Capsule reviews of recently reviewed films 

Opening Friday

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (R) See review at

THE ORDER OF MYTHS Mardi Gras is celebrated in Mobile, Ala., but it's complicated. A plot laced with parades and parties reveals much more than expected beneath the surface.

QUANTUM OF SOLACE Three stars. (PG-13) See review at

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.

SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK Four stars. (R) See review at

Duly Noted

THE AERIAL The Voice, a singer in an unusual metropolis, and a rag-tag team of friends are the only people who can stop a sinister dictator in this dystopian allegory. Latin American Film Festival. $6-$7. Fri., Nov. 14, 8 p.m. High Museum, Rich Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000.

ELITE SQUAD Sometimes called a companion piece to City of God, this Brazilian film centers on a special internal police force that works to fight corruption within its ranks. Latin American Film Festival. $6-$7. Sat., Nov. 15, 8 p.m. High Museum, Rich Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000.

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.



AN AMERICAN CAROL One star. (PG-13) A Michael Moore-type documentary filmmaker learns the true meaning of patriotism after being visited by such ghosts as General George S. Patton (Kelsey Grammer). David Zucker, one of the three creators of Airplane! and the Naked Gun films, offers a right-leaning political spoof that mocks war protesters, college professors, ACLU lawyers and actual terrorists. A couple of jokes hit home (a George Clooney-esque movie star receives awards for a film called That McCarthy Sure Was Bad), but overall it's a badly acted shambles that relies on repetitive slapstick and little insight into its target. -- Curt Holman

APPALOOSA Three 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

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.

BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA (PG) A pampered pup named Chloe (voiced by Drew Barrymore) gets separated from her owners and must find her way back. On the way, she makes new friends and uncovers her rich chihuahua heritage.

BODY OF LIES Three 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. Mark Strong steals the film as a Jordanian spymaster. -- Holman

BURN AFTER READING Three 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

CHANGELING (R) A mother desperately searches for her lost son. When he is returned to her, she quickly suspects that the boy is not, in fact, hers at all.

CHOKE Two 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



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