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TV Review: Jimmy Smits Stars in NBC’s Mediocre ‘Outlaw’

CHICAGO – The TV premiere season can be a hard slog. Not every pilot can click and herald the early success of a “Grey’s Anatomy” or a “Lost.”

Blu-Ray Review: Fans Will Love ‘Hannah Montana: The Movie,’ Others Should Stay Away

Hannah Montana: The Movie

CHICAGO – This critic is not ashamed to admit when a teen-driven phenomenon works, having given positive reviews to most of Zac Efron’s filmography, but Disney’s “Hannah Montana: The Movie” is too absolutely for hardcore fans only. Everyone old enough to pay for the Blu-Ray themselves are likely to be turned off.

Blu-Ray Review: Charming ‘17 Again’ With Zac Efron Works For All Audiences

17 Again

CHICAGO – While I watched the relatively clever and surprisingly charming “17 Again,” I kept thinking the same thing - “John Hughes would have totally dug this movie.” The recently deceased king of ’80s teen comedies feels like a clear inspiration for this Zac Efron vehicle, now on Blu-Ray and DVD.

Slideshow: 21-Image Gallery For ‘Hannah Montana: The Movie’ With Miley Cyrus

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(l to r) Billy Ray Cyrus, Jason Earles, Miley Cyrus

CHICAGO – This 21-image slideshow contains the press images for Disney’s “Hannah Montana: The Movie,” starring Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus, Emily Osment, Jason Earles, Mitchel Musso, Moises Arias, Lucas Till, Vanessa Williams, Peter Gunn, and Melora Hardin. Written by Dan Berendsen and directed by Peter Chelsom, the film opens on Friday, April 10th, 2009. It is rated G.

Slideshow: 33-Image Gallery From ‘17 Again’ With Zac Efron, Matthew Perry

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Matthew Perry (center) as the adult Mike.

CHICAGO – This 33-image slideshow contains the press images for Warner Brothers’ “17 Again,” starring Zac Efron, Matthew Perry, Leslie Mann, Thomas Lennon, Michelle Trachtenberg, Sterling Knight, and Melora Hardin. Written by Jason Filardi and directed by Burr Steers, the film opens on Friday, April 17th, 2009.

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  • Spike Heels Stage Play

    CHICAGO – If you can remember the 1990s outside of childhood, you are in the glow of middle age, so congratulations. The Brown Paper Box Co. theater ensemble takes us back to those thrilling days of yesteryear with “Spike Heels,” a relationship comedy centering on the co-mingling antics of two couples, with a slight nod toward George Bernard Shaw and the play “Pygmalion” (or its musical counterpart, “My Fair Lady”).

  • Book of Merman, The

    CHICAGO – One potential theater-goer loves the “The Book of Mormon.” The other would rather stay home and watch old Ethel Merman YouTube videos. Pride Films & Theater offers the ultimate solution by combining both in a campy musical, “The Book of Merman.” Yep, two Elder characters from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints meets foghorn singer Ethel Merman.

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