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An exercise in atmosphere, with some really inspired surrealism —John Adams (DVD review...)

Trividic et al haunt the Ballroom

" Looks like Spielberg’s work "
— Will Smith, Men in Black II

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The 32nd Starz Denver Film Festival kicks off on November 12, 2009. It opens with one of the most talked-about fall movies. Precious is getting great buzz on the coasts (it won’t open in Denver until after the festival).

As in previous years, there will be red-carpet nights sprinkled throughout the festival. Ed Harris receives a tribute on Friday November 13, followed by Big Night: The Last Station, about Leo Tolstoy and his wife, on Saturday the 14th. A week later is The Young Victoria, written by Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park).

Another highlight is the premiere of Terry Gilliam’s latest film, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, with a posthumous performance by Heath Ledger.

You can fill the rest of your ten days with more than 200 movies from 37 countries, assuming you have 12,000 minutes to spare.

For those of us in Boulder, there are six films showing at the satellite festival on campus in Muenzinger Auditorium, home of the International Film Series.

Be sure to visit Movie Habit often (in fact, bookmark this very page and watch the sidebar list grow!) for the latest recommendations, pictures, and interviews from the festival.