AMERICAN GANGSTER 3 stars (R) See review.
BEE MOVIE (PG) See online-only Hollywood Product at atlanta.creativeloafing.com.
THE BUBBLE 4 stars (NR) New York-born Israeli director Eytan Fox presents an engaging, poetic journey of young leftist friends and lovers in Tel Aviv -- gay, straight, Jewish and Muslim -- attempting to shelter themselves emotionally from the chaos that surrounds them. Despite being haunted by a foreboding that stems from life in such a fragile place, the film unfolds with sensitivity and grace, like a wistful sigh that sincerely hopes for the best but ultimately prepares for the worst. -- Allison C. Keene
CONTROL (NR) See review.
JIMMY CARTER: MAN FROM PLAINS (PG) See review.
MARTIAN CHILD (PG) John Cusack stars as a recently widowed science-fiction writer who adopts a young boy who claims to be from Mars. Menno Meyjes (Capa) directs.
MY KID COULD PAINT THAT 3 stars (PG-13) Director Amir Bar-Lev's documentary chronicles the renown 4-year old Marla Olmstead gained for producing precocious abstract paintings that garnered substantial prices from collectors. While the film shifts from a compelling look at America's ambivalent relationship with abstract art to a probe into the authenticity of the girl's work, Bar-Liev offers a point of discussion for the viewer. Art types who will debate the issues about abstraction and the art market till the cows come home. -- Feaster
WRISTCUTTERS: A LOVE STORY 2 stars (R) A tale of what lies on the other side, Goran Dukic's black comedy is about the purgatory that awaits those who kill themselves on Earth -- and purgatory looks a lot like Newark. Patrick Fugit portrays a guy who killed himself over a girl and wanders a bleak, apocalyptic landscape with his slacker pals listening to Gogol Bordello on the radio and hoping for an escape from this postindustrial blahsville. The conceit just doesn't translate, and even a cameo from Tom Waits can't justify the time spent on a film that isn't as weird as it wants to be. -- Feaster
THE 400 BLOWS 5 stars (1959) Francois Truffaut's film debut remains a melancholic tale of a young Parisian boy who seems unable to do anything right where his parents and teachers are concerned. It remains as vivid and meaningful today as upon its 1959 release when it signaled a remarkable success for the Nouvelle Vague. Based on Truffaut's own painful childhood, the film began Truffaut's collaboration with actor Jean-Pierre Léaud in his Antoine Doinel series; a total of five films devoted to his character's (and Truffaut's) maturation. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2-6. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-873-1939. www.plazaatlanta.com. -- Feaster
DRY SEASON (DARATT) (France/Chad/Belgium, 2006) In director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's award-winning feature film, 16-year-old Atim wants to avenge his father's death. His victim, Nassara, is now married and settled down as the owner of a small bakery. With the intention of killing him, Atim gets closer to Nassara under the guise of looking for work, and is hired as an apprentice baker. Nassara teaches him the secrets of making bread, as over the week an intriguing relationship evolves between the two. Free. 7 p.m. Tues., Nov. 6. Clary Theatre, Georgia Tech, 219 Uncle Heinie Way. www.cinema.gatech.edu.
DANTE'S INFERNO 3 stars (NR) Director Sean Meredith presents a one-of-a-kind adaptation of Dante Alighieri's epic journey through the nine circles of hell. With a far-ranging and bawdy satirical spirit, the filmmakers (including puppeteer Paul Zaloom) bring the text to life with hand-drawn paper puppets that resemble scathing editorial cartoons in motion. $7. 8 p.m. Fri., Nov. 2. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. 404-873-3391. www.puppet.org.-- Curt Holman
THE PIXAR STORY 3 stars (NR) Leslie Iwerks (granddaughter of animation pioneer Ub Iwerks) presents an "upbeat" but reasonably candid portrait of the rise of Pixar, the computer-animation studio responsible for such hits as the Toy Story movies. The documentary breaks no stylistic ground and Pixar's behind-the-scenes processes have been thoroughly chronicled on its DVDs, but the film doesn't avoid the enormous risks and pressures the studio endured in its early days. Nov. 6-8, Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive. 678-495-1424. -- 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. Midnight, Fri. at Plaza Theatre, and Sat. at Peachtree Cinema & Games, Norcross.
3:10 TO YUMA 4 stars (R) Christian Bale plays an 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. -- Holman
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