INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL (PG-13) See review.
BEFORE THE RAINS 2 stars (PG-13) See review.
BODY OF WAR (Not rated) A documentary portraying the effects of the Iraq war, Body of War centers around Tomas Young, a 25-year-old who is sent home from Iraq after a week of combat, paralyzed from a bullet to the spine.
CINEMAMA!!! This film series shows films every Thursday night and includes popcorn, pillows and drinks. May's theme is "Unlikely Love," and on Thurs., May 22, Harold and Maude (1971) will be screened. Free. 8 p.m. New Street Gallery, 2800 Washington St., Avondale Estates. cinemama.org.
THE LEGEND OF BILLIE JEAN After a gang of rich kids steal and break her brother's moped, Billie Jean Davy demands payment for the damages, narrowly escapes getting raped and accidentally shoots someone. Starring Helen Slater, Christian Slater and Barry Tubb. Through May 22. Check website for times and prices. Second floor of the Georgia State University Center. www2.gsu.edu/~wwwcft.
LIVE FLESH 4 stars (R) See review.
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, Fridays at Plaza Theatre, and Saturdays at Peachtree Cinema & Games, Norcross.
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. -- Curt Holman
THE BANK JOB 2 stars(R) In 1971 London, a dodgy car dealer (Jason Statham, aka The Transporter) and his gang of amateurs plan to rob a bank vault of safety deposit boxes, unaware that their caper is camouflage for a government plot to pilfer some Royal blackmail material. Some crisply edited scenes of safe cracking and escaping fail to rescue The Bank Job's convoluted screenplay, which lunges in too many directions for director Roger Donaldson to control. The poor British man's Bruce Willis, Statham steals the movie, but The Bank Job doesn't get away clean. -- Holman
CHAPTER 27 2 stars (R) Writer/director J.P. Schaefer's debut film is an off-target affair as he tries to crawl inside the head of John Lennon's assassin, former Decatur resident Mark David Chapman. Jared Leto is believable as Chapman, but so much interior monologue and not enough context makes the whole dreadful period feel little more than the rantings of a lunatic. -- David Lee Simmons
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
DRILLBIT TAYLOR 2 stars (PG-13) Persecuted by a psycho bully (Alex Frost), three meek high schoolers (Nate Hartley, Troy Gentile and David Dorfman) hire supersoldier Drillbit Taylor (Owen Wilson) to be their bodyguard, unaware that he's actually a nonconfrontational homeless panhandler. Overlong and underfunny, Drillbit Taylor wastes the charms of Wilson and his young co-stars. Co-writer Seth Rogen also co-wrote Superbad, but Drillbit is no Superbad. It's just plain bad. -- Holman
ERASERHEAD The Plaza Theatre will screen David Lynch's classic 1977 film for one more week. Eraserhead is the story of Henry Spencer, his girlfriend Mary X and their mutant baby.
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
HAROLD & KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAY 3 stars (R) Having gone to White Castle in 2004, cannabis aficionados Harold Lee and Kumar Patel (John Cho and Kal Penn) are mistaken for terrorists, shipped to Guantanamo Bay and take a zany trek across the American South. The film pushes its R rating in every conceivable area in the name of rude humor, but also aims to defuse modern-day tensions over profiling and prejudice by taking stereotypes and turning them upside down. Rob Corddry overplays his role as a dim, bigoted Homeland Security representative, but otherwise the film shows affection for its characters and its country, despite the bad habits of either. -- Holman
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.
IRON MAN 4 stars (PG-13) (PG-13) After being kidnapped in Afghanistan, industrialist Tony Stark (an exceptional Robert Downey Jr.) uses a flying metal suit to right the wrongs of his company's munitions wing. Marvel Studios builds a better superhero movie by taking such radical innovations as smart writing, rich acting, and a recognizable, real-world setting. Enjoying spectacular special effects without relying on them, Iron Man feels more like an American James Bond film than a wannabe Batman or Spider-Man franchise. -- Holman
JUMPER (PG-13) Backed by director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity), and screenwriters David S. Goyer (Batman Begins), Jim Uhls (Fight Club) and Simon Kinberg (Mr. & Mrs. Smith), Jumper is a science-fiction thriller about a man (Hayden Christensen) who can teleport anywhere, anytime. Co-stars Jamie Bell, Rachel Bilson, Samuel L. Jackson and Diane Lane.
