Film Clips 

Capsule reviews of recently reviewed films

Opening Friday

27 DRESSES 1 star. (PG-13) See review.

CASSANDRA'S DREAM 2 stars. (PG-13) See review.

CLOVERFIELD (PG-13) The buzz has been fast and furious about this horror flick, produced by "Lost" mastermind J.J. Abrams, about a monstrous attack on New York City, caught on the fly by digital cameras reminiscent of The Blair Witch Project.

HONEYDRIPPER (PG-13) See review.

HOW TO COOK YOUR LIFE (PG-13) Writer/director Doris Dorrie's documentary looks at the connections between Buddhism and food and the quip "you are what you eat."

MAD MONEY (PG-13) Diane Keaton, Katie Holmes and Queen Latifah star in this comedy about three working-class women who plan to rob the Federal Reserve Bank. Callie Khouri (Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood) directs.

Duly Noted

ATLANTA JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL A diverse range of documentary, features and short films dealing with politics, history and Jewish life. Times and prices vary. Jan. 16-27. Lefont Sandy Springs, Regal Atlantic Station, Regal Medlock Crossing. www.ajff.org.

DANISH FILM FESTIVAL The High Museum of Art kicks off its current film series featuring popular Danish films this weekend with director Susanne Bier's After the Wedding and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.-inspired We Shall Overcome. Times vary. Fri.-Sat., Jan. 18-19. Rich Theatre, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4570. www.high.org/experience/films.

GREASE (1978) This classic high-school musical about '50s Greasers and Squares and the love story of Danny (John Travolta) and Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) still rocks. This Grease sing-along features audience participation, goodie bags and a costume contest. $12. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Jan. 18-19. 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.

Continuing

ALIEN VS. PREDATOR 2: REQUIEM 3 stars. (R) Residents of a sleepy Colorado town become trapped in a grudge match between the deadly title roles of the Alien and Predator movies. Not exactly a good movie, but it's a lot better at being a bad movie than the previous Alien vs. Predator, creating a fast pace and a moody atmosphere that make up for the flat acting and dialogue. See it in a grindhouse frame of mind. -- Curt Holman

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS 3 stars. (PG) Fluffy film chronicles the Chipmunks' rise to hyperpitched harmonizing fame and their narrow escape from the pitfalls of child stardom. Jason Lee as Dave Seville looks uneasy living life in a partially CGI world, whereas David Cross, playing an exploitative record exec, basks in his screen time. Here, modernization and re-imagining turn out to be not such distasteful concepts, and even allow for a dash of satire most appreciated by fans of the earlier TV series. -- Allison C. Keene

ATONEMENT 4 stars. (R) An intelligent but confused adolescent girl (Saoirse Ronan) tells a lie that separates two young lovers (Keira Knightley and James McAvoy). Joe Wright crafts an insightful adaptation of Ian McEwan's acclaimed novel that begins with an intimate look at the passions and frustrations at an English country estate, and expands to include the destruction of World War II. Playing the same character at different ages, Ronan, Romola Garai and Vanessa Redgrave offer a devastating portrayal of guilt and the inability of words to undue their power to harm. Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Drama. -- Holman

THE BUCKET LIST 3 stars. (PG-13) A high-maintenance zillionaire (Jack Nicholson) and a dignified mechanic (Morgan Freeman) become mismatched buddies on as roommates on a cancer ward, then decide to live their last months crossing items off "the bucket list" of things to do before death. Despite both actors penchant for self-parody, here they play off each other like old pros, and director Rob Reiner, improving significantly from flops like Rumor Has It..., makes the predictable humor and platitudes go down easy. -- Holman

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

BEOWULF 4 stars. (PG-13) The Anglo-Saxon epic poem of strapping Beowulf (voiced by Ray Winstone) and his monstrous adversaries gets brought into the 21st century with director Robert Zemeckis' "performance-capture" animation techniques (a form that's still a work in progress, but has improved significantly since The Polar Express). For all the CGI monsters, including misshapen ogre Grendel, the real attraction is the revisionist screenplay, which reimagines the heroic tale into a tragedy about the corruption of power. Definitely see it in digital 3-D, which makes up for the rubbery quality of some of the human characters. -- Holman

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