'Darkness Falls' pits man against evil town


Emma Caufield stars in Columbia's "Darkness Falls" opening Friday at Butler Plaza.

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Published: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 at 10:14 p.m.
Aman battles evil to save his childhood sweetheart, while George Clooney takes us behind the gong this weekend at the movies.
In "Darkness Falls," Chaney Kley stars as Kyle Walsh, a man whose troubled life was shaped by a nasty brush with the tooth fairy as a child. But he must face his creepy past in order to save his old sweetheart (Emma Caulfield) and her younger brother (Lee Cormie) in a town drenched in long-standing evil.
Rated PG-13, the horror/thriller opens Friday at Butler Plaza and Gator Cinemas Oaks 4 West.
First-time director George Clooney brings the story of Chuck Barris, the game show icon who hosted the loopy "The Gong Show," to the big screen in "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind." The key word here is "story," as the movie centers on Barris' supposed work as a CIA hitman in between gongs.
These days, Barris just grins when asked about his outlandish claim, but the movie has been earning high marks for the way it plays with the notion. The film stars Sam Rockwell and Drew Barrymore.
"Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" is rated R and opens Friday at Royal Park.
The critically acclaimed "Rabbit-Proof Fence" comes to Gainesville Friday to recount the true story of three Aboriginal sisters in the 1930s who are taken from their homes and trained as servants for a white family.
The girls escape, relying on a rabbit-proof fence to find their way home.
Starring Kenneth Branagh, the film is rated PG and opens at Butler Plaza.
Cate Blanchett plays Philippa, a recently widowed British teacher, in the romantic drama "Heaven," opening Friday at the Hippodrome Cinema.
Philippa has lost her husband to a drug overdose and seeks her own vengeance against the drug dealers responsible.
The film is rated R. Also opening: "Interview with the Assassin," the JFK-related drama, opens Friday at Royal Park, which also will host a Saturday sneak preview of the martial arts comedy "Shanghai Knights."
Dave Schlenker can be reached at 374-5045 or at scene@gvillesun.com.

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