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BONNEVILLE (PG) See review.

CITY OF MEN 3 stars (R) Fernando Meirelles, director of the scorching Brazilian crime drama City of God, serves as producer of Paulo Morelli's film, based on his TV series "City of Men." Where God evoked Goodfellas, Men tamps down the violence to focus on the relationship between two mild-mannered friends (Douglas Silva and Darlan Cunha) wrestling with poverty, father issues and gangland peer pressure. If not an adrenaline shot like God, City of Men still offers a compelling tale of friendship and social hardship in the slums of Rio. -- Curt Holman

THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL (PG-13) Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson star as the Boleyn sisters whose ambitious family drives them to compete for King Henry VIII's affections as a pathway to the throne. The Other Boleyn Girl is based on the novel by Philippa Gregory.

PENELOPE (PG) See review.

ROMULUS, MY FATHER (R) Based on Raimond Gaita's memoir, Richard Roxburgh's film tells the story of a family's struggles with mental illness and immigration.

SEMI-PRO (R) See review at right.

Duly Noted

PASSPORT TO GREEK FILM This High Museum film series highlights contemporary Greek film with movies focusing on mail-order brides, bank robbers and coming-of-age memories. Through March 29. All films are screened at 8 p.m. in the Richard H. Rich Theatre, at the Memorial Arts Building. 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4570.

SPORTS AND CHANGE FILM SERIES This Emory film series features mostly 35mm films dealing with race in the context of athletics, every Thursday night through March 20. All films are shown in White Hall, room 205, Emory campus. 404-727-6761.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) (R) The cult classic of cult classics, the musical horror spoof follows a 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.


4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS 5 stars(Not Rated) Heralded as more evidence of the Romanian New Wave, Cristian Mungiu's disturbing drama is set in 1987 when Nicolae Ceausescu's social policy virtually outlawed abortion. Anamaria Marinca gives a complex performance as a polytechnic student trying to help her friend procure an illegal abortion, and caught up in the country's nightmarish bureaucracy and corruption. -- Felicia Feaster

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 write an article about Jane. -- 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

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS 3 stars (PG) This fluffy film chronicles the Chipmunks' rise to hyperpitched harmonizing fame and their narrow escape from the pitfalls of child stardom. On the human side, Jason Lee as Dave Seville looks uneasy living life in a partially CGI world, whereas David Cross, playing an exploitative record exec, basks in is screen time. -- 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. (Oscar winner for Best Original Score.) -- Holman

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.

THE BUCKET LIST 3 stars (PG-13) A high-maintenance zillionaire (Jack Nicholson) and a dignified mechanic (Morgan Freeman) become mismatched buddies 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, they play off each other like pros, and director Rob Reiner makes the predictable humor and platitudes palatable. -- Holman


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