How can someone who lived to make us laugh kill themselves? In the less than 24 hours since we were told about the death of Robin Williams, conversation has swirled not just around his many, many contributions to the canon of popular culture, but also around this question. How could someone like him ... More >>
It feels weird to commemorate quitting something that almost killed you. But on July 22 every year since 2006, I say thank you and congratulations to myself for being alive and healthy. As a drunk, I was somehow spared multiple DUIs; I drove drunk -- blackout drunk, at that -- many times over the co ... More >>
It was evident early on that New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton had tremendous trumpet chops. After a stint with legendary drummer Elvin Jones, Payton inked a deal with Verve at the age of twenty and went on to release seven discs for the imprint, as well as a number of albums on other labels. S ... More >>
Whether you are a raincoat-wearing heavy-breather, an academic seeking fodder for educational frottage or a run-of-the-mill cineaste, beware, you had better be of age and hope the city authorities do not bust this festival up: The Denver Film Society has curated a lineup of erotic films sure to fan ... More >>
A photography exhibit opens today inside the State Capitol's Rotunda that challenges viewers to examine their perceptions of those affected by injection drug use. It was created by photographer Matt Slaby and the nonprofit Harm Reduction Action Center. Slaby, who started out documenting this stigma ... More >>
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, this paper's film critics begin by honoring the career of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who tragically died on Sunday at the age of 46. Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl, after calling Hoffman "one of the best actors the screen has ever known," goes on to explain wh ... More >>
If anyone would appreciate cheap fun, it's The Dude, Jeff Bridges's iconic slacker character in The Big Lebowski. We may not have bowling on our activities list, but you can see the 1998 Coen brothers' classic for free this weekend -- and there are many more entertaining events around town, everythi ... More >>
The opening evening of the Starz Denver Film Festival always focuses on the love of movies, and last night was no exception. But this year (the fest's 35th), the event was also about...a huge pile of cash. Before a big crowd at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, fest vet Ron Henderson revealed that phi ... More >>
Again this year, Starz Denver Film Festival artistic director Brit Withey is offering his must-see picks for each day of the fest -- including many flicks that movie lovers might otherwise miss amid the flood of silver-screen goodies. Here, he shares his take on this evening's Opening Night film, A ... More >>
Five years after Paul Thomas Anderson released his Oscar-winning There Will Be Blood, he finally has another movie coming out -- and this time, he's ready for what will follow. "I've made six movies, and I feel like I'm only just finally figuring out how this business fucking works," Anderson said ... More >>
This week's cover story, "All In," focuses on the work of University of Denver professor Robert Hannum, who's been researching the mathematics of gambling and the science of poker for almost two decades. Of course, we all know (or think we know) something about Las Vegas casinos and card game ... More >>
Broken Spindles, Born in the Flood, IuenglissThursday, February 26, 2009hi-diveBetter than: Eating chips and looking at a borrowed book of David Byrne's weird photography of furniture, which is what I would have been doingHere's what was weird about this show: Broken Spindles stole all the press. Th ... More >>
Art imitates life imitating art in Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York
The year's best characters.
Testing the limits of familial bonds, one nursing-home application at a time.
All aboard the í80s wayback machine for Mike Nicholsís good time Charlie.
Sibling rivalry. Daddy issues. Infidelity. Sidney Lumet crafts one hell of a melodrama.
Halfway through Sundance, and still whistling a happy tune.
Forbidden Planet, The Da Vinci Code, Strangers With Candy, Homicide
The Savages kicks off the thirtieth Starz Denver Film Festival.
A second, slimmer Capote movie fails to improve on its predecessor.
Amy Sedaris and Stephen Colbert peddle Candy not everybody wants.
Mission: Impossible III runs the franchise into the ground.
Racists, louts and terrorists earned their place among the best of 2005.
Walk the Line never strays from the dull telling of a tall tale.
Inside a courtroom drama playing at a theater near you.
In Capote, a murder leads to a masterpiece leads to an undoing.
Cold Mountain sets the new standard for Civil War drama.
A final day of freedom coincides with the aftermath of 9/11.
Mamet's State and Main chronicles collusion between Hollywood big shots and Vermont movie wannabes.
The Denver Internation Film Festival opens this Thursday.
Almost Famous rings in your ears -- and heart -- long after it's over.
Boogie Nights director Paul Thomas Anderson lives up to his potential with Magnolia.