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Hostel Part II, Ocean's 13

Opening Friday

HOSTEL PART II (R) Picking up where Hostel left off, Eli Roth's film follows three girls studying in Italy who make an unfortunate stop in a Slovakian hostel. Starring Heather Matarazzo, Jay Hernandez and Roger Bart.

OCEAN'S THIRTEEN (PG-13) Director Steven Soderbergh's third installment of the Las Vegas heist films finds Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and the rest of his hunky henchmen out for revenge from ruthless casino owner Willie Bank (Al Pacino).

ONCE (R) The Guy (Glen Hansard) works part-time helping his father run a small vacuum-cleaner repair business in Dublin, Ireland, but dreams of one day landing a record deal. His life changes when he meets the Girl (Marketa Irglova), an Eastern European woman who has moved to Ireland to start a new life for herself. Directed by John Carney.

RED ROAD 5 stars (NR) See review.

SEVERANCE (R) Directed by Christopher Smith, the film centers on an international arms dealer who rewards his employees with a mountain retreat in Eastern Europe. The group's luck quickly changes when they are attacked by a renegade band of soldiers. See review.

SURF'S UP (PG) Another CGI film about adorable penguins, except this time a "documentary" crew takes audiences behind the scenes at the Penguin Surfing World Championship, following the world's greatest penguin surfers. The tuxedoed surfer dudes voice cast includes Shia LeBeouf, Jeff Bridges, Zooey Deschanel and Jon Heder.

Duly Noted

BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969) (NR) This revisionist Western comedy, which served as the prototype of the buddy film for future films, stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, respectively. Screen on the Green. June 14 at dusk. Piedmont Park meadow near 10th Street and Monroe Drive. Free. 404-878-2600.

CAR WASH (1976) (NR) A day in the lives of a close-knit group of employees at a downtown Los Angeles car wash. Starring Richard Pryor, George Carlin and Irwin Corey. Screen on the Green. June 7 at dusk. Piedmont Park meadow near 10th Street and Monroe Drive. Free. 404-878-2600.

FACTORY GIRL (R) Starring Sienna Miller as '60s pixie Edie Sedgwick, this film follows Edie's journey from boring trust-fund baby to Andy Warhol-approved superstar. June 1-14. Cinefest, Georgia State University, University Center, Suite 240, Courtland St. $3-$5. 404-651-3565.

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.


28 WEEKS LATER 3 stars (R) Following the outbreak of the "rage" virus in Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later that turned most of the population of mainland Britain into crazed berserkers, this sequel takes up after the crisis has passed -- or so it seems. Under U.S. military control, English civilians such as a haunted father (Robert Carlyle) and his two children (Imogen Poots and Mackintosh Muggleton) move back to a London safe zone until all hell breaks loose again. Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo may surpass Boyle's ability to craft jittery, unnerving thrill scenes, but the script's harsh anti-U.S. sensibility relies on plot points too nonsensical to be easily ignored in the film's last half-hour. -- Holman

AFTER THE WEDDING 3 stars (R) One of this year's Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language film, this Danish drama depicts a schoolteacher in India (Casino Royale's bad guy Mads Mikkelsen) who returns to his native Denmark to woo a potential philanthropist and discovers family ties he didn't know he had at a wedding. Thanks to the cast's realistic responses to some melodramatic plot points and Susanne Bier's energetic storytelling, After the Wedding combines fish-out-of-water humor and heated family conflicts without feeling like a Danish soap opera. -- Holman

AWAY FROM HER 5 stars (PG-13) An exceptionally accomplished and thoughtful directorial debut feature from the actress Sarah Polley. An absolutely luminous Julie Christie delivers one of the best performances of her career as a Canadian woman suffering from Alzheimer's disease, who along with her husband (Gordon Pinsent) makes the difficult decision to enter a nursing home. What happens after she does is unpredictable, emotionally harrowing and an incredibly moving statement about marriage, old age, death and dying. Not to be missed. -- Felicia Feaster

BLACK BOOK 4 stars (R) In the Netherlands in 1944, a Jewish fugitive (Carice van Houten) turns femme fatale as an anti-Nazi resistance fighter, only to discover that things aren't as black-and-white as it seems. Dutch director Paul Verhoeven returns to his homeland after making such lurid, visceral Hollywood product as Basic Instinct, Showgirls and Starship Troopers, with results that can be both thrilling and ridiculously melodramatic. Instead of coming across as a caricature of femininity, Van Houten's star-making performance always feel credible and anchors the film despite its borderline-ludicrous plot twists. -- Holman

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