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Wuornos story retold in 'Monster'


Published: Wednesday, January 21, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 20, 2004 at 11:17 p.m.
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Ashton Kutcher portrays a troubled man who learns to time travel in ''The Butterfly Effect,'' opening Friday in Gainesville and Lake City.

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Filmgoers, especially those who followed the case, may not agree with how "Monster" portrays convicted killer Aileen Wuornos. But it's hard to argue with Charlize Theron's performance as one of the nation's few known female serial killers.
Executed at Florida State Prison in Bradford County in 2002, Wuornos was convicted in the shooting deaths of six men in Florida.
The R-rated film, also starring Christina Ricci, depicts Wuornos as a woman with a past mired in abuse and drug use who became a prostitute and killed clients who tried to rape her.
Theron, considered one of the most beautiful actresses in Hollywood, donned dark contact lenses and false teeth for the role, plus gained about 30 pounds to look like Wuornos.
"Monster" opens Friday at Royal Park. Also starting at Royal Park and Cinema 90 in Lake City is "The Butterfly Effect," rated R and starring Ashton Kutcher.
Better known for his turns as a clueless, pretty boy on "That 70s Show" and the master of chicanery on MTV's "Punk'd," Kutcher plays a troubled man who learns to travel back in time. Every trip into the past, however, causes unintended damage in his present life.
The title refers to a chaos theory that maintains a small change in one place can have large effects in another. Phrased another way, the theory asks, "Does the flap of a butterfly's wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?"
On a lighter note, the romantic comedy "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!" premieres at Butler Plaza and the Florida Twin Theatre in Starke.
It's a romantic triangle, rated PG-13, where a young actor falls for the winner of a win-a-date contest. The only problem is the girl also is the apple of the eye of her co-worker, a bagger at the local grocery store.
The Hippodrome Cinema brings back to Gainesville "The Station Agent," a 2003 Sundance award winner about a loner reluctantly drawn into the lives of his neighbors. Rated R, the drama starts Friday.
Also showing Monday at the Hippodrome Cinema is "Capturing the Friedmans." The unrated documentary shows the experiences of the Friedmans, a middle-class Jewish family at the center of a child-molestation case in 1987.
The film, winner of the 2003 grand jury prize for best documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, is part of the Hippodrome's "Hipp for a Night" Monday film series.
Lise Fisher can be reached at 374-5092 or fisherl@gvillesun.com.

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