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Broken Bridges, Hollywoodland, Queens

OPENING FRIDAY

· BROKEN BRIDGES (PG-13) Country music star Toby Keith plays -- not surprisingly -- a fading country music star who returns to his hometown and meets his 16-year-old daughter for the first time.

· THE COVENANT (PG-13) Renny Harlin directs this occult thriller about four teenagers who harbor a supernatural secret.

· HOLLYWOODLAND 3 stars (R) Oscar-winner Adrien Brody plays a seedy Los Angeles detective investigating the suicide of Superman actor George Reeves (Ben Affleck) in 1959. Coming in a year with a new Superman film and numerous mini-scandals about movie stars' public images, Hollywoodland's plot and themes seem to bubble up from the nation's collective unconsciousness. At times, the hard-boiled dialogue rings a little off-key, and Affleck at times pushes himself past his range, but the tabloid-targeted actor can clearly identify with Reeve's dilemma of being imprisoned by his own celebrity. -- Curt Holman

· HOUSE OF SAND (R) Not to be confused with Ben Kingsley's House of Sand and Fog, this Spanish drama stars Fernanda Montenegro (Central Station) in the tale of a young bride who spends her entire life trying to escape her home in a remote desert.

· QUEENS 2 stars (NR) See review.

DULY NOTED

· ART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL 1 star (R) Hard to believe the man who brought us the heartfelt alienation of the R. Crumb documentary Crumb and the profound teen misanthropy of Ghost World has veered so badly off course in his blandly cynical adaptation of graphic novelist (and Ghost World collaborator) Daniel Clowes's comic. Ostensibly following the growing disillusionment of an art school freshman (Max Minghella) with his conceptual art-centric NYC art school, the film is, in truth, just a sex-obsessed, wisecracking and out-of-date revisitation of the tone and quality of the crass teen sex comedies of the '80s. Sept. 8-14. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). Cinefest, GSU University Center, 66 Courtland St., Suite 211. 404-651-3565. www2.gsu.edu/~wwwcft. -- Felicia Feaster

· DISTRICT B-13 3 stars (R) In sort of a Euro-Disney version of Escape From New York, a high-jumping underworld Robin Hood (David Belle) and a two-fisted undercover cop (Cyril Raffaelli) break into a walled-off Parisian ghetto to disarm a neutron bomb. Written by La Femme Nikita director Luc Besson, this virtually plotless action flick never slows down enough to worry that it makes no sense. With fights and chases worthy of Jackie Chan, District B-13 turns out to be a deliriously fun guilty pleasure worthy of the drive-in, despite its French pedigree. Through Sept. 7. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). Cinefest, GSU University Center, 66 Courtland St., Suite 211. 404-651-3565. www2.gsu.edu/~wwwcft. -- Holman

· GILANEH (2005) (NR) This anti-war film takes place in 1988 during the Iraqi bombing of Tehran. $7. Sept. 9., 8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Theatre. 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4570. www.high.org.

· IRON ISLAND (2005) (NR) This allegorical drama takes place almost entirely on a huge oil tanker -- which qualifies almost as a floating village -- as it slowly sinks in the Persian Gulf. $7. Sept. 8, 8 and 10 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4570. www.high.org.

· PINK EYE: GIRL GANGS! (NR) Curator Kiki Carr begins a monthly series of "edgy, arty or just plain disturbing" features and short films with gay themes. The first installment includes such films as Gang Girls 2000, YoYo Gang and Superstarlet A.D. Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m. Eyedrum Gallery, 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite 8. Ticket price TBA. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org

CONTINUING

· BEERFEST 3 stars (R) Two American brothers stumble upon -- and badly lose -- an International "beer olympics," and vow to return and win a year later. The Broken Lizard team of actor/filmmakers, creators of such modern-day slob comedies Super Troopers and Club Dread, live up -- or down -- to the film's beery premise and leaves the audience drunk with laughter. -- Noah Gardenswartz

· FACTOTUM 4 stars (R) Matt Dillon follows his Oscar-nominated turn as Crash's racist cop with an even more subtle and compelling portrayal of Hank Chinaski, the fictional alter ego of legendary author/barfly Charles Bukowski. Dillon's understated magnetism finds support from Marisa Tomei and Lili Taylor as Chinaski's floozy girlfriends, and at times the film becomes a rock-bottom romance among the down and out. -- Holman

· IDLEWILD 3 stars (R) The Cotton Club meets Purple Rain in first-time director Bryan Barber's Prohibition-era musical featuring OutKast's André "3000" Benjamin and Antwan A. "Big Boi" Patton. Percival (Benjamin) is the straight-laced piano player in the raucous, gin-soaked Church nightclub where his childhood friend Rooster (Patton) entertains the crowd with his lewd musical numbers and tries to wrest control of the club away from gangsters led by Hustle & Flow's Terrence Howard. Barber is an acrobatic, visually sophisticated director who blends newfangled animation and an old Hollywood sensibility and his blend of everything's-new-again gangster attitude with hip-hop style is canny as well, though a hackneyed script keeps standing in the way of a film that only truly flies when the musical numbers are on. -- Feaster

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