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Capsule reviews of recently reviewed movies 

Opening Friday

MAX PAYNE (PG-13) See review at atlanta.creativeloafing.com.

MORNING LIGHT (PG) Mark Monroe's documentary about 15 young sailors competing in the daring Transpacific Yacht Race.

THE POOL (NR) See review on this page.

THE PRINCESS OF NEBRASKA (NR) See review on next page.

THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES (PG-13) See review on p. 29.

SEX DRIVE (R) Ian (Josh Zuckerman), an 18-year-old doughnut shop employee, sets out with his friends on a cross-country journey in hopes of losing his virginity with a girl he met on the Internet.

W. (PG-13) Josh Brolin stars as George W. Bush in this biopic about the president's rise to power. Directed by Oliver Stone (JFK).

Duly Noted

DEATH NOTE II: THE LAST NAME (NR) Director Shusuke Kaneko's live-action sequel to Death Note, based on the popular Japanese manga and animated series. Prices and locations vary. Wed.-Thurs., Oct. 15-16, 7:30 p.m. www.fathomevents.com.

LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL The High Museum's 23rd annual showcase. Free-$7. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m., through Nov. 15. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-HIGH. www.high.org.

LIONESS A documentary look at the war in Iraq through the eyes of women. Directed by Meg McLagan and Daria Sommers. Free-$5. Tues., Oct. 21, 8:30 p.m. Cinefest Film Theatre, University Center, GSU, 66 Courtland St. 404-413-1798. www2.gsu.edu/~wwwcft.

LUNAFEST FILM FESTIVAL A series of films by, for and about women, presented by LUNA Bar. Ticket sales benefit the Breast Cancer Fund. $15. Thurs., Oct. 16, 7 p.m. Concourse Athletic Club, 8 Concourse Parkway. 404-502-0634. www.lunafest.org.

MODERN TIMES (1936) (NR) A factory worker (Charlie Chaplin) is driven insane by the monotony of his job in Chaplin's last silent film. Free. Wed., Oct. 15, 8 p.m. White Hall, Room 205, Emory University. 404-727-6761. www.filmstudies.emory.edu.

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.

SONGS OF DEVOTION: FILMS BY NATHANIEL DORSKY The highly visual films Alaya, Triste and Variations are screened, in conjunction with Atlanta Celebrates Photography. Wed., Oct. 15, 8 p.m. Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery, 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org.

UNDER THE INFLUENCE A documentary showcase of the terrain and conditions faced by serious skiers and snowboarders around the world. $15-$20. Wed., Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m. Sweetwater Brewing Company, 195 Ottley Drive. 404-691-2537. www.tetongravity.com/undertheinfluence.

Continuing

ALLAH MADE ME FUNNY (NR) Live stand-up comedy from three Muslim-American comics: Mohammed Amer, Preacher Moss and Azhar Usman.

AN AMERICAN CAROL 1 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 targets. — Curt Holman

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, but the film's sexual politics (embodied by Renee Zellweger's free-thinking piano player) border on misogynistic. — Holman

BLINDNESS 3 stars (R) Fernando Meirelles (the Brazillian director of City of God and The Constant Gardener) presents a heavily allegorical thriller in which an epidemic of blindness sweeps an unnamed city. A still-sighted woman (Julianne Moore) joins her blinded husband (Mark Ruffalo) in a crowded quarantine facility, which soons resembles a cross between The Lord of the Flies and the New Orleans Superdome after Hurricane Katrina. Heavy-handed and at times infuriatingly contrived, the film redeems itself with Moore's raw performance and chilling set pieces that affirm Meirelles as a director with, uh, vision. — Holman

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. — Holman

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