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Capsule reviews of films by CL critics

Opening Friday
EVOLUTION (PG-13) Marking the 17th anniversary of the release of Ghostbusters, director Ivan Reitman returns with another film about catastrophe. A meteor crashes on Earth, bearing one-celled organisms that begin evolving at a pace so frenzied pace, they surpass Earth's five billion-year evolutionary process in one month. Four people investigating a cave during this massive change are in for a shock when they reenter the outside world. David Duchovny, Julianne Moore, Dan Aykroyd and Seann William Scott star in this chaotic natural disaster.

STARTUP.COM (R) Filmmaker Jehane Noujaim quit her job at MTV in 1999 to follow two childhood friends pursue their million-dollar dream -- a dot.com that would allow citizens to pay their traffic tickets and renew their drivers' licenses online. But as we all know by now, the road to Internet riches is a trail of tears. Noujaim and fellow lenswoman Chris Hegedus remind us how irrational all that exuberance was. Along the way, we see the new face of American business -- brimming with optimism and a sense of entitlement one minute, cynical and ruthless the next. In 100 years, Startup.com will berequired viewing for students of late-20th century America. Even now, this documentary already seems like nostalgia, but it's gripping nostalgia. Were we really that naive? --STEVE FENNESSY

SWORDFISH (R) This is the story of the world's most dangerous spy (John Travolta), a charismatic, multifaceted man hired by the CIA to coerce a computer hacker (Hugh Jackman) recently released from prison to help steal $6 billion in unused government funds. In exchange, the hacker can regain custody of his daughter and start a new life.

Duly Noted
ATLANTA FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL Running June 8-16, the festival will feature more than 175 independent, original works from around the world, including 38 films from Georgia. For festival information call 404-352-4254 or visit www.imagefv.org.

CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (PG-13) An enchanting tale set in early 19th-century China, Ang Lee's (Sense and Sensibility, The Ice Storm) atmospheric Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon rekindles the Hong Kong flame of gravity-defying martial arts action and tender sentiment. Lee invests the usual astounding acrobatics with his characters' pangs of regret, love and loss as two martial arts masters, (Chow Yun Fat and Michelle Yeoh) teach a spoiled young aristocrat (Zhang Ziyi) about the moral responsibilities of the Giang Hu martial arts way in this subversive, beautifully realized coming-of-age story. Through June 12 GSU's cinéfest. Also showing at the Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival at the Fox Theater, June 11 at 8 p.m. --FELICIA FEASTER

DAHLONEGA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Catch a free sneak preview of some of the 2001 official selection short films June 6 at the Fountainhead Lounge in East Atlanta from 8-11 p.m.

GEORGE WASHINGTON (NR) First-time, 25-year-old director David Gordon Green combines the lush, heartfelt perspective that befits his age and an often flowery, precious dialogue that betrays his age too, in this touching, awkward, clunky, lovely film about a group of Southern children dealing with heartbreak, longing and a search for meaning. Through June 12 at GSU's cinéfest. --FF

THE MUMMY'S CURSE See what influenced Lord Edgar to go to the Pyramids of Egypt and try to discover a way to bring his beloved Irma back to life. An irrigation project in the rural bayous of Louisiana unearths the Living Mummy (Lon Chaney Jr.) who was buried in quick sand 25 years earlier. This classic 1944 B-movie was Directed by Leslie Goodwins and stars Lon Chaney Jr., Peter Coe III and Virginia Christine. Free admission. Tuesday, June 12 at 8 p.m. at the Irma Vep Film Festival. Actor's Express, 887 West Marietta St., Suite J-107.

MY STRUGGLE Touring underground film maker Joe Christ, best known for his tasteless short movies, will host another Atlanta screening of his newest creation. My Struggle is the story of an inbred Amish man (Andy Miller) who kidnaps a female tourist (Cindy Basden) to use as fresh genetic stock. Joe Christ plays a struggling artist who makes his living burglarizing houses and manufacturing pipe bombs for high school students. After coming across a severely mentally challenged young woman, who's been stranded in a cardboard box, the artist faces some major decisions. If you haven't already guessed, the film is a comedy. Thursday, June 14 at the Somber Reptile, 842 Marietta St. Doors open 9 p.m.

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.

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