BAGHEAD (R) A group of indie filmmakers heads to the woods to film a thriller, but before the crew can yell "Action!" life begins imitating art.
GHOST TOWN (PG-13) See review.
IGOR (PG) Igor (voiced by John Cusack), a hunchbacked, dime-a-dozen mad scientist's assistant, dreams of one day being a great mad scientist himself in this animated twist on monster movies.
A JIHAD FOR LOVE (PG) See review.
LAKEVIEW TERRACE (PG-13) Samuel L. Jackson stars as a Los Angeles police officer determined to get rid of his new neighbors, a young interracial couple (Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington).
MY BEST FRIEND'S GIRL (R) Tank (Dane Cook) takes girls on bad dates to get them back with their ex-boyfriends, but when his best friend (Jason Biggs) makes the same arrangement with his ex (Kate Hudson), it leads to an awkward love triangle.
TOWELHEAD (R) See review.
DISCOVERING TURKISH CINEMA A presentation of critically acclaimed Turkish movies, including Bliss, The Edge of Heaven and Times and Winds. Sept. 20-Oct. 4. $6-$7. Saturdays, 8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, High Museum of Art, Rich Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. www.high.org.
IRANIAN FILMS TODAY A showcase of recent Iranian films. Through Sept. 26. $6-$7. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, High Museum of Art, Rich Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. www.high.org.
LITTLE CHILDREN 4 stars (2006) (R) Todd Field's film adaptation of Tom Perrotta's (Election) snarky social comedy has real tenderness for and insight into its characters despite their myriad problems ranging from selfishness and porn addiction to antisocial sexual urges. -- Felicia Feaster. Shown in anticipation of Todd Field's visit to Emory Sept. 18 and 19. Free. Wed., Sept. 17, 8 p.m. White Hall, Room 205, Emory University. 404-727-6761. www.filmstudies.emory.edu.
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. Midnight, Fridays at Plaza Theatre, and Saturdays at Peachtree Cinema & Games, Norcross.
I SERVED THE KING OF ENGLAND (R) See review.
BABYLON A.D. (PG-13) French director Mathieu Kassovitz (Gothika) oversees this action-packed Vin Diesel vehicle about genetic manipulation. Based on the novel Babylon Babies by Maurice Dantec.
BANGKOK DANGEROUS (R) Nicolas Cage stars in this remake of a film about a hitman in the Thai capital, directed by brothers Oxide Pang Chun and Danny Pang.
BOTTLE SHOCK (PG-13) Bill Pullman and Alan Rickman star in this film, based on a true story, about a struggling California wine seller who changes the wine industry with a remarkable chardonnay.
BRIDESHEAD REVISITED 3 stars (PG-13) An Oxford University art student (Matthew Goode) becomes drawn into the circle of an unbelievably old and aristocratic English family, becoming an object of affection for two troubled siblings (Hayley Atwell and Sebastian Whishaw). The 11-part, 1981 miniseries with Jeremy Irons offered a definitive adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's popular novel, but director Julian Jarrold offers a smaller-scale but respectable version for the big screen. If most of the actors lack the charisma of their predecessors, Emma Thompson brings enormous wit and sensitivity to the role of imperious Lady Marchmain, making her both the embodiment of an institution as well as a flesh-and-blood mother. -- Curt Holman
BURN AFTER READING 3 stars (R) A pair of dim-witted gym employees (Frances McDormand and Brad Pitt) blackmail a disgruntled CIA analyst (John Malkovich) in this comedy from the Coen brothers. In contrast to their bleak Oscar winner No Country for Old Men, Burn After Reading offers a hilarious parody of spy thrillers, replete with sinister music and shadowy figures following the protagonists. The Coens' fondness for anticlimaxes diminishes the film's potential punch, but the hilarious performances alone would make it worth seeing, including Michael Clayton co-stars George Clooney and Tilda Swinton. -- Holman
COLLEGE (R) Drake Bell, Kevin Covias and Andrew Caldwell star as three high school students who visit a college campus for a weekend and destroy a fraternity.
CTHULHU 3 stars (R) A gay history professor (Jason Cottle) returns to his hometown for his mother's funeral and discovers occult goings-on. Very loosely based on the short story "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" by H.P. Lovecraft, Dan Gildark's film creates an atmosphere of low-budget menace by keeping the protagonist and the audience in the dark for most of the running time. The ambiguity at the end blunts the film's effectiveness as both an apocalyptic thriller and a character study, but Gildark nevertheless offers a thoughtful modernization of Lovecraft's chilling vision. -- Holman
THE DARK KNIGHT 3 stars (PG-13) Director Christopher Nolan's follow-up to Batman Begins features such sharp conflicts, gritty locations and breathless action scenes that the flamboyant hero and villain costumes seem almost superfluous. The late Heath Ledger's creepy, charismatic turn as the anarchic Joker could have earned the actor a second career playing movie bad guys, while Aaron Eckhart's portrayal of district attorney Harvey Dent, the "white knight" of crime-ridden Gotham City, gives the film the dimensions of classic tragedy. As Bruce Wayne, Christian Bale doesn't seem to mind being upstaged. -- Holman
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