About Schmidt Jack Nicholson plays Warren Schmidt, a retired, widowed, insurance executive from Omaha, Nebraska, who finds himself adrift at the precarious age of 66. Alexander Payne directs his third film. Stephen Holden The New York Times 'Warren may be the least colourful character Nicholson has ever played on the screen, and the role inspires his least flamboyant performance. Instead of flash, what Nicholson brings to his role is a sorrowful awareness of human complexity whose emotional depth matches anything he has done in the movies.' Manohla Dargis Los Angeles Times 'A comedy poised on the knife's edge of tragedy, the film is a gutsy, truthful, deeply rooted vision of contemporary American life, scaled to the size of an ordinary man. It's a humanist triumph strip-mined of bathos and confirmation that Payne has become the most gifted comic social satirist since Preston Sturges.' Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly 'There's much more to Nicholson's Oscar-worthy performance than hairspray, of course, but the wily star is on to something: the power of this great movie - part comedy, part tragedy, part masterpiece - is in the details. You don't have to know the city to know the Omaha-bred Payne has located what is right and true, personal and universal about quiet American desperation and raucous individuality.' Chicago Adapted from Bob Fosse's hit stage musical, Chicago depicts the rivalry between chorus girl Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger) and Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones), who compete for press coverage as well as the love of Billy Flynn (Richard Gere). Mike Clark USA Today 'If you're a guy, you sit through this movie thinking, 'What I really want is for it to wrap up with the two Z-ladies decked out in sexy duds and together on stage.' Well, guess what? You got your late Christmas present.' Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times 'Although modern audiences don't like to see stories interrupted by songs, apparently they like songs interrupted by stories. The movie is a dazzling song-and-dance extravaganza, with just enough words to support the music and allow everyone to catch their breath between songs.'