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  • 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.”

  • BRIGHTON — One of the artists featured in the City of Brighton’s upcoming Eye for Art exhibit “Holiday Sizzle” says that her work is about making “old things new again.”

    Beth Kane, a local beading artist, is among those whose work is on display through Jan. 30, 2015, at City Hall. Originally from Illinois, Kane moved to Colorado more than 30 year ago and lives on acreage in Brighton.

  • "Interstellar" isn't so much great as it is a signifier of something great: Director Christopher Nolan breaking free from the comic book world and tackling something personal and profound -- even if he's using overblown intergalactic spectacle to do it.

  • Director Alejandro Iñarritu has a lot to say in his new film, the metatextual actor-in-crisis dramedy “Birdman” starring Michael Keaton.

  • The intoxicating allure of taking what’s to be had in America — whether by greed, ambition or lust for control, the cruel and pitiless side of the national dream has been potent fodder for a number of classic films.

  • The intoxicating allure of taking what's to be had in America — whether by greed, ambition or lust for control, the cruel and pitiless side of the national dream has been potent fodder for a number of classic films.

    “Nightcrawler” aims to be one of them but doesn't feel the need to say much more than its thesis statement, which is only slightly forgivable given the solid lead performance by Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom.

  • 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?

  • Yuridia Mendez and Jorge Rodriguez, of Brighton, announce the birth of a daughter, Mia Poala Rodriguez. She was born Oct. 17, 2014, at Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton, weighing 6 pounds, 8 ounces, and measuring 18 inches.

    Grandparents are Angel Mendez, of Mexico; Eva Ayala, of Mexico; and Ignacio and Maria Rodriguez, both of Brighton.

    Mia joins her siblings, Osvaldo, 7; and Abigail, 5.

  • Andrea and Benny Barron, of Firestone, announce the birth of a son, Giovanni Alexandro Barron. He was born Oct. 13, 2014, at Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton, weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and measuring 20.25 inches.

    Grandparents are Benita and Florence Barron, of Brighton. Great-grandparents are Margaret Martinez and Delores Perez, both of Brighton.

    Giovanni joins his siblings, Dasia, 11; Benny, 6; Eliria, 4; Zavien, 3; and Vaniecia, 1.

  • Briana and Stephen Carleton, of Lochbuie, announce the birth of a daughter, London Paisley Carleton. She was born Oct. 9, 2014, at Platte Valley Medical Center, weighing 6 pounds, 12 ounces, and measuring 20.75 inches.

    Grandparents are Leonard and Denise Adame, of Wattenburg; Wayne Zamora, of Platteville; and Simon and Myra Zamora, of Platteville. Great-grandparents are Genevieve Adame and Gloria Torres, of Wattenburg.

  • Kassandra Morales, of Commerce City, announces the birth of a son, Adrian. He was born Oct. 8, 2014, in Brighton, weighing 6 pounds, 3 ounces, and measuring 19 inches.

    Grandparents are Gloria Morales and Mia Rodriguez, both of Commerce City.

    Adrian joins his sister, Alexis Lovato, 3.

     

  • Cassie and Landrey Hunter, of Bennett, announce the birth of a son, Lane Cole Hunter. Lane was born Oct. 9, 2014, at Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton, weighing 7 pounds, 6 ounces, and measuring 20.5 inches.

  • Michelle Mendoza, of Brighton, and Dominique Infante, of Thornton, announce the birth of a son, Isaac Aron Infante. Isaac was born Oct. 10, 2014, at Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton, weihging 6 pounds and measuring 20 inches.

    Grandparents are Stacie and Trinidad Mendoza, of Brighton; and Romaine and Delfino Alejandro, of Thornton. Great-grandparents are Mary and Arnold Salazar, of Fort Lupton.

     

  • 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.

  • Brandy and Shaun Dumas, of Lochbuie, announce the birth of a daughter, Sadie Brielle Dumas. Sadie was born Sept. 26, 2014, at Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton, weighing 7 pounds, 13 ounces, and measuring 20.75 inches.

    Sadie joins her siblings, Zach, 11; Shelby, 5; and Tatum, 2.

  • 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.”

  • "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."

  • By Brad McHargue, Film Critic

    Kevin Smith’s “Tusk,” the director’s second foray into the horror genre and a film effectively brought to life thanks to a podcast and a Twitter campaign, suffers from a terrible case of preconceived notions.