that takes you on the road with the band so you get to see them as real people with real emotions, problems and personalities. If that’s not enough, you can watch it in 3-D. Rated PG. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.

Paradise: Faith

Ulrich Seidl explores what it means to bear the cross. For Anna Maria, an X-ray technician, paradise lies with Jesus. She devotes her vacation to missionary work, so that Austria may be brought back to the path of virtue. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society


Kids will love this Disney spinoff of the company’s animated classic Cars. Rated PG. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

In this sequel, Percy teams up with his other-worldly friends to go after the Golden Fleece. Rated PG. At Twin Peaks.

Prince Avalanche

Prince Avalanche is an offbeat comedy about two men painting traffic lines on a desolate country highway that’s been ravaged by wildfire. Against this dramatic setting, the men bicker and joke with each other, eventually developing an unlikely friendship. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society


The latest installment in the story of escaped convict Riddick (Vin Diesel) picks up where The Chronicles of Riddick left off — on a sun-baked planet with Riddick battling aliens and bounty-hunting mercenaries for a chance at surviving. Rated R. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.

RiffTrax Live: Starship Troopers Encore

Making fun of movies like this is a gas. You really shouldn’t miss it. NR. At Century.

Science on Screen: Autism and Adam

Dr. Debby Hamilton, pediatrician and author of a book on autism and ADHD, will offer her point of view before the screening of the 2009 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize winner Adam, starring Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne and Peter Gallagher. The film profiles a lonely man with Asperger syndrome as he develops a relationship with his upstairs neighbor. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

Short Term 12

Director Destin Daniel Cretton has turned his 2008 short film of the same name into a feature. A compassionate 20-something who works with troubled kids runs into her own troubles when her life starts spinning out of control. Rated R. At Mayan and Century.

The Spectacular Now

With sly humor and an intensity of feeling, The Spectacular Now creates a vivid, three-dimensional portrait of youth confronting the funny, thrilling and perilous business of modern love and adulthood. At Century and Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

Star Trek: Into Darkness/World War Z

Sci-fi geeks night out. Watch them both and make a full evening of it. At Colony Square.

A Teacher

A high school teacher in Austin, Texas, has an affair with one of her students. Her life begins to unravel as the relationship comes to an end. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society


On a seemingly idyllic Sicilian island, 20-year-old Filippo, whose father died at sea, lives with his mother, Giuletta, and his grandfather Ernesto, an old-time fisherman. One day while out fishing the two men encounter a raft of desperate illegal immigrants. Defying the orders of the coast guard, Ernesto obeys the law of the sea and saves a drowning pregnant woman and her son. This creates an agonizing moral dilemma for Filippo and his family that threatens to tear them apart: Hide the survivors and endanger their own livelihood, or turn them out as they are legally required to do. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

This Is the End

Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson and James Franco star as themselves at a house party facing the end of the world. Rated R. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

The Way, Way Back

A lonely and awkward yet intelligent teenage boy begins his transition into adulthood. At Colony Square and Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

We’re the Millers

Everything that can go wrong does in this comedy when a small-time pot dealer to the soccer mom world decides to help out some local kids. Rated R. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.

Women in Dirt

Filmmaker Carolann Stoney chronicles the groundbreaking work of seven female landscape architects. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society


Documentarian Abe Benjamin stumbles across an old cassette tape in a thrift store that leads him to investigate the mysterious origin of a bamboo bike and the odd little girl who accompanies it on its journey through time. At SIE FilmCenter. — Denver Film Society

The World’s End

A pub crawl aiming for a long-awaited pint at the World’s End pub draws a group of middle-aged friends into a battle to save the world. Rated R. At Century.