ANTWONE FISHER (PG-13) Denzel Washington, Entertainment Weekly's "Entertainer of the Year," directs and co-stars in this biographical film about a troubled sailor (Derek Luke in the title role) who deals with his demons thanks to a Navy psychiatrist (Washington). The trailers look very Good Will Hunting.
GANGS OF NEW YORK (R) Though Martin Scorsese's historical epic has a more conventional plot line than his more morally ambiguous, violence-soaked films, Gangs of New York is no small feat. A vortex of crime and corruption based on the real life mire of 1800s Manhattan street gangs, Gangs is a smarter than average epic, though far short of Scorsese's best work. Its greatest saving grace is a brilliantly charismatic, psychopath leader of the Native gang, Bill the Butcher (Daniel Day-Lewis) whose often justified guttersnipe rage far outshines the milquetoast heroism of his Irish gang rival played by Leonardo DiCaprio. --Felicia Feaster
TWO WEEKS NOTICE (PG-13) Hugh Grant plays a real estate mogul and Sandra Bullock his attorney, and romantic sparks fly -- they just better -- when their personal feelings interfere with their professional lives. It's the directorial debut of the co-writer of Bullock's Miss Congeniality and Forces of Nature.
THE WILD THORNBERRIES MOVIE (PG) Another Nickelodeon cartoon series gets a big-screen adaptation when the Thornberry family (voices by such performers as Lacey Chabert, Tim Curry, Flea and Lynn Redgrave) travel to Africa.
BREADLOAF TAPESTRIES (NR) Lynne Hoffman Keating's documentary explores how making breads -- from cornbread to challah -- can provide a meeting ground for different cultures and generations. Dec. 19, 7 p.m., DeKalb County Public Library, Covington Branch, 3500 Covington Hwy, Decatur. Free. 404-508-7180.
THE CONFESSIONS OF FELIX KRULL (1957) (NR) This comedy based on Thomas Mann's novel follows a young opportunist (Horst Buchholz), whose confidence games eventually make him a murder suspect. Dec. 18, 7 p.m., Goethe-Institut Atlanta, Colony Square, 1197 Peachtree St. $4 for non-members. 404-892-2388. www.goethe.de/uk/atl/enpfilm.htm.
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.
ABANDON (PG-13) Steve Gaghan, Oscar-winning writer 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).
ADAM SANDLER'S 8 CRAZY NIGHTS (PG-13) Basically a frat-house version of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, this animated effort shows how an anti-social slacker becomes a swell guy thanks to the efforts of a diminutive elderly man. As is par for the course, the movie turns faux-sentimental in time for the fadeout, but before that, we're subjected to the usual Sandler gross-out humor. Yet even the scatological gags aren't as offensive as the product placement pimping. --Matt Brunson
ANALYZE THAT (R) Sure, "The Sopranos" does the whole mobster/shrink thing with deeper insights and better jokes, but the original comedy with Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal provided harmless laughs. The follow-up even nods to the HBO series by having the gangster consult for a similar TV show, but the idea gets wasted. Otherwise, the sequel is like beating a dead horse -- then putting its head in somebody's bed. --CH
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
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