Catch Me If You Can. Steven Spielberg. Opens Wednesday, December 25, at multiple locations. Reviewed this issue.
Chicago. Rob Marshall. The bawdy Kander and Ebb musical has been charming theater audiences since 1975, and director Marshall's inventive movie version will likely win a lot of new friends for the stagestruck Jazz Age murderess Roxie Hart (Renée Zellweger), her sharpie lawyer (agile Richard Gere) and her cunning vaudeville rival, Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Marshall and uncommonly clever screenwriter Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters) give the old warhorse a terrific makeover without compromising its classic poses. If anything, choreographer Bob Fosse's splay-legged chorines look even better in close-up than they did onstage. The hardworking cast (including hip-hop icon Queen Latifah as the graft-ridden prison matron) is ideal, and Marshall retains the show's gleefully jaundiced views about the art of publicity and the going price of justice in a society where murder is reduced to tabloid entertainment. A sparkling new take on an old favorite. Opens Friday, December 27, at the Hi-Pointe and other locations. (BG)
Metropolis. Fritz Lang. To celebrate the 75th anniversary of one of the most influential of all silent films, Lang's science-fiction masterpiece has been digitally reconstructed by the Munich Film Archive to its most complete version. The restored work features the original score by Gottfried Huppertz and a new subtitles. Opens Friday, December 27, at the Tivoli.
Pinocchio. Roberto Benigni. The Blue Fairy's guidance and father Gepetto's love aren't enough to suppress a wooden puppet's spirited curiousity. He gets his comeuppance when he's turned into a boy. Opens Wednesday, December 25, at multiple locations. NR
Rabbit-Proof Fence. Phillip Noyce. Opens Wednesday, December 25, at the Plaza Frontenac Cinema. Reviewed this issue.