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Capsule reviews of recently reviewed films 

Opening Friday

BOLT 3 stars (PG) See review.

FEAR(S) OF THE DARK See review.

TWILIGHT (PG-13) A young woman falls in love with a vampire and consequently risks everything.

Opening Wednesday

AUSTRALIA Set in Australia pre-WWII, an English aristocrat experiences the bombing of Darwin by the Japanese first hand.

FOUR CHRISTMASES (PG-13) A reluctant couple is stuck visiting all of their divorced parents for Christmas.

MILK (R) The story of California's first openly gay elected official who was assassinated.

Duly Noted

BEAUFORT A mournful meditation on war that takes place at Beaufort Castle, a medieval fortress built during the Crusades in southern Lebanon that was captured by Israel in 1982 and held until 2000. Spotlight Israeli Film. $6-$7. Sat., Nov. 22, 8 p.m. High Museum, Rich Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000.

THE BIG LEBOWSKI (R) "Lebowski," a man who goes by "dude," shares his name with a millionaire for whom he is mistaken. $10. Tues., Nov. 25, 9:30 p.m. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-873-1939.

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.


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. -- Curt Holman

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 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. Mark Strong steals the film as a Jordanian spymaster. -- 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

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 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

CITY OF EMBER (PG) The city of Ember is illuminated by glittering lights, but when Ember's generator starts to fail, two teens must solve an ancient mystery before their city is swallowed by darkness. Directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House).

THE DARK KNIGHT 4 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

DISASTER MOVIE (PG-13) The makers of Date Movie and Meet the Spartans present this comedic send-up of disaster movies.

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