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

    A certain subsection of comic book and ultra-merchandized titles are written, filmed and marketed to only need the support of a reliable base of brand fans to make them profitable; barring profitability, they serve as an excuse to keep the franchise at the forefront of the conversation, even if that means spending millions on commercial saturation and hundreds of hours of executing fast-food tie-ins and other marketing efforts.

  • “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

    Auto Columnist

     

    Let moderation mumble from humbler mouths. 

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

  • Director Richard Linklater’s best films expertly blur the lines between fact and fiction, pseudo-realities of nostalgia (“Dazed & Confused”) and sustained memory (the “Before” trilogy).

    His latest film, “Boyhood,” accomplishes this as perfectly as any film he’s made by using the same actors in the same roles over a 12-year span of filmmaking to tell the story of Texas boy Mason (Ellar Coltrane) and his journey from pillow-fighting 6-year-old to college freshman.

     

  • 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."

  • COMMERCE CITY — Commerce City Council was expected to approve a proclamation at the July 7 meeting in support of a safe-driving awareness campaign.

    The proclamation due to be voted on at the July 7 meeting would designate a summer safe driving neighborhood driving awareness campaign through Aug. 31 of this year in conjunction with “Brake for Bela.”

  • What did I expect?

    If the old saying that “you’re only as good as your last [insert job here],” then director Michael Bay is the same, old purveyor of blockbuster trash that so many people have labeled him.

  • ADAMS COUNTY — A young bald eagle whose parents built a nest a few yards away from E-470’s 120th Avenue interchange in Adams County is nearly ready to make its first flight. It’s hoped the youngster won’t be tempted to play in tollway traffic.

    Taking steps to prevent that from happening, the Raptor Education Foundation is recruiting volunteers to serve as eagle monitors to help steer the fledging out of harm’s way.

  • Alma Fernanda Castillo, of Commerce City, and Sergio Quintana, of Denver, announce the birth of a son, Sergio Alexander Quintana Castillo. Sergio was born June 12, 2014, at Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton, weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and measuring 20 inches.

    Grandparents are Lorena Mosqueda and Fernando Castillo, both of Commerce City; and Rosa Amaro and Sergio Quintana, both of Denver.

     

  • The well-past-21 lead characters of “22 Jump Street” are supposed to feel old and out of place as they matriculate from investigating high school drug deals and head to the college ranks.

    I’m not so sure I was supposed to feel old while watching it, though.

     

  • Perhaps the worst part about a game you truly love playing, win or lose, is when it’s over.

    Pride in winning or the reality check of licking your wounds certainly adds some character, but having to move on to something else after investing so much time and effort stings.

     

    That’s probably why so many video games these days aim for the maximum level of replay — one decision changed along the way can completely alter the final outcome.

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    Aaron Cole

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    Brad McHargue

    Film Critic

     

    Seth MacFarlane is a rather divisive character. Despite the popularity of “Family Guy,” he has plenty of critics who express little more than abject hatred for his brand of lowbrow humor and stretching a joke to the brink of driving viewers insane. 

     

  • The recent death of famed Swiss surrealist H.R. Giger certainly wasn’t expected prior to the local opening of director Frank Pavich’s “Jodorowsky’s Dune,” but the numerous remembrances of Giger and his work help establish a key element for the documentary: Jodorowsky’s “Dune” was never necessarily Alejandro Jodorowsky’s alone.

     

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    Aaron Cole

    Auto Columnist

     

    Subaru of America would make a terrible ex-boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse. The minute you’re ready to leave, it keeps calling you back. And when you finally part ways, they just keep looking better and better.

     

  • By Jasmine Flanagan, Sports correspondent

    BRIGHTON — Spring is coming to a close, and summer is just around the corner. If you’re looking for a fun way to greet the heat, the Brighton Elks have just the thing.

    Brighton’s fifth annual Little Britches Rodeo is a national youth rodeo of 27 events for its young competitors, including steer wrestling, goat tying, barrel racing, ribbon roping and bull riding. 

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    Aaron Cole

    Auto Columnist

     

    I’m both terrified and fascinated by the type of person interested in buying the new 2014 Audi SQ5. In short, I think I want to be your new best friend.

     

  • Confidence can get you pretty far.

    The ability to do parkour stunts from one rooftop to another also will get you pretty far, but you probably need confidence to attempt that in the first place.

    In the case of “Brick Mansions,” the film moves through an otherwise weak story with every confidence in itself and is all the more enjoyable because of it.

     

  • Cameron Diaz’s Carly Whitten has found a great boyfriend in Mark King (Nikolaj Coster-Waldrau), the kind that shows up outside her office with flowers and champagne — the kind that plunks down big money at the jewelry store for an eight-week anniversary.

     

    The thing is, he’s a lousy husband to Kate (Leslie Mann) as he carries on with another woman.