THE BAADER-MEINHOF COMPLEX 4 stars (R) See review.
BLACK DYNAMITE (R) 4 stars Mack daddy and one man killing machine Black Dynamite (Michael Jai White) wages a vendetta against jive turkeys who killed his brother and peddled dope to kids. His righteous battles uncover a conspiracy that takes him from the Hood all the way to "the Honky House." Giving credit where it's due, White's portrayal of Dynamite is effortless and shows a rarely seen comedic side. As the story progresses, the jokes start to get a bit stale but the film revives itself as it reaches its oddly climactic ending. Although Black Dynamite successfully spoofs the campy essence of blaxploitation films of the 70's, it perfectly balances its riffs as an homage to the badass alpha-male leads and social message vehicle the genre spawned. – Edward Adams
LAW ABIDING CITIZEN (R) See review.
NEW YORK I LOVE YOU (R) See review.
A SERIOUS MAN 4 stars (R) See review.
THE STEPFATHER (PG-13) A teen returns from military school to discover that his mom (Sela Ward) has remarried, but his new stepfather (Dylan Walsh) may not be the all-American dad he appears to be. A remake of the nifty 1987 suspense film starring Terry O'Quinn of "Lost."
SOMERS TOWN (NR) See review.
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE (PG) See review.
BIZARRO SATURDAY MORNING Voice actor and animator C. Martin Croker presents a special Halloween and monster edition of his animation film series. His collection is weird, rare and wacky, and some clips date back to 1920. $10. 7:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 20. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-873-1939. www.plazaatlanta.com.
DIXIE DYNAMITE (NR) (2009) This independent animated film comes from two Georgia-native screenwriters. The classic kung fu myth told with Southern flair debuted at the Portobello Film Festival in London, where it received a nomination for Best Animation. Free. 6:30 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 15. Lab 601, 997 Brady Ave. N.W., #100. 404-876-4601. www.lab601.com.
MEN IN BLACK The alien-fighting men in suits are back. The film is being screened outside at Central Park Atlanta in Atlantic Station as part of the October Movies & the Market series. Free. 8:30 p.m. or dusk. Thurs., Oct. 15. Central Park Atlanta. 245 18th St. www.atlanticstation.com.
9 3 stars (PG-13) In a post-apocalyptic city, robotic ragdolls, including inquisitive 9 (voiced by Elijah Wood), fight off the remnants of the war machines that destroyed humanity. With so many computer-animated cartoon features devoted to pop-savvy kiddie comedies about talking animals, it's refreshing to see a CGI adventure with a unique vision. Director Shane Acker's vision of jerry-rigged, Rube Goldberg-style inventions and landscapes can be fascinating. That said, 9 is PG-13 for a reason, and may be too intense for little kids and too dark for many adults. It's like Pinocchio vs. Terminator. — Curt Holman
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.
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.
ART AND COPY (NR) Fans of "Mad Men" will want to check out the Plaza Theatre's run of this documentary about the recent history of the advertising industry and it's relationship between art and commerce.
BIG FAN 4 stars (R) "Paul from Long Island" (Patton Oswalt), a parking lot attendant and obsessed fan of the New York Giants, has a life-changing encounter with a star linebacker (Jonathan Hamm). Writer/director Robert D. Siegel also wrote the screenplay for The Wrestler and shows a similar insight to the subcultures and rituals of sports culture. Oswalt gives Paul a compulsiveness comparable to his voice performance in Ratatouille and offers a grim character study of an individual who can't imagine a better life. — Holman
THE BEACHES OF AGNÈS 4 stars (NR) Agnès Varda plays with a Faulknerian notion of time and memory in this memoir-ish documentary. Known by some as the grandmother of French New Wave, Varda's earliest films predate Godard, Truffaut, and Chabrol's work and certainly belong in the same canon. Yet, The Beaches of Agnès isn't the indulgent celebration of self that memoirs often resemble. In a series of vividly surreal set pieces, Varda's willing to be as silly as she is heady. The combination is mesmerizing. — Wyatt Williams
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