Black rocks the school in new film
Published: Wednesday, October 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 30, 2003 at 11:40 p.m.
America's favorite slacker is back in black as Jack Black plays a failed rocker who bluffs his way into a teaching job.
In "School of Rock," guitarist Dewey Finn (Black) and his snotty fifth-grade charges get loud and raucous. The lesson plan culminates in a battle of the bands where Professor Finn, dressed like Angus Young of AC/DC, fronts his group of young rockers for the big show.
Penned by Black's longtime friend Mike White, the film was written for Black, who serves as half of the comedy-rock duo Tenacious D and played the lovable loser clerk in "High Fidelity."
Rated PG-13, "School of Rock" opens Friday at Royal Park and Cinema 90 in Lake City.
Denzel Washington anchors the weekend's other big-screen opener. In the thriller "Out of Time," Washington - once again - plays a crooked cop.
But instead of a down-and-dirty big-city detective in 2001's "Training Day" (a role that won him an Academy Award), Washington plays a police chief in a small Florida town who dips into evidence money. It's all for love, until the object of his affection, played by Sanaa Lathan, betrays him.
Rated PG-13, "Out of Time" opens Friday at Gator Cinemas Oaks 4 West, Royal Park, Florida Twin Theatre in Starke and Cinema 90 in Lake City.
The Hippodrome Cinema will open "The Weather Underground," a documentary on the radical political-activist group the Weathermen, which organized in the 1960s to protest the Vietnam War. Directed by Bill Siegel and Sam Green, the film delves into the movement's splinter group - Students for a Democratic Society, a violent-but-glamorous group of young militants.
On Monday, the Hippodrome Cinema will show the documentary "Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election."
Dave Schlenker can be reached at 374-5045 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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