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SLEUTH (R) In this remake of the Oscar-nominated thriller from 1972, a young English hairdresser (Jude Law) plays a cat-and-mouse game with his lover's husband, a mystery writer (Michael Caine, who played the younger role in the original film). Director Kenneth Branagh and Nobel-Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter adapted the material.
CONAN THE BARBARIAN (1982) (R) Thief, warrior, gladiator, king. Schwarzenegger fans can rejoice as this cult-classic film returns to the big screen as part of the Art Opening and a Movie series. Tues., Nov. 27. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-873-1939. www.plazaatlanta.com
EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS (1956) (NR) It's a fight against clever Martians to save the human race! Presented as part of the Silver Scream Spook show. Sat., Nov. 24. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-873-1939. www.plazaatlanta.com.
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.
THEY SHOOT HORSES DON'T THEY? (1969) (PG) Set during a 1933 dance-hall-marathon contest, director Sydney Pollack's film follows the Hollywood hopefuls who enter the now infamous contest held at a decrepit amusement park during the worst days of the Depression. Jane Fonda stars as a contestant, in a role that earned her a Best Actress nomination. Tues., Nov. 27. 14th St. Playhouse, 173 14th St. 404-733-4738. www.14thstplayhouse.org
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
AMERICAN GANGSTER 3 stars (R) Sprawling crime drama set in Vietnam War-era Harlem pits Denzel Washington's fastidious rising mob boss against Russell Crowe's doggedly honest narcotics cop. As usual, director Ridley Scott crafts images that mark him as an artist of color and light, but the premise's shades of gray elude him. The cast ultimately lives up to the film's sweeping social statements that emulate the gritty idealism of Serpico more than the bloody melodrama of Scarface. -- Holman
AUGUST RUSH (PG) A fairy tale-esque drama about an orphaned musical prodigy who uses his talents to find his absentee parents. Kristen Sheridan directs.
BEE MOVIE 2 stars (PG) After discovering life outside the hive and meeting a human florist (Renee Zellweger), a young bee (Jerry Seinfeld) sues the human race for the honey industry's exploitative practices. The closer Bee Movie hovers to Seinfeld's appealing brand of observational humor, the bigger laughs it finds, but the script flits in so many different directions, we can't help but remember that story wasn't always the strong suit of Seinfeld's eponymous "show about nothing." -- Holman
BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD 4 stars (R) Octogenarian director Sidney Lumet takes the hipster genre of choice -- the bloody, chronologically scrambled heist movie -- and turns it into a weighty family tragedy that's still nastily entertaining. Phillip Seymour Hoffman (in one of the year's best performances) and Ethan Hawke play desperate brothers whose ill-fated plan to rob their own parents takes on the dimensions of Cain, Abel and Oedipus. -- Holman
BELLA 2 stars (PG-13) A haunted chef (Eduardo Verástegui) and a pregnant waitress (Tammy Blanchard) leave their jobs at a trendy restaurant to spend a romantic, soul-baring day in Manhattan. This heartfelt but overly sentimental film from Alejandro Gomez Monteverde celebrates food, family and New York, but the leading actors' performances are a little blank and the ending too convenient by half.-- Holman
Great show! Relevant themes. Appeals to everyone. Looking forward to seeing upcoming episodes.
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