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Capsule reviews of films by CL critics

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THE CAT'S MEOW (PG-13) Director Peter Bogdanovich makes a modest comeback with a dark comedy about the lethal consequences of a 1924 romantic triangle between Charlie Chaplin (Eddie Izzard), William Randolph Hearst (Edward Hermann) and starlet Marion Davies (Kirstin Dunst). You'd hope for a more insightful consideration of power and hypocrisy, but as a showbiz satire it features amusingly arch dialogue and a superbly cast and costumed line-up of actresses.--Curt Holman

THE ENDURANCE: SHACKLETON'S LEGENDARY ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION (G) Sir Earnest Shackleton's ill-fated 1914-1916 voyage to Antarctica is captured in an evocative documentary from the creator of Pumping Iron. Mixing Frank Hurley's on-the-scene footage of the ordeal with modern-day interviews and beautifully desolate nature photography, the film puts you in some of the most inhospitable environments imaginable. Narrated by Liam Neeson, the documentary is more often hypnotic than dull, and is guaranteed to shiver your timbers.--CH

JASON X (R) Apparently every schlock horror franchise is destined to go to space: It happened to Critters, it happened to Leprechaun and now it happens to Friday the 13th, as the hockey-masked murderer stalks young people on a 25th century spaceship.

LIFE OR SOMETHING LIKE IT (PG-13) Angelina Jolie exaggerates her look even further as a platinum-blonde TV reporter who questions her careerist ways when a homeless man (Tony Shaloub) predicts her death. Ed Burns plays the love-interest in this Meg Ryan-esque comedy.

PAULINE EN PAULETTE (PG) A mentally disabled "little girl 66 years old," Pauline (Dora van der Groen) requires the care of her unwilling younger sister Paulette (Ann Petersen) in this low-key comedy-drama from Belgium.

THE TRIUMPH OF LOVE (PG-13) Director Clare Peploe (a.k.a. Mrs. Bernardo Bertolucci) fashions a delightful tale of mistaken identities and mismatched couplings in the Age of Reason. Mira Sorvino's princess spends a lot of the film in male drag, and while she might not give Hilary Swank much of a run for her money, she invests her manly alter ego with a swagger and tenor that puts Gwyneth Paltrow to shame.--Bert Osborne

BURNT MONEY (NR) In this steamy thriller from Argentina, Leonardo Sbaraglia and Eduardo Noriega play "The Twins," a pair of notorious South American bank robbers who weren't actual brothers but carried on an erotic relationship until a sexy prostitute complicated matters. GSU's cinefest, April 19-25.--CH

CULTIVISION (NR) A "sci-farce" shot in Atlanta by writer-director Neill Calabro, CULTiVISION (collapsing stars) depicts a TV newswoman investigating the mysterious link between a religious cult and a situation comedy. April 27, 8 p.m., Cinevision Screening Room, 3300 N.E. Expressway, Building 2. 404-583-6063. Free with reservations.

IN SEARCH OF FAMINE (1980) (Not Rated) Writer-director Mrinal Sen offers a self-reflective work about a Calcutta film crew trying to make a film about poverty during the 1943 famine, and wondering if they can measure up to their subject. Indian Film Festival. April 27, 7 p.m., Rich Auditorium, Woodruff Arts Center. $5.

THE NEW EVE (1999) (NR) Karin Viard gives a highly lauded performance as a restless libertine who shocks herself by falling madly in love with a married socialist. French Film Yesterday and Today. April 26, 8 p.m., Rich Auditorium, Woodruff Arts Center. $5.

THE PRINCE IS BACK (1999) (NR) Russian documentarian Marina Moldovskaya, who will be in attendance, offers a portrait of a modern-day prince who attempts to rebuild the crumbling family homestead near Moscow. April 24 at 7 p.m., Goethe-Institut Atlanta, Colony Square, 1197 Peachtree St., $4 for non-members.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) (R) The cult classic of cult classics, the musical 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 the Marietta Star Cinema, 1355 Roswell Road, Marietta.

SPEAKING IN FILM(NR) Creative Loafing film critic Felicia Feaster discusses how filmmakers use the language of cinema to convey artistic, thematic and political agendas. The evening includes clips from filmmakers ranging from Stanley Kubrick and Brian DePalma to Buzz Kulik and Gaspar Noe. April 24, 9 p.m. Eyedrum Gallery, 290 Martin Luther King Blvd., Suite 8. $3 donation.

T-SHIRT TRAVELS (NR) Beginning with shots of impoverished Africans wearing second-hand Michael Bolton and Bart Simpson T-shirts, Shantha Bloeman's documentary gradually and persuasively uses Africa's used-clothing market as a case study of how the forces of globalization and mountainous debut have bankrupted the third world. April 30, 9 p.m., The Fountainhead Lounge, 485 Flat Shoals Ave. Free.--CH

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