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METROPOLIS Director Fritz Lang's 1927 silent sci-fi film is about a futuristic society where people are separated into a working or thinking class. The thinkers are the elite, dominating power who under estimate the workers until the under-appreciated class stage a rebellion. Silent Film Society of Atlanta, Jan. 19 at 8 p.m., GSU's cinéfest
OUR MAN IN HAVANA Alec Guinness stars as a vacuum cleaner salesman who gets recruited into British Intelligence. Not a very good spy, he makes up stories and reports of secret "weapons." His false information causes the situation to get out of hand in this 1960 comedy. Films at the High, The Alec Guinness Quartet, Jan. 19 at 8 p.m., Rich Auditorium.
RASHOMON In this 1950 Akira Kurosawa movie, a woman is raped and her husband is murdered. Fortunately, four witnesses come forward to tell what they saw. Unfortunately, the witnesses give four different accounts of the events. What really happened? You decide. Jan. 19-25 at 2:30 and 6:45 p.m., GSU's cinéfest.
REBELS WITH A CAUSE A documentary about the Students for a Democratic Society, Helen Garvy's film chronicles the stories of SDS members, a national group of college activists who struggled to initiate social change in the '60s. From the Civil Rights Movement to Vietnam anti-war protests, the movie relates the passion and repression of the '60s through the eyes of the members who lived it. Jan. 12-18 at 2, 6 and 10 p.m., GSU's cinéfest.
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (R) The cult classic of cult classics, the 1975 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. It's all fun and games until Meatloaf gets killed. Dress as your favorite character and participate in this musical on acid. Fridays at midnight, Lefont Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave.
STEAL THIS MOVIE (R) With a title inspired by Abbie Hoffman's popular book, Steal This Book, the biopic centers on the life and activism of Hoffman (Vincent D'Onofrio), a counterculture hero in the '60s and early '70s. In a pseudo-documentary style, the Vietnam War-era film explores his relationship with his wife (Janeane Garofalo), the chaos of 1968 Democratic Convention riots, the Chicago Seven trial and his escape into the underground. Jan. 12-18 at 12, 4 and 8p.m., GSU's cinéfest.Continuing
ALL THE PRETTY HORSES (PG-13) Two young Texans (Matt Damon and Henry Thomas) get more adventure in Mexico than they bargained for in Billy Bob Thornton's ambitious but meandering adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel. Ted Tally's script approximates the book's laconic cowboy poetry, but the film lacks the moral and geographic scope of a John Ford or Sam Peckinpah Western, despite harrowing moments of violence and smoldering scenes between Damon and Penelope Cruz. -- CH
ANTITRUST (PG-13) 1/2 Though not as memorable as Arlington Road, the last paranoid thriller in which Tim Robbins played a villain, Antitrust is a good popcorn movie that's aimed at a younger audience and should do the job for them. Robbins is a Bill Gates-like computer mogul, Ryan Phillippe the hotshot garage geek who goes to work for him but discovers his dark secrets and has to bring down his empire. It's like a chess game, only more visual. The geek-speak dialogue sounds credible without being intimidating. -- SW
CAST AWAY (PG-13) Director Robert Zemeckis and his Forrest Gump star Tom Hanks have created another crowd-pleaser in what begins as a modern-day Robinson Crusoe story but comes out looking like a "Survivor" spin-off. Dumped in the Pacific, Chuck Noland (Hanks) spends four-plus years on an otherwise uninhabited island, developing survival skills gradually and realistically. The plot eventually gets Hollywood-ized, but it's amazing how long Zemeckis resists commercial impulses, aside from the whole movie being such a commercial for Chuck's employer, FedEx, that failing an Oscar, it has a chance to win a Clio. -- SW
CHARLIE'S ANGELS (PG-13) On the theory that velocity is a substitute for quality, music video director McG zips through a series of sketches that were apparently more fun to shoot than they are to watch. Angels Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu find time between costume changes and dance numbers to solve the case of kidnapped techno-mogul Sam Rockwell. As their giggling constitutes a laugh track, I was reminded more of "The Carol Burnett Show" than the original "Charlie's Angels." Bill Murray is good as Bosley, the eunuch in their harem. -- SW
CHOCOLAT (PG-13) 1/2 Free-spirited Juliette Binoche opens a chocolate shop in a repressed village, setting up a didactic conflict of indulgence versus denial. The French locales, food and faces are lovingly photographed (the disarming ensemble includes Judi Dench, Johnny Depp and Alfred Molina), but it cannot equal the comparably themed but richer Babette's Feast. Chocolat melts in your hands, not in your heart. -- CH
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