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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.

    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.

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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?”

    To be even more blunt: that mid-size sedan had all the sporting potential of your nearest comic book convention. 

  • “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. 

  • Squeezing tension out of anything the story throws at it, writer-director Luc Besson (“The Fifth Element,” “Leon The Professional”) has created a stupidly entertaining sci-fi action film in “Lucy,” starring Scarlett Johansson as the titular wonder woman.

  • 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.

  •  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."

  • 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.

  •  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.

  • Yessica Acosta and Ramon I. Bustamante, of Commerce City, announce the birth of a son, . Alexis was born June 9, 2014, at Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton, weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces, and measuring 21 inches.

    Grandparents are Paula Atilano and Maximiliano Acosta, both of Commerce City; Celia Zamarron, of Lakewood; and Ramon Bustamante, of Mexico.

    Alexis joins his sister, 10, at home.

     

  • U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Devin N. Schulist graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

     

    The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

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    Brad McHargue

    Film Critic

     

  • 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.

     

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    Aaron Cole

    Auto Columnist

     

     

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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. 

     

  • Bonfils Blood Center has an upcoming blood drives slated for the Brighton area.

    From 10 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. on June 5, a blood drive will be held at the Recreation Center Conference Rooms, 555 N. 11th Ave.

    For more information or to schedule an appointment please contact Bonfils Appointment Center at 303-363-230