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10,000 B.C. (PG-13) Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow) directs this epic tale of a man's quest into new territory to rescue the object of his affection from a band of raiders. While amassing troops along the way, he discovers new civilizations, prehistoric animals and tyrannical gods, and discovers his destiny to save all of mankind in the process.

ALICE'S HOUSE (Not Rated) See review.

THE BANK JOB (R) See review.

COLLEGE ROAD TRIP (G) Melanie (Raven Symone) is excited to spread her wings and travel to prospective universities on a girls-only road trip. But her plans are shattered when her overprotective police-chief father (Martin Lawrence) insists on accompanying her instead.

DIVA (NR) See review.

EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE ITALIAN (R) Jay Jablonski and Cerina Vincent star in this romantic comedy about two non-Italians who pretend to be Italian to impress each other. Jason Todd Ipson writes and directs.

MISS PETTIGREW LIVES FOR A DAY (PG-13) Set in the late 1930s, this romantic film focuses on Miss Pettigrew (Frances McDormand), a laid-off governess who decides to seize the day and apply for a position as a social secretary for an actress and singer, Delysia Lafosse (Amy Adams). Also staring Lee Pace, Ciarán Hinds, Shirley Henderson, Mark Strong and Tom Payne.

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PASSPORT TO GREEK FILM See review.

SPORTS AND CHANGE FILM SERIES This Emory film series features mostly 35 mm films dealing with race in the context of athletics, every Thursday night through March 20. All films start at 8 p.m. and are shown 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.

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4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS 5 stars (NR) Heralded as more evidence of the Romanian New Wave, Cristian Mungiu's taut, disturbing drama is set in 1987, when Nicolae Ceausescu's misguided 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. It could be science fiction, but the film's grounding in recent Eastern European history and the ongoing battle over reproductive issues makes it especially eerie. -- 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 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

ALIEN VS. PREDATOR 2: REQUIEM 3 stars (R) The residents of a sleepy Colorado town become trapped in a grudge match between the deadly title roles of the Alien and Predator movies. It's 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. -- 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. 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. -- Holman

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