KISS THE BRIDE 2 stars (R) While the men (Philip Karner, James O'Shea) are the focus of this romantic comedy, it's Tori Spelling who provides the comedy (and charm) of the story as the unsuspecting third point on a love triangle in C. Jay Cox's film. Karner's a gay-magazine editor who returns home to try to break up the wedding of his former high school boyfriend (O'Shea) a la My Best Friend's Wedding, but complications (most of them clichéd) get in the way. -- Simmons
LEATHERHEADS 3 stars(PG-13) In his third directorial outing, George Clooney plays the aging captain of a failing 1920s pro football team who sees his modest star eclipsed by a Princeton sports star/war hero (John Krasinski of "The Office"). Some of the broader slapstick scenes fail to snap in Leatherheads' homage to 1930s screwball comedy, and Renee Zellweger's reporter seems like too much of a stock character, but Clooney shows enough of a self-deprecating sense of humor and ease with male camaraderie to make Leatherheads the equivalent of an enjoyable, forgettable halftime show. -- Holman
MADE OF HONOR (PG-13) Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monaghan star in this romantic comedy about an engaged woman who asks her best (male) friend to be her maid of honor. He agrees, but only to prevent the wedding and win her heart for himself.
MEET THE BROWNS (PG-13) Writer/director/actor Tyler Perry (Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Madea's Family Reunion) returns with his latest film, based on the stage production of the same name. Brenda (Angela Bassett), a single mother in need of support, moves her family to Georgia to attend the funeral of the father whom she never met and ends up becoming a part of his fun-loving family.
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.
NATIONAL TREASURE 2: BOOK OF SECRETS (PG) In the sequel to National Treasure, treasure-hunter Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage) follows clues in a mystery involving John Wilkes Booth and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Jon Turteltaub directs.
NEVER BACK DOWN (PG-13) A rebellious new kid in school channels his fist-fighting energy into mastering the art of mixed martial arts with the help of a mentor and an underground fight club.
NIM'S ISLAND (PG) When Nim's father goes missing from the magical island they live on, Nim must find help from the author of her favorite books. Based on the book by Wendy Orr.
PRICELESS 3 stars (PG-13) Audrey Tautou (A Very Long Engagement) and Gad Elmaleh co-star as two would-be lovers playing a survival game of gold-digging amid the swanky resorts of Biarritz in director Pierre Salvadori's (Apres Vous) breezy French comedy. The director's passion for exploring notions of class and identity evoke the classic screwball comedies of Ernst Lubitsch (think Trouble in Paradise), but without quite the same panache. -- Simmons
PRINCE CASPIAN 2 stars (PG) 1300 years after they ruled Narnia, the Pevensie siblings (Georgia Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley and Anna Popplewell) return to the magical realm to help rightful Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes) overthrow a tyrant. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe featured a greater sense of wonder, better special effects and stronger supporting performances (Peter Dinklage proves the sole saving grace here). Caspian builds to some lavish sword-and-sorcery eye candy in its second half, but takes a long, joyless slog to get there. -- Holman
PROM NIGHT (PG-13) A remake of a 1980s film starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Prom Night is the story of a teenage girl stalked by a deranged murderer.
REDBELT 3 stars (PG-13) A Los Angeles jujitsu teacher (Chiwetel Ejiofor) finds both his skill and integrity tested when he encounters such diverse, troubled characters as an attorney with a drug habit (Emily Mortimer) and a self-loathing movie star (Tim Allen, nicely cast against type). In the 10th film by Glengarry Glen Ross playwright David Mamet, Ejiofor bites into the filmmaker's terse trademark dialogue and delivers the kind of charismatic performance that should make him an A-list leading man. It's shamelessly corny and features enough plot for three Jackie Chan films, but offers more substance than the usual martial arts movie. -- Holman
SMART PEOPLE 3 stars (R) A book-smart, emotionally immature college professor (Dennis Quaid, cast nicely against type) and his daughter (Juno's Ellen Page) get lessons in expressing their feelings thanks partly to his underachieving adopted brother (Thomas Haden Church). Like a softer, unsurprising version of The Savages, Smart People crafts sharp dialogue and offers a showcase for its cast -- including Sarah Jessica Parker, who seems relieved to play a woman who's less perky than Carrie Bradshaw. -- Holman
SON OF RAMBOW 3 stars (PG-13) In the early 1980s, two outcast English schoolboys (Bill Milner and Will Poulter) band together to film a home movie "sequel" to First Blood. Writer/director Garth Jennings captures the low-key charms of Bill Forsythe comedies like Local Hero while leaving room for some short, surreal fantasy scenes and the always-hilarious sight of a young English pipsqueak imitating Sylvester Stallone's Vietnam vet/killing machine. Some of the jokes overstay their welcome, but it's hard to resist Son of Rambow's generosity of spirit and its notion that creative fantasies can bring disparate people together. -- Holman
SPEED RACER 2 stars (PG) Competitive driver Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch) and his jumping hot rod, "the powerful Mach 5," clash with corporate conspirators in this aggressively fake, CGI-heavy adaptation of the cult anime TV series from the late 1960s. Hirsch, John Goodman, Christina Ricci and Susan Sarandon struggle to put soul in the trippy but incoherent and lifeless proceedings. The Wachowski Brothers, creators of the Matrix trilogy, spent a fortune just to give audiences a splitting headache. -- Holman
THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES 3 stars (PG) The Grace kids (Sarah Bolger, and Freddie Highmore playing twins) stop worrying about their parents' separation when one of them discovers an ancestor's field guide to magical creatures. Too intense and violent for pretweens, The Spiderwick Chronicles' fast-paced adventure scenes evoke 1980s family adventures such as Gremlins and The Goonies without being quite so obnoxious, and retains the books' more serious themes of broken homes. -- Holman
STEP UP 2 THE STREETS (PG-13) In this sequel to Step Up, street dancer Andie (Briana Evigan) finds herself at an elite school of the arts. While trying to bridge the gap between her two lives, Andie creates a team of dancers to compete in an underground dance-off.
