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Capsule reviews of films by CL critics

Opening Friday
CROCODILE DUNDEE IN LOS ANGELES (PG) 1/2 Paul Hogan makes a shameless, witless attempt to revive a worn-out franchise with a thin, underdeveloped premise stringing together tired jokes and stretched beyond the breaking point by an unsuspenseful climax that goes on for nearly a third of the movie. With decent material Hogan (who has aged better than his wife, Linda Kozlowski, who plays his still-unmarried partner) might have been able to pull off another culture-clash comedy, but this one's as pathetic as Lethal Agent 3, the bad movie it makes fun of. -- STEVE WARREN

THE DAY I BECAME A WOMAN 1/2 (NR) This transfixing trio of stories, which only flounder in the third act, treat the difficult condition of being a woman in a fundamentalist religious culture in this Iranian film made by a husband-and-wife writing and directing team. The film, whose episodes have an allegorical texture, are weighty and meaningful, and made even more satisfying by the glimpse director Marzieh Meshkini offers, of the physical and emotional landscape of this beautiful, and troubled country. --FELICIA FEASTER

THE DISH (PG-13) In this delightful comedy about Australia's role in the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing, life goes on as usual in the town of Parkes while their huge radio telescope prepares to relay the moonwalk to the rest of the world. The Mayor plays politics, young musicians play Jimi Hendrix and young lovers play the games they play. And sheep graze in the pasture surrounding The Dish. A steady stream of quiet chuckles at the Capraesque wisdom of common folk leaves you thinking that if there weren't a place like Parkes there should be, and maybe one on the moon as well. -- SW

FREDDY GOT FINGERED (R) Tom Green plays slacker Gordon Brody, a 28-year-old wanna-be animator who still lives with his parents. Brody battles his frustrated father (Rip Torn), whose only wish is for his son to move out and get a job, falls in love with a wheelchair-bound rocket scientist and plays with wildlife.

Duly Noted
AMERICAN NIGHTMARE: 1/2 Horror fans will delight in this cultural history of contemporary horror, as seen through the eyes of some of its principle practitioners, including Wes Craven, George Romero and Tobe Hooper. Nifty clips enliven the film, and fairly erudite commentary might just give you a few new arguments to justify to your significant others why you like this stuff. April 13-19 at GSU's cinéfest. -- EDDY VON MUELLER

DO THE RIGHT THING Spike Lee explores the rising racial tensions in a Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood on a hot summer day. Presented by IMAGE's Atlanta Film & Video Festival. April 19 at 8 p.m. Rich Auditorium, Woodruff Arts Center.

BEAU TRAVAIL (NR) A filmic reverie, dense with unforgettable imagery and spooky, erotic subtext, Claire Denis's tale of the ruinous, corrosive jealousy that drives a French Foreign Legionnaire stationed in Africa to sacrifice his beloved career over a guileless young recruit is drawn from Melville's Billy Budd and the fertile, artful imagination of a director more concerned with mood than a cut-and-dried storyline. April 21 at 8 p.m. at Rich Auditorium, Woodruff Arts Center. --FF

ETE AND ALI After completing their military service, Ete and Ali embark on an uncertain future. Ali doesn't want to return to his small village and Ete discovers his wife has a wandering eye. When Ali decides to help his friend get his wife back, the troubles begin. April 18 at 7 p.m. Goethe Institut Atlanta.

THE GIFT Cate Blanchette stars as a clairvoyant who leads police to a dead body in the murder mystery by Sam Rami and Billy Bob Thornton, which also stars Hilary Swank and Greg Kinnear. April 13-19 at GSU's cinéfest.

HOT SUMMER East Germany's own Grease. When two groups of high school students decide to hitchhike to the Baltic Sea during summer vacation, the girls arrive first. To get even, the boys lead them to a beach full of mosquitos. April 25 at 7 p.m. Goethe-Institut Atlanta.

IT ALL STARTS TODAY (NR) Celebrated French director Bertrand Tavernier evokes both Ken Loach and Michael Apted in this union of social wake-up call and heartfelt lament. The realistic drama focuses on the committed director of a kindergarten located in an economically depressed town who champions a better life for his young students whose futures are jeopardized by abuse, alcoholism, neglect and hopelessness. April 20 at 8 p.m. at Rich Auditorium, Woodruff Arts Center. --FF

"THE MULLET" Previously aired on local cable access station MediaOne, episodes of "The Mullet" will be screened on the first Monday of the month at the Fountainhead Lounge. The TV show features short films like "The Uh-Huh Man," "The Real Life of Jimmy Mullet" and "The Fisherman and the Mullet." April 2-June 4 at 8 p.m. Fountainhead Lounge, East Atlanta.

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