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2008-10-10 18:00:22

By John Beifuss Walden Media continues its string of quality adaptations of books for children and young adults with "City of Ember," an adventure film-with-ideas about a pair of brave teenagers struggling to solve the mystery of their crumbling futuristic underground city.

2008-10-10 18:00:22

By John Beifuss John Chambers was awarded a special Oscar for transforming Kim Hunter and Roddy McDowall into fuzzy-muzzled simians in "Planet of the Apes." Maybe Daniel Phillips deserves similar Academy recognition for his credited "Hair Design" in "The Duchess," a tale of Whigs and especially wigs in 18th-century England, where the escarpments of pigmented protein rival the local castles and manors for architectural resplendence.

2008-10-10 18:00:22

By John Beifuss "Body of Lies" opens with an epigraph from a poem by W.H. Auden: "Those to whom evil is done/ Do evil in return." This is what the English-language abusers of today might call an "impactful" quote, but it has two unfortunate effects.

2008-10-10 18:00:22

By John Beifuss Johnny Cash sings "What Is Truth?" in the documentary "Johnny Cash's America," and that question could be the theme for this year's Indie Memphis Film Festival, which runs today through Thursday at Malco's Studio on the Square.

2008-10-10 18:00:22

By John Beifuss This week's Indie Memphis Film Festival marks the third stop for actor-turned-director Giancarlo Esposito and his new movie, "Gospel Hill." But Esposito isn't following a strictly traditional film- festival path with his civil rights-themed directorial debut.

2008-10-03 18:00:20

By John Beifuss It sounds weird to say so, but I have what might be called an affection for movies about natural disasters, the collapse of civilization and the end of the world as we know it.

2008-10-03 18:00:20

By John Beifuss If celebrity purebred Tinkerbell sees "Beverly Hills Chihuahua," there could be a putsch in Paris Hilton's purse.

2008-10-03 18:00:20

By John Beifuss "Appaloosa" might be described as a routine Western, except that in the filmgoing culture of 2008, there's nothing routine about the pleasures of a well-made and entertaining movie about gunfighters, an evil rancher, a piano-playing saloon girl and hostile Apaches in the Old West.

2008-09-29 21:00:22

By John Beifuss Generally speaking, the last thing you want to see inside a convenience store is a thug with a gun demanding money.

2008-09-29 21:00:22

By John Beifuss An appearance by actor Giancarlo Esposito and a new documentary about Johnny Cash will be among the highlights of the upcoming 11th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival, which runs Oct. 9-16 at Malco's Studio on the Square.