The Ten Best Film Events in Denver in March 2016

Terrence Malick's latest opus, Knight of Cups. takes us on a West Coast adventure with a star-studded cast.
Terrence Malick's latest opus, Knight of Cups. takes us on a West Coast adventure with a star-studded cast.
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Like a classic reel of 35mm click-clacking through a projector's sprockets, film events keep unspooling across metro Denver. Even if the weather is great this month, you'll want to head inside to catch the ten best film events in March, presented here in chronological order. 

10. The Brakhage Center Symposium
Stan Brakhage Center at University of Colorado Boulder
Friday, March 4 through Sunday, March 6

Experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage made his home at the University of Colorado, building a spot in Boulder where the most alternative of art forms could bloom and flourish. Shortly after his death in 2003, CU began offering the Brakhage Symposium as a yearly celebration of the cinematic world created by Brakhage and all of his peers and students to come. This year’s package is built around a tribute to bizarre, hallucinatory and often transgressively camp filmmaker George Kuchar, whose work inspired the likes of John Waters. Kuchar’s memorable canon will be shown throughout the three-day event, and compadres will appear to honor him: Brother Michael Kuchar, Donna Kerness, Andrew Lampert, Nancy Andrews and Denah Johnson will all share George’s work through a modern lens and their own stories of the cinema giant. All events are free; find the full schedule at colorado.edu.

9. Natural Born Killers and U-Turn with Oliver Stone
Alamo Drafthouse
Sunday, March 6

Filmmaker Oliver Stone was one of Hollywood's most controversial directors in the '90s, tackling stories rife with conspiracy theories and often testing the mores of the American viewing public. Now a biography-in-the-works about Stone and his new film focusing on Edward Snowden are bringing the director back into the public eye, and Stone will be at the Alamo Drafthouse for a double feature of two of his classics. Matt Zoller Seitz, popular film and television critic, author and editor of RogerEbert.com, is working on a book about the Oscar-winning director and will serve as host for Stone's stop in Denver, which includes a screening of the dark, underrated 1997 noir U-Turn, starring Jennifer Lopez and Sean Penn, as well as his 1994 masterpiece of pop-culture criticism, Natural Born Killers, notoriously penned by fellow Hollywood bad boy Quentin Tarantino. U-Turn screens first, followed by Natural Born Killers, which includes a special “Meat Man Burger” and three Santa Fe Brewery beers. Both showings will be followed by a discussion with Stone and Zoller Seitz. Reserve your seats at drafthouse.com.

8. Versus Month
Alamo Drafthouse
Tuesday, March 8 through the month

Before Batman and Superman go at it like a nerd and jock at a high-school reunion, the Alamo is skewing its programming in March to highlight great movie “versus” battles. The melee begins March 8 with a screening of Pitch Perfect, featuring the acapella apocalypse between Fat Amy and Bumper. The fun continues with screenings of Mortal Kombat (Sub-Zero vs. Scorpian), The Batman Movie (the 1966 one with Batman vs. Shark), Fantastic Mr. Fox (Fox vs. Farmer Bean), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 (Shredder vs. Leonardo), Bloodsport (Frank Dux vs. Chong Li), The Monster Squad (Horace vs. The Creature), Step Brothers (Brennan vs. Dale) and wraps up with The Warriors (Swan vs. Luther). Choose your sides and get your tickets at drafthouse.com.

7. A Film For All Seasons: Classic Divas
Landmark’s Esquire Theater
Wednesday, March 9, and subsequent Wednesdays in March and April

March is National Women’s History Month, and so there's no better time for Landmark’s classic film series to return with great lady showcases as the focus. Things kick off with Katharine Hepburn and Ginger Rogers in Stage Door on March 9, followed next week by Bette Davis in the epic bitchslap All About Eve. If that’s not enough star power, Dorothy Dandridge leads the rarely screened musical Carmen Jones and then March closes with Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in the dark-as-pitch Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Stick around for April when the series spotlights even more badass broads: Pam Grier, Elizabeth Taylor, Cher and a certain Fonda/Tomlin/Parton trifecta. Get your tickets, at a special discount to boot, at landmarktheaters.com.

6. Knight of Cups
TBD Landmark Theater
Opening Friday, March 11 

Lately Terrence Malick’s films, Tree of Life among them, have captivated audiences as much as they have alienated them. His majestic eye can be a bit much for the average moviegoer looking for a simple story; Malick often has the sun, moon and the stars in his sights just as much as he does earthbound ideas. For his latest visual adventure, the filmmaker has set Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman and Joel Kinnaman wandering through a Hollywood landscape — new territory for the director. Open your mind and let Malick’s curated cast and camera take you on a ride through Tinseltown. Get your tickets at landmarktheaters.com.

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