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  • By Brad McHargue, Film Critic

    With time travel a hot Hollywood commodity, it was only a matter of time before someone obfuscated an intrinsically interesting premise with the found footage conceit — case in point: "Project Almanac," directed by Dean Israelite and written by first-timers Jason Harry Pagan and Andrew Deutschman.

  • By Brad McHargue, Film Critic

    Defying the odds in a month of mostly bad and forgettable films, director Kevin Macdonald’s submarine-set thriller “Black Sea” joins the ranks of Joe Carnahan’s “The Grey” as a January release that subverts expectations by actually being good, nay, great.

  • "A Most Violent Year," J.C. Chandor's final film in his Rich Folks Trilogy, is a markedly enjoyable ride until it starts to beat its message into the viewer like a Brooklyn hoodlum getting pistol-whipped on the cement.

  • WELD COUNTY — Whether or not Malikia Brown-Mullin winds up the next Miss America, there’s no denying she has already made the most of her family’s recent move to Weld County.

    Citing a desire to bring more attention to the county, the Greeley community, and the non-profit she works for, the 43-year-old wife and mother of five can now add the title of Beauty Queen to her résumé.

  • By Brad McHargue, Film Critic

  • By Brad McHargue, Film Critic

  • Great movies have their eyes on the prize from the start. “Selma” is no exception.

  • The awards season thrives on the promise of tidy yet dramatic works such as “The Imitation Game.”

  • DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT — The Denver Fantasy Flight program uses delightful sleight-of-hand tactics and wondrous holiday-themed distractions to convince unsuspecting youngsters they’ve landed at the North Pole for a one-on-one with the Big Man himself.

  • FORT LUPTON — Every year, we here at MetroWest Newspapers get a little help from the Post Office and the North Pole to share local children's wishlists they've sent off to jolly old Saint Nick. Here are many of those lists that we share:

    South Elementary

    Ms. Knoll’s first-grade class


    Dear Santa,

  • The Colorado-centric documentary “Touch the Wall,” which premiered at November’s Starz Denver Film Festival and opened this past week at the Sie FilmCenter in Denver, is a study in contrasts, if anything.

  • The trajectory of “Foxcatcher” seems inevitable, and director Bennett Miller doesn’t miss an opportunity to prepare viewers for what transpires between troubled millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell) and the lives he manipulates.

  • By Brad McHargue, Film Critic

    “Horrible Bosses” worked for two reasons: First, the humor was mostly organic, born out of the main characters getting in too deep in something they had no business being involved in. Second, the incredible dynamic between the three leads formed an archetypal character playing off each of their strengths.

  • Many parents fondly recall their first holiday season as a mom and dad. While youngsters may not remember much about their first Thanksgiving dinner with family or where their first Christmas present was placed under the tree, parents tend to cherish such memories, making their first holidays with children in tow very memorable.

  • With so much on our plates between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the holiday season can be hectic. Fortunately, there are many ways to save time and make the season more manageable.

  • High passenger volume during the holiday season is nothing new for Denver International Airport.

    Airport officials say the past few years have seen an average of 1 million passengers traveling through the airport during the holiday week.

  • Small businesses around the country are gearing up for the start of the holiday shopping season with Small Business Saturday.

    Held each year on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday is a day to support the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country.

  •  Retailers will be inundating potential customers with circular ads this week proclaiming their deals with Black Friday, Cyber Monday and beyond — but not all deals are created equally.

  • DENVER — The theme seems inviting this year at the 37th Starz Denver Film Festival, with organizers and promotional posters urging viewers to “step into the story.”