The Boedecker Cinema Blog

Our Films And Events For The Week Of Sept. 19th

Dark Horse

Directed by Louise Osmond, 1hr 25 min

Set in a former mining village in Wales, this documentary is the inspirational true story of a group from a working men’s club who decide to take on the elite “sport of kings” and breed themselves a racehorse. Raised on a slagheap allotment, their foal grows into an unlikely champion, beating the finest thoroughbreds in the land, before suffering a near fatal accident. Nursed back to health by the love of his owners, for whom he’s become a source of hope, he makes a remarkable recovery and returns to the track for a heart-stopping comeback. In a film comprised mainly of retrospective interviews and news footage chronicling various races and the activities around them, two characters stand out. Jan Vokes, the barmaid who helms the quest, has an irrepressible sense of fun, realizing her whole enterprise’s absurd improbability, and sets the film’s light-hearted, engaging tone; and the film’s equine star, Dream, is easily one of the most memorable characters you’re likely to see in a movie this year. Don’t miss the film that 97% of Rotten Tomatoes’ critics approve of, calling it “an incredible and inspirational real-life story that will thrill equine enthusiasts and novices alike.”

Join John Tweedy, an attorney and documentary filmmaker, as well as the son of Penny Chenery, the owner of Secretariat, for a talkback on Wednesday September 21 following the screening at 7:00 PM

Showtimes: Wednesday September 21 7:00 PM, Thursday September 22 4:30 PM, Friday September 23 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM, Saturday September 24 2:30 & 6:30 PM. BUY TICKETS HERE

REVIEW by Peter Keough of The Boston Globe

Boedecker Blog Xtra! Join filmmaker Louise Osmond and the film’s subjects, Jan and Brian Vokes, as they discuss their heartwarming real-life fairy-tale. Interview at AOL HQ in NYC for AOL BUILD.

Little Men

Directed by Ira Sachs, Starring Greg Kinnear, 1 hr 25 min

When 13-year-old Jake’s (Theo Taplitz) grandfather dies, his family moves from Manhattan back into his father’s old Brooklyn home. There, Jake befriends the charismatic Tony (Michael Barbieri), whose single mother Leonor (Paulina Garcia), a dressmaker from Chile, runs the shop downstairs. Soon, Jake’s parents Brian (Greg Kinnear) and Kathy (Jennifer Ehle) — one, a struggling actor, the other, a psychotherapist — ask Leonor to sign a new, steeper lease on her store. For Leonor, the proposed new rent is untenable, and a feud ignites between the adults. At first, Jake and Tony don’t seem to notice; the two boys, so different on the surface, begin to develop a formative kinship as they discover the pleasures of being young in Brooklyn. Jake aspires to be an artist, while Tony wants to be an actor, and they have dreams of going to the same prestigious arts high school together. But the children can’t avoid the problems of their parents forever, and soon enough, the adult conflict intrudes upon the borders of their friendship. Little Men is a critical, yet empathetic look at the dangers of gentrification. Writer/director Ira Sachs (Love is Strange) accentuates the vibrancy of Brooklyn and brings out the best in his actors, mining big drama from seemingly small issues.

Join Mary T. Kelly, a family therapist, for a talkback on Thursday September 22 following the screening at 7:00 PM.

Showtimes: Wednesday September 21 4:30 PM, Thursday September 22 2:30 PM & 7:00 PM, Friday September 23 5:00 PM, Saturday September 24 4:30 PM. BUY TICKETS HERE

REVIEW by A. O. Scott of the New York Times

Boedecker Blog Xtra! Before you see Little Men this week, check out this behind the scenes featurette on the film with the director and cast.

In one of our favorite running Youtube segments, directed Ira Sachs stops by the Criterion Collection library to pick out some of his favorite films and speak on his influences.

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Bring It On

Directed by Peyton Reed, Starring Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku & Gabrielle Union, 1hr 40min

The hard work, dedication, and personal politics behind cheerleading go under the microscope in this engaging teen comedy. Torrance Shipman (Dunst) discovers that being captain of her San Diego high school’s six-time championship-winning cheerleading squad is more complicated than she had imagined. Torrance’s parents want her to spend more time on her homework, her boyfriend wants her to spend more time with him, and she learns that the squad’s former captain stole some of their best routines from other teams — and that Isis (Gabrielle Union), captain of a top squad at a crosstown, inner-city high school, plans to fight back this year. To make things worse, when one of the cheerleaders is injured, Torrance is forced to replace her with Missy (Eliza Dushku), a cynical new kid who is involved only because the school doesn’t offer gymnastics. In the midst of this chaos, with the national championship around the corner, Torrance couldn’t have picked a worse time to fall in love with Cliff (Jesse Bradford), a classmate who cares a lot more about punk rock than school spirit.

