THE BANGER SISTERS (R) Goldie Hawn is an ex-'60s groupie, Susan Sarandon her fellow "banger sister" who has remade herself into a prim Phoenix wife and mother. When the two reunite, Hawn imparts some valuable lessons about "being true to yourself," which help Sarandon cast off the chains of suburban conformity. If trite messages about "freedom" and "individuality" coming from a prototypically brain-dead Hollywood film where the words "hand job" are used to garner laughs are your cup of tea -- drink up. All others have been warned.--Felicia Feaster
THE FOUR FEATHERS (PG-13) An Englishman (Heath Ledger) believed to be a coward must rescue his friends during an uprising in the Sudan. Elizabeth director Shekhar Kapur puts a post-Colonial spin on this oft-filmed action epic, best known for the sprawling 1939 version by Zoltan Korda. Kate Hudson co-stars.
IGBY GOES DOWN (R) That's all well and good for Igby, but how about the rest of us? Kieran Culkin of The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys plays a teen who flees his eccentric parents (Susan Sarandon and Bill Pullman) to find love and other new experiences in New York. The cast of this bitter comedy includes Jeff Goldblum, Claire Danes and Ryan Phillippe.
THE LAST KISS (R) This huge hit in Italy tracks the Peter Pan mishaps of a group of thirtysomething male friends as they try to recapture their fancy-free youth, abandoning babies and devoted girlfriends in the process. The film initially promises some misanthropic, screwball hybrid of Neil LaBute and American Pie, but director Gabriele Muccino soon reveals he has more complex matters on his mind in this analysis of a selfish, can't-see-the-good-in-front-of-their-eyes generation of men. At Lefont Plaza Theatre.--FF
TRAPPED (R) Charlize Theron and Stuart Townsend play yuppies drawn into one of those deadly games of cat and mouse when a pair of vicious kidnappers (Kevin Bacon and Courtney Love) abduct their daughter (I Am Sam Oscar nominee Dakota Fanning).
BLACK CINEMA CAFE: Black Cinema Cafe kicks off its third season with a sneak preview of Conviction, a Showtime Networks Presentation about an ex gangbanger from South Philly who transforms in prison to a crusader for non-violence. Stars Omar Epps, Dana Delany and Charles S. Dutton. Sept. 23 at 8:30 p.m. Preceded by a reception at 7 p.m. Rich Auditorium, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. Reservations required. Email Atlanta@blackcinemacafe.com.
DJOMEH (NR) A beautiful, heartbreaking film about the existential homesickness of a lonely, sweet-natured Afghan man working at a rural Iranian dairy. This poignant tale of the ultimate outsider in a society with little room for difference boasts indelible performances and a haunting, hard-to-shake aura of sadness. Films at the High. Iranian Film Today. Sept. 21 at 8 p.m., Rich Auditorium, Woodruff Arts Center. --FF
THE HIDDEN HALF (NR) A devoted, chaste middle-class wife informs her husband of her rebellious past as a Marxist student activist and love object to an older intellectual in this sudsy but important melodrama about the hidden lives of Iranian women. Films at the High. Iranian Film Today. Sept. 20, 8 p.m., Rich Auditorium, Woodruff Arts Center. --FF
MR. BLANDING BUILDS HIS DREAM HOUSE (1948) (NR) Cary Grant stars as a city slicker who faces multiple mishaps trying to build a country home. With Myrna Loy and Melvyn Douglas. Communal Classics. Sept. 23 at 8:30 p.m., Commune, 1198 Howell Mill Road. Free. 404-609-5000..
OUT IN THE COLD (NR) IMAGE Film and Video Center presents the winning documentary of the 2002 New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, which explores the hidden world of homeless gay and lesbian runaways. The technique suggests "TV magazine" journalism, but the individual stories have power. Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site Screening Room, 450 Auburn Ave. Free. 404-352-4225.--Curt Holman
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.
THAT WAS THE GDR (1993) (NR) "Shield and Sword," the conclusion of this two-part documentary, examines the spying and punishments of "the Stasi," the secret police of the former East Germany. Sept. 18 at 7 p.m., Goethe-Institut Atlanta, Colony Square. $4. 404-892-2388.
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