9 (PG-13) See review on p. xx.
BIG FAN (R) See review on p. xx.
IT MIGHT GET LOUD (PG-13) See review on p. xx.
THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE (PG-13) This documentary profiles Vogue magazine Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour and the preparations for the magazine’s massive fall fashion issue in 2008.
SORORITY ROW (R) A group of sorority girls attempt to cover up a prank turned deadly, only to be stalked by an unknown killer. It’s a remake of 1983’s The House on Sorority Row, raising the question, are there any slasher films left that haven’t been remade?
I CAN DO BAD ALL BY MYSELF (PG-13) Heavy-drinking nightclub singer April (Benjamin Button’s Taraji P. Henson) attempts to care for three troubled young people with a little help from Madea in Tyler Perry’s latest feature film. Look for such local stage actors as Tess Malis Kincaid and Eric Mendenhall.
WHITEOUT (R) Underworld’s Kate Beckinsale plays a U.S. marshal tracking a killer in Antarctica when the sun is about to set for six months. This long-delayed action film is based on Greg Rucka’s graphic novel, which has a stark color scheme similar to Sin City — only white.
WORLD’S GREATEST DAD (R) See review on p. xx.
HUNGER (NR) (2008) Inglourious Basterds’ dashing film critic Michael Fassbender stars as IRA convict Bobby Sands, whose hunger strike behind bars seized the world’s attention. $3-$5. Times vary. Sept. 11-17. Cinfest Film Theatre, Georgia State University, Suite 240 University Center. 404-413-1798. www2.gsu.edu/~wwwcft/.
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (NR) (1968) Reanimated cannibal corpses trap a group of still-living humans in a deserted house in George Romero’s archetypal horror film, which created the template for the zombie genre of today. On a double bill with Return of the Living Dead. $8-$12. 1 and 9:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 12. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-873-1939. www.plazaatlanta.com.
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.
ALL ABOUT STEVE (PG-13)
ALIENS IN THE ATTIC (PG-13) Aliens in the Attic, co-scripted by one of the writers of Madagascar and the Academy Award-winning Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbits, is an adventure/comedy about kids on a family vacation who must fight off an attack by knee-high alien invaders with world-destroying ambitions — while the youngsters' parents remain clueless about the battle.
CARRIERS (PG-13) Star Trek’s Chris Pine, Piper Perabo and Christopher Meloni star in this horror film about four friends attempting to flee from a viral pandemic.
THE COVE 4 stars (PG-13) In the 1960's, Richard O'Barry was the world's leading authority on dolphin training, working on the set of the popular television program Flipper. Day in and day out, O'Barry kept the dolphins working and television audiences smiling. But one day, that all came to a tragic end. The Cove, directed by Louie Psihoyos, tells the amazing true story of how Psihoyos, O'Barry and an elite team of activists, filmmakers and freedivers embarked on a covert mission to penetrate a hidden cove in Japan, shining light on a dark and deadly secret. The mysteries they uncovered were only the tip of the iceberg.
THE COUNTRY TEACHER 2 stars (R) A natural sciences teacher (Pavel Liska) leaves his Prague prep school to teach at a small rural school and forms a bond with a widowed cattle herder (Zuzana Bydzovská) and her troubled teenage son (Ladislav Sedivý). Bydzovská nearly carries The Country Teacher on her own sturdy shoulders, and director Bohdan Sláma films the farm scenes with sunshiney cinematography that finds the beauty in country life without sugar-coating its realities. Despite building to moments of real tenderness, the title character's passivity and the script's heavy-handed metaphors make the film a sleepy experience. — Curt HolmanTHE FINAL DESTINATION (R) The fourth and allegedly "final" film in the Final Destination series follows a group of young people who avoid a disaster at a race track, only to fall prey to more outlandish demises after the fact. Presented in 3-D at participating theaters, so you can feel like stuff is flying right at your head.
(500) DAYS OF SUMMER 2 stars (PG-13) Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a hapless would-be architect who falls for free-spirited Summer (Zooey Deschanel), despite her aversion to emotionally committed relationships. Quirky to a fault but nicely acted by Gordon-Levitt and Deschanel, the film offers a fresh substitute for cookie-cutter rom-coms, but Woody Allen brought more insight to scrambled chronology and surreal set-ups in Annie Hall. Summer would be on stronger ground if it offered a strong female perspective to balance Gordon-Levitt’s character. — Holman
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