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Why ‘Gnaw’ Is a Cut Above Most Modern Horror Films
3 months ago

Why ‘Gnaw’ Is a Cut Above Most Modern Horror Films

What draws me to the horror genre isn’t the combination of blood, guts and nudity that attracts other fans. 

I’m interested in horror’s ability to serve as a raw allegory …
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GOP-Loathing Critic Pens Worst Music Review … Ever?
7 months ago

GOP-Loathing Critic Pens Worst Music Review … Ever?

Kyle Harris went to a Metallica concert in Denver and was troubled by what he saw.

The Westword Culture Editor didn’t witness thousands of people gathered to enjoy music. Nor …
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Somber ‘Secret Garden’ Perfect for Inquisitive Kids
9 months ago

Somber ‘Secret Garden’ Perfect for Inquisitive Kids

By  •  Reviews

Storytellers talk down to children at their own peril.

And, thankfully, some of best kiddie tales avoid that fate. Think “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and, …
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‘Circus 1903’ Dazzles with Populist Whimsy
11 months ago

‘Circus 1903’ Dazzles with Populist Whimsy

By  •  Reviews

There’s something hopelessly retro about the circus.

Kids today would rather stare at their tablets than see acrobats soaring through space. Circus clowns are often the stuff of media memes, not …
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‘Moonlight’ Crushes ‘La La Land’ for DFCS Movie Honors
1 year ago

‘Moonlight’ Crushes ‘La La Land’ for DFCS Movie Honors

Maybe “La La Land” isn’t a sure thing come Oscar night after all.

“Moonlight,” the tender tale of a young black man’s sexual awakening, earned Best Picture honors from the …
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Denver Critics Split on Year’s Best Film
1 year ago

Denver Critics Split on Year’s Best Film

The enchanting musical “La La Land” is conquering the early awards season. Not so fast, say Denver-area film critics.

The Denver Film Critics Society, which this reporter co-chairs, celebrated the …
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‘Charnel House’ Screenwriter Savors Second Chance
1 year ago

‘Charnel House’ Screenwriter Savors Second Chance

Earlier this month, Isler screened just his second feature film, “A Song for the Living,” at the Denver Film Festival. He says his Hollywood happy ending was well worth the wait.


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Why ‘Another Evil’ Will Make You Squirm
1 year ago

Why ‘Another Evil’ Will Make You Squirm

That’s not because it’s unbelievably scary. It’s not. Nor does it pack as many laughs as “An American Werewolf in London” or “Shaun of the Dead.”

Not even close.

It’s …
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Pop Confessions: So You Wanna Be a Film Critic?
1 year ago

Pop Confessions: So You Wanna Be a Film Critic?

By  •  Opinion

I was working for a mid-sized newspaper in a mid-sized city. The paper’s veteran movie critic showed no signs of early retirement. I still wanted to review movies any way …
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Why DCPA’s ‘Frankenstein’ Has One Monster Too Many
1 year ago

Why DCPA’s ‘Frankenstein’ Has One Monster Too Many

By  •  Reviews

Mary Shelley first brought Frankenstein, bolts and all, to life in 1818. Popular culture refuses to let him rest. There’s something about a scientist playing God that taps into our deepest …
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