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Capsule reviews of films by CL critics

Opening Friday
DON'T SAY A WORD (R) You'll need to say several words to describe this thriller in which Sean Bean kidnaps the daughter of psychiatrist Michael Douglas, giving him eight hours to coerce a near-catatonic patient (Brittany Murphy) into revealing a secret code. Expect lots of yelling into cell phones and an actorly mental illness shtick.

HEARTS IN ATLANTIS PG-13. Based on a Stephen King novella, this blend of Stand By Me's golden-hued boyhood nostalgia and Dolores Claiborne's grimy working-class gothic is an often troubling, multifaceted coming-of-age that tells the story of the relationship between a reclusive psychic (Anthony Hopkins) and an 11-year-old kid (Anton Yelchin) during the summer of 1960.-- FELICIA FEASTER

THE JOURNEY 1/2 Documentarian and Atlanta resident Eric Saperston interviews corporate bigwigs and plain folk alike on a cross-country trek in a 1971 Volkswagen minibus. Interviewees like Henry Winkler can be fun subjects, but the more the film focuses on the filmmakers as they pitch and package their own project, the less idealistic it seems. -- CURT HOLMAN

VERTICAL RAY OF THE SUN (PG-13) Anh Hun Tran, the writer-director of The Scent of Green Papaya, offers a lyrical, langourous look at everyday life in modern Vietnam through the eyes of three sisters.

ZOOLANDER (PG-13) Inspired by a sketch written for the 1996 VH1 Fashion Awards, Ben Stiller directs and stars as Derek Zoolander, a dimwitted, pouty male supermodel who gets embroiled in an assassination conspiracy. The trailer indicates amusing appearances by Owen Wilson and David Duchovny; overall, expect a hybrid of Austin Powers and Vogue magazine.

Duly Noted
FAAT-KINE 1/2 (Not Rated) This delightful, socially relevant film from legendary Senegalese director Ousmane Sembene is about a changing Africa where the relationships between men and women exemplify that flux. The film focuses on a successful, content self-made woman Kine (an appealing Venus Seye) who has to come to terms with the irresponsible men who have dogged her past on the eve of her two children's graduation from high school. High Museum, Rich Auditorium, Friday, Sept. 28, 8 p.m.-- FF

HIQI FILM SERIES: WHERE MUSIC MEETS FILM This series of music documentaries covers a variety of genres. The program includes 1979's Rockers, featuring Peter Tosh and Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace; Word's evocation of the independent hip-hop scene, with Eminem and Dead Prez; 1977's birth of the punk/new wave generation in The Blank Generation (including the Ramones and Patti Smith); an eponymous self-portrait of noise band Friends Forever; a look at California desert raves in Synergy: Vision and Vibe; Try This at Home's depiction of the Yoyo a Go Go music festival in Olympia, Wash.; and two pieces about indie metal band Darkhorse, Driver 23 and The Atlas Moth). Cinefest, Georgia State University, 611 Courtland St. Suite 66, Through Oct. 6.

MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL They're Knights of the Round Table. They dance whene'er they're able. They do routines and chorus scenes with footwork impecc-able. It's a busy life in Camelot. They sing from the diaphragm a lot. (This re-release boasts "22 seconds" of unseen footage.) Marietta Star Cinema, Sep. 28-Oct. 4. Fri., Mon.-Thurs. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 3:30, 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. -- 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, Marietta.

TWO WOMEN (Not Rated) Two women take very different life paths and find varying degrees of happiness in their married lives in this film set during the first years of the Iranian Revolution of the '70s. Iranian Film Today, Films at the High, Rich Auditorium, Woodruff Arts Center, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. -- FF

Continuing
AMERICAN OUTLAWS Jesse James (Colin Farrell), and brother Frank (Gabriel Macht), two brothers from Missouri, led a gang that robbed banks, trains and stagecoaches throughout the West from 1866 to 1881, and became one of the era's most legendary bandits. (Scott Caan plays Cole Younger who competed with Jesse for leadership of the gang; Ali Larter plays Jesse's girlfriend). Directed by Les Mayfield.

AMERICAN PIE 2 1/2 This follow-up to the 1999 hit reunites over a dozen characters. This sequel is more of a boys' night then a nostalgic sequel -- Tara Reid, Mena Suvari and Natasha Lyonne have little more than cameos here. Four friends -- hapless Jim (Jason Biggs), obnoxious Stifler (Seann William Scott), cute Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas), soft-spoken Oz (Chris Klein) and brainy Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) -- back together after a year in college, ready to enjoy a summer at the beach. -- MATT BRUNSON

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