It's a weekend for murder, showgirls

Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 14, 2003 at 9:27 p.m.
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John C. Reilly stars in "Chicago," a tale of showgirls and murder, opening Friday at Butler Plaza.

If Ewan McGregor crooning gooey pop tunes in "Moulin Rouge" wasn't enough to convince America the movie musical is back, try this: "Chicago" is No. 6 at the box office this week after playing at a mere 362 theaters.
So far in its limited release, the Bob Fosse revival starring Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones has earned more than $17.2 million.
The film goes global on Friday, opening locally at Butler Plaza. The film centers on showgirls - really, really ambitious showgirls who perform flawlessly in the shadow of murder.
Directed by Rob Marshall, the movie is set in Prohibition-era Chicago and - like "Moulin Rouge" - features the singing voices of its stars and even showcases a dancing Richard Gere.
Another long-awaited film generating Oscar buzz arrives at Butler Plaza on Friday.
"The Hours," starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore, brings the Pulitzer Prize-winning Michael Cunningham novel to the screen.
The film weaves together the lives of three women from three eras. Kidman stars as author Virginia Woolf, Streep plays a New York book editor and Moore plays a young mother in California.
In the new comedy "Kangaroo Jack," a marsupial bounces off with a jacket full of mob money. The film stars Jerry O'Connell and Anthony Anderson as two friends who travel to Australia for the mob.
When the beast bounces away with the money, a chase ensues and character actors get kicked a lot.
The film opens Friday at Gator Cinemas Oaks 4 West and Butler Plaza.
In "National Security," Martin Lawrence plays cocky cadet Earl Montgomery who gets booted out of the police academy.
After he finds work as a security guard, Earl accuses uptight police officer Hank Rafferty (Steve Zahn) of harassment. Hank then loses his badge and winds up next to Earl at the security company.
The two eventually stumble onto a dangerous smuggling ring run by Eric Roberts.
"National Security" opens Friday at Royal Park.
"On Guard," an epic tale of love and revenge, opens Friday at the Hippodrome Cinema. Directed by Phillipe de Broca, the humorous film follows the adventures of Lagardere (Daniel Auteuil), a 17th century swashbuckler.
Also opening Friday at Butler Plaza: "The Pianist," the drama about a composer who played the last live music on Polish radio before Nazi artillery hit, and "A Guy Thing," a comedy about an apparent pre-marital romp.
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