Capsule blurbs of recently reviewed movies 

Opening Friday

· THE BAXTER (PG-13) Comedian Michael Showalter writes, directs and stars in this romantic comedy about a nerdy control freak worried that his upcoming wedding plans will go wrong. Featuring Elizabeth Banks, Justin Theroux and Michelle Williams.

· DALTRY CALHOUN (PG-13) Johnny Knoxville stars in this dark comedy set in Knoxville (what are the odds!) about a shady businessman forced to care for his teenage daughter, a musical prodigy.

· ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS (1958) 3 stars. (NR) See review.

· FLIGHTPLAN (PG-13) In this airborne thriller, Jodie Foster plays a distraught widow whose daughter vanishes at 40,000 feet -- but no one else believes the girl was actually on the flight. Did Jodie check the overhead compartment?

· PROOF (PG-13) 2 stars. See review.

· ROLL BOUNCE (PG-13) The artist known as Bow Wow stars in this coming-of-age comedy set primarily in a 1970s roller rink. If you've been longing for a throwback to the era of Roller Boogie, this is your chance.

· THE TALENT GIVEN US (NR) In this family road trip comedy, a retired NYC couple drive across country to reunite with their estranged son. Writer/director Andrew Wagner cast his own family in the film, blurring the lines between fiction and reality.

· THE THING ABOUT MY FOLKS (PG-13) For this week's other family road trip comedy, Paul Reiser wrote, produced and stars in this schmaltzy project about a son trying to patch things up between his bickering parents (Peter Falk and Olympia Dukakis).

· CORPSE BRIDE 3 stars. (PG) See review.

Duly Noted

· COWBOY DEL AMOR (NR) This award-winning documentary provides a portrait of "cowboy cupid" Ivan Thompson, who matches up American men with Mexican women. Latin American Film Festival. Fri., Sept. 23, 8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Auditorium, 1280 Peachtree St. $5. 404-733-4570.

· INHERITANCE (2001) (NR) Two foreigners meet by chance in a Buenos Aires restaurant and resolve to renew their faith in life and love. Latin American Film Festival. Sun., Sept. 25, 3 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Auditorium, 1280 Peachtree St. Free. 404-733-4570.

· LOWLANDS (1954) (NR) Based on an opera, the last feature film of renowned director Leni Riefenstahl depicts a romantic triangle between a gypsy dancer, a shepherd, and a landowner in the Pyrenees. Film Retrospective: Leni Riefenstahl. Wed., Sept. 28, 7 p.m. Goethe-Institut Atlanta, 1197 Peachtree St., Colony Square. $4. 404-892-2388.

· MACHUCA (2004) (NR) Director Andrés Woods draws on his personal experiences in this drama, set during the overthrow of Chilean President Salvador Allende, and the social dislocations perceived by an 11-year-old boy. Latin American Film Festival. Sat., Sept. 24, 8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Auditorium, 1280 Peachtree St.; Wed., Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive. $5. 404-733-4570.

· MEGACITIES (1998) (NR) This German documentary explores the underground cultures of some of the world's most sprawling cities by focusing on several individuals, including street performers, homeless kids and hustlers. Sept. 23-29. Call for times. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565.

· THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) (R) The cult classic of cult classics, the musical horror spoof follows an all-American couple (Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick) to the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a drag-queen/mad scientist from another galaxy. It's all fun and games until Meat Loaf gets killed. Dress as your favorite character and participate in this musical on acid. Midnight Fri. at Lefont Plaza Theatre and Sat. at Peachtree Cinema & Games, Norcross.

· UNLEASHED 3 stars. After being treated like a dog his entire life by a Glasgow mobster (Bob Hoskins), a henchman (Jet Li) finds comfort in his friendships with a blind piano tuner (Morgan Freeman) and his stepdaughter (Kerry Condon). While the thrilling set pieces goose the proceedings, it's the acting that dominates: Freeman packs his usual authority, Condon is an absolute delight, and Hoskins clearly relishes the return to the U.K. underworld milieu of The Long Good Friday. And then there's Jet Li, whose puppy-dog demeanor adds some tears to the expected blood and sweat. Thurs., Sept. 22. Call for times. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565. -- Matt Brunson


· THE ARISTOCRATS 4 stars. (NR) George Carlin, Gilbert Gottfried, Sarah Silverman, John Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg and scores of other comedians take turns telling -- or commenting on -- an old, notoriously offensive joke usually reserved for other comedians, instead of their audiences. Depending on your tolerance for humor based on every imaginable human depravity, you might not always find "The Aristocrats" a very funny gag, but this documentary (from Paul Provenza and Penn Jillette) earns some honest laughs while offering fascinating -- and uncomfortable -- insights into the minds of professional jokemeisters. -- Curt Holman


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