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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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  • [Trans]formation

    CHICAGO – The issue of gender identity, especially for those who are born with a vagueness as to what to call themselves between/beyond boy and girl, has come front and center in the U.S., both with the legalization of gay marriage and the callous repudiation of identity by trying to pass laws dismissing it (the North Carolina “bathroom” laws). The performance companies of The Living Canvas and Nothing Without a Company is currently staging “[Trans]formation,” which presents gender identity art by six performers, who perform most of the play in the nude.

  • Life Sucks

    CHICAGO – Let’s face it, life does suck. But what can we do about that? How do we survive? Lookingglass Theatre Company’s latest stage presentation tries to answer those thorny questions through a group of fellow travelers, flung together at a cabin retreat, trying to figure out why (indeed) “Life Sucks.”

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