· ECHOES OF INNOCENCE (PG-13) A virginal high schooler (Sara Simmonds) finds her obsession with Joan of Arc become uncomfortably close to reality after her boyfriend disappears in this romantic thriller dedicated to presenting positive messages for young people.
· THE EDUKATORS 4 stars (R) See review.
· THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE 2 stars (PG-13) See review.
· THE MAN (PG-13) Who's the man? Samuel L. Jackson plays a badass lawman out to catch a vicious killer, but he's forced to team up with Eugene Levy's unhip dental supply salesman in this comedy of mismatched buddies.
· AN UNFINISHED LIFE (PG-13) Oscar-friendly director Lasse Hallström of The Cider House Rules helms this family drama in which Jennifer Lopez's single mom moves in with her curmudgeonly father-in-law (Robert Redford). Morgan Freeman plays a grizzled farmhand with a heart of gold.
· YES 4 stars (R) See review.
· BRIDE AND PREJUDICE 2 stars (PG-13) Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha presents this splashy, Bollywood-style adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice starring Aishwarya Rai, reputedly the most beautiful woman in world cinema. Sept. 9-15. 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.
· ROME INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (NR) The second annual festival in Rome, Ga., features more than 150 fiction and nonfiction features and short films, including Ross McElwee‚s tobacco-themed documentary Bright Leaves and a tribute to Bang the Drum Slowly director John Hancock. Rome International Film Festival. Sep. 8-11. DeSoto Theatre on Broad Street and other venues. $7.50-125. 706-295-2787. www.riff.tv.
· SIN CITY 2 stars (R) Based on Frank Miller's hard-boiled cult comic books of the same name, Sin City wallows unapologetically in violence, T&A and other preoccupations of adolescent boys of all ages. Co-directors Miller and Robert Rodriguez leer over interlocking tales of chivalrous antiheroes. Though the film's black-and-white images can sear your retinas, its repetitive plots, grisly slapstick and predictable misogyny can leave you embarrassed to be a geek. Sept. 8-15. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565. www2.gsu.edu/~wwwcft. -- Curt Holman
· TRANSGENERATION (NR) This sneak peek at the Sundance Channel's eight-episode documentary series looks at the triumphs and setbacks of four college students who are each undergoing a gender transition. Out on Film Festival. Mon., Sept. 12, 7 p.m. Red Chair Restaurant & Lounge, 550-C Amsterdam Ave. $15-$20. 404-352-4225. www.imagefv.org.
· THE WONDERFUL, HORRIBLE LIFE OF LENI RIEFENSTAHL, PART II (1993) 3 stars (NR) This three-hour documentary, shown in two parts, reviews the cinematic career and controversies surrounding Leni Riefenstahl, one of history's greatest female directors -- and an unmistakable booster of Hitler's Third Reich in such documentaries as Triumph of the Will. Filmed with the aged-but-fiesty Riefenstahl's participation, the documentary skews toward her own troubling, unapologetic justifications of her self-interested decisions. You admire her vision in clips from her work, but can't ignore her blindness to some monstrous politics. Film Retrospective: Leni Riefenstahl. Wed., Sept. 14, 7 p.m. Goethe Institut Inter Nationes, 1197 Peachtree St., Colony Square. $4. 404-892-2388. -- Holman
· THE ARISTOCRATS 4 stars (NR) George Carlin, Gilbert Gottfried, Sarah Silverman, John Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg and scores of other comedians take turns telling -- or commenting on -- an old, notoriously offensive joke. Depending on your tolerance for humor based on every imaginable human depravity, you might not always find "The Aristocrats" a very funny gag, but this documentary (from Paul Provenza and Penn Jillette) earns some honest laughs while offering fascinating -- and uncomfortable -- insights into the minds of professional jokemeisters. -- Holman
· BATMAN BEGINS 3 stars (PG-13) Memento director Christopher Nolan and American Psycho actor Christian Bale prove a perfectly matched dynamic duo as they explore the psychological trauma that turned millionaire orphan Bruce Wayne into a masked vigilante. Nolan and Bale bring undeniably gritty intensity to the film's first half, but as it works to its conclusion, it's hard to overlook the silliness of the villains' evil scheme or the miscasting of too-cute Katie Holmes as a tough district attorney. It's still the best Batman movie ever made, and the only one in which the Caped Crusader, instead of his villains, is the star. Area theaters, and Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival, Mon., Aug. 8, 8 p.m. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. $7. 404-817-8700. www.foxtheatre.org. -- Holman
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