Set an evening aside for Goodman's 'Matinee'

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'Matinee'

'Matinee' (November 15, 2012)

John Goodman is everywhere right now. Such has been the case for this popular actor for a long time, but at the multiplexes presently he's a valuable ensemble member in two worthwhile pictures, "Argo" (in which he plays a real-life Hollywood makeup artist working, on the down-low, for the CIA) and "Flight" (he's the aiding-and-abetting drug dealer). We take character men like Goodman for granted sometimes, simply because they're never long between jobs.

As part of its Tuesday night series this fall devoted to director Joe Dante, the University of Chicago's student-run Doc Films is bringing back the delightful "Matinee" (1993), in which Goodman took on a nice, big leading part, beautifully suited to his genial comic strengths.

Set in 1962 Key West, during the Cuban missile crisis, "Matinee" is part teen comedy but also part loving ode to B-movie schlockmeister William Castle, whom Goodman's fictional character, Lawrence Woolsey, resembles in some respects. Dante and his writers have a fine time combining the premiere of Woolsey's latest, "Mant!" (half-man, half-ant), presented in "Atomo-Vision" and "Rumble-Rama," with the rest of the plot. Goodman isn't the whole show, but he's surely the icing on the cake: an actor joyously capable of conveying the hopes, dreams, delusions and BS of a true BS artiste, cigar-chomping movie mogul division.

7 p.m. Tuesday, . Nov. 20, Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema in Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago. Tickets $5. For more information, go to docfilms.org.

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