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Louis Sachar's darkly funny children's book Holes, which nabbed both a Newbery Medal and a National Book Award, comes to the screen in a textured Disney adaptation that realizes the book's complex characters without compromising its goofy fairy-tale elements. A misfit kid (Shia LaBeouf) is railroaded into an 18-month sentence at a west Texas juvenile facility, where each inmate is required to dig a five-foot-deep hole beneath the blazing sun every day. Watching over the detainees are a hard-hearted gang boss (Jon Voight), a hypocritical counselor (Tim Blake Nelson), and a mysterious warden who paints her nails with rattlesnake venom (Sigourney Weaver). Director Andrew Davis (The Fugitive) wisely asked Sachar to write the screenplay, and the result is smart and compassionate enough to hook viewers of any age. 111 min. Century 12 and CineArts 6, Crown Village 18, Ford City, Gardens 1-6, Golf Glen, Lake, Norridge, River East 21, Webster Place.

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