This weekend is a big one in movies, with eight films opening here in Denver. It’s the good, the bad and the ugly on the big screen.
The Good: Bamako: This film-fest fave puts nothing less than economic injustice on trial, arguing the guilt of the World Bank, the IMF, and the entire apparatus of First World economic domination for the crime of African oppression.
1408: After a string of films that can only be classified as “what was he thinking,” John Cusack terrifies in 1408.
The Golden Door: An aural and visual feast, Agnès Godard confirms her status as one of the most extraordinary visual artists working today.
Zoo: If a huge horse with a gigantic boner is placed in front of a happy human butthole and starts banging away, can we really say there was cruelty involved? Zoo answers that question – and more.
A Mighty Heart: Do we need another movie about the liberal West watching in horror as something that daily befalls helpless bystanders all over Africa, Asia and the Middle East happens to one of us? We do, says Ella Taylor, a reviewer for our sister paper, the L.A. Weekly.
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The Bad: A Mighty Heart:Do we need another movie about the liberal West watching in horror as something that daily befalls helpless bystanders all over Africa, Asia and the Middle East happens to one of us? We don't, says J. Hoberman, our critic from the Village Voice.
Angel-A: There's little beyond the surface-deep pleasures of this talky, balky, strangely subdued distaff riff on Wings of Desire.
The Ugly: Evan Almighty: And God said to Evan, “Your movie sucks.” Feel free to skip this “comedy” – unless you enjoy watching train wrecks.
You Kill Me: John Dahl’s latest has the outward appearance of a return to form (Kill Me Again, Red Rock West and The Last Seduction), but it’s the worst thing he’s ever done -- an inert, tone-deaf mélange of The Sopranos and Six Feet Under.