Showtimes: Friday September 23 8:45 PM. BUY TICKETS HERE

REVIEW by Britt Hayes of Birth. Death. Movies.

Boedecker Blog Xtra! Bring It On turned 15 last summer! And to celebrate, MTV caught up with some of you favorite cast members to ask them what they think their characters are up to now.

Dairy Comedy at The Boe

Headlined by Anthony Crawford

This Saturday, the 6th installment of Dairy Comedy is bringing out the big guns. Anthony Crawford, our headliner, is one of the top comedians in Denver right now — and has not only entertained crowds all over the country but also hosts a popular podcast called “Talking Shop,” and also a monthly comedy showcase-meets-bartending competition called “Amuse Booze.” Rachel Weeks, a Midwestern transplant now living in Denver, has an incredibly sharp wit and has performed on Crom and Beast Village Comedy Festival and on “Mortified: Live in Chicago.” Definitely an up and comer that you need to see. Mike Hammock, a comic from Fort Collins, is also a force to be reckoned with. He’s one of the co-founders of The Four Horsemen of Comedy and has also advanced to the finals of the Comedy Works New Faces Contest for the past three years. Rounding out the bill for this show will be John Papaioannou, a hilarious up and comer in the Denver scene — and James Goldmill, your faithful host.

Showtimes: Saturday September 24 8:30 PM. BUY TICKETS HERE

Check out clips from previous Dairy Comedy shows and other recent and current happenings at The Dairy on the official Dairy Arts Center youtube page!

Our Last Tango

Directed by German Kral, 1hr 25 min

Executive produced by Wim Wenders, the film tells the life and love story of Argentina’s most famous tango dancers Maria Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes, who met as teenagers and danced together for nearly fifty years until a painful separation tore them apart. Relaying their story to a group of young tango dancers and choreographers from Buenos Aires, their tale of love, hatred and passion is transformed into unforgettable tango-choreographies

Join Lorita Travaglia, an avid tango dancer and the Creative Director of Parasol Arts, for a talkback on Sunday September 25 following the screening at 1:00 PM

Showtimes: Sunday September 25 1:00 PM, Monday September 26 4:30 PM, Tuesday September 27 7:00 PM, Wednesday September 28 1:00 PM. BUY TICKETS HERE

REVIEW by Scott Marks of the San Diego Reader

Rooted in Peace

Directed by Greg Reitman, 1hr 37min

This documentary challenges viewers to examine their values as Americans and human beings. Today we are at war within ourselves, with our environment, and with the world. Director and award-winning filmmaker Greg Reitman invites viewers on a film journey to take notice of the world we live in, proactively seek ways to find personal and ecological peace, and stop the cycle of violence. The film relies not only on memoir, but also interviews with such luminaries and activists as Deepak Chopra, music legends Donovan, Mike Love, and Pete Seeger, film director David Lynch, Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire, media mogul Ted Turner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, green architect William McDonough, neuroscientist Dan Siegel and many others. Reitman learns from all of them, and heeds Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s words, that if the forest is to be green, every tree must be green; if there’s going to be peace on earth, then everybody needs to experience that quality of peace within themselves. And in asking viewers to do the same, Reitman poses the basic question: How do we want to live? Reitman’s journey is an example of transformation — how one person can learn to make the necessary changes to enjoy a better life — and in doing so, inspire others to want to improve their own lives and society as a whole.

Join Filmmaker Greg Reitman, who uses his past experiences in war zones to educate people on how to stop the cycle of war and violence, for a Q & A on Sunday September 25 following the screenings at 4:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Showtimes: Sunday September 25 4:00 PM & 7:00 PM. BUY TICKETS HERE

Boedecker Blog Xtra! Check out director Greg Reitman’s production company Blue Water Entertainment, exclusively geared toward the production of films with environmentally and socially conscious stories, for more on Rooted in Peace and some of his upcoming projects.

Additional Showtimes for the week of September 19

National Theatre Live Encore: The Audience

Showtimes: Wednesday September 21 1:00 PM


Dairy Center Staff Spotlight!

The Boedecker’s own Daniel Burns, who just finished a great run with his phenomenal Boulder Fringe show earlier this month, is our favorite former high school cheerleader! In honor of our upcoming Friday Night Weird screening of Bring It On, we’re asking you to share your cheerleading memories with us! Were you a high school cheerleader? Share a photo on Facebook, tag Friday Night Weird (and like us if you haven’t already), and you’ll receive a free small popcorn when you come see Bring It On with us on Friday Night!

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