Capsule reviews of recently released movies 

Heart of the Game, Islam: What the West Needs to Know

Opening Friday

· FALL TO GRACE 2 stars. (NR) See review.

· THE HEART OF THE GAME 3 stars. (PG-13) See review.

· ISLAM: WHAT THE WEST NEEDS TO KNOW (NR) This documentary explores the nature of Islam, its relationship to violence and the implications for the non-Muslim world.

· PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST 3 stars. (PG-13) See review on page 49.

· THE ROAD TO GUANTÁNAMO 3 stars. (NR) See review.

Duly Noted

· BE HERE TO LOVE ME: A FILM ABOUT TOWNES VAN ZANDT 3 stars. (NR) Alt-country cult crooner Townes Van Zandt's (1944-1997) troubled life is exhumed in this tribute to the boozing and drug-addicted singer who also wrote -- according to fans (and interviewees) like Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Steve Earle -- transcendent, beautiful songs. Home movies, interviews with childhood friends, fellow musicians, wives, children and Van Zandt himself give a taste of his influence and gift. Though Margaret Brown's often unfocused documentary leaves the musician essentially unknowable, it's a circumstance perhaps more attributable to Van Zandt's hard-to-hold nature than Brown's failings as a director. July 7-13. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565. -- Felicia Feaster

· COACHELLA (NR) This performance documentary about California's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival features such musicians as the White Stripes, Björk, Iggy Pop, the Flaming Lips, Prodigy and Kool Keith. Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival. Thurs., July 8, 8 p.m. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. $8. 404-881-2100.

· FILM LOVE: WARREN SONBERT (NR) Frequent Small Meals presents a program of short films by Warren Sonbert, including "Amphetamine," "Where Did Our Love Go?" "Honor and Obey" and "Friendly Witness." Thurs., July 13, 8 p.m. Eyedrum, 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. $5. 404-522-0655.

· 500 YEARS LATER 3 stars. (NR) Director Owen Alik Shahadah addresses one of the biggest, most challenging themes of world history: the legacy of slavery for present-day people of color. A kind of loose collage of music, statistics, archival footage and impassioned interviewees, 500 Years Later touches on the nature of the slave trade, the inequities in the criminal justice system, the emphasis of white beauty in pop culture, the cultural shortcomings of education, the need for reparations and more. By touching on so many huge, fraught issues, the film rushes over material that deserves deeper exploration. Movies with a Mission. Thurs., July 6, 6 p.m. Apex Museum, 135 Auburn Ave. Free. -- Curt Holman

· ICE AGE: THE MELTDOWN (PG) The trio of mismatched mammals from Ice Age returns facing a catastrophic thaw (anticipating the concerns of Al Gore's global warming documentary). Queen Latifah offers an amusing vocal performance as a massive mammoth who believes herself to be a petite possum. Flicks on Fifth. Wed., July 12, 9 p.m. Fifth Street between Spring and Williams streets. 404-894-2805.

· MADEA'S FAMILY REUNION (PG-13) Tyler Perry writes, directs and cross-dresses in this sequel to Diary of a Mad Black Woman as an African-American matriarch who must sort out her family's problems while planning a reunion. Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival. Sun., July 9, 7 p.m. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. $8. 404-881-2100.

· 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.

· SHAKESPEARE BEHIND BARS (R) This documentary chronicles the casting, rehearsal and presentation of Shakespeare's The Tempest by inmates of Kentucky's Luther Luckett Correctional Complex. Like in Shakespeare's time, men play female roles, while the incarcerated actors emphasize the play's forgiveness themes. Thurs., July 6. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565.


· THE BREAK-UP 2 stars. (PG-13) A Chicago slob (Vince Vaughn) and his high-strung girlfriend (Jennifer Aniston) pull the plug on their mismatched relationship but each refuses to vacate their shared condo. Surprisingly, War of the Roses-style hijinks fail to ensue, despite a few amusing scenes from Jon Favreau and Jason Bateman. Vaughn and Aniston gamely attempt to emote beyond their usual big-screen personae, but the film isn't serious enough to be a good drama or funny enough to be a satisfying comedy. -- Holman

· CARS 4 stars. (G) In an alternate America populated by talking, thinking automobiles, a racing rookie (voiced by Owen Wilson) gets waylaid in a dying Route 66 tourist trap and gradually learns to appreciate small-town values. The predictable plot keeps Cars from competing in the class of such computer-animated masterpieces as Finding Nemo, but Pixar's seventh cartoon feature benefits from gorgeous visuals, breezy comedic timing and genuine affection for the roadside attractions and car culture of yesteryear. -- Holman


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