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12 HOURS (2000) (NR) Director Raul Marchand Sanchez's dark comedy follows criss-crossing lives in San Juan, with characters including three divorcees, a teenage girl and a transvestite lounge singer. Latin American Film Festival. Oct. 30, 8 p.m. Regal Hollywood 24. $5. 404-733-4570. www.high.org
WELLFAIR The monthly festival of film, art and music includes Ted Jackson's mockumentary "Manchild Unmasked" and eight other short films, including efforts from such Atlanta natives as Eamon Glennon, Andrew Treglia, Oliver Smith and Ly Bolia. Oct. 29 at 9 p.m. MJQ, 736 Ponce de Leon Place. Free. 404-870-0575. www.wellfair.net.
WHERE HAS ETERNITY GONE? (NR) Barney Snow's quirky documentary catches up with Gerald and Linda Polley of Fargo, N.D., who believe themselves to be the voices of John Lennon on Earth and use their "gift" to defeat Al Gore in the 2000 presidential election. IMAGE Film & Video Festival, Oct. 29, 8 p.m., The Echo Lounge, 551 Flat Shoals Ave. $5. 404-352-4225. www.imagefv.org.
ABANDON (PG-13) Steve Gaghan, Oscar-winning director of Traffic, tries his hand at directing with this college thriller about a student (Katie Holmes) torn between her feelings for her mystery-man boyfriend (Charlie Hunnam) and an older detective (Benjamin Bratt).
APOLLO 13: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE (1995) (PG) Far and away Ron Howard's finest film, this gripping account of a disastrous moon mission features meticulous details and comfortably commanding acting (from Tom Hanks, Ed Harris and a host of others). Now thrown up on IMAX screens across the country, the film serves as a sincere tribute to the space program and an account of grace under pressure not unworthy of John Ford. Regal Cinemas Mall Of Georgia IMAX, 3379 Buford Drive, Buford.--CH
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
AUTO FOCUS (R) Returning to his interest in loners governed by unreasonable obsessions, Paul Schrader's campy bio-picture Auto Focus is a very believable translation of how addiction replaces real life with an unquenchable need. Here the addiction is sex and the junkie is "Hogan's Heroes" TV star Bob Crane (Greg Kinnear), turned onto the joys of making amateur porn by techie buddy John Carpenter (the brilliantly sleazy Willem Dafoe) in this fascinating, at times penetrating, but just as often superficial and dismissive peek at a uniquely twisted life.--FF
THE BANGER SISTERS (R) Goldie Hawn is an ex-Sixties 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. --FF
BARBERSHOP (PG-13) Ice Cube goes for a day-in-the-life-of-the-'hood vibe comparable to his trilogy of Friday films, but this modest comedy centered around a Chicago hair-cuttery feels trimmed of laughs. The labored slapstick with two accident-prone ATM thieves and the squabbles between the barbers are about as thin as a comb-over. As the oldest and most outspoken barber, Cedric the Entertainer makes a lonely effort to give the film some old-school personality.--CH
BELOW (R) Bruce Greenwood commands an American submarine in World War II that may be haunted in this thriller written by Requiem for a Dream's Darren Aronofsky and directed by David Twohy of The Arrival and Pitch Black.
BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE (R) An often cruelly jocular agitprop documentary about an out-of-control American gun culture, Michael Moore's (Roger & Me) nightmare tour of America's covert foreign policy, Michigan Militia and NRA rallies, conspiratorial kooks and sleazy TV producers makes a good case for the hair-trigger viciousness of our eye-for-an-eye culture even as it reduces painful, profound issues to irony-laced, laughable sport.--FF
BROWN SUGAR (PG-13) This predictable romantic comedy centers on two lifelong best friends, a music business executive (Taye Diggs) and a music magazine editor (Sanaa Lathan), who spend the entire movie fighting the fact that they're meant for each other. The film's whole point is that these two are forever linked through their love of hip-hop, but aside from the obligatory music biz cameos and lots of lip service from the leading characters, hip-hop rarely comes alive as its own fire-breathing entity, meaning that the pair might as well be joined by a mutual love of pro wrestling, Alan Rudolph flicks or Pokemon trading cards. -- MB
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