Capsule reviews of recently released films 

OPENING FRIDAY

AMELIA (PG) Hilary Swank stars as the legendary female aviator Amelia Earhart in the new film from Mira Nair.

ASTRO BOY (G) See review.

CIRQUE DU FREAK: THE VAMPIRE’S ASSISTANT (PG-13) About a Boy and American Pie director Paul Weitz helms this light-hearted horror fantasy about a teenager who becomes the apprentice to a supernatural carnival. The cast includes Salma Hayek, “Fringe’s” Michael Cerveris, Orlando Jones and John C. Reilly, cast against type as a vampire.

COCO BEFORE CHANEL (PG-13) French darling Audrey Tautou brings the iconic designer to life in Anne Fontaine's new biopic.

ONG BAK 2 (R) Tony Jaa stars and co-directs this prequel to his ass-kicking martial arts flick, Ong Bak.

SAW VI (R) They’re still making these?

STILL WALKING (NR) See review.

 

DULY NOTED

CAFÉ DE LOS MAESTROS (NR) (2008) Get a behind-the-scenes look at Argentina's treasured musical form: tango. Before witnessing a musical spectacle at the famed Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, director Miguel Kohan takes his audience through rehearsals, reminiscences, rounds at the bar, and trips to the repair shop with with the gentlemen who keep tango alive in Argentina. $6-$7. 8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 23. High Museum, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4444. www.high.org.

NORA'S WILL (NR) (2008) In this understated comedy, Nora, a Jewish woman and longtime sufferer from depression, after many suicide attempts finally takes the right number of pills to end her life. She leaves everything in order, including a refrigerated feast for the upcoming Passover, but forgets that Jewish law doesn't allow for burials on holidays. Conflict arises when everyone from her atheist ex-husband to her Catholic maid to her Jewish-orthodox son voices a different opinion on how the matter of her burial should be handled. $6-$7. 8 p.m. Sat., Oct. 24. High Museum, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4444. www.high.org.

THE ROOM (R) (2003) So bad it's good. ...  $6.50-$8. 9:30 p.m. Tues., Oct. 27. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-873-1939. www.plazaatlanta.com.

CONTINUING

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 3 stars (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. 

THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX 4 stars (R) In 1970s Germany, leftist journalist Ulrike Meinhof (Martina Gedeck) abandons her middle-class journalism career to become an accomplice for a band of thieving revolutionaries lead by Andreas Baader (Moritz Bleibtreau) and Gudrun Ensslin (sexy Johanna Wokalek). Director Uli Edel’s two-and-a-half hour epic moves at such a rapid pace that individuals and their stories can become a blur, but The Baader Meinhof Complex features thrilling re-enactments and an intriguing perspective on the life of radical groups. — Holman

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 inRatatouille 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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