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  • DACONO — Those in the know say Colorado has a hearty BMX scene, and Dacono’s newly remodeled BMX track is just one of many fine facilities in the Centennial state.

    But Dacono city officials and local riders who call the Tri-Town region and the Dacono BMX course their home think their track – complete with a picturesque plains-and-mountains view – is the best. In just a few days, they’ll get to test that theory.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  •  Maria de la Pax Viúrquez and Juan M. Varela, of Commerce City, announce the birth of a daughter, Elizabeth Virela Viúrquez. Elizabeth was born June 4, 2014, at Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton, weighing 5 pounds, 8 ounces, and measuring 19 inches.

    Grandparents are Tomasa Hernandez and Natividad Viúrquez, both of Commerce City; and Jo Guadalupe and Rufino de Varela, both of Juarez Chihuahua, Mexico.

  • 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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    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.

     

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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.

  • 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.

     

  • 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.

     

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    Aaron Cole

    Auto Columnist

     

    Behold the 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible. I won’t bury the lede, so here it is: This car costs $272,220.  

    From this point forward, I’ll attempt to justify that price.

     

  • Take an otherwise awful story about a guy failing in business, romance and family matters, and cast Kevin Costner. Make it a sports movie, because he’s good at those. Plaster it with enough logos and stars to turn it into a massive advertisement for the National Football League. Then sit back and let everything work its way out.

     

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    Brad McHargue

    Film Critic

     

    Following its premiere at the Toronto International Film Fest and its subsequent screening at SXSW this past March, Mike Flanagan’s “Oculus” has received almost universal critical acclaim.

  • As winter slowly winds down, many gardeners cannot wait to soak up the springtime sun and get their hands dirty in the garden. Such excitement is not just good for gardeners, but can benefit the garden in the months to come as well.

    Late winter or early spring is a great time to get a head start on the gardening season. Even if gardening season is still around the corner, completing the following projects can ensure your garden gets off on the right foot.

    Clear debris

  • A patch of dead grass on an otherwise lush lawn can be a frustrating eyesore for homeowners. Whether lawn care is your passion or just something you do to maintain the value of your home, dead grass can be exasperating.

  • It’s the season for home improvements, but dry weather conditions can shift priority projects this spring. Water conservation is on everyone’s mind, challenging local DIYers to get creative and inspiring The Home Depot to host a nationwide series of Water Conservation Workshops on Saturday, April 26.

    The Home Depot’s local Workshop leader can share know-how about clever ways to stay water-conscious this year, including:

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    Aaron Cole

    Auto Columnist

     

    The 2015 Chrysler 200 really starts in two places: on fingertips reaching from the driver’s seat and, perhaps more importantly, a blank sheet of paper.