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  • Noise

    Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

    Not surprisingly, the audience left satisfied.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

    Everything in theaters this week, plus special screenings and movie reviews.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

    Head out to Boulder Theatre and take in some sweet shorts.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

    A lethargic, slow-paced slog.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

    The creative duo's latest doesn't live up to their other masterpieces.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

    Writer-director Andrew Haigh examines love and relationships with intense subtlety.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

    Everything playing in theaters this week, plus special screenings and movie reviews.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

    The singer-songwriter records pop songs she originally wrote for others as her own, which makes for a fun but generic album.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

    A story that was exhaustively scrutinized at the time it occurred proves just as exhausting two decades later.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

    There’s really nothing new to discover, but it’s still nice to see old friends every so often.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

    The rescue-at-sea drama takes place in 1952, and much of the movie feels like it could have been produced in the same era.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

    The teen leads are all petulant pouts and brooding stares (Cassie’s post-apocalypse hair is never less than lustrous).

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016

    Instead of finding the sublime in the mundane, Anomalisa turns out to just be mundane.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016

    The truth is still out there.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016

    It’s just a parade of discomfort, for both the characters and the audience.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016

    Superhero overload!

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016

    After a series of acclaimed performances, Isaac finally makes a misstep with the ludicrous thriller.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016

    It's mainly interested in blowing stuff up. Typical Michael Bay.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016

    It ebbs and flows rather than heading in any particular direction.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016

    Gratuitous sex scenes aside, Billions relies on overwrought contrivances to build up the rivalry between its two main characters.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016

    Too often movies about people living in repressive conditions focus on that misery above all other emotions.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016

    A generic haunted-forest story, with a series of banal jump scares and pale apparitions.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016

    Despite her effort's, J-Lo's performance falls flat.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016

    Choices range from a comedy centered around people getting high at a bakery to a documentary about Ed Bernstein's Crohn's-afflicted daughter.

  • Noise

    Monday, Jan. 4, 2016

    The live setting gave the onetime Canadian Idol third-place finisher a chance to show off her voice without overpowering the hooks or the backing band.

  • TV

    Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015

    The jokes that do take on topical issues rely on cheap stereotypes (about both Mexicans and working-class whites) rather than anything insightful.

  • Screen

    Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015

    There’s a lot of crying and wailing for a movie about hardened adventurers.

  • Screen

    Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015

    Finding Dory, Ghostbusters and more.

  • Screen

    Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015

    Starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, the film captures the excitement as much as the fear of forbidden attraction between two women.

  • TV

    Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015

    Terrible dialogue, dodgy special effects and tacky visual style.

  • Screen

    Monday, Dec. 28, 2015

    The stunts, performed by actual extreme athletes, are the movie’s only worthwhile elements.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015

    From The Americans to Master of None, Weekly's film and television critic Josh Bell picks his favorite shows of 2015.

  • Screen

    Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015

    Jennifer Lawrence plays the titular character, inventor Joy Mangano, with her typical grit.

  • Screen

    Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015

    An unappealing combination of disingenuous family-comedy lessons and vulgar adult humor, neither of which succeeds.

  • Screen

    Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015

    Director Tom Hooper documents Lili Elbe's life with the same tasteful restraint he brought to The King's Speech.

  • Screen

    Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015

    Consider it the “roadshow” edition.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015

    Get ready for predictable jokes about angry dads, rebellious teenagers and weird neighbors.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015

    The movie shines a light on a talented man who was never able to escape the shadow of a legend.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015

    Who will play important roles in future movies?

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015

    It’s hard to imagine any fans coming away from The Force Awakens feeling the anger and betrayal that some expressed after watching George Lucas’ prequels.

  • Noise

    Monday, Dec. 14, 2015

    Body slams and a set filled with songs from Money Shot.

  • Screen

    Monday, Dec. 14, 2015

    A lazy, slapdash exercise, with repetitive, stale jokes and a parade of one-dimensional characters based on cultural stereotypes.

  • Features

    Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015

    The Force Awakens could easily coast on nostalgia—but it shouldn't.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015

    Every year during the National Finals Rodeo, the city turns into a sort of piecemeal country-music festival.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015

    Like a good photographer, the two stars' performances capture their subjects while adding their own perspectives.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015

    Stacked up against one of the most celebrated novels of all time, Ron Howard's film looks pretty paltry.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015

    The network’s programming is shifting back toward science fiction, with an emphasis on adapting well-regarded source material.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015

    How about a little Christmas Evil to get you in the holiday spirit?

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015

    William Riead could at least make her (or anyone else in the movie) an interesting character.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015

    The show was probably loads of fun for the people involved, but the feeling doesn’t necessarily carry over to the viewing audience.