Short Subjectives 

Capsule reviews of films by CL critics

Opening Friday
ALEX & EMMA (PG-13) Typist Kate Hudson serves as muse to novelist Luke Wilson, who begins altering the manuscript of his period love story to reflect their own blossoming relationship. Director Rob Reiner hopes to wed the romance of When Harry Met Sally with the whimsical storytelling of The Princess Bride.

CAPTURING THE FRIEDMANS (NR) Andrew Jarecki's powerful documentary about one family coping with tragedy is like a traffic accident you can't look away from. When Arnold Friedman is indicted for child molestation, his family's bourgeois life is destroyed. The film also comments on our "reality"-addicted times by showing how the Friedman sons obsessively videotaped family squabbles, confessions and jokes as much to distance themselves from the truth as to record it.--Felicia Feaster

FROM JUSTIN TO KELLY (PG) Last year's "American Idol" winner and runner-up pretend to fall in love in this big screen musical that looks to be a little Beach Blanket Bingo and a lot like an MTV spring break special. Presumably this means that next year we'll see the latest Idols hook up in From Reuben to Clay.

THE HULK (PG-13) Crouching Tiger director Ang Lee and some iffy-looking CGI effects bring Marvel Comics' not-so-jolly jade giant to the big screen. Starring Australian actor Eric Bana as the Hulk's alter ego Bruce Banner, Oscar-winner Jennifer Connelly as his concerned girlfriend, and Nick Nolte as Banner's scientist father, adding a new Oedipal element to the comic book lore.

LILYA 4-EVER (R) Swedish director Lukas Moodysson (Together) dedicates his third film to "the millions of children around the world exploited by the sex trade" and his earnestness to open his audience's eyes is clear. Lilya (Oksana Akinshina) is a 16-year-old Russian girl who, lacking family or support of any kind, falls into the grip of an international prostitution ring. Lilya endures unrelenting degradation and the unceasing catalogue of horrors that can often give Moodysson's film an overwrought quality despite flashes of real emotion. Akinshina reminds us of the tragic, childlike vulnerability at the heart of such escalating outrages.--FF

WINGED MIGRATION (G) In 1996, the French actor / producer / director Jacques Perrin made Microcosmos, a thrilling, humorous bugs-eye view documentary about insects. Now he's turned his attention to birds. Five filmmaking teams, using gliders, