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Opening Friday

BRICK LANE (PG-13) A young Bangladeshi woman (Tannishtha Chatterjee) is forced to confront the realities of life when she leaves her family to move to London for a loveless arranged marriage.

CSNY: DÉJÀ VU (R) See review.

ELSA AND FRED (PG) Elsa, a young romantic, falls in love with a widower named Alfredo and in pursuing him, teaches him how to live again. Marcos Carnevale directs.

STEP BROTHERS (R) See review.

UP THE YANGTZE (NR) See review.

THE WACKNESS (R) See review.


Duly Noted

CINEMAMA!!! This film series shows films every Thursday night and includes popcorn, pillows and drinks. July's theme is documentaries, and Thurs., July 24, Albert and David Maysles' Salesman will be screened. Free. 8 p.m. New Street Gallery, 2800 Washington St., Avondale Estates.

DR. STRANGELOVE: OR HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB (1964) (NR) Peter Sellers shines in three roles (including that of the titular Dr. Strangelove) in this Stanley Kubrick Cold War comedy classic. Free. Sat., July 26. Burnett-Rogers Pavilion, Suwanee.

FILM LOVE #59: The Trick of Disaster Buster Keaton's and Eddie Cline's One Week and Peter Fischli's and David Weiss' Der Lauf der Dinge (The Way Things Go) will be screened, as part of Eyedrum's avant-garde Film Love series. Fri., July 25. 8 p.m. Eyedrum Music and Art Gallery.

IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA (1955) (NR) A giant (six-armed) octopus attacks San Francisco in this black-and-white horror film. $6-$10. Sat., July 26. 1 and 10 p.m. Plaza Theatre.

PAN-AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL This L.A.-based film festival, presenting more than 50 films, continues as part of the National Black Arts Festival. Through Sun., July 27. Prices and locations vary.

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.

WARGAMES (1983) (PG) Matthew Broderick stars as David Lightman, a teenage computer geek who inadvertently targets Seattle and Las Vegas for nuclear strikes when he comes across the "computer game" Global Thermonuclear War. Thurs., July 24. 7:30 p.m. Prices and locations vary.


THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN 2 stars (PG) Thirteen hundred 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. -- Curt Holman

THE DARK KNIGHT 4 stars (PG-13) Director Christopher Nolan's follow-up to Batman Begins features such sharp conflicts, gritty locations and breathless action scenes that the flamboyant hero and villain costumes seem almost superfluous. The late Heath Ledger's creepy, charismatic turn as the anarchic Joker could have earned the actor a second career playing movie bad guys, while Aaron Eckhart's portrayal of district attorney Harvey Dent, the "white knight" of crime-ridden Gotham City, gives the film the dimensions of classic tragedy. As Bruce Wayne, Christian Bale doesn't seem to mind being upstaged. -- Holman

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

ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD 3 stars (G) Director Werner Herzog returns to the theme of man's tenuous relationship with nature that drove such wondrous works as Grizzly Man with this Discovery Channel-sponsored trip to the National Science Foundation's McMurdo station in Antarctica. Here he finds 1,000 dreamers masquerading as scientists, many of whom seem to share Herzog's gloomy yet poetic form of existential angst and wonder. -- David Lee Simmons

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

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