DOWN TO EARTH (PG-13) Lance Barton (Chris Rock) is a comedically challenged comedian determined to win a stand-up gig at the Apollo Theatre. His plans are put on hold when an overcautious angel takes Lance to Heaven before his time. Unable to return in his own body, Lance is sent back to Earth in the body of a rich, old white man. In his new form, Lance has trouble fitting in and attracting the girl of his dreams (Regina King).
RECESS: SCHOOL'S OUT (G) ** 1/2 It's Die Hard in grade school, as T.J. and his friends, AWOL from specialized summer camps, foil a plot to abolish summer vacation by creating permanent winter on Earth. As in "Disney's Recess" on TV, characters close in age to those of "South Park" are involved in situations that rapidly become surreal -- like older "Rugrats." Children should relate to the goings-on, and most of the movie, including a soundtrack of '60s hits, should be equally easy for grown-ups to take. I enjoyed it enough that I'll have to go to Critics Camp this summer for reprogramming. -- Steve Warren
SWEET NOVEMBER (PG-13) In this remake of the 1968 romantic drama, Charlize Theron stars as Sara Deever, a woman who begins and ends a new relationship in the course of a month. When November comes, she sets her sights on the new flavor of the month, Nelson Moss (Keanu Reeves). Sticking to her one-month rule, she convinces him to move in with her and the two spend every minute together. With the end of the month fast approaching, Nelson has no intention of leaving, which makes it difficult for Sara to keep her secret.
BANG BOOM BANG: A SURE THING Keek, a bank robber, is living comfortably off the money he and Kalle stole in their last heist, while Kalle is finishing up his last two years in prison. When Kalle escapes from jail, Keek must scramble to make back the missing funds before Kalle gets to him. In German with subtitles. Feb. 14 at 7 p.m., Goethe Institut Atlanta.
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. Feb. 9-15 at 2, 6 and 10 p.m., GSU's cinéfest. -- SW
CRUMB Screened as part of Agnes Scott College's Book Unbound exhibit, the documentary chronicles the life and works of legendary underground comic artist, Robert Crumb. The movie offers a glimpse into the warped, creative mind of the counterculture hero through interviews with his dysfunctional family and friends. Feb. 15 at 7 p.m., McCain Library, 141 E. College Ave., Decatur.
GIMME SHELTER (PG) **** In the late 1960s, documentary icons the Maysles brothers set out to film the definitive bad boy band, the Rolling Stones, on their 1969 American tour. The directors captured not only the carnal energy of Mick Jagger performing "Jumping Jack Flash" and "Satisfaction," but the symbolic, violent end to the 1960s with the Altamont free concert. At Altamont the Stones made the disastrous mistake of hiring the Hell's Angels to police the event, a decision that led to brutal, violent clashes between the Angels and the crowd and one murder. A not-to-be-missed document of the dying light of Sixties idealism and a must-see for any fan of the Rolling Stones. Feb. 9-15 at 12, 4 and 8 p.m., GSU's cinéfest. -- FF
IMAX AT FERNBANK: SOLARMAX A movie that encourages you to look directly at the sun, the IMAX film explores the 11-year cycle of the violent reversal of the sun's poles, called the solarmax. From pre-history to contemporary solar science, learn more about the vastness and power of our closest star. Feb. 16-18 at 6 p.m., Fernbank Museum of Natural History.
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