STOP-LOSS 3 stars (R) Kimberly Peirce's film takes its name from the military loophole that orders soldiers back into battle after they've completed their service. Ryan Phillippe stars as a patriotic Texas boy who tries to convince a senator to reverse his stop-loss order. The film cautiously addresses the war, telling its story mostly from the soldier's point of view. It's a film of conciliation that strives to unite its audience in the unquestionable mission of supporting our troops. In that sense, it reflects fairly accurately the neurosis of our times. -- Felicia Feaster
STREET KINGS 3 stars (R) The LAPD's Tom Ludlow (Keanu Reeves) -- one of those hotshots who doesn't play by the rules, like Dirty Harry -- risks implicating himself when he unravels cover-ups and conspiracies following the death of his ex-partner. Thin and predictable, Street Kings' noisy shoot-outs still hold your interest and the script (co-written by L.A. Confidential novelist James Ellroy) features some credible little details about police work. But will people buy movie tickets for Street Kings' portrait of LAPD corruption when they can watch basically the same thing on "The Shield" for free? -- Holman
SUPERHERO MOVIE (PG-13) Writer Craig Mazin (Scary Movie) is back with another spoof on recent films. Superhero Movie pokes fun at flicks such as Spider-Man, X-Men and a multitude of others.
THEN SHE FOUND ME 3 stars (R) Oscar- and Emmy-winning actress Helen Hunt makes an impressive debut as a director in adapting Elinor Lipman's novel about a thirtysomething woman (Hunt) who wrestles with the complexities of motherhood. Bette Midler delivers a surprisingly nuanced performance as the birth mother who barges into her life, while Colin Firth and Matthew Broderick providing her flawed romantic options. -- Simmons
VANTAGE POINT 2 stars (PG-13) An assassination attempt on the U.S. president (William Hurt) unfolds from multiple points of view, including a veteran secret service agent (Dennis Quaid), an American tourist with a camcorder (Forest Whitaker) and a cable news producer (Sigourney Weaver). Vantage Point's multiple-eyewitness shtick takes too long to pay off and its minidramas play as painfully hackneyed, including Whitaker protecting a young bystander and the use of improbably identical "doubles." So why did so many Oscar winners and nominees sign on for such a clunky thriller? Maybe it's some kind of conspiracy. -- Holman
THE VISITOR 2 stars (PG-13) Writer/director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent) continues his examination of people who have lost their rhythm in life with his story about a college professor ("Six Feet Under's" Richard Jenkins) who is snapped out of his funk when he becomes involved with two charming illegal immigrants (Haaz Sleiman, Danai Guirira). McCarthy's minor ambitions are almost to the point of ephemeral, but his character observations, and the space he provides for his small ensemble, result in a charming story about human connection. Jenkins' work in particular is so subtle he all but allows the foreigners (including Hiam Abbass as Sleiman's Syrian mother) to steal the show. -- Simmons
WELCOME HOME ROSCOE JENKINS (PG-13) Martin Lawrence stars as Roscoe Jenkins, a big-shot talk-show host who has all but forgotten his humble beginnings growing up in the Deep South. When he returns for his parents' 50th wedding anniversary, Roscoe starts to rethink his current situation.
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. -- Holman
YOUNG@HEART 3 stars (NR) Director Stephen Walker offers a funny and uplifting documentary about the Young@Heart chorus, a group of New England senior citizens with a penchant for puckish covers of punk rock and other incongruous hits. Faux music video segments (including "I Wanna Be Sedated") come too close to mocking the elderly charmers, and Walker's incessant, tell-don't-show narration nearly botches what should be a can't-miss subject for a nonfiction film. Walker nevertheless offers unforgettable portraits of feisty octogenarians who set an inspiring example of how to face the end of life with spirit and dignity. -- Holman
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