SCARY MOVIE II Keenen Ivory Wayans returns with another spoof of movies, including Castaway and Hollow Man. In this installment, four teens are tricked by their professor into visiting a haunted house for a school project. Starring Tim Curry, Tori Spelling, Shawn Wayans and Marlon Wayans, with cameos by Natasha Lyonne and Beetlejuice.
KISS OF THE DRAGON This thriller revolves around China's top intelligence officer, Liu Jiuan (Jet Li) who goes to Paris to carry out a top-secret mission. There he becomes embroiled in a deadly conspiracy, is accused of a murder he did not commit and is on the run in an unknown city. Costars Bridget Fonda, directed by Chris Nahon, screenplay by Luc Besson.
THE CONFORMIST (1970) A collaboration between director Bernardo Bertolucci and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. Marcello (Jean-Louis Trintignant) is an aristocrat determined to prove his allegiance to the Fascist cause. Films at the High. June 27 at 8 p.m. in the Woodruff Art's Center Rich Auditorium.
DR. STRANGELOVE and A CLOCKWORK ORANGE A Stanley Kubrick double feature. Dr. Strangelove tells the story of U.S. Air Force Gen. Jack Ripper, who goes completely and utterly mad, and sends his bomber wing to destroy the U.S.S.R. A Clockwork Orange takes place in futuristic Britain, where a gang of teenagers go on the rampage every night, beating and raping helpless victims. Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival at the Fox Theater, July 5 at 8 p.m.
THE GARDEN OF THE FINZI CONTINIS (1971) In Vittorio De Sica's haunting drama, the fate of Italian Jews during World War II is seen through the experiences of Giorgio (Lino Caplicchio), a middle-class Jew, and his lifelong friends, the aristocratic Finzi-Continis of Ferrara. Italian Summer Festival at the High. July 6 at 8 p.m. in the Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Auditorium.
THE JOURNEY (PG) Atlanta filmmaker Eric Saperston trekked across the country in a VW minibus to interview CEOs, celebrities and young people. His interviewees and mishaps on the road have charming moments, but when the selling of the project takes precedent over its stated mission, the film's idealistic motivations become suspect. Audience Award-winner of the 25th Atlanta Film and Video Festival. July 5-8 at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. and 2 and 5 p.m. Sun. at 7 Stages Theatre. --CURT HOLMAN
MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (1944) This glowing piece of Americana is a sentimental favorite. Will a St. Louis family enjoy the 1903 World's Fair at home or will they move to New York? Judy Garland is the girl next door, whose little sister is charmingly played by Margaret O'Brien. "The Trolley Song" was Oscar nominated, as was the score and the cinematography. Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Screen on the Green, July 4 at sunset at Piedmont Park.
MEMENTO 1/2 (R) An investigator (Guy Pearce) suffering from short term memory loss tries to track down his wife's killer in Christopher Nolan's ingenious thriller. As in Harold Pinter's Betrayal the scenes unfold in reverse order, so both the audience and the forgetful hero are constantly thrust into the unknown. Complicated, exhilarating and dark, Memento's ending leaves your head spinning -- counterclockwise. July 6-12 at GSU's cinéfest. -- CH
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, and Saturday at midnight at Blackwell Star Cinema, 3378 Canton Road in Marietta.
SONGS FOR CASSAVETES Atlanta premiere. Songs for Cassavetes is a documentary that takes a look at the world of American underground music from the perspective of the people who make it happen. The film documents the bands making music in the wake of the alternative media explosion of the '90s. July 6-12 at GSU's cinéfest.
A.I.: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (PG-13). Steven Spielberg brings to light a long-developed Stanley Kubrick project about an android boy (Haley Joel Osment) who aspires to be human. Spielberg gives the first act a poetic precision evocative of the late filmmaker's cerebral style, but subsequent sections uncomfortably blend elements of Pinocchio and Blade Runner, losing some of its pristine storytelling control. --CH
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