ANITA O'DAY: THE LIFE OF A JAZZ SINGER A tribute to jazz diva Anita O'Day, completed just weeks before her death in November 2006.
THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS (PG-13) See review.
MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA (PG) See review.
REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA (R) Faced with a global epidemic, a biotech company develops an organ-financing program, a procedure similar in nature to a car loan.
ROLE MODELS (R) See review.
SOUL MEN (R) "Out of sync. Never out of style," is the tagline. Two estranged soul-singing legends agree to reunite for a show to honor one of their late band members.
BURN THE BRIDGES (2007) This gothic family drama centers on emotionally conflicted siblings awaiting the death of their terminally ill mother in their crumbling mansion. Latin American Film Festival. $6-$7. Fri., Nov. 7, 8 p.m. High Museum, Rich Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000. www.high.org.
LOVESICKNESS (2007) Three episodes tell the varying stories of love, whether new, lost or resistant, in this beautifully observed comedy. $6-$7. Sat., Nov. 8, 8 p.m. High Museum, Rich Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000. www.high.org.
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.
RAIN IN A DRY LAND See review.
A STORY OF FLOATING WEEDS (1934) Yasujiro Ozu's bittersweet comedy about a traveling actor who returns to a small town and encounters his former lover and illegitimate son, much to the chagrin of his current lover. Takashi Sakamoto, Ozu's favorite comic actor of the time, stars in this much acclaimed example of Ozu's dynamic early style. Free. 8 p.m. Emory University, White Hall, Room 205. 404-727-6761. www.filmstudies.emory.edu.
APPALOOSA 3 stars (R) Two freelance marshals (Viggo Mortensen and Ed Harris, who directed and co-wrote the screenplay) bring law and order to Appaloosa in defiance of a powerful, sadistic rancher (Jeremy Irons in full "Uncle Scar" mode). Harris and Mortensen casually banter with each other and the shoot-outs are appropriately loud and sudden, along the lines of last year's 3:10 to Yuma, but the film's sexual politics (embodied by Renee Zellweger's free-thinking piano player) border on misogynistic. -- Holman
BLINDNESS 3 stars (R) Fernando Meirelles (the Brazillian director of City of God and The Constant Gardener) presents a heavily-allegorical thriller in which an epidemic of blindness sweeps an unnamed city. A still-sighted woman (Julianne Moore) joins her blinded husband (Mark Ruffalo) in a crowded quarantine facility, which soons resembles a cross between The Lord of the Flies and the New Orleans Superdome after Hurricane Katrina. -- Holman
BODY OF LIES 3 stars (R) A CIA operative (Leonardo DiCaprio) criss-crosses the Middle East to flush out an Islamist terrorist (Alon Aboutboul), despite the undermining political tactics of his corpulent boss (Russell Crowe). Director Ridley Scott crafts some exciting counter-terrorism scenes, comparable to "24" set in the real world, particularly in the film's second half. But DiCaprio and the Crowe seem miscast and, not unlike DiCaprio's Blood Diamond, Body of Lies emphasizes Hollywood action tropes over real-world complexities. -- 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
CHOKE 2 stars (R) Character actor Clark Gregg adapted, directed and played a supporting role in this ineffectual version of the novel by Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk. Sam Rockwell plays a "historical interpreter" at an 18th century village who struggles with sex addiction, tries to care for his demented mother (a charismatic Anjelica Huston) and chokes on food at restaurants so he can scam his rescuers. Choke retains Palahniuk's snide, aggressive voice and engineers some memorably dark gags, but the different plot threads never add up to much. -- Holman
THE DUCHESS 3 stars (PG-13) Kiera Knightley plays the glamorous Georgiana Spencer, an 18th century ancestor of Princess Diana, who endured a similar romantic triangle in her marriage to the emotionally remote Duke of Devonshire (Ralph Fiennes). Saul Dibb's adaptation of the acclaimed biography focuses on pre-feminist social predicaments and proves smarter than the average bodice-ripper. If not a particularly deep period piece, it's still a lively, juicy one about domestic power struggles and the public value of having children (a point with echoes in the current presidential campaign). -- Holman
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