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Opening Friday

ENEMY AT THE GATES (R) ** 1/2 The 1942-43 Battle for Stalingrad boils down to a duel between two men, Vassili Zaitsev (Jude Law) and Major Konig (Ed Harris), the top snipers for the Russians and Germans respectively, in Jean-Jacques Annaud's epic that looks great but isn't always as suspenseful or dramatically effective as it might be. The big battle sequence at the beginning invites comparison to Saving Private Ryan and suffers from that comparison. Mad magazine readers will appreciate a hint of "Spy vs. Spy" in this story of "Sniper vs. Sniper," while historians may consider it an example of reductio ad absurdam. -- STEVE WARREN

EXIT WOUNDS (R) Steven Segal shears his pony locks to play a tough inner city cop out to fight "domestic terrorism" and corruption on the force, battling hip hop performer DMX, who stars as seedy crime lord Latrell Walker.

FAITHLESS (R) ***1/2 From a script by noted Swedish director Ingmar Bergman and directed by one of his most talented actresses, Liv Ullmann, Faithless follows the dissolution of a marriage and the profound effect on the child of a woman (Lena Endre) who has an extramarital affair. Endre gives a stunning, sympathetic performance as a woman whose reckless love affair with her husband's best friend turns into an all-consuming nightmare in this thoughtful film based on an actual event in Bergman's own life. -- FELICIA FEASTER

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AND YOUR LOVE TOO *** In this rarely-seen East German film from 1962, Armin Mueller-Stahl stars as Ulli, a political idealist in Berlin who must contend with the apathy of his countrymen and the corruptive influence of the west. The problem is complicated by the erection of a barrier between the two halves of the city (later to become the Berlin Wall). But this armed barricade, which has since come to symbolize political oppression, is looked upon by Ulli as salvation, a cultural dam that will not only cure the political malaise of his fellow Berliners, but also cure strained relationships with his brother (Ulrich Thein) and girlfriend (Kati Szekely). Directed by Frank Vogel. March 14 at 7 p.m., as part of Germany's Other Cinema film festival at the Goethe Institut Atlanta. --BRET WOOD

BANDIT QUEEN As part of Women's Awareness Month, Georgia Tech presents the raw depiction of India's Phooloon Devi based on the book by Mala Sen. A low-caste woman sold into marriage at the age of 11 and raped repeatedly as a young woman, Phooloon wages a class war and becomes one of India's most wanted outlaws, stealing from the rich and evading police until her surrender in 1983. March 15 at 7:30 p.m. 368 Skiles, Georgia Tech University.

THE BLACK PRESS: SOLDIERS WITHOUT SWORDS A tribute to Atlanta's black media during National Black Press Week, this dramatic film about the efforts of black media pioneers will be followed by a question-and-answer session with a panel of local media professionals. March 15 at 7 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site Theater.

BOESMAN & LENA *** Blacklisted Hollywood director John Berry helms this adaptation of South African playwright Athol Fugard's 1969 drama. Angela Bassett and Danny Glover play a homeless couple burned out of their Capetown squatters camp and engage in an emotional meltdown, propelled by the injustices of apartheid, poverty and their own dissolving, abusive relationship. March 16 at 8 p.m. High Museum of Art -- FF

CONFEDERACY THEORY Atlanta-based filmmaker Ryan Deussing's documentary portrait of the Confederate flag debate in South Carolina is presented by IMAGE and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., National Historic Site as part of the Developing Racial Equality through Arts and Music (DREAM) film series promoting racial equality and social justice. March 22 at 7:30 p.m. MLK National Historic Site, 450 Auburn Ave.

COLLECTORS *** A chilling, often downright sickening documentary portrait of two men who worship a bizarre kind of celebrity: the serial killer. Collectors follows Rick Staton and Tobias Allen as they indulge their merry hobby of amassing serial killer artwork and relics. Products of the Age of Irony, when even the most gruesome and cold-hearted endeavors can be written off as cultural anthropology and harmless fun, Allen and Staton dig their own grave with the shovel director Julian Hobbs provides. March 9-15, GSU's cinéfest. -- FF

DARK DAYS First-time director Marc Singer goes beneath the streets of New York City to explore the infrastructure of subway tunnels and the people who inhabit them. March 9-15 at GSU's cinéfest.

THE EIGHTH DAY Belgian businessman Auteuil undergoes a personality transformation after spending time with a man with Down's Syndrome. Shown as part of Francophonie 2001: A Celebration of the French-Speaking World. March 22 at 10 a.m. Lefont Garden Hills Theater.

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