Film Clips 

Capsule reviews of recently reviewed movies

Opening Friday

THE BRAVE ONE 3 stars (R) See review.

GYPSY CARAVAN (NR) Filmmaker Jasmine Dellal's music documentary chronicles five bands of Gypsy musicians as they unite for a North American tour.

THE HUNTING PARTY 2 stars (NR) See review.

MR. WOODCOCK (PG-13) Seann William Scott stars as John Farley, a self-help author motivated by years of humiliation at the hands of his gym teacher, Mr. Woodcock (Billy Bob Thornton). When he returns home, John finds his mother (Susan Sarandon) dating his old arch-nemesis. Directed by Craig Gillespie.

SILK (R) Michael Pitt (Last Days) stars as a silkworm trader, who, while on a mission to Japan, falls passionately in love with a local baron's concubine in François Girard's drama.

Duly Noted

HALF MOON Director Bahman Ghobad has a different perspective on the humorous road-trip movie in this story of Mamo, a Kurdish musician with 10 talented sons who is determined to play in Iraq where such performances are banned under the rule of Saddam Hussein. Iranian Film Today Festival Sat., Sept. 15. High Museum, Rich Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4444. www.high.org.

INTERNATIONAL BLACK DOCUFEST Documentaries from around the world about the lives of people of Africa and the African Diaspora are brought together at the High for three days of educational exchange including screenings and panel discussions. Sept. 13-15. High Museum Sifly Piazza, 1280 Peachtree St. 678-477-2412. www.internationalblackdocufest.com.

POET OF THE WASTES On his garbage-collecting route, Saber, a street sweeper, rescues a poet's drafts from the trash to claim them as his own while wooing a young woman. Iranian Film Today Festival Fri., Sept. 14. High Museum, Rich Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4444. www.high.org.

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

TROLL 2 (1990) (PG-13) The cult-classic horror film that fans claim is so bad it's good reappears on the big screen for two nights in Atlanta, the first of which features live appearances by the actors. Sept. 14-15. Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive. 678-495-1424. www.landmarktheatres.com.

Continuing

3:10 TO YUMA 4 stars (R) Christian Bale plays a tough but indebted rancher hired out to help escort a ruthless, charismatic outlaw (Russell Crowe) to the prison train that gives the film its title. After such revisionist Westerns as Unforgiven and HBO's "Deadwood," director James Mangold (Walk the Line) offers a pleasingly old-fashioned oater full of horses, six-guns, rugged landscapes and even more rugged actors. Crowe has the plum part, but Bale doesn't let him steal the movie. -- Curt Holman

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.

BALLS OF FURY (PG-13) In the high-stakes underground world of ping-pong, 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 spy masters (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

THE BROTHERS SOLOMON (R) The socially awkward brothers John (Will Arnett) and Dean Solomon (Will Forte) stop at nothing to fulfill their father's dying wish for grandchildren in Bob Odenkirk's comedy.

DEATH AT A FUNERAL 2 stars (R) This calculated British farce milks a strained brand of comedy from 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

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