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  • Brenda Murillo and Abimael Sarabia, of Brighton, announce the birth of a daughter, Natalie Sarabia Murillo. Natalie was born Aug. 4, 2014, at Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton, weighing 6 pounds, 7 ounces, and measuring 19.75 inches.

    Natalie joins her sister, Jessica I. Rodriguez.

     

  • Kaitlyn Grimes and Thomas Sweeney, of Brighton, announce the birth of a daughter, Riley Marie Grimes-Sweeney. Riley was born Aug. 8, 2014, at Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton, weighing 5 pounds, 3 ounces, and measuring 19.5 inches.

    Grandparents are Kevin and Cissy Grimes, of Brighton, and Tom and Sheila Sweeney, of Denver.

     

  • 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. 

  • 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

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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.