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WAITING FOR THE MESSIAH (PG-13). A Jewish twentysomething and a middle-aged banking employee both see their lives drastically change when a major Argentine bank collapses. Director Daniel Burman's character study encompasses the different classes, generations and religious of modern Buenos Aires.High Museum's Latin American Film Festival, Rich Auditorium, Woodruff Arts Center, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 15 at 4 p.m. $5 general admission.
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.
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.
AN AMERICAN RHAPSODY (PG-13). The debut film of veteran editor Eva Gardos depicts the experience of Hungarian immigrants (Tony Goldwyn, Nastassja Kinski and Ghost World's Scarlett Johansson) as they face challenges assimilating into the suburbs of the American 1950s and '60s. Not to be mistaken for American Rhapsody, Joe Eszterhas' salacious book on the Clinton scandals.
APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX 1/2 (R) Closer to Francis Ford Coppola's original intention for his film, this Apocalypse, featuring 53 additional minutes and the inclusion of scenes that had previously been mere legend in film circles, enhances the myth of this stunning Vietnam war film but does not necessarily make for a better film.-- FF
BREAD AND TULIPS (PG-13) An unhappy housewife (Licia Maglietta) falls in with the charming characters in a tiny corner of Venice in Silvio Soldini's quirky new comedy that Italians reportedly adore.
BROTHER (R) Japan's premier bad-ass Beat Takeshi wrote, directed and stars in this international co-production about a displaced yakuza soldier who starts up operations in the United States, bludgeoning, bashing, blading or blowing the brains out of anyone who gets in his way. A little muddled, but a top-notch performance by Beat and over-the-top violence carry the day. Up-and-comer Omar Epps co-stars as one of the American yakuza. -- EDDY VON MUELLER
BIG EDEN 1/2 (PG-13). Writer-director Thomas Bezucha's debut film offers a sweet-natured look at a gay love triangle in the small Montana town of Big Eden that's so tolerant as to seem to good to be true. The film's cheerful spirits, cozy country-and-western songs and loving scenes of food preparation give it plenty of charms, but its lack of realistic edges or deep exploration of its characters keep it from being very substantial. With Ayre Gross, Eric Schweig and George Coe.-- CH
BULLY (Not Rated) America hide your children, that "wake up and smell the coffee" chicken hawk Larry Clark has done gone and made himself another movie full of ripe, nekkid teens and a bracing social message about how it's, like, wrong or something to kill your best friend even if he was meaner than a sackful of rattlesnakes. Based on fact. -- FF
DIVIDED WE FALL 1/2 (PG-13) This Czechoslovakian comedy/drama about a husband and wife (played by an intensely likeable pair of actors, Boleslav Polivka and Anna Siskova) hiding a Jewish fugitive in their larder during World War II tries to deal in some of the messy moral ambiguities brought out in wartime, but more often just offers a thrilling comic romp in the Life is Beautiful tradition.-- FF
DON'T SAY A WORD (R) Michael Douglas seems bored as a New York psychiatrist whose daughter is snatched by crooks who demand he extract valuable information from the mind of one of his patients (Brittany Murphy), a catatonic woman with a murky past. Despite the potentially interest in Murphy's character,the film boils down to routine police procedurals (stretch), cars speeding through city streets (yawn), and Douglas trading climactic blows with the baddies (zzzzzz). -- MB
DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAIN (Not rated). The directors of classic rockumentaries Monterey Pop and Don't Look Back offer a concert film of music from and in the spirit of O Brother Where Art Thou? Showcasing bluegrass, gospel and blues musicians who couldn't get arrested in today's hats-and-headsets Country climate, Mountain resembles an unusually authentic and diverse "Austin City Limits," with highlights from Emmylou Harris, Ralph Stanley, the Fairfield Four and the late Bill Hartford.--CH
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