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Opening Friday
EVERYBODY'S FAMOUS! 1/2 (R) Much of this film, set within an economically depressed Flemish community is light, escapist drivel about a sullen teenager whose starry-eyed father thinks she can become Belgium's next pop music sensation. But there is a real sense of desperation and pathos behind this working-class father's effort to help his daughter escape his own dreary fate in director Dominique Deruddere's hash of social commentary and light comedy. --FELICIA FEASTER

MADE (R). Vince Vaughn and writer-director Jon Favreau reprise their winning comic teamwork from Swingers, here playing aspiring boxers in L.A. who take a mysterious job for the Mob in New York. Vaughn's cluelessness as a would-be "playa" leads to many inspired, cringe-inducing confrontations, and though there's an unnecessarily serious subplot with a little girl, otherwise Made makes the grade. --CURT HOLMAN

PLANET OF THE APES (PG-13) Proclaimed as neither a sequel nor a remake, Tim Burton revisits the land where simians rule. Pilot Mark Wahlberg finds himself in a world turned upside down after landing on a strange planet and leads a human rebellion against the ape powers led by Kris Kristofferson. Tim Roth and Helena Bonham Carter also star.

Duly Noted
KEEP THE RIVER ON YOUR RIGHT (2000) a modern cannibal tale tells the amazing story of 78-year old Tobias Schneebaum, a charming enigmatic Jewish man. He ventures onto the jungle to join headhunters and cannibals, become adopted into their tribe, and study and participate in their unique sexual practices. July 27-Aug. 2 at GSU's cinéfest.

THE CONFORMIST (1970) A provocative drama set in the 1930s. Marcello (Jean-Louis Trintignant) is an aristocrat determined to prove his intelligence to the Fascist cause. He succeeds at his mission, but when he learns it involves killing a former teacher, his resolve begins to fade. Italian Summer Festival at the High July 27 at 8 p.m. in the Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Auditorium.

NICO AND DANI (NR) (2000) 1/2 A portrait of adolescent experience set against the blazing sun and azure sea of a small seaside town near Barcelona. During 10 days of freedom, two best friends discover love, sex, jealousy and disenchantment and cross the border separating adolescence from manhood. Through July 26 at cinéfest. --FELICIA FEASTER

PREDATOR (1987) Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and his group of commandos are hired by the CIA to rescue downed airmen from guerillas in a South American jungle. The mission goes well but when they return they discover that something is hunting them. Nearly invisible, it blends in with the forest, taking trophies from the bodies of its victims. Also starring Sen. Jesse Ventura. July 29-30 at midnight at cinéfest.

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, Marietta.

Continuing
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

ALL ABOUT ADAM (R) Adam (Stuart Townsend) meets a waitress (Kate Hudson) and then proceeds to seduce her, her two sisters and even her brother. Also starring A.I.'s Frances O'Connor. Directed by Gerard Stembridge, written for the screen by Gerard Stembridge.

AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS 1/2 (PG-13) Instead of leading lady, Julia Roberts is merely one cog in an ensemble that does its best to provide direction to a rambling scenario. John Cusack and Catherine Zeta-Jones portray a movie star couple whose careers have faltered ever since their separation. With one more joint project yet to be released, the studio head (Stanley Tucci) figures that the best publicity would be to get them back together, so he hires a crafty press agent (Billy Crystal) to orchestrate their reconciliation at the press junket. Engaging but not especially involving, America's Sweethearts handily wins this summer's Middlebrow Champion trophy. --MATT BRUNSON

THE ANNIVERSARY PARTY 1/2 (R) Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cumming wrote, directed and star in this zeitgeisty psychodrama of a hip Hollywood couple and their high-powered friends. Their evening of celebration turning into an ecstasy-fueled meltdown where clothes come off, truths get told and everyone undoubtedly wakes up with an ugly "what did I say?" hangover. Though there is plenty of emoting on display, the film often feels like a keyhole glimpse into the reality of life in a Hollywood fishbowl, as well as the more universal anxieties about faithfulness, aging, children and career. -- FF

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