Reel to reel | Week of September 26, 2013


Special Event: Relief Benefit

Science On Screen: Inside The Colorado Deluge w/The Perfect Storm 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2. How truly rare was Boulder’s flood, and what are the meteorological factors that came together to make it happen? Bob Henson, a meteorologist who has been at UCAR and NCAR since 1989, will explore these and other questions related to one of the biggest natural disasters in Colorado history. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater


Thirty-something, single Jane Hayes 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-themed manor ruled by Mrs. Wattlesbrook, where everything is Austen, including the actors who court the lady visitors with decorous dalliance. Rated PG-13. At Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

Battle of the Year

Drama unfolds as a wealthy hip-hop mogul is determined to put the U.S. back on top when it comes to an international dance crew competition. Rated PG-13. At Century.


This documentary unravels the complexities of our relationship with orca whales, employing the story of notorious performing whale Tilikum, who — unlike any orca in the wild — has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. So what exactly went wrong? At 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

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

If you and the kids liked the first version, then you’ll no doubt like number 2. It starts where the first story ended and inventor Flint Lockwood is at his best trying to better mankind. Rated PG. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

A Dancer’s Dream, with the NY Philharmonic

Blending music with dance, live animation, pre-recorded video, puppetry and circus arts, A Dancer’s Dream blurs the lines between reality and imagination, audience and performer. Using Stravinsky’s The Fairy’s Kiss and Petrushka. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

Despicable Me 2

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

Don Jon

Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is addicted to porn. His pals refer to him as Don Jon because he scores with a different woman every week. Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson) is addicted to romantic Hollywood movies. When the pair’s fantasy worlds collide, it gets interesting. Rated R. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.

Drinking Buddies

Kate and Luke 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. 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 Colony Square and Century.

Enough Said

Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is a divorced, single parent masseuse whose daughter is about to fly the nest, much to her chagrin. Then she meets Albert (James Gandolfini), a nice guy in the same boat. Love and laughs follow. Rated PG-13. At Esquire and Century. — Landmark Theatres

The Family

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

Insidious: Chapter 2

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

Manhattan Short Film Festival

An extraordinary global event will take place when more than 100,000 people in more than 300 cities across six continents gather in cinemas, galleries, universities, museums and cafes for one purpose: to view and vote on finalists’ films in the annual Manhattan Short Film Festival. This year’s 10 finalists: Irish Folk Furniture (Ireland), Pale of Settlement (USA), Friday (England), #30 (Australia), Do I Have to Take Care of Everything (Finland), No Comment (France), Faces from Places (France), I Am a Big Ball of Sadness (USA), Kizmet Diner (England) and Black Metal (USA). At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve

A hundred years after its creation, the power of the Federal Reserve has never been greater. Markets around the world hold their breath in anticipation of the Fed Chairman’s every word. Yet the average American knows very little about the most powerful financial institution on earth. Narrated by acclaimed actor Liev Schreiber, Money For Nothing is the first documentary to take viewers inside America’s central bank and reveal the impact of Fed policies — past, present and future — on our lives. At Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

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.

The Patience Stone

In an unnamed, war-torn, Middle Eastern country, a soft-spoken woman whose husband lies in a coma is forced to send their two children to live with her aunt as she struggles to keep her husband alive. After falling into a relationship with a young soldier, she begins a secret dialogue with her ailing husband as a means of freeing herself. Rated R. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

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


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


Spring 1958: 21-year-old Rose Pamphyle lives with her grouchy widower father, who runs the village store. Engaged to the son of the local mechanic, she seems destined for the quiet, drudgery-filled life of a housewife. But that’s not the life Rose longs for. Rated R. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

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


How far would you go to save your kid? What would you be willing to do? These are the questions that Hugh Jackman’s character Keller Dover is forced to answer when his 6-year-old daughter mysteriously disappears. Rated R. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.


Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, this atmospheric drama lushly tells the story of the celebrated Impressionist painter. In declining health at age 74, his middle son Jean returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. Both father and son fall under the spell of the free-spirited young Andrée, who will be Renoir’s last model. Their beautiful home and countryside grounds reverberate with the enchanting and headstrong young muse. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater


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 and Century.


Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard creates a visual masterpiece that recreates the well-documented 1970s rivalry between race-car drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda. Rated R. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.


This film features interviews with 150 subjects, including J.D. Salinger’s friends, colleagues and members of his inner circle who have never spoken on the record before, as well as film footage, photographs and other material that has never been seen. Rated PG-13. At SIE Film Center and Esquire. — Landmark Theatres

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, Colony Square and Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

Terms and Conditions May Apply

Now that the NSA and Edward Snowden are trendy talking points, online privacy is again a subject of interest. Of course, the federal government is not the only entity Web users have to worry about when they are pursuing their favorite online hubs. People may think they know what they give up when they click “I Agree” to companies like Facebook and Google. They’re wrong. Some are saying it should be required viewing before you use the Internet. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

Thanks for Sharing

At first it’s hard to imagine what an environmental consultant, a small-business owner and a doctor have in common, but as this film unfolds we learn it is addiction and that it is taking a toll on all of their lives and relationships. Rated R. At Century.

The Trials of Muhammad Ali

A documentary on the struggles of the world’s greatest fighter. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

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.

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 and Colony Square.

You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet

Based on two works by the playwright Jean Anouilh, this film opens with a who’s-who of French acting royalty being summoned to the reading of a late playwright’s last will and testament. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

You Will Be My Son (Tu seras mon fils)

Paul is the passionate, demanding proprietor of his prestigious family wine estate. But he has no faith in his son, Martin, who works at the vineyard. Can Paul turn against his own blood and turn Philippe, the son of the estate’s manager, into the rightful heir of his family estate? Rated R. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

Additional films showing at the Denver Film Society’s SIE FilmCenter include the following: C.O.G.; A Single Shot; Ip Man: The Final Fight; Prince Avalanche; Falling Water: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Masterwork; Therese; Fortuny and the Magic Lantern; Blue Caprice; Short Circuit.


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