4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS 5 stars (Not Rated) See review.
BE KIND REWIND (PG-13) A lovable loser (Jack Black) accidentally erases all the videos at the rental store where his best friend (Mos Def) works. The duo decides to recreate any movie that the loyal customers ask for, filming their own versions of classic films. Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) directs.
CHARLIE BARTLETT (R) Anton Yelchin stars as Charlie Bartlett, a rich kid joining the ranks in public school after being kicked out of multiple private schools. Using the advice, and prescription medication, given to him by his own shrink, Charlie becomes the self-appointed school psychiatrist, setting up shop in the boys' bathroom.
STEEP Mark Obenhaus' documentary features big mountain skiing in North America and details the skiers who risk their lives to ski mountains considered challenging even just to climb.
THE SIGNAL 2 stars See review.
VANTAGE POINT 3 stars (PG-13) See online review at atlanta.creativeloafing.com.
WITNESS PROTECTION (PG-13) Larry the Cable Guy stars as a small-town sheriff who stumbles upon what he believes to be the kidnapping of a beautiful woman (Ivana Milicevic). After he rescues her, he learns that her "kidnappers" are really FBI agents sworn to protect her until she can testify in a Chicago crime case, and he must drive her to Chicago himself to keep her safe and solve the case.
YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH 3 stars (R) One of the American cinema's most celebrated auteurs, Francis Ford Coppola has not directed a feature in 10 years. Film types waited with bated breath for his latest, a time-tripping, surreal treatise on death, faith and perception that shows Coppola hasn't lost his taste for experimentation. Tim Roth is an elderly Romanian professor who is struck by lightning and has his youth restored. Despite a dense, twisted plot (critics received a glossy "cheat sheet" addressing the film's symbols and themes) based on the writings of Romanian novelist Mircea Eliade that often gets lost on its cerebral, at times pompous journey, it is refreshing to see a director still enjoying, at age 68, the possibilities of cinema and offering such an intriguing meditation on time's passage. -- Feaster
FILMS FROM THE ARAB WORLD This small festival at the High Museum through Feb. 23 features an array of films, documentary, narrative and one short comedy addressing the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Sufi mysticism, and a more holistic, poetic view of the Arab world. All films are at 8 p.m. in the Rich Theatre. Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4570. www.high.org.
IRON LADIES OF LIBERIA Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was the first woman ever to be elected president in Africa. This documentary chronicles her first term in office and her attempts to aid and restore Liberia. Discussion following the screening. Thurs., Feb. 21, 7:30-9:30 p.m. MLK National Historic Site, 450 Auburn Ave. Also showing Tues., Feb. 26, 7-9 p.m. Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore Street, Decatur.
RACE AND DIFFERENCE INITIATIVE FILM SERIES: SPORTS AND CHANGE This series held at Emory features mostly 35 mm films dealing with race in the context of athletics, every Thursday night from Feb. 21-March 20. The film series kicks off with The Pride of the Yankees. All films start at 8 p.m. in White Hall, room 205, Emory campus. 404-727-6761. www.filmstudies.emory.edu.
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.
WINTER SOLDIER (1972) Third Thursday Cinema presents a screening of one of the most important films produced during the Vietnam era. This documentary of soldiers' testimonies about the horrors of the Vietnam War is being shown to raise awareness and support of the Iraq veterans who oppose the current war and will speak at the Winter Soldier Investigation in Washington, D.C. next month. Thurs., Feb. 21. 7 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, 911 Cliff Valley Way. 404-634-5134. www.uuca.org/special.
THE LAST WINTER 3 stars (R) See review.
27 DRESSES 1 star (PG-13) From the reprehensible subgenre of chick flicks that delight in the humiliation of a stereotypically girly heroine, this dim little comedy stars Knocked Up's Katherine Heigl as Jane, a secretary who is always the bridesmaid and never the bride, and in love with her boss (Edward Burns). She attracts the attention of a newspaper reporter (James Marsden) who wants to blow the lid off of the wedding racket by writing an article about Jane. Not even a guilty pleasure. -- Feaster
ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED SHORT FILMS (NR) Now you can actually see those obscure but accomplished short live-action and animated films that you see win statuettes at the Oscar show every year. Highlights include the live-action Western romance "The Tonto Woman," based on a short story by Elmore Leonard, as well as "At Night's" tale of friendship among three women on a Danish cancer ward. The animated shorts mostly snub humor and computer animation for more serious fare, with "Madame Tutli-Putli's" nightmarish train ride being the most impressive of the lot. -- Holman
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