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Five Films You Need to See in Denver This Weekend

2 days ago by Westword Staff
This weekend, we welcome the highly-anticipated Western The Magnificent Seven and watch Andy Samberg as a bizarre bird in Storks and Zac Efron dive into bully-hazing rituals in Goat. All will be showing just down the street from you, Denver! Here are the five best film openings to indulge in this weekend. Click the movie...
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Stop-Motion Kids' Adventure Kubo and the Two Strings Is Another Laika Marvel

1 month ago by Bilge Ebiri
From its opening image — of a distraught woman battling massive ocean waves on a moonlit night — to its surprisingly ambiguous final shot — of what, I won’t say — Kubo and the Two Strings sears itself into your brain. The stop-motion animation studio Laika has perfected, over the...
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Star Trek Beyond Has Blockbuster Action — and Some of the Original's Heart

2 months ago by Bilge Ebiri
Star Trek Beyond might be the Star Trekkiest film of the new, J.J. Abrams-ified Trek era. That is to say, it’s the one that feels the most like a turbo-loaded episode of the original series, and has at least some of that classic spirit of exploration and derring-do. That’s not...
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The Tomorrow Makers: An After-School Project Becomes an Epic Adventure

2 months ago by Alan Prendergast
Marcos Garibay wasn't really planning on launching a multi-volume cinematic franchise, in the tradition of such dystopic sci-fi series as Hunger Games and Divergent, when he took a job as a paraprofessional at Dupont Elementary in Commerce City three years ago.  He wasn't even sure if he wanted a career...
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The Ten Best Film Events In Denver In August

2 months ago by Keith Garcia
August is here, marking the start of the long stretch between the summer and holiday movie seasons. To fill the gaps, local film programmers are getting in gear to roll out special acquisitions, programs and guest stars that will keep the movie-watching machine well-oiled and running smoothly.  Here, in chronological...
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The Villains of Suicide Squad Almost Transcend the Usual Comic-Book Action

2 months ago by Bilge Ebiri
“The world changed when Superman flew across the sky,” Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller says early on in Suicide Squad. “And then it changed again when he didn’t,” she continues, over somber images of the Man of Steel’s funeral following his (non-)death at the end of Batman v. Superman. Luckily, that...
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Don't Breathe Showcases Everything That Horror Films Have Learned From Video Games

1 month ago by Alan Scherstuhl
Critics often dismiss blockbuster entertainments with the vague, half-assed complaint that they resemble “video games.” Movies like Fede Alvarez's Don't Breathe reveal games' actual influence — for the better. The breakthrough with studio horror films in recent years, since the found-footage boom, is a welcome environmental immersiveness. It's a testament...
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Not Magnificent, but Not Bad

4 days ago by Alan Scherstuhl
Look, if you're not stirred by the sight of Denzel Washington, clad in head-to-toe black, riding a black stallion over dunes and bluffs and right up to the saloon of some two-bit frontier town — well, then maybe the movies just aren't for you. Washington, of course, strides right into...
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Storks Is So Funny You Might Forgive Its Mawkish Weirdness

4 days ago by Alan Scherstuhl
In this age of billion-dollar, candy-colored, fully digital child-distraction movie-making, the new chatty-animal adventure comedy Storks wouldn't have to be good in any way to be wildly profitable. It often is good, though, hilariously so, its too-familiar misfits-become-a-family storyline enlivened by flights of lavish comic invention. Its set pieces, especially...
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Blame Fatale: White Girl Suggests Its Heroine's Suffering Is All Her Own Fault

4 days ago by Abbey Bender
It’s hard to watch White Girl without experiencing a creeping sense of anxiety. Loosely based on the adolescent life of writer/director Elizabeth Wood, the film follows Leah (Morgan Saylor), a college student who parties all night and snorts prodigious amounts of cocaine. She and her roommate, Katie (India Menuez), live...

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