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Ratatouille, Sicko, The Boss of It All

Opening Friday

THE BOSS OF IT ALL (R) See review. 4 stars

EVENING (PG-13) See review. 2 stars

GOLDEN DOOR (PG-13) Members of a deeply superstitious Sicilian family experience drastic levels of culture shock while emigrating to America in the early 20th century. Apart from the third act, set entirely within the buildings of Ellis Island, Italian director Emanuele Crialese's film never shows or sets foot in the United States, emphasizing the mirage-like nature of the American promise. Despite its slow pace, the film deserves attention for its sympathetic (at-times surreal) portrait of the cruelties of the immigration experience, which proves particularly relevant given the hot-button status of crossing the border as a political issue. 3 stars -- Holman

RATATOUILLE (G) See review. 5 stars

SICKO (PG-13) See review. 5 stars

STEEL TOES (NR) Danny Dunckelman (David Strathairn) plays a Jewish lawyer appointed to defend Mike Downey (Andrew Walker), a neo-Nazi on trial for the murder of a Pakistani man in director David Gow's film about race, hatred and forgiveness.

Duly Noted

THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE (1962) (NR) As with many a 1960s horror classic, Joseph Green's freakish sci-fi flick features a mad scientist bent on playing God as he keeps his girlfriend's severed head alive while he looks for a body to fit it. Silver Scream Spook Show. June 30. The Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-873-1939.

E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (PG) Steven Spielberg's 1982 classic story of a cosmos-spanning friendship between a boy and a lost alien. Screen on the Green. Thurs., June 28 at dusk. Piedmont Park meadow near 10th Street and Monroe Drive. Free. 404-878-2600.

THE HOST (R) The monstrous host of an unknown virus comes to life with state-of-the-art special effects courtesy of Weta Workshop (The Lord of the Rings) and the Orphanage (Sin City) in Bong Joon-ho's Korean thriller. June 29-July 12. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. 404-651-3565.

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. Midnight Fri. at Lefont Plaza Theatre and Sat. at Peachtree Cinema & Games, Norcross.

STRANGER THAN FICTION (PG-13) The life Harold Click (Will Ferrell) leads is being written and narrated by author Kay Eiffel (Emma Thompson) in director Marc Forster's comedy. Flicks on 5th. Wed., July 11. Georgia Tech, Technology Square. 404-894-2805.


1408 (PG-13) Stephen King's twisted mind and extensive collection spawn yet another horror flick, brought to life this time by Swedish director Mikael Håfström and actors Samuel L. Jackson and John Cusack, who plays a skeptical horror novelist checking into the Dolphin Hotel's infamous room 1408.

28 WEEKS LATER (R) Following the outbreak of the "rage" virus in Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later that turned most of the population of mainland Britain into berserkers, this sequel takes up after the crisis has passed -- or so it seems. Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo may surpass Boyle's ability to craft jittery, unnerving thrill scenes, but the script's harsh anti-U.S. sensibility relies on plot points too nonsensical to be easily ignored in the film's last half-hour. 3 stars -- Curt Holman

AFTER THE WEDDING (R) One of this year's Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language film, this Danish drama depicts a schoolteacher in India (Casino Royale's bad guy Mads Mikkelsen) who returns to his native Denmark to woo a potential philanthropist and, at a wedding, discovers family ties he didn't know he had. Thanks to the cast's realistic responses to some melodramatic plot points and Susanne Bier's energetic storytelling, After the Wedding combines fish-out-of-water humor and heated family conflicts without feeling like a Danish soap opera. 3 stars -- Holman

AWAY FROM HER (PG-13) An exceptionally accomplished and thoughtful directorial debut feature from the actress Sarah Polley. An absolutely luminous Julie Christie delivers one of the best performances of her career as a Canadian woman suffering from Alzheimer's disease, who along with her husband (Gordon Pinsent) makes the difficult decision to enter a nursing home. What happens after she does is unpredictable, emotionally harrowing and an incredibly moving statement about marriage, old age, death and dying. Not to be missed. 5 stars -- Felicia Feaster

BLACK BOOK (R) In the Netherlands in 1944, a Jewish fugitive (Carice van Houten) turns femme fatale as an anti-Nazi resistance fighter, only to discover that things aren't as black-and-white as it seems. Dutch director Paul Verhoeven returns to his homeland after making such lurid, visceral Hollywood product as Basic Instinct, Showgirls and Starship Troopers, with results that can be both thrilling and ridiculously melodramatic. Instead of coming across as a caricature of femininity, Van Houten's star-making performance always feel credible and anchors the film despite its borderline-ludicrous plot twists. 4 stars -- Holman

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