THE AFFAIR OF THE NECKLACE (R) This 2002 Best Costume Oscar nominee finally makes it to Atlanta theaters. Hilary Swank plays a penniless aristocrat in Pre-Revolutionary France who schemes to avenge her family by pilfering a priceless necklace. Featuring Jonathan Pryce and Christopher Walken.
CRUSH (R) In this British comedy from first-timer director John McKay, Andie MacDowell as a prim prep school headmistress conveys great warmth in her moving portrait of a woman whose happiness is threatened by a conformist society and jealous friends. But Crush at its heart is yet another retrograde story of complaining, miserable singletons (this time in their 40s) who deeply resent their friend MacDowell's giddy romance with a much younger man. --Felicia Feaster
THE LAST WALTZ (1978) (PG) Martin Scorsese's recording of The Band's 1976 farewell concert stands second only to Stop Making Sense as the most exciting and immediate rock concert film ever made. Not only does The Band resound in songs and interviews, there's a Who's Who of guest musicians including Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and Neil Young. --CH
MURDER BY NUMBERS (R) Reversal of Fortune director Barbet Schroeder goes slumming in this atmospheric police procedural with Sandra Bullock as an FBI profiler who suspects two cold-blooded high schoolers of a series of murders.
THE SCORPION KING (PG-13) If you recall wrestler The Rock's appearance as a giant arachnid at the end of The Mummy Returns, this prequel offers that character's backstory. But don't expect man-to-bug transformations in this would-be Conan the Barbarian epic with The Green Mile's Michael Clarke Duncan.
SON OF THE BRIDE (R) In this Best Foreign Film Oscar nominee, a workaholic Argentinian restaurateur (Ricardo Darin) reassesses his life when his father plans to remarry his Alzheimer's-sticken mother. The script overplays its "movie moments," as when Darin holds roses in the rain to win back a loved one, but mostly the film strikes the right balance of humor and sentiment. --CH
BURNT MONEY (NR) In this steamy thriller from Argentina, Leonardo Sbaraglia and Eduardo Noriega play "The Twins," a pair of notorious South American bankrobbers who weren't actual brothers but carried on an erotic relationship until a sexy prostitute complicated matters. GSU's cinefest, April 19-25.
CLAIRE Atlanta filmmaker Milford Thomas' labor of love is a 65-minute black-and-white silent film was shot on an antique 35-mm camera is based on an ancient Japanese fairy tale about a girl from the moon. This benefit for the AIDS Coalition of Northeast Georgia in Athens will be accompanied by the "Orchestra de Lune" live chamber orchestra.Apr. 22 at 8 p.m. Georgia Theatre, Lumpkin & Clayton streets, Athens. $5 minimum donation. 770-549-9918.
THE CLOUD-CAPPED STAR (1960) (NR) Ritwak Ghatak's unsung masterpiece depicts an educated refugee family trying to survive in Calcutta, where the beautiful elder daughter is forced into a life of senseless sacrifice. Indian Film Festival. April 20, 7 p.m., Rich Auditorium, Woodruff Arts Center. $5.
EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS (1956) (NR) Ray Harryhausen provides the visual effects of UFOs destroying our national monuments in this alien invasion story that's pretty much the same as Independence Day, only set in the '50s. Mondo Movie Nite, April 21, 7 p.m., Starlight Six Drive-in, 2000 Moreland Ave. $6.
EDDIE AND THE CRUISERS (1983) (PG) If you have any memory of John Cafferty and his Springsteen-esque song "On the Darkside," it's probably thanks to this rock 'n' roll drama that features Ellen Barkin as a journalist searching Citizen Kane-style for an enigmatic 1960s rock star (Michael Pare). GSU's cinefest, April 19-20, midnight.
HIMALAYA (2000) (NR) Eric Valli's Oscar-nominated tale of the generational conflict of tradition against modernity in a Nepalese village, shot against the stunning backdrop of the Himalayan mountains. French Film Yesterday and Today. April 19, 8 p.m., Rich Auditorium, Woodruff Arts Center. $5.
IRENE (1926) (NR) Known as "The Original Flapper," Colleen Moore predated Clara Bow and Louise Brooks, and had one of her best vehicles in this comic romance directed by Alfred E. Green. Silent Film Society of Atlanta, GSU's cinefest, April 19, 8 p.m.--CH
OSCAR SHORTS PROGRAM: Over two nights, the Peachtree Film Society features 12 of the 13 2002 Oscar nominees for Animated, Live-Action and Documentary Short (as well as some extras), including "Thoth's" profile of a bizarrely compelling street performer and "The Accountant's" dark Southern comedy from Marietta's Ray McKinnon. Apr. 20, 7 p.m., at Cinevision, 3300 Northeast Expressway Access Road, and Apr. 21, 6 p.m. at General Cinema Parkway Pointe, 3301 Cobb Parkway. $7.50 per night ($6.50 for PFS non- members), $13 both nights ($11 for PFS non-members). 770-729-8487.
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