INTO THE ARMS OF STRANGERS: STORIES OF THE KINDERTRANSPORT (PG) The big picture of the Holocaust is well known, so the new trend is micro-coverage of specific topics through personal testimonies of survivors. Eight women and four men, now in their 60s and 70s, relate their experiences as some of the 10,000 children sent to foster homes in England just before the Nazis closed the borders. There are touching stories of children having to leave their parents; most of them were never reunited. Different anecdotes will strike chords and push buttons in different people, but I doubt anyone will be totally unmoved. Judi Dench narrates beautifully. -- SW
LITTLE NICKY (PG-13) Little Nicky (Adam Sandler) lives a sheltered life with his father, Satan (Harvey Keitel), in Hell. After his disgruntled, older brothers sneak off to create hell on Earth, Nicky must leave home to track them down before they totally disrupt the balance between good and evil. Along the way, he meets a number of interesting characters, including his true love (Patricia Arquette).
MEN OF HONOR (R) Inspired by the life of Carl Brashear, the Navy's first black diver, the movie follows Carl (Cuba Gooding Jr.) as he takes on the system, racism and his hard-ass training officer, Billy Sunday (Robert De Niro), to achieve his dream. Eventually, Carl earns Billy's respect and beats the odds despite loosing his leg.
RED PLANET (PG-13) In the new space adventure starring Val Kilmer, Earth is on the verge of death in 2050, and a group of American astronauts must travel to Mars to learn if the red planet is suitable for colonization. The mission runs into some unforeseen disasters, of course, forcing the team to face the frightening possibility the planet isn't uninhabited.
REQUIEM FOR A DREAM (NR) 1/2 Actually, Pi director Darren Aaronofsky's follow-up feature only deserves a single for dishing up an old-hat, moralistic diatribe about the dangers of drug addiction, but why pick nits? Solid performances by Jennifer Connely, Ellen Burstyn and Marlon Wayans and genuinely phenomenal camera work and cutting make this story about the woes of 20- and 60-something junkies one of the year's most impressive outings. -- EM
A SWEET SCENT OF DEATH When a young girl's naked corpse is discovered in a field, the villagers in the small town blame an outsider they call "The Gypsy." Ramón, the girl's would-be boyfriend, is recruited to avenge her death. Police corruption and Ramón's own delusions cloud the investigation. The 1998 film is in Spanish with subtitles. Films at the High, 2000 Latin-American Film Festival, Nov. 11 and 14 at 8 p.m., Rich Auditorium.
AT MIDNIGHT AND A HALF A young man desperately searches for his missing girlfriend in a city about to be destroyed by an incoming tidal wave. The only way out is a ship that leaves at half past midnight, and time is running out. Along the way, a mysterious little girl leads him through a board game-like maze. Co-director Marité Ugás introduces the 1999 film, which is in Spanish with subtitles. Films at the High, 2000 Latin-American Film Festival, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m., Rich Auditorium.
AVALON Barry Levinson's 1990 film follows an immigrant Jewish family whose beginnings in Baltimore are glorious. Through time, the family prospers and must deal with conflict as some members latch onto tradition and others embrace modernization. Nov. 8 at 8 p.m., 101 White Hall, 480 Kilgo Circle, Emory.
CECIL B. DEMENTED (R) 1/2 King of the Lowbrow John Waters returns to his juvie obsessions with drive-ins, rude behavior, smirking sexual innuendo and pretty teens in this tale of an underground legion of indies, the Sprocket Holes, led by Cecil B. DeMented (Stephen Dorff), who kidnaps Hollywood star Honey Whitlock (Melanie Griffith) and forces her to make an anti-industry propaganda film. Waters' amused disgust with Hollywood's fetid product (Forrest Gump, Patch Adams and Pauly Shore are all targeted here) is hilariously right-on, but the same homespun sloppiness and anarchy that cripple other Waters productions is also at work. Nov. 10-16 at 8 p.m., GSU's cinéfest. -- FF
I'LL LOVE YOU FOREVER...TONIGHT (NR) 1/2 Edgar Michael Bravo's first feature, a drama about five gay friends weekending in Palm Springs, didn't look very good in 1992 when this thesis film had a theatrical release, and gay movies (e.g., The Broken Hearts Club) have become much slicker and more mainstream since then. You wouldn't want to spend a weekend with these characters who will betray each other or anyone else to get what they want, which is usually sex. Nov. 15 at 8 and 10 p.m., GSU's cinéfest. -- SW
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