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.