TAPE (R) For his second film in a month, Waking Lifeis Richard Linklater puts aside rambling structures and sprawling casts for a tight tale based on Stephen Belber's play, as three former high school friends (Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman and Robert Sean Leonard) hang out in a Michigan motel room and remember an ugly incident from their past.
TEXAS RANGERS (PG-13) Steve Miner, director of this long-postoned Western, also worked on "The Practice" and "Dawson's Creek," so it's no suprise that Dylan McDermott and James Van Der Beek play the leads in this tale of Civil War veterans dedicated to cleaning up the Wild West. If you loved the Young Guns movies, this should rope you in.
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (R) A fantastic, not-to-be-missed debut film from John Cameron Mitchell (adapting his off-Broadway play) who stars in this audacious rock musical as an East German transsexual nursing a broken heart as he plays abysmal rock gigs in restaurants and ice cream parlors across the country.GSU's cinefest, Nov. 23-29. --Felicia Feaster
KOMIKER The title translates as "comedian," and here the manager of a nursing home (Serge Gratzer) embezzles money to launch the career of an impoverished funnyman (Roni Beck), only to fall under police suspicion. Directed by Markus Imboden. Films of Switzerland, Geothe-Institut Atlanta, 1197 Peachtree St., Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m., $4 for non-members.
LIFE'S EVENING HOUR Karen Murray directs this documentary about artist John Rugdale and his struggles with AIDS and blindness. Presented to coincide with the exhibit "John Dugdale: In the Twilight of Memory" at Jackson Fine Art. 8 p.m. Nov. 29, Rich Auditorium, Woodruff Arts Center.
MULE SKINNER BLUES (NR) IMAGE Film & Video Center presents this off-beat documentary in the vein of American Movie, about 60ish recovering alcoholic who gathers his Florida trailer park buddies to make a no-budget horror film about a vengeful gorilla. The film can condescend to the would-be artists and the gulf between their aspirations and actual talent, but in revealing the real suffering in their lives, the film also affirms the value of arts -- even cheesy ones -- for creating catharsis and solidarity. Presented by IMAGE Film & Video Center, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. Echo Lounge, 551 Flat Shoals Ave. --Curt Holman
NOT ONE LESS Acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou put aside his trademark lush compositions for a looser, more naturalistic look at a village's teenaged teacher trying to retrieve one of her students from a big city's mean streets.7 and 9 p.m., Nov. 29, Alston Campus Center, Agnes Scott College.
PLANET OF THE APES 1/2 (PG-13). The best quality of Tim Burton's "revisit" to the classic 1968 film are the apes themselves, which have expressive, realistic make-up, cleverly conceived body language and fine representations from Tim Roth and Helena Bonham Carter. But though Burton reaches for an epic scope, the storytelling feels rushed and sloppy, with its anti-racism message presented with the heaviest possible hand.GSU's cinefest, Nov. 23-29.--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.
SPRIGGAN 1/2 (R) Over-the-top anime entertainment, cheerfully unconcerned about making sense. A 17 year-old "Spriggan," or elite super agent, defends newly discovered Noah's Ark from American cyborgs and a psychic boy with a Messianic complex. The director of the landmark Akira supervises the film, making it a lavish, destructive spectacle that only loses momentum when it slows down to explain itself. GSU's cinefest, Nov. 30 - Dec. 6. --CH
WHO STOLE MY SHIT? Featuring the most memorable title since Dude, Where's My Car? this locally produced comedy directed by Jamal Dedeux follows the hijinks of roommates Marlon, Gus and Headache when the return from vacation to discover that they've been burglarized.Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. Clark Atlanta University's Science Research Building, 223 James P. Brawley Drive, $2.
ADVENTURES OF FELIX (PG-13). An unemployed, HIV-positive but happy-go-lucky young Frenchman hitchhikes from Normandy to Marseilles, assembling a surrogate family of strangers en route. Drinking in sights from the English Channel to the Mediterrenean, the film offers gorgeous vistas worthy of a dozen travelogues, while giving the charismatic title character enough frailties and dimensions to make him more than a cheerful bon vivant. --CH
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