Capsule reviews of recently released films 

OPENING FRIDAY

ADAM (PG-13) Romance can be risky, perplexing and filled with the perils of miscommunication — and that's if you aren't Adam, for whom life itself is this way. In this heartfelt romantic comedy, Hugh Dancy (The Jane Austen Book Club, Confessions of a Shopaholic) stars as Adam, a handsome young man who has led a sheltered existence all his life.

BANDSLAM (PG) A new kid in town assembles a fledgling rock band — together, they achieve their dreams and compete against the best in the biggest event of the year, a battle of the bands.

DISTRICT 9 (R) Thirty years ago, aliens made first contact with Earth. Humans waited for the hostile attack, or the giant advances in technology. Neither came. Instead, the aliens were refugees, the last survivors of their home world. The creatures were set up in a makeshift home in South Africa's District 9 as the world's nations argued over what to do with them. 

THE GOODS (R) Jeremy Piven plays a 5 o'clock-shadowed used car salesman who is a cross between Die Hard's John McClane and the infamous ganster Al Capone. Co-written by Will Ferrell, the comedy  provides a light-hearted view of our feeble economy. — Artesia Peluso 

IN THE LOOP 4 stars (R) See review.

$9.99 (R) Dave Peck is an unemployed 28-year-old who still lives at home. In his struggle to share his find with the world, Dave's surreal path crosses with those of his unusual neighbors: an old man and his disgruntled guardian angel, a magician in debt, a bewitching woman who likes her men extra smooth, a brokenhearted man who befriends a group of hard-partying 2-inch-tall students, and a little boy who sets his piggy bank free.

PAPER HEART 2 stars (PG-13) See review.

PONYO (G) See review.

SPREAD (R) Comic and karmic, the film is an "immorality tale" about a gorgeous guy who gives women what they want to live exactly as he likes. Nikki (Ashton Kutcher) isn't a gigolo. He's a sexual grifter, a fun-loving, freeloading hipster who understands his greatest assets are his looks and sexual prowess, which he uses to charm his way into the hearts of the city's richest women and enjoy their lifestyle.

THE TIME TRAVELERS WIFE (PG-13) Based on the best-selling book about a love that transcends time. Clare (Rachel McAdams) has been in love with Henry (Eric Bana) her entire life. She believes they are destined to be together, even though she never knows when they will be separated.

DULY NOTED 

SIN CITY (2005) 2 stars (R) Sin City is an interwoven tale of lust, crime and vegeance borne from the pages of Frank Miller's graphic novel. The film boils over with bad guys, good guys, and half-naked broads with sexy catch lines and amazing cinematographpy. Hartigan (Bruce Willis), a cop determined to save a "damsel" in distress — exotic dancer Nancy (Jessica Alba) — takes a bullet and saves the day. All the while, Marv (Mickey Rourke), a brutish parolee, hunts for the killers that murdered his true love, Goldie. $3-$5. Times vary. Mon.-Sun., Aug. 10-16. Comic Book Film Fest. Cinefest Film Theatre. Georgia State University, 66 Courtland St.,  Suite 240, University Center. 404-413-1798. www2.gsu.edu/~wwwcft. — Peluso

V FOR VENDETTA (2005) (R) Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore, V for Vendetta takes place in an alternate vision of Britain in which a corrupt and abusive totalitarian government has risen to power. During a threatening run-in with the secret police, an unassuming young woman named Evey (Natalie Portman) is rescued by a vigilante named V (Hugo Weaving) — a caped figure both articulate and skilled in combat. V embodies the principles of rebellion from an authoritarian state, donning a mask of vilified would-be terrorist from British history Guy Fawkes and leading a revolution sparked by assassination and destruction. Evey becomes his unlikely ally, newly aware of the cruelty of her own society and her role in it. $3-$5. Times vary. Mon.-Sun., Aug. 10-16. Comic Book Film Fest. Cinefest Film Theatre. Georgia State University, 66 Courtland St.,  Suite 240, University Center. 404-413-1798. www2.gsu.edu/~wwwcft. 

CONTINUING

A PERFECT GETAWAY (R) Cliff and Cydney (Steve Zahn and Milla Jovovich) are an adventurous young couple celebrating their honeymoon by backpacking to one of the most beautiful — and remote — beaches in Hawaii. Hiking the wild, secluded trails, they believe they’ve found paradise. But when the pair comes across a group of frightened hikers discussing the horrifying murder of another newlywed couple on the islands, they begin to question whether they should turn back.

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