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.

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Jack Black stars in "The School of Rock," opening Friday at Royal Park in Gainesville and Cinema 90 in Lake City.


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

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