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Capsule reviews of films by CL critics

Opening Wednesday
JURASSIC PARK III (PG-13) Anxious to fund research for his new theory of velociraptor intelligence, paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) is persuaded by a wealthy couple (William H. Macy and Tea Leoni) to accompany them on an aerial tour of Isla Sorna. This island has become a primordial breeding ground for John Hammond's magnificent creations. When the party is marooned, Grant is forced to learn the dreadful implications of his raptor intelligence theory firsthand. Directed by Joe Johnston.

Opening Friday
AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS (PG-13) A married movie star couple (John Cusack, Catherine Zeta-Jones) is obligated to promote the movie they made together even though they now detest each other and have broken up. When the print of their film doesn't show up, the film's publicist (Billy Crystal) tries to divert attention by concocting a story of the couple's reunion when, in fact, Cusack is actually in love with his wife's formerly fat assistant (Julia Roberts). Directed by Joe Roth.

MADE (R) Two aspiring mobsters (Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn) from Los Angeles travel to New York to become "made men," getting involved with a money-laundering scheme and thusly, possibly inducted into a low-level crime syndicate. Sean "P-Diddy" Combs plays their "guide" once they get to New York. Directed by Jon Favreau.

THE PRINCESS AND THE WARRIOR (R) Tom Tykwer, the director of Run Lola Run, presents a film about love. The angry Bodo (Benno Furmann), a small-time criminal who is always running from the law, and Sissi (Franka Potente), a shy, quiet nurse who works in a psychiatric clinic, meet for the first time after a horrible accident. Bodo saves Sissi's life, then disappears without a trace. Obsessed by the incident, Sissi sets out on a mission to find the mysterious stranger. German with English subtitles.

Duly Noted
ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT Set in the outback of Australia, this Academy Award-winning movie is a comedy about Bernadette, Felicia and Mitzi, who bring their drag show to a desert casino via their lavender bus. Sponsored by the 14th annual Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, July 22 at dusk at the Starlight Drive-In, 2000 Moreland Ave.

AMERICAN ROULETTE Directed by New York filmmaker Seyi, this film casts an unflinching eye at the victims of police brutality and the families left devastated in the aftermath of meaningless loss. Sponsored by IMAGE Film & Video Center, July 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site screening room, 450 Auburn Ave.

AMORES PERROS 1/2 (2000) (R) A trio of stories set in a dystopian Mexico City revolve around a life-altering car crash in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's gripping first feature more indebted to the indie free-styling of Tarantino than the art film legacy of Bunuel. Through July 19 at GSU's cinéfest. --FELICIA FEASTER

BREAD AND CHOCOLATE 1/2 (NR) In this absurdity-touched tale, a hapless Italian immigrant, Nino (Nino Manfredi), is desperate to find work in Switzerland despite the endemic racism of his adopted country. The film begins with a pratfalling sense of humor, as Nino negotiates the intricacies of the ordered, polite Swiss culture, but quickly moves into darkness as Nino's eyes are opened to his true second-class status. Presented as part of the Italian Summer Festival at the High July 20 at 8 p.m. at the High's Rich Auditorium --FF

BILLY ELLIOT (R) The film depicts an 11-year-old coal miner's son (Jamie Bell) who develops an improbable passion for ballet. Some of the self-conscious flourishes (like the soundtrack prominent with T-Rex) can be strange, but it's an endearingly idiosyncratic film that puts some new moves on its "feel-good" premise. Showing at the Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival at the Fox Theater July 19 at 8 p.m. --CURT HOLMAN

DEAR DIARY (1994) Winner of the Best Director award at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival, Nanni Moretti is one of Italy's finest comedian-directors, comparable to America's Woody Allen. Moretti appears as himself in this comedy tinged with anxiety. Italian Summer Festival at the High July 13 at 8 p.m. in the Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Auditorium.

THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE (G) David Spade plays the spoiled emperor who's turned into a llama; John Goodman is the kindly peasant who turns the other cheek to help him. The drawing style is simpler than in most of Disney's classics, but the picture's packed with fun, action and comedy that appeals to all ages. Showing at the Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival at the Fox Theater July 22 at 3 p.m. --STEVE WARREN

THE MUMMY RETURNS (PG-13) 1/2 With a pure adrenaline overkill, a nonstop barrage of movement and noise, Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz return as the good guys, and Arnold Vosloo is the title terror; the murky story line has something to do with the resurrected Imhotep (Vosloo) fighting a resurrected warrior known as the Scorpion King (pro wrestler The Rock) for global domination. Showing at the Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival at the Fox Theater July 22 at 7 p.m. respectively. --MATT BRUNSON

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