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Capsule reviews of films by CL critics

Opening Friday
AMERICAN PIE 2 (R) The plot reunites most of the original characters after their first year in college. The gang is back home, or at least, most of them are. Heather (Mena Suvari), is off studying in Paris, which means her devoted boyfriend, Oz (Chris Klein) is all alone and forced to struggle with temptation. Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth) is coming to visit Jim (Jason Biggs), who feels he still isn't ready for Nadia sexually. Directed by J.B. Rogers.

OSMOSIS JONES (PG) Deep in the City of Frank (actually the body of construction worker), Osmosis Jones (Chris Rock) is a white blood cell cop who has to team up with a rookie cold tablet (David Hyde Pierce) to fight off evil viruses intent on taking over. Meanwhile, out in the "real world," a doctor (Ben Stein) is trying to diagnose what's going on inside Frank's (Bill Murray) body.

THE OTHERS (PG-13). Spooky events begin occurring at an isolated mansion in 1945. Are the three mysterious new servants trying to drive single mother Nicole Kidman mad, or is the house haunted? Chilean writer-director Alejandro AmenAbar heeds the lessons of The Sixth Sense, offering a moody, well-constructed supernatural thriller that can be contrived and ponderous at times, but builds to some imaginative scares and a clever twist that invites you to reassess the film at the end. -- CURT HOLMAN

UNDER THE SAND Napping on the beach, Marie (Charlotte Rampling) awakens to find her husband, Jean (Bruno Cremer) has disappeared. She begins the search for her longtime lover, unsure of where or why he's gone away. French with English subtitles. Directed by Francois Ozon.

Duly Noted
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF This Academy Award-winning drama by Tennessee Williams features wealthy landowner and patriarch Big Daddy (Burl Ives) as he celebrates his birthday and is visited by his two sons, Brick (Paul Newman) and Gooper (Jack Carson). Big Daddy has had cancer but his doctor has declared him recovered. Gooper and his wife Mae are sucking up and greedily waiting to inherit Big Daddy's millions. His favorite son Brick, on the other hand, is a drunken ex-football star with an unhappy marriage to Maggie (Elizabeth Taylor). It's all-out war to get Big Daddy's money. Showing at the Summer Sizzles Film Series Aug. 10 at 8 p.m. at the Atlanta History Center.

THE CENTER OF THE WORLD (2001) Director Wayne Wang creates a steamy portrait of love and sex in the technological age with an erotic drama about a young computer wizard (Peter Sarsgaard) whose immersion in the digital world has left him unaccustomed to normal social interaction. Showing Aug. 10-16 at cinéfest.

HEAVY METAL (2000) F.A.K.K. (Federation-Assigned Ketogenic Killzone) represents an extreme biohazard. This is the name given to an entire planet, which is home to Julie. She assumes the name F.A.K.K. when her perfect world is threatened by outsiders and her sister is abducted. Starring Billy Idol. Directed by Michael Coldewey and Michel Lemire. Showing Aug. 10 at midnight at the Marietta Star Cinema, 770-971-3511.

IMAGE FILM AND VIDEO CENTER FESTIVAL Joykill by Jay Wulliams, Daddy's Girl by Nandi Murphy, Rose Colored Glasses by Francine Labrian, Untitled by Yakini Horn and Lilia Gal by Amanda Scott. Showing Aug. 10 at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site at 7:30 p.m.

PEARL HARBOR 1/2 (PG-13) It's not an awful movie; it's just an awfully impersonal one, with plenty of spectacular effects hardly justifying the cardboard characters, insipid dialogue and stone-cold direction. The film obviously hopes to be another Titanic, but the love triangle comprised of pilots Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett and nurse Kate Beckinsale couldn't possibly be duller. Showing at the Coca-Cola Film Festival at the Fox Theatre Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. -- MATT BRUNSON

PETITES FRERES (1999) Talia is 13 years old and already battle-weary from fighting with her mean stepfather when she runs away from home, taking her beloved dog Kim with her. She meets up with a group of four boys her age involved in a gang. Eventually Talia and her gang of "petites freres" find real friendship and common humanity in the seemingly desperate surroundings. Aug. 10-16 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.

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