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  • What if I told you that the best white-knuckle thriller of the year was about a jazz band?

    And then what if I told you it’s one of the best American films of the year to boot?

  • As more and more of the generation that fought and lived through the Second World War passes on, the efforts to record the histories of the battlefield and home front at the time have ramped up, hoping to preserve those memories for posterity.

  • Remember your mother telling you, “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”?

    We’re going to stick to that sage parental wisdom for the rest of this paragraph and then get on with the business of talking about David Dobkin’s “The Judge”: The cinematography is nice.

  • Ashley and Corey Guildner, of Parker, announce the birth of a son, Cayden Ivan Guildner. Cayden was born Sept. 12, 2014, at Sky Ridge Hospital in Lone Tree, weighing 7 pounds, 2 ounces.

    Grandparents are Gary and Donna Howard, of Brighton; and Kerry Guildner, of Bailey. Great-grandparents are Carol Howard, of Brighton; and Don Sundahl, of South Dakota.

  • Ever wonder about those people who upset about movie trailers, claiming to be misled by them? Ever scratch your head at the woman who sued over “Drive” not being more like a “Fast & Furious” flick? 

  • “It’s okay to cry... or to laugh. There’s no correct response,” explains Jane Fonda’s implant-flaunting matriarch Hillary Altman near the end of director Shawn Levy’s dysfunctional family rom-com “This Is Where I Leave You.”

  • Fall Clean-Up Day, set for 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Public Works Shop at 800 12th Ave. in Fort Lupton, offers residents a convenient opportunity to dispose of unused household items and yard debris (No household trash, concrete, Freon based appliances, or electronics will be accepted; some items may require a fee). There is a suggested donation of $10, and there is a $5 fee for each tire dropped off.

  • By Aaron Cole, Auto Columnist

    It seemed apropos that the outgoing Subaru STI had the longest name this side of old British aristocracy. The Subaru Impreza WRX STI was a buildup to a promise that it usually delivered; that by reciting the entire name you whittled away with words the sport sedan’s competition. Subaru? OK. Impreza? Sure. WRX? Now you have my attention. STI? You’re at 60 mph now. 

  • Perhaps the finest compliment I can pay to director/star Jon Favreau’s film “Chef” is that it made me rethink my cinematic palate.

    From a distance, it looks too simple, too safe and too bland for my tastes — a plain, old PB&J sandwich on white bread when you’re used to fresh deli cuts stacked with crisp lettuce and tomato on toasted ciabatta.

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    Aaron Cole

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  • I sat, flummoxed and blocked as a writer, in trying to start my review of director Lenny Abrahamson's new film "Frank" when I stumbled upon Abrahamson's own words regarding his film — specifically, that it "might be trickier to describe than it was to make."

    Darn right, Lenny.

  • In the interest of full disclosure, I never saw “The Expendables 2.”

    That having been said, the smart money would say I didn’t miss much in trying to decipher what’s going on in “The Expendables 3.” In fact, having seen “The Expendables 3,” I’m confident in saying that I wouldn’t have missed much had I skipped the latest (and hopefully final) installment in the franchise’s history.

  • There are some movies that defy any sort of critical examination.

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    Aaron Cole

    Auto Columnist

     

    When the sixth-generation Volkswagen Passat arrived in 2012, the word “sport” only applied in verb form. As in, “I’m sporting a new Passat in my driveway. Want to see what I sit in traffic in all day?”

  • “Why so serious?” That query, issued by Heath Ledger’s Joker in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight,” signifies the sea change in the comic book movie world, as the creative minds behind Marvel and DC ramped up their dramatic stakes and injected more than their usual half-hearted stabs at politics and satire into their new films.

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    Aaron Cole

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    Let moderation mumble from humbler mouths. 

    When you’re the flagship for luxury (or: another man’s excess) moderation could be synonymous with defeat. 

  • If the medium of moving pictures is here not just to entertain us, but also perhaps to enlighten and engage us with deeper feelings and sincere emotion – authenticity means something.

     

    Enter “Wish I Was Here,” the second feature film directed by Zach Braff, whose “Garden State” was quickly hailed as a sort of voice-of-a-generation work before suffering years of subsequent backlash and criticism for its quirkiness (Are you listening, Lena Dunham?)

  •  What if they made blockbuster summer action movies that made you think and even elicited genuine emotion? It doesn't happen often, but when it does it's usually something special. Think Christopher Nolan's "Inception."

  • FORT LUPTON — Star Theatre revivalist Paul Ludwig is scurrying to give the hallmark building’s façade a final facelift by Fourth of July in hopes of evoking the spirit of giving and community pride.

    Ludwig and sidekick Tom Martz have been busy the last few weeks making the theater’s “best side” – the marquee, ticket office and front poster boards – look better just in time for Fort Lupton’s inaugural Old-Fashioned Fourth of July event, a shindig Ludwig and town officials are hoping will draw a big crowd.

  • Kayla Graham and Eduardo Pina Ocon, of Firestone, announce the birth of a son, Christian Issiac Ocon. Christian was born June 3, 2014, at Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton, weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and measuring 20.5 inches.

    Grandparents are Lavon Martinez, of Firestone; James Graham, of Johnstown; Josefine Ocon and Sergio Munoz, both of Dacono. Great-grandmother is Patty Carl, of Firestone.

    Christian joins his sister, Joslyn Ocon, 3; and brothers, Isaiah, 2, and Anthony, 1.