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Tribune movie critic2 stars (out of four) Many weeks out of the year, vicious godlessness rules the multiplex. Certainly it must seem that way to Philip Anschutz, whose Walden Media enterprise is trying to spread good Christian values as a counterattack. Walden's monster...
Tribune movie critic3 stars (out of four) Having demolished, sweetly, everything from heavy metal ("This Is Spinal Tap," directed by Rob Reiner) to small-town theatrics ("Waiting for Guffman"), dog shows ("Best in Show") and folkies ("A Mighty Wind"), Christopher Guest...
Tags: Jane Lynch, Rob Reiner, Entertainment, Fred Willard, Don Lake
Tribune movie critic4 stars (out of four) It takes a while to adjust to its rhythm, but the Romanian film "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu" is a rich, strange and weirdly gratifying odyssey. Characterize the film any of three ways and its qualities sound unresolvable. It is a...
Tribune movie critic3 stars (out of four) "Goal! The Dream Begins" is an inspirational sports movie, but I liked it anyway. Even the grisliest of its screenwriting conventions gets a fair shake from a good cast, including Stephen Dillane (a Tony Award winner for "The Real...
Tribune movie critic2 stars (out of four) "Beerfest" is one sloppy comedy, but the lads of the comedy troupe Broken Lizard don't know when to say when in their pursuit of the idiotic laugh, and persistence certainly counts for something. The result is the opposite of a...
Tags: Cloris Leachman, Germany, Paul Soter, Entertainment, Movies
Chicago TribuneIt's dangerously easy to lose yourself in the sound of someone's voice. The eyes may be the window to the soul, but the human voice is the cat burglar, prying open the window with deceptive purrs. "The Night Listener," an intriguing adaptation of the...
Tribune movie critic2½ stars (out of four) From the stars-and-stripes palette of its very first shot, a simple bedroom interior focusing on a digital clock's crimson numerals against an indigo background, the Oliver Stone film "World Trade Center" wields a simple, blunt...
Tribune arts criticEighty-five minutes you'll never get back, "Doogal" concerns a good wizard, a bad wizard and a group of animal pals: a dog, a snail, a cow and a rabbit. Sounds harmless. Well, if you're sadistic by nature and your kids have been naughty, take them to it....
Tribune arts critic2 stars (out of four) "Flightplan" is a thriller of passive virtues, the steely intensity of Jodie Foster notwithstanding. It's not too violent. It's not assaultive. Even James Horner's music plays it cool. Everything from the icy blue palette of the...
Tribune arts critic3 stars (out of four) Remember all the money and Oscars the 2002 film version of the musical "Chicago" took to its ice-cold bosom? "Rent" probably won't be as lucky. But it's a pretty good version of a pretty great stage phenomenon. Based on Jonathan...
Tribune movie critic2½ stars (out of four) Shot for a dime in black and white, the first "Clerks" (1994) looks better with each passing year, and you can't say that about everything that came out of New Jersey. In writer-director Kevin Smith's debut feature, Dante Hicks and...
Tags: Kevin Smith, Entertainment, Hamburgers, Jason Mewes, Movies
Tribune movie critic3½ stars (out of four) Some documentarians have all the luck. They start with a rich subject -- two, if fortune favors those behind the camera. They follow the subjects around for several years. And they end up with a hell of a story. "The Heart of...
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