Editors' pick


Chicago movie poster
MPAA rating: PG-13
Genre: Musical
Weekend's Desson Howe says "here I am, surprised to be turned on my head and telling you how much I enjoyed the film." Style's Stephen Hunter calls this film "a superior adaptation that bypasses the Ann Reinking version now on Broadway."
Starring: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere
Director: Rob Marshall
Release: Opened Dec 27, 2002

Editorial Review

Principal cast: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Renee Zellweger and Queen Latifah.

Behind the camera: Director Rob Marshall has been a dance choreographer for such television shows as "Cinderella," "Annie" and "Mrs. Cinderella."

The skinny: Chicago nightclub performer Velma Kelley (Zeta-Jones) faces Murder One when she shoots her philandering husband. And she faces a further problem when her oily lawyer, Billy Flynn (Gere), delays her trial so he can concentrate on a juicier case: another woman accused of murder. This is attractive starlet Roxie Hart (Zellweger), whose crime of passion spells big headlines, sympathy and celebrity. Velma decides to take decisive action.

Points of interest: Public interest in "Chicago" is very strong; it was an enormous success on Broadway. So, naturally, this movie isn't about the story so much as the fabulous song and dance numbers -- and how well the Z-women can pull them off.