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  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Cavalry' compact, biting tale of righteous man tested by his faith

    Will Father Lavelle die for our sins? That's the only question that matters in "Calvary," the latest parable of Irish faith and the violent foibles of humanity from Irish playwright and filmmaker John Michael McDonagh. He's cast his muse, Brendan Gleeson, as the priest in an Irish coastal village, a "good man" who the locals treat with...

  • MOVIE SHORTS: Aug. 29-Sept. 4

    OPENING Note: This list is sometimes trimmed for space. "50 to 1" - (Drama adventure, PG-13, 110 minutes) Not reviewed. A misfit group of New Mexico cowboys find themselves on the journey of a lifetime when their crooked-footed racehorse qualifies for the Kentucky Derby. Cinemark Carefree Circle, in IMAX. "As Above/So Below" - (Horror, R,...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'The November Man' is low quality with a high body count

    Pierce Brosnan's perfect hair barely budges in the breeze, he fixes his eyes in that narrowed, steely stare and you remember, yes, he was a pretty good James Bond. But he's not Bond, not at 61. He's this fellow named Devereaux, and back in the day, when he showed up for an assignment it was like winter had hit. Everything was dead. That's why...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: Despite sameness, 'Sin City' sequel a slice of nihilistic noir

    "Sin City" is back in all its lurid, gory glory, a vivid and visceral graphic novel come to life in the capable hands of Robert Rodriguez and co-director and comic book creator Frank Miller. If anything, it's a more gorgeous experiment in green screen digital sets and black and white videography, complete with selective splashes of color - a...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: Young love lives or dies with one decision in 'If I Stay'

    Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, Joshua Leonard, Stacy Keach; directed by R.J. Cutler; 103 minutes; PG-13 for thematic elements and some sexual material Chloe Grace Moretz takes on her first real star-vehicle romance in "If I Stay," an adaptation of Gayle Forman's novel. Moretz is Mia, a Portland, Ore., high school...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'When the Game Stands Tall' is 'Friday Night Lite'

    Starring Jim Caviezel, Alexander Ludwig, Michael Chiklis; directed by Thomas Carter; 115 minutes; PG for thematic material, a scene of violence and brief smoking "When the Game Stands Tall" is a solid if unsurprising and uninspiring melodrama built around high school football. It's the latest of that peculiar sub-genre of sports films, in...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Let's Be Cops' falls short

    Starring Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr., Nina Dobrev, James D'Arcy, Rob Riggle, Andy Garcia; directed by Luke Greenfield; running time 104 minutes; Rated R for language including sexual references, some graphic nudity, violence and drug use The laughs are loud, lewd and low in "Let's Be Cops," a spoof of cop "buddy pictures" that is pretty...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Giver' delivers an over-familiar future, sharply observed

    The film version of "The Giver" is briskly directed in bright, confident strokes, scripted to emphasize its thought-provoking qualities and acted by players, young and old, who are "all in" on the future they're portraying. As adaptations of young adult sci-fi go, it holds its own against the many successes of this "teens save the future"...

  • MOVIE MINIS: Short takes on movies playing in Colorado Springs Aug. 15-21

    OPENING "Magic in the Moonlight" - (Romance, PG-13, 97 minutes) Not reviewed. In this Woody Allen period piece, an Englishman (Colin Firth) is brought in to debunk a psychic (Emma Stone). "What If" - (Comedy, PG-13, 102 minutes) Not reviewed. Medical school dropout Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) is a loser in love. Just when he decided to put his...

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