Capsule reviews of recently reviewed films 

Even Monday, Gracie, Mr. Brooks

Opening Friday

DAY NIGHT DAY NIGHT 3 stars (NR) See review.

EVEN MONEY (R) A crime drama starring Kim Basinger and Danny DeVito, featuring a group of nine unconnected individuals whose gambling addictions bring them together in unexpected ways.

GRACIE (PG-13) Directed by Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth). Gracie is a teenage girl who struggles to overcome the death of her older brother by trying out for the boy's varsity soccer team at her high school.

JINDABYNE 3 stars (R) A ghost story for adults based in the Australian town of Jindabyne, starring Laura Linney and Gabriel Byrne. See review.

KNOCKED UP 4 stars (R) See review.

MR. BROOKS 3 stars (R) See review.

PARIS JE T'AIME (R) Twenty filmmakers, including Alfonso Cuarón, the Coen brothers and Gérard Depardieu, each bring their own personal touches to the film, which features 20 interconnected narratives set in Paris.

SNOW CAKE 2 stars (NR) A drama about a friendship between Linda Freeman (Sigourney Weaver), an autistic woman, and Alex Hughes (Alan Rickman), a man who has been traumatized after a near-fatal car accident. See review.

Duly Noted

CASABLANCA (1942) 5 stars (NR) Arguably the most atmospheric and cleverly written romance Hollywood ever made, with delightful supporting players and superb musical choices. Humphrey Bogart plays a cynical nightclub owner torn between love and idealism when his long-lost soulmate (Ingrid Bergman) turns up married to a resistance fighter (Paul Henreid). Round up the usual suspects and see it again. Directed by Michael Curtiz. Screen on the Green. May 31 at dusk. Piedmont Park meadow near 10th Street and Monroe Drive. Free. 404-878-2600. -- Curt Holman

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.

ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL The High Museum partners with the Miami Italian Film Festival to present the best of Italian cinema, featuring the films Manual of Love, The Cruelest Day, The Second Wedding Night, Come Into the Light, Kiss Me First, My Best Enemy and The Truth About Love. See website for showtimes. June 1-3. $10. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Theatre. 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4570.

THE WOMAN'S ANGLE Spotlighting up-and-coming Atlanta-area female filmmakers, the Woman's Angle film project premieres nine short films, directed by Angela Harvey, Kimberly Jurgen, Kathleen Kelly, Tracy Martin, Shandra McDonald, Cara Price, Krista Rivas, Avril Speaks and Deirdre Walsh. Ranging in form from drama to documentary, comedy to crime, traditional to experimental, the nine films offer radically different views of sexual politics, and dispel the notion that women filmmakers are inclined to make the stereotypical "chick flick." June 1, 8 p.m.; June 2, 5 and 8 p.m.; and June 3, 5 p.m. Sketchworks Theater, 3041 N. Decatur Road. $10.

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

ARE WE DONE YET? 2 stars (PG) In this modern interpretation of the 1948 postwar classic Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House family man Nick Persons (Ice Cube) moves from a city apartment to a drool-worthy country mansion but finds himself and his house wrapped around the finger of an outlandish local contractor (a genuinely uproarious John C. McGinley). The laughs are few and far between -- mostly courtesy of McGinley -- though Ice Cube's scowl and introverted, impacted emotions come in handy in expressing homeowner building angst. -- Felicia Feaster


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