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Opening Friday

BREAKFAST WITH SCOT -- In this Canadian comedy based on a novel by Michael Downing, a gay couple (played by Tom Cavanagh and Ben Shenkman) unexpectedly become the guardians of a young boy.

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3: SENIOR YEAR (G) The Disney Channel movies makes the leap to the big screen when Zac Efron's and Vanessa Hudgens' high school sweethearts juggle a prom, a basketball championship and a spring musical. Plus, a bunch of sophomores turn up to ensure the musical franchise can keep going.

NOAH'S ARC: JUMPING THE BROOM Marital themes inform the feature-length spinoff of Logo's TV series "Noah's Arc," about four gay men living in Los Angeles. Series creator Patrik-Ian Polk directs.

PRIDE AND GLORY (PG-13) See review.


SAW V (R) Tobin Bell and Costas Mandylor star in the fifth installment of the now perennial series of horror flicks about Jigsaw, a psycho with a penchant for complicated, tortuous schemes for his victims.

Duly Noted

THE 12 LABORS (2006) The Greek myth of the 12 labors of Hercules loosely inspires this Brazilian coming-of-age comedy in which a young motorbike courier copes with less-than-heroic tasks. Latin American Film Festival. $6-$7. Fri., Oct. 24, 8 p.m. High Museum, Rich Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000.


BRIDE OF THE MONSTER (1955) 1 star (NR) Bela Lugosi plays a mad scientist with a rubber octopus and a hulking manservant (former wrestler Tor Johnson) in this laughable horror flick from Ed Wood Jr., director of Plan 9 from Outer Space. Tim Burton's biopic Ed Wood immortalized scenes from Bride. Plan to laugh at it, not with it. Silver Scream Spook Show. $10-$12; $6 matinee (free for children under 12). Sat., Oct. 25, 1 and 10 p.m. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-873-1939. -- Holman

M. (1931) 5 stars (NR) This classic German film from the dawn of the sound era made an international star of Peter Lorre as a tormented child killer, whose crimes expose the flaws and anxieties of the criminal justice system as well as the underworld. International Movie Classics to 1938. Free. 8 p.m. White Hall, Room 205, Emory University. 404-727-6761.

THE POPE'S TOILET (2007) This French/Brazilian/Uruguayan co-production inspired by a true story takes place during Pope John Paul II's Latin American tour in 1988, and depicts a small-timer who plans to cash in by building a public toilet in front of his house. Latin American Film Festival. $6-$7. Sat., Oct. 25, 8 p.m. Rich Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000.

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.


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. -- Holman

ANOTHER GAY SEQUEL: GAYS GONE WILD (NR) In this sequel to Todd Stephens' Another Gay Movie, Andy, Nico, Jarod and Griff go to a resort in Fort Lauderdale and compete to see who can get the most notches in his bedpost over spring break.

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. -- Holman

BABYLON A.D. (PG-13) French director Mathieu Kassovitz (Gothika) oversees this action-packed Vin Diesel vehicle about genetic manipulation. Based on the novel Babylon Babies by Maurice Dantec.

BANGKOK DANGEROUS (R) Nicolas Cage stars in this remake of a film about a hitman in the Thai capital, directed by brothers Oxide Pang Chun and Danny Pang.

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. -- Holman

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