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BELLA (PG-13) See review.

DAN IN REAL LIFE (PG-13) Steve Carell stars as Dan Burns, an advice columnist whose relationship expertise fails to serve him in his own life. Peter Hedges (Pieces of April) directs.




SAW IV (R) In the follow-up to Saw III, Jigsaw and his apprentice Amanda are dead. Detectives must sift through Jigsaw's latest grisly remains to piece together the puzzle. Darren Lynn Bousman directs.

Duly Noted

BLOOD FEAST (1963) Herschell Gordon Lewis' film reached a new level of gore at the time of its release. It returns to the big screen in full bloody glory. $8.50. 10 p.m. Tues., Oct. 30. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-873-1939.

MISS NAVAJO A documentary that follows a self-proclaimed tomboy on her quest to win the Miss Navajo beauty contest. Free. 7 p.m. Tues., Oct. 30. Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-370-3070.

PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE 1 star (1959) (NR) Director Ed Wood's famously awful sci-fi film justly qualifies as one of the worst movies in cinema history. Fortunately, the film's incompetence and absurdity make it one of the most entertainingly stupid films ever made, and at least it isn't pompous or boring. Silver Scream Spook Show. 1 p.m. show: $6, kids under 12 free; 10 p.m. show: $10. Sat., Oct. 27. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave. 404-873-1939.

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


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. -- Curt Holman

30 DAYS OF NIGHT (R) When the sun doesn't rise for more than 30 consecutive days and nights, vampires feed on the inhabitants of an isolated Alaskan town. David Slade (Hard Candy) directs.

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, such as central lovers Jude (Jim Sturgess) and Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood), can be ridiculously heavy-handed, but the film's gorgeous visuals, appealing musical numbers and unstated Iraq war subtext keep it from being a baby boomer wallow in nostalgia. -- Holman

ANTONIA (PG-13) On the outskirts of São Paulo, Brazil, four girls struggle against poverty, racism and sexism to fulfill their dream of becoming rap musicians.

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.

THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM 3 stars (PG-13) In the third Bourne movie, amnesiac superspy 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 BRAVE ONE 3 stars (R) Neil Jordan's tale of a radio DJ (Jodie Foster) who decides to take revenge for her fiancé's murder is an odd choice in a time when misplaced acts of aggression seem legion. But Foster's soulful, guilt-plagued performance, wonderfully complemented by Terrence Howard as the NYC detective who both understands and condemns her rage, do much to distinguish what in other hands might be a simplistic action-movie plot.-- Felicia Feaster

THE COMEBACKS (PG-13) In Tom Brady's (The Hot Chick) spoof on classic sports films Rocky, Field of Dreams and the like, unlucky coach Champ Fields (David Koechner) is hired to coach a talentless and deranged college football team.

THE DARJEELING LIMITED 3 stars (R) Three brothers (Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman) embark on a so-called "spiritual journey" across India by train, but struggle against their petty habits and sibling rivalry. Rushmore director Wes Anderson expands his artful but precious visual style through the bustling, shifting Indian landscape, but still keeps the audience at a distance from the characters. -- Holman



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