ACROSS THE UNIVERSE 3 stars (PG-13) See online-only review at atlanta.creativeloafing.com.
DECEMBER BOYS (PG-13) Expanding his acting talents beyond the role of Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe plays his first non-Hogwarts role in this coming-of-age story set in Australia.
DELIRIOUS 3 stars (NR) See review.
EASTERN PROMISES 3 stars (R) See review.
FIERCE PEOPLE (R) Diane Lane and Donald Sutherland star in Griffin Dunne's film about the dark side of wealth and privilege.
GOOD LUCK CHUCK (R) Dane Cook stars as a successful dentist doomed to bad luck in love because of a childhood hex. When he meets Cam (Jessica Alba), an accident-prone penguin specialist, he is determined to break his curse. Directed by Mark Helfrich.
THE HUNTING PARTY 2 stars (R) Director Richard Shepard blasted onto the scene with his snarky hitman black comedy The Matador. But his follow-up fact-based film comes off as more of a whimper. Richard Gere, Terrence Howard and Jesse Eisenberg portray journalists in postwar Bosnia on a mission to capture an elusive Bosnian war criminal. Shepard's grasp at Esquire-meets-Hunter S. Thompson absurdity never gets off the ground, and the decision to make comic hay out of a postwar landscape can come off as bad taste. Co-stars James Brolin. -- Feaster
IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH 3 stars (R) Writer/director Paul Haggis follows his Oscar-winning Crash (not to mention his script for Million Dollar Baby) with a sober, serious-minded inquiry into the Iraq war and its effect on America's soldiers. Tommy Lee Jones embodies mournful stoicism as a veteran searching for his AWOL son near a Southern Army base, with Charlize Theron playing a small-town detective assisting him on the case. The film feels a little too proud of its unglamorous visuals and deliberate pace, but builds to powerful, unnerving implications about the toll the war takes from the young men who wage it. -- Curt Holman
RANDY AND THE MOB (PG) See review.
RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION (R) Milla Jovovich returns in the third and final installment of this video-game series as Alice, determined to eliminate the virus that threatens to make every human being undead. Russell Mulcahy directs.
SYDNEY WHITE (PG-13) Amanda Bynes plays a tomboy college freshman who joins dorky outcasts to wage war against the campus elite in this teen comedy directed by Joe Nussbau
THE BIG LEBOWSKI 3 stars (1998) (R) An aging slacker (Jeff Bridges) and his bowling buddies (John Goodman, Steve Buscemi) become embroiled in a kidnapping plot among Los Angeles' rich and artsy. For their follow-up to the Oscar-winning Fargo, and loosely inspired by the film noir classic The Big Sleep, the Coen Brothers seem to have emptied their notebooks of amusing one-liners and weird images for a finished product that's well-polished but inconsequential. Sept. 21-22. Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive. 678-495-1424. www.landmarktheatres.com
REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955) To commemorate the 52nd anniversary of the death of iconic film star James Dean, the Plaza Theatre will host a screening of Nicholas Ray's classic film of teenage angst. Co-stars Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo. Sept. 22-23. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-873-1939. www.plazaatlanta.com.
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) (R) The definitive cult classic, 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 Plaza Theatre and Sat. at Peachtree Cinema & Games, Norcross.
WINDHORSE (1998) Filmmaker Paul Wagner's politically charged film details the lives of three young Tibetans searching for freedom and fulfillment within Chinese-occupied Tibet.
Tibetan Film Festival. 8 p.m. Wed., Sept. 26. 205 White Hall, Emory University. 404-727-6761.
2 DAYS IN PARIS 4 stars (R) Not since Michael Moore has someone looked at their native culture with such jaundiced eyes. Julie Delpy's (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset) directorial debut is a delightfully bitter take on Richard Linklater's one-day-in-Paris romances in which Delpy also starred. A couple played by Delpy and real-life former boyfriend Adam Goldberg stop in Paris on their way back to New York from Venice and watch their relationship fall apart. Delpy's takedown of contemporary, post-Sept. 11 romance parallels her scathing read on Parisians' rudeness and sex obsession, but for all her cynicism the film is also incredibly funny. -- Feaster
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