House of Wax. (R) A remake, pretty much in name only, of the 1953 Vincent Price film (which was also a remake), this House of Wax manages to be gruesome and grisly, but not particularly creepy or frightening. Six twentysomething friends (including Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray and Paris Hilton) camp out in the woods one night and soon find themselves pursued by a psychopath who wants to turn them all into uncannily lifelike sculptures for his wax museum. The film offers a few generic scary bits, but nothing out of the ordinary. While the backstory -- glimpsed in a highly disturbing epilogue in which the camera reveals only the characters' torsos -- plants a seed of psychological terror, the rest of the film fails to expand on it. Perhaps the biggest surprise here is that Hilton isn't atrocious. Not that she's good, but she's certainly no worse than anybody else. (Jean Oppenheimer) ARN, CGX, CW10, DP, EG, EQ, J14, MR, NW, OF, RON, SP, STCH, STCL
Kingdom of Heaven. (R) Reviewed in this issue. ARN, CGX, CW10, DP, EQ, J14, MR, NW, RON, SP, STCH, STCL
Look at Me. (PG) Reviewed in this issue. TV
Paper Clips. (G) The rural community of Whitwell, Tennessee -- two traffic lights and population 1,600, nearly all of them white and Baptist -- seems an unlikely setting for a Holocaust memorial. But thanks to the efforts of middle-school principal Linda Hooper, two teachers, and a group of dedicated students, this little white-bread community has become a worldwide beacon for the teaching of tolerance. Eighth-graders studying the Holocaust had trouble grasping the magnitude of six million murdered Jews, so they decided to collect six million paper clips. After two German reporters heard about the project and wrote an article -- followed by accounts in The Washington Post and on NBC News -- paper clips started arriving in droves. Along with them came letters from Holocaust survivors, movie stars, and ordinary people who were moved by what the kids were doing. Documentary filmmakers Joe Fab and Elliot Berlin caught it all on film. Touching, inspirational, and great for school kids and adults alike. (Oppenheimer) PF
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