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Capsule reviews of films by CL critics



Opening Friday
FEARDOTCOM (R) Stephen Dorff plays a detective investigating a website linked to several deaths. The cast includes such quirky character actors as Udo Kier and Jeffrey Combs.

MOSTLY MARTHA (PG) German writer-director Sandra Nettelbeck presents a romantic comedy about a headstrong female chef who butts heads with both her 8-year-old niece and an Italian sous-chef. If Hollywood remakes it, I'll bet Meg Ryan will star.

ONE HOUR PHOTO (R) Former music video director wunderkind Mark Romanek upends the usual serial killer thriller plot with a disturbing investigation into the ennui of modern life as seen through the eyes of an anonymous megastore photo developer (Robin Williams) who nurtures an unhealthy obsession with the deliriously happy photos he develops for one all-American family. --Felicia Feaster

24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE (R) TV personality/music entrepreneur Andy Wilson (Steve Coogan) is our amusingly self-important eyewitness and guide to the Manchester music scene, from an ill-attended Sex Pistols gig to the flowering of rave culture. The documentary-style elements are first-rate, but the film is more interested in the swirl of events than individual relationships, letting you tap your foot to the beat without providing any emotional toeholds. If you're already a fan of Joy Division and Happy Mondays, you'll appreciate it all the more. --Curt Holman

Duly Noted
DRIVE-INVASION (NR) The Starlight Six Drive-In's annual Labor Day weekend festival of rock music and cheesy movies, including classic cartoons and trailers. Bands perform during the day, followed each night by a film triple-feature with a different theme, starting Saturday with classic rock 'n' roll, The Girl Can't Help It, Wild in the Streets and Hey, Let's Twist!. Sunday salutes attending director Ted V. Mikels, auteur of Girl in Gold Boots, The Astro-Zombies and Blood Orgy of the She-Devils. Monday watches the skies for such sci-fi flicks as The Man With X-Ray Eyes, UFO and the classic giant ant movie Them!. Drive-Invasion, Aug. 31-Sep. 2, with movies beginning at dusk, Starlight Six Drive-In Theatre, 2000 Moreland Ave. $18 per day, $36 for a three-day pass.

JESUS CHRIST VAMPIRE HUNTER A kung-fu musical comedy from the magical land of Canada. See Jesus battle a legion of lesbian vampires with help from El Santos and Mary Magnum. Presented by GSU's cinefest outdoors on the wall of University Center, corner of Courtland and Gilmer. Aug. 31 at 9 p.m. $5. 404-651-3565.

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. Midnight Fri. at Lefont Plaza Theatre and Sat. at Marietta Star Cinema.

STAR WARS: ATTACK OF THE CLONES (PG-13) The Fox Theatre's summer films wind down with the second installment of George Lucas' Star Wars prequel trilogy. Though the star-crossed love story of Senator Amidala (Natalie Portman) and Jedi apprentice Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) falls flat, a mystery subplot connecting bounty hunters and clone armies plays like a delicious wedding of Star Wars and James Bond, building to a final half-hour so spectacular you'll be reluctant to blink for fear of missing something. Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival. Aug. 25 at 2 p.m. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. $6.50.--CH

Continuing
THE ADVENTURES OF PLUTO NASH (PG-13) The sad thing about this abysmal $100 million effort, which finds Eddie Murphy running a nightclub on the moon in the year 2087, isn't that it's terrible, it's that it's terrible without even being enjoyable in a bad-movie sorta way. As for the comedy quotient, I counted exactly two laughs, which breaks down to $50 million per chuckle -- definitely not a sound return on investment. -- Matt Brunson

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 Michael Caine. --Bert Osborne

BLOOD WORK (R) For a good while, Blood Work looks like Clint Eastwood's best picture in years, with the star-director-producer playing a former FBI agent who, after getting a heart transplant, seeks to solve the murder of the person whose ticker he received. Watching an undying screen icon like Eastwood acknowledge his own mortality adds a resonance to this picture, but heading into the final turn, the movie turns preposterous, culminating in a routine climax that goes on forever.--MB

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