JONAH: A VEGGIETALES MOVIE (G) Who says Hollywood has no new ideas? Here we have an animated, musical interpretation of the Bible story, with Jonah portrayed by a talking asparagus -- no doubt to be swallowed by a vegetarian whale. It's the first feature film from a popular Christian video series for kids..
MOONLIGHT MILE (PG-13) Writer-director Brad Silberling offers a down-to-earth meditation on loss, inspired by the murder of his then-girlfriend Rebecca Schaeffer at the hands of a fan in 1989. Early reviews have been highly positive for Jake Gyllenhaal as a grieving boyfriend and Dustin Hoffman and Susan Sarandon as distraught parents.
RED DRAGON (R) This second film version of Hannibal Lecter's first appearance (following Michael Mann's Manhunter) not only has Anthony Hopkins in the role that made him -- and fava beans -- famous, but a remarkably rich cast that includes Edward Norton, Harvey Keitel, Ralph Fiennes and Emily Watson. Can director Brett Ratner (Rush Hour) possibly go wrong with those actors and that pedigree?
SNIPES (R) In a year of blaxploitation tributes like Undercover Brother, this hip-hop crime story taps into the street-level spirit of the 1970s Afro-American genre. A hanger of handbills (Sam Jones III) gets involved in an unlikely but fairly exciting murder plot, which features Nelly as a hot-tempered rapper and "Oz's" Dean Winters as a sadistic record exec.--Curt Holman
SPIRITED AWAY (PG) When her parents are turned into pigs, a Japanese girl enters the realm of spirits and deities to save them and herself. An Alice in Wonderland for the 21st century, this animated treasure finds director Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke) at the height of his powers, offering mature characterizations, sharp conflicts without violence and one of the strangest, least predictable coming-of-age stories you've ever set eyes on.--CH
THE HARDER THEY COME (1973) (R) The source of reggae music's greatest soundtrack stars Jimmy Cliff as a would-be musician who sees his Kingston singing career take off when he becomes involved in crime. Yard Style Movie Nights. Oct. 5, 10 p.m. and Oct. 6, 8 p.m. StarTime Cinema, 608 Holcomb Bridge Road. $8. 770-642-1991.
HEROD'S LAW (1999) (NR) A clueless janitor (Damian Alcazar) is selected to be the mayor of a violent, corrupt Mexican village, but proves a quicker study than the local politicos expected. Director Luis Estrada's humorous political critique takes place in 1949 but proves relevant to modern concerns. Latin American Film Festival. October 4, 8 p.m. High Museum, Rich Auditorium. $5.--FF
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.
SHAFT (1971) (R) Richard Roundtree plays the black private dick who's a sex machine to all the chicks in this landmark blaxploitation action film with the immortal Isaac Hayes title song. Communal Classics. Oct. 7, 8:30 p.m., Commune, 1198 Howell Mill Road. Free. 404-609-5000.--CH
THE SHOP (1997) (NR) The second part of this quiet, poetic, award-winning trilogy adapted from Erwin Strittmatter's best-selling 1992 novel depicts further episodes in the lives of the Matt family, who run an East German bakery near the Polish border. Sept. 25, 7 p.m., Goethe-Institut Atlanta, Colony Square. 1197 Peachtree St. $4 for non-members. 404-892-2388.
THIRD WORLD COP (1999) (R) Paul Campbell plays a Jamaican policeman with an attitude worthy of Dirty Harry who takes on a crew of Kingston crooks with names like Razor, One Hand and Not Nice. Yard Style Movie Nights. Oct. 5, midnight and Oct. 6, 10 p.m. StarTime Cinemaa, 608 Holcomb Bridge Road. $8. 770-642-1991.
VIOLET PERFUME (NR) Based on a true story, this Mexican film concerns that country's growing problem of sexual violence. The story is told through the eyes of a teenage girl, Yessica (Ximena Ayala), from a poor family who is periodically raped by her stepbrother's friend. That grimly presented circumstance is contrasted with Yessica's friendship with an innocent, virginal classmate in this girl-centric film that gives a real sense of the impact of these devastating crimes. Latin American Film Festival. Oct. 5, 8 p.m. High Museum, Rich Auditorium. $5. 404-733-4570.--FF
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