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Opening delayed to August.

★★


Winnie the Pooh

Charm, thy name is Winnie the Pooh. And if you say that has been true since A.A. Milne concocted the Pooh tales over 80 years ago, let us add that the Disney team has stayed true to their Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree of 1966. They have kept the old-line spirit of E.H. Shepard’s delightful illustrations, with just an extra dash of digital zip, and have pulled off the expected whimsies with seamless verve.

It’s still a yummy good time in the Hundred Acre Wood, Eeyore is still the most delightful of depressives, and kids packed into a local preview laughed along happily. John Cleese provides narration like a dear uncle. Jim Cummings voices Pooh with fond, rusty traces of Disney’s late vocal stalwart Sterling Holloway.

Preceeding the film is a new (also 2-D) short from Disney, The Ballad of Nessie, which may be the most anti-golf cartoon ever made.

★★★


Reviewed in the listings: Vincent Wants to Sea.

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djelliott July 18, 2011 @ 7:43 a.m.

A farewell

The Clark Theater at Clark and Madison in the Loop operated as a repertory house, open 22 hours a day, until time and the neighborhood and dwindling box office caught up with it. The building itself was demolished in 1974. Filmgoers' memories are long, however, and many Chicago-area cinephiles recall the monthly Clark Theater schedule ("Hark! Hark! To the sound of the Clark!") promising double bills of every stripe, from classic Hollywood to Poverty Row programmers, foreign titles and marginal work of historical interest.

The Clark drew the homeless, the drunks, the college students, the cinephiles, the nostalgists, the urban, the suburban, the curious and, as years went on and the Loop's reputation went south before coming back up north again, the brave. It had a place in this city's history, and does still.

Bruce S. Trinz served as the Clark's operating manager. He was born in Chicago in 1917 and died July 7 in Philadelphia. He came from a family of motion picture business mavens, predating Balaban & Katz. Trinz is survived by a daughter, Bundy Trinz. He leaves behind an unfinished book chronicling the Clark, his life as a programmer and his longtime love of the movies.

Rest in peace.

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