'Biker Boyz,' 'Motown' open

Published: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 10:28 p.m.
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Derek Luke stars as a young motorcycle racing prodigy called Kid, who is determined to win the helmet of and the title of the "King of Cali" in DreamWorks Pictures' actioner "Biker Boyz."

The strains of Motown and a film classified as a contemporary motorcycle Western premiere in Gainesville theaters this week.
"Biker Boyz" stars Laurence Fishburne and a list of notable upcoming black actors including Derek Luke, who also is starring in the film "Antwone Fisher."
The movie's premise has been described as a modern-day Western or mythic motorcycle tale. White-collar workers by day hit the streets at night to race their cycles. The story focuses on an annual drag-racing event where Fishburne's character, known as "the King of Cali," tries to keep his championship title.
"Biker Boyz" opens Friday at Butler Plaza.
Also playing is "Standing in the Shadows of Motown," a documentary about the house band that helped shape the famous Detroit sound. The Funk Brothers backed greats such as Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson. But few knew of or recognized the contributions of the 12 men who helped make the music. The film, which opens Friday at the Hippodrome Cinema, combines exclusive interviews, archival footage and new performances by the reunited group.
The film also has a local link, as visiting University of Florida professor Ntozake Shange served as a writer.
Other openings this week include "Final Destination 2" and "The Recruit."
A sequel to the 2000 surprise horror hit about a young man who can see deaths before they happen, "Final Destination 2" starts Friday at Gator Cinemas Oaks 4 West and Royal Park.
"The Recruit," opening at Butler Plaza, features screen veteran Al Pacino in this insider look at a CIA training ground. Colin Farrell, who starred opposite Tom Cruise in "Minority Report," plays the recruit who soon learns nothing is as it seems and to trust no one.
On Monday, the Hippodrome Cinema will open "The Trials of Henry Kissinger," the first of a monthly series of documentaries co-sponsored by the Hippodrome and the Civic Media Center. The film focuses on charges against Kissinger as a war criminal and a look at American diplomacy as seen through the eyes of the world.
Lise Fisher can be reached at 374-5092 or fisherl@gvillesun.com.




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