ANTONIA (PG-13) On the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil, four girls struggle against poverty, racism and sexism to fulfill their dream of becoming rap stars in this film by Tata Amaral. In Portuguese with English subtitles.
DEDICATION (R) In Justin Theroux's directorial debut, a children's book author with emotional issues (Billy Crudup) attempts to shed ghosts of the past when he is forced to work with a new and beautiful illustrator (Mandy Moore) following the death of his collaborator.
FEEL THE NOISE (PG-13) Produced by Jennifer Lopez and starring R&B singer Omarion Grandberry as aspiring Harlem rapper Rob, whose mother sends him to Puerto Rico to live with the father he's never met. Rob's discovery of Reggaeton influences his rap dreams as he struggles to become a star. Alejandro Chomski (Hoy y Mañana) directs.
THE HEARTBREAK KID (R) The Farrelly brothers' latest film finds single and indecisive Eddie (Ben Stiller) pressured into proposing to the sexy Lila (Malin Akerman) after dating for one week. On their honeymoon, he meets the true woman of his dreams (Michelle Monaghan ) and strives to win her over while dealing with his increasingly awful new wife.
INTO THE WILD 4 stars (R) Emile Hirsch stars as affluent Emory University grad Chris McCandliss who died at age 24 after dropping off the grid to live on his own in the Alaskan wilderness. A surprising amount of transcendence and hopefulness infuses the normally dour Penn's fourth directorial effort about McCandliss's physical and interior journey based on Jon Krakauer's nonfiction account. Marked by nods to '60s and '70s cinema, Penn's film also has relevance to our own times as growing eco- and global-awareness have made more and more people take a McCandliss look at the bad path "civilization" is on. -- Feaster, See review.
THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB (PG-13) A group of friends meets to discuss the works of Jane Austen and discovers their romantic lives imitate the stories in the novels. Robin Swicord (The Red Coat) directs.
A MAN NAMED PEARL 3 stars (NR) See review.
THE SEEKER: THE DARK IS RISING (NR) Based on author Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising series, Will Stanton (Alexander Ludwig) learns he is the last of a group of immortal warriors dedicated to fighting evil.
VANAJA 3 stars (NR) See review.
DESTINY/KADER (Turkey) Zeki Demirkubuz's award-winning feature film tells the story of Bekir, the quiet son of a carpet seller infatuated with Ugur, who is in love with an imprisoned murderer. The film examines the one-sided passions that pull the pair apart. $4-$5. 8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 5. Rich Theatre, High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4955. www.high.org.
MAD MAX (1979) (R) The futuristic Mad Max series starts revving up in this still-exciting chase-based revenge thriller, with Mel Gibson's star-making role as a deadly outback peace officer. Oct. 5-11. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. 404-413-1798. www.gsu.edu/cinefest.
PINK FLOYD THE WALL (1982) The visual interpretation of Pink Floyd's classic album returns to the big screen. $12. 8 p.m. Tues., Oct. 9. 14th Street Playhouse, 173 14th St. 404-733-4738. www.14thstplayhouse.org.
POLTERGEIST 4 stars (1982) (PG) See review
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). Midnight, Fri. at Plaza Theatre, and Sat. at Peachtree Cinema & Games, Norcross.
THE WARRIORS (1979) (R) Falsely accused of murder, a tough-but-honest New York street gang must battle flamboyant rival gangs en route to their home turf in this cult-classic action flick that anticipates the fight-based role playing games of subsequent generations. Fri.-Sat., Oct. 5-6, midnight. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive. 678-495-1424. www.landmarktheatres.com.
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
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE 3 stars (PG-13) A handful of young Americans and one Liverpudlian sing Beatles songs amid the tumult of the 1960s in this trippy musical from director Julie Taymor (Titus, Frida). The trope of naming characters after Beatles songs, like central lovers Jude (Jim Sturgess) and Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood), can be ridiculously heavy-handed, but the film gorgeous visuals, appealing musical numbers and unstated Iraq War subtext keep it from being a Baby Boomer wallow in nostalgia. -- Holman
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