FULL FRONTAL (R) Steven Soderbergh opts for self-referential style over storytelling substance in his look of a handful of navel-gazing Los Angelenos. Or is the director lampooning narcissistic films like Time Code -- and himself? With the sincere scenes invariably undercut by inside jokes, it's hard to tell what the Oscar-winning director is playing at. It helps that laughs are plentiful and supporting players like David Hyde Pierce and Catherine Keener do nice work, but Full Frontal seems at least half-empty. --Curt Holman
MARTIN LAWRENCE LIVE: RUNTELDAT (R) Martin Lawrence offers a follow-up to his 1994 concert film You So Crazy with this recording from his "RunTelDat" tour, directed by David Raynr.
THE MASTER OF DISGUISE (PG) Test your Dana Carvey tolerance in this comedy from the former cast member of "Saturday Night Live." Here he plays a nebbishy quick change artist whose retinue includes old ladies, George W. Bush and a guy who looks like a turtle. Surely one of his alter egos must be funny. Right?
NEVER AGAIN (R) Frank dialogue marks writer-director Eric Shaeffer's depiction of the unlikely romance of a middle-aged couple (Jill Clayburgh and "The Larry Sanders Show's" Jeffrey Tambor) who meet at a gay bar.
RAIN (PG-13) Dark, mesmerizing and more than a little chilling, this coming-of-age tale from New Zealand director Christine Jeffs about a New Zealand family vacationing at the seaside in 1972 and the simmering psychological battle for sexual dominance waged between a 13-year-old girl and her aging mother has an uncanny feel for the silent resentments that stew in families and the powderkeg potential of sex. --Felicia Feaster
SIGNS (PG-13) Ominous crop circles presage otherworldly events that befall a widowed man of the cloth (Mel Gibson) and his grieving family. Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan lays on the faith-based symbolism with a heavy hand, and his characters never seem as stilted or strange as when they're meant to be "normal." But his powers with Hitchcock-esque suspense are undiminished as he uses misdirection and half-glimpsed threats to build tension to nearly unbearable levels. --CH
WHO IS CLETIS TOUT? (R) Well, "Cletis Tout" appears to be an alias used by Christian Slater's character in Chris Ver Wiel's caper comedy that features RuPaul, Richard Dreyfuss and Tim Allen as a hitman named "Critical Jim." It sounds very post-Tarantino.
ANIMATION FESTIVAL WINNERS ASIFA-Atlanta will screen the 22 winners of New York's 2002 Animation Festival, including films from Bill Plympton, Cartoon Network and JJ Sedelamaier Productions. ASIFA-Atlanta, Aug. 6, 8 p.m., Macquarium Studios, 1800 Peachtree St. Free. www.asifa-atlanta.com.
IG MUSIC ART FILM The film component of the East Atlanta Village festival of alternative arts features "Downstream II," with 60 edgy narrative and short films mostly drawn from the Gainesville's Downstream Film Festival. Downstream II, Aug. 1-3, Earthshaking Music, 543 Stokeswood Ave., Atlanta. $25 for four-day IG pass. 1-800-594-TIXX.
MOMMIE DEAREST (1981) (NR) See screen star Joan Crawford lead a one-woman crusade against the evils of wire hangers in over-the-top biopic with Faye Dunaway in the leading role. Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival. Aug. 5 at 8 p.m. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. --CH
OSCAR SHORTS 2002 Peachtree Film Society offers an encore presentation of its sold-out evening of Academy Award-winning and -nominated animated and short films, including Ray McKinnon's superb, Georgia-filmed Oscar winner "The Accountant." Peachtree Film Society, Aug. 3, 7 p.m., Cinevision, 3300 Northeast Expressway, Building 2. $7.50. 770-729-8487.
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 Avenue, and Saturday at midnight at the Marietta Star Cinema, 1355 Roswell Road, Marietta.
THE WOMEN (1939) (NR) Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer and Rosalind Russell lead an all-woman cast in this catty classic. The campy attempts at sentiment are nearly as funny as the wicked one-liners. Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival. Aug. 5, 8 p.m. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. $6.50.
AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER (PG-13) Having exhausted whatever satirical possibilities they had left in their first unnecessary sequel, Mike Myers and director Jay Roach simply making fun of themselves in this third rehash about the groovy secret agent. An inspired opening sequence is as hilarious as anything you've seen in a very long time, but from there it all goes right into the toilet -- literally. Beyonce Knowles' sexual potential as Foxxy Cleopatra is wasted in favor of estranged father-son hooey with Michaael Caine. --Bert Osborne
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