CHAPTER 27 2 stars (R) See review.
IRINA PALM (R) Tight on cash and desperate to help pay for her grandson's medical bills, middle-aged Maggie (Marianne Faithfull) develops a secret life working at a sex club.
REDBELT 3 stars (PG-13) See review.
SPEED RACER (PG) See review.
THEN SHE FOUND ME 3 stars (R) See review.
WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS 1 star (PG-13) Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher play mismatched New Yorkers who get drunk, hook up and win a fortune in Vegas, but a cranky judge sentences them to "six months hard marriage" before they can break up and split the winnings. It's hard to tell whether the contrived, nonsensical plotting is worse than the two-bit dialogue (Lake Bell and Rob Corddry as their respective best pals are particularly unfunny) in a comedy that plays like The War of the Roses for morons. You feel bad for Diaz, whose charms shine through despite lugging Kutcher's dead weight. Stay in Vegas, please. -- Curt Holman
CINEMAMA Film series includes popcorn, pillows and drinks. May's theme is "Unlikely Love," and on Thurs., May 8, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974) will be screened. Free. 8 p.m. New Street Gallery, 2800 Washington St., Avondale Estates. cinemama.org.
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.
21 (PG-13) Based on the best-selling nonfiction book Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions, by Ben Mezrich, 21 tells the story of ambitious students who become card experts. Starring Kevin Spacey, Laurence Fishburne and Kate Bosworth.
88 MINUTES (R) Al Pacino stars as a forensic psychiatrist and college professor who has 88 minutes to solve his own murder before it happens.
BABY MAMA 2 stars (PG-13) "30 Rock" creator Tina Fey plays a variation of her small-screen alter ego as an unmarried successful executive who hires an uncouth surrogate (Amy Poehler) to have her child. Former "Saturday Night Live" co-anchors, Fey and Poehler make an appealing comedic duo, but the film never rises above the thudding level of a female "Odd Couple" dynamic of slob vs. snob, while writer/director Michael McCullers shows no understanding of real-world fertility issues. -- Holman
DECEPTION (R) Hugh Jackman, Ewan McGregor and Michelle Williams star in this drama about an accountant who gets involved with a mysterious sex club and becomes a suspect in a multimillion-dollar heist and missing-person case.
DR. SEUSS' HORTON HEARS A WHO! 4 stars(G) In this CGI adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic, a kindly elephant (voiced by Jim Carrey) protects microscopic Whoville from hostile nay-sayers led by Carol Burnett's Sour Kangaroo. Horton cleverly doubles the narrative by making the Whoville mayor (Steve Carell) another lonely believer, and generally retains the heart of the book and slapstick worthy of old Bugs Bunny cartoons. It's as if the filmmakers knew exactly how big a desecration was Carrey's How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and did exactly the opposite. -- Holman
THE FIRST SATURDAY IN MAY 4 stars (PG-13) From the Hennegan brothers comes a documentary about the path to the Kentucky Derby -- specifically in 2006, the year Barbaro won the race and, surprisingly, the heart of America. Easily capturing the romance and drama of the sport while following six trainers all determined to win, the film is a lively and incredibly compelling portrait of these beautiful but fragile thoroughbreds, and those who coax them to greatness. -- Allison C. Keene
FORBIDDEN KINGDOM (PG-13) Obsessed with kung fu classics, American teenager Jason (Michael Angarano) discovers an ancient Chinese staff and finds himself transported back in time. Jason must return the staff to its rightful owner, the Monkey King. Also starring Jet Li, Yi Fei Liu and Jackie Chan.
FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL 3 stars (R) When TV star Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell) dumps her longtime boyfriend (Jason Segel, who wrote the script), he goes to a Hawaiian resort -- only to find Sarah already there with her new lover, a fatuous rock star (scene-stealing Russell Brand). Of the seemingly countless comedies produced by Judd Apatow (and featuring supporting roles from the likes of Paul Rudd and Jonah Hill), this overlong but endearing one has enough raunchy laughs to belong in the company of such films as Knocked Up and Superbad. -- Holman
GIRLS ROCK! 3 stars (PG) Filmmakers Arne Johnson and Shane King profile the groundbreaking music camp for girls aged 7 to 18 in a way that not only shows the "power of music" but also how incredibly difficult it is to grow up female in America. The story bogs down for a spell in the miasma of interviews and rehearsals but provides a soft landing with the revealing performances on the final day. -- David Lee Simmons
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