· THE BENCHWARMERS (PG-13) David Spade, Rob Schneider and Jon "Napoleon Dynamite" Heder star as three losers who try to make up for their childhood incompetence at sports by forming a three-man team to take on actual Little Leaguers.
· BRICK (R) See review.
· DUCK SEASON 3 stars. (R) See review.
· THE HEART IS DECEITFUL ABOVE ALL THINGS (R) 3 stars. (R) Few acts of human depravity prove more disturbing or unforgiveable than child abuse, which actor-filmmaker Asia Argento unremittingly examines in this assaulting cinematic drug trip. Based on the works of hoaxer J.T. Leroy, Heart depicts a young boy (Jimmy Bennett) and his deranged mother (Argento) as they descend into a living death among the scum of society. No one -- either in the film or in the audience -- emerges unscathed from Heart's portrayal of lost innocence and a world without hope. -- Allison C. Keene
· LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN 1 star. (R) Josh Harnett plays a hapless hunk who finds himself caught in the middle of feuding mobsters, The Rabbi (Ben Kingsley) and The Boss (Morgan Freeman). Despite a high-profile cast that includes Bruce Willis and sole-saving-grace Lucy Liu, Slevin plays like a Quentin Tarantino/Usual Suspects wannabe, only half a decade late and much more than a dime short. With yawningly obvious plot "twists" and woefully self-conscious wordplay, Slevin comes up snake eyes. -- Curt Holman
· MARILYN HOTCHKISS' BALLROOM DANCING AND CHARM SCHOOL 3 stars. (PG-13) A quiet widower (Robert Carlyle) becomes entangled in the past of a dying stranger byattending a ballroom class at his old charm school. Unlike the cleverly imagined short film (appearing in flashbacks), the pace of this somberly reimagined work is as lulling as a waltz, and despite its few moments of humor -- and its ability to employ half the working actors in Hollywood -- it fails to ever fully engage. For a movie that champions leaving the past behind this Charm may have been better served by remaining old School. -- Keene
· PHAT GIRLZ (PG-13) Mo'Nique plays an aspiring designer of plus-sized fashions who looks for love and acceptance in this comedy that co-stars Eric Roberts.
· TAKE THE LEAD (PG-13) Antonio Banderas plays a former professional dancer who volunteers to teach dance in the New York public school system in this inspirational-teacher flick with Alfre Woodard and Ray Liotta.
· BEST SHORTS FROM OUT ON FILM 2005 (NR) This anthology presents the most popular gay, lesbian and transgender short films from Atlanta's 2005 Out on Film Festival. Thurs., April 6, 7:30 p.m. Red Chair Restaurant & Video Lounge, 550-C Amsterdam Ave. $4-$6. 404-352-4225. www.imagefv.org.
· THE FOUND FOOTAGE FESTIVAL (NR) See review.
· GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK 5 stars. (PG) In the early 1950s, Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn) used his CBS news show "See It Now" to take on U.S. Sen. Joe McCarthy's "witch hunt" tactics. Every creative decision pays off in George Clooney's second film, a black-and-white homage to the "greatest generation" of broadcast journalists, whose courage in the face of enormous pressures makes the Bush administration press corps look timid by comparison. The film succeeds enormously well at getting you under the skin of Murrow's reporters and anticipating the increasing influence of entertainment on broadcast news. See it now. April 7-13. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565. www2.gsu.edu/~wwwcft. -- Holman
· THE HEALING PASSAGE/VOICES FROM THE WATER (NR) This documentary presents how artists explore the modern-day repercussions of the transatlantic slave trade through music, dance, spoken word and other means. Thurs., April 6, 6 p.m. The APEX Museum, 135 Auburn Ave. Free. 770-234-5890.
· LOVE STORY: BERLIN 1942 (1997) During World War II, a model Aryan hausfrau and soldier's wife discovers that she has feelings for a 20-year-old woman concealing her Jewish identity. Gay Films From Germany. Sun. April 9, 7 p.m. Goethe Institut Atlanta, 1197 Peachtree St. $3-$4. 404-894-2388.
· LOVELORN (2005) Turkey's official Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee follows a rural schoolteacher who retires to Istanbul and becomes increasingly entangled in the family of a troubled nightclub hostess. Discovering Turkish Cinema. Fri., April 7, 8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. $5. 404-733-4570. www.high.org.
· THE MAN WHO COPIED (PG-13) Andre, a 19-year-old aspiring comic artist who works as a copy machine operator, begins counterfeiting cash to impress a local salesgirl. Not to be confused with Rob Schneider's old "Saturday Night Live" Copy Room Guy character. Through Thurs., April 6. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565. www2.gsu.edu/~wwwcft.
· 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.
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