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Capsule reviews of recently reviewed movies

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THE 11TH HOUR (PG) Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Leila Conners Petersen and Nadia Conners, The 11th Hour, explores solutions to the problem of global warming and warns that humans must take action soon to save the planet.

DEATH SENTENCE (R) Kevin Bacon stars in James Wan's action drama about a father sworn to kill each member of the gang that murdered his son.

HALLOWEEN (R) Musician and writer/director of the latest Halloween chapter, Rob Zombie promises new thrills as he revisits Michael Myers' horror story that began in 1978.

LADRON QUE ROBA A LADRON (PG-13) Produced in Spanish, Joe Menendez's action-heist movie brings the diverse Latin American culture to the fore as it chronicles a team of underdog thieves setting out to rob a big-time crook.


TWO DAYS IN PARIS (NR) See review.

VITUS (R) See review.

Duly Noted

DRAGON*CON INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (NR) Presented as part of the Dragon*Con fantasy convention, this film festival presents panel discussions, four feature films (including the local productions The Signal and Blood Car) and more than 70 short films, primarily in such "genre" categories as horror, science fiction and animation. Memorable titles include "Zombie Love," "Sperm! The Motion Picture" and "Night of the Hell Hamsters." Aug. 31-Sept. 3. Dragon*Con. Atlanta Hilton, Hyatt Regency Hotel and Mariott Marquis Atlanta. $85, four-day membership. 770-909-1105.

DRIVE-INVASION (NR) See preview.

FLASH GORDON (PG) (1980) The 1930s Buster Crabbe sci-fi serial inspired Star Wars, so it's not surprising that the Flash Gordon remake features all the camp of George Lucas' space opera, but none of the grandeur. With a kitschy production design and a score by Queen, the film probably gets more entertaining the more dated it becomes. Midnight at Midtown Arts Center, 931 Monroe Drive. 678-495-1424. -- Curt Holman

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.


BALLS OF FURY (PG-13) In the high-stakes underground world of pingpong, a former professional pingpong phenom (Dan Fogler) is the government's only hope of bringing down the tournament organizer in Robert Ben Garant's comedy.

BECOMING JANE 3 stars (PG) Though it employs the familiar touches of a Jane Austen original, Becoming Jane never fully becomes the kind of Austen piece we know and love. In a pleasant, improbable manner, a feisty Jane (the porcelain Anne Hathaway) and her conflicted, Darcy-esque love interest (James McAvoy) dutifully deliver the expected wry banter and repressed affection to convince us of their love, yet the film's oddly somber tone, which lingers like English rain, hinders any real chance of doing justice to Austen's own bright mastery of wit and observation. -- Allison C. Keene

BLAME IT ON FIDEL (NR) Told from the point of view of 9-year-old Anna, documentary filmmaker Julie Gavras' fiction debut shows how children suffer when parents take political sensibilities too far.

THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM  3 stars (PG-13) In the third Bourne movie, amnesiac super-spy Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) crosses the globe to reclaim his memory and outwit his former CIA spymasters (including David Strathairn). Paul Greengrass also directed the trilogy's previous entry and again masterfully employs shaky camera work and soundtrack percussion to raise the audience's pulse rate; he could make doing laundry unbearably exciting. Nevertheless, given the identical plots (and impassive acting from Julia Stiles) in all three, it's no wonder Bourne can't remember anything. -- Holman

BRATZ (PG) With characters based on the popular dolls, Sean McNamara's comedy chronicles the trials of four teenage girls who share an enduring friendship.

COLMA: THE MUSICAL 3 stars (NR) Three recent high school graduates (Jake Moreno, L.A. Renigen, and scripter/lyricist/composer H.P. Mendoza) long to escape their sleepy hometown of Colma, Calif., in this exuberant indie musical. The thin plot and self-involved, unlikable characters prevent Colma from becoming a cult classic, but Mendoza and director Richard Wong clearly have enough ideas and talent to support the idea that the future of the movie musical may be at the art house, not the cineplex. -- Holman

DEATH AT A FUNERAL 2 stars (R) This calculated British farce milks a strained brand of comedy from the the solemn occasion of a death, where disclosures of homosexuality (a less shocking revelation in 2007 than the filmmaker seems to think), midgets and accidental murder show director Frank Oz's effort in keeping the plot moving. -- Feaster

EL CANTANTE (R) Spanning roughly 30 years, Leon Ichaso's biopic drama chronicles the rise of the Puerto Rican salsa singer Hector Lavoy and stars Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez.

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