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“The Revenant:” Survival 101 in the Ice-cold Wilderness

January 10, 2016

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Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s The Revenant is a film loosely based on a true story of frontiersman, Hugh Glass (played by Leonardo Dicaprio). This is the second movie based on Glass’s wilderness adventures. The first was Man in the Wilderness (’71). During the winter of 1823 while on a fur trapping expedition, Glass is left for […]

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The Force is Strong in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

December 30, 2015

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Star Wars makes a triumphant and welcomed return to the big screen with its newest installment, “The Force Awakens.” Fans, as well as characters in the film, have asked that same recurring question: “Where’s Luke Skywalker?” After defeating his father, Darth Vader in “Return of the Jedi,” fans remember the end of the epic trilogy […]

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More Than Just A Film: The Good Lie’s deeper meaning behind the silver screen

October 28, 2014

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DENVER—When people hear the term ‘Lost Boys’ they may think of the adventurous children’s tale of Peter Pan and his band of misfits that live happily in a land where they never grow up. If only this were true for the real Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan: children that are displaced from their homes […]

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The Denver Film Society, a hidden Denver gem

February 20, 2014

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DENVER— A night at Sie FilmCenter is an experience to be talked about. Nestled between the Tattered Cover Book Store and Udi’s Pizza Cafe Bar, the Sie FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Ave., is tucked a few feet back from the sidewalk. Upon walking in, Sie FilmCenter bears little resemblance to the average movie theater. Instead, […]

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“Man of Steel” is faster than a speeding bullet, but it doesn’t soar

November 14, 2013

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METROPOLIS – I’m a big fan of “Superman: The Movie” (‘79). Christopher Reeve was the perfect Superman/Clark Kent. As a bonus, the storyline had the right combination of tongue planted firmly into its cheek. Thirty-five years later enter “Man of Steel,” an ambitious and more realistic reboot of the sagging franchise that director Bryan Singer […]

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42 Proves to be Grand Slam

April 28, 2013

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The life and legacy of Jackie Robinson is celebrated in the recently release biopic 42. The Warner Brothers picture, released on April 12, has been anticipated for a while and has received positive reviews. 42 has created an enormous buzz for both movie goers and baseball fans, as it gives a great history lesson of […]

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Star Wars: Return Of The Prequel

April 11, 2013

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***See Editor’s Note at The Bottom.*** IN A GALAXY FAR, FAR, AWAY — The eagerly awaited “Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith” arrives in theaters on May 19. That’s good news – unless you’re a Jedi – because this sixth and final installment punctuates “boy toy” Anikan Skywalker’s conversion to the Dark Side of […]

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MI6 Cybersecurity falls in ‘Skyfall’

November 8, 2012

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“Skyfall,” and the previous Daniel Craig Bond outings, totally ignore the most exciting moment in any James Bond film — the traditional gun barrel opening. So what’s the big deal? Because during the gun barrel’s 22 seconds, the audience has the anticipation that this could the biggest Bond of all. In all fairness, the gun […]

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Dark Knight lives up to its name and expectations, tying the trilogy together

July 18, 2012

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GOTHAM CITY — Writer/director Christopher Nolan has completed his Batman masterpiece. Enter “The Dark Knight Rises” – the darkest and final edition to his Caped Crusader trilogy. Unlike the Burton and Schumacher films, Nolan uses a realistic motif to walk a thin line between a fanciful super-hero adventure and creditable storyline ripped from today’s headlines. […]

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New Spidey film is spectacular, but not quite amazing

July 2, 2012

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I’m not going to rain on “The Amazing Spider-Man’s” parade. I’m just going to sprinkle a little. Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man franchise, save for the disappointing “Spider-Man 3” (’07), has produced the best Spider-Man films to date. That’s not to say that this new entry, taken on its own terms, is a bad motion picture. Actually, […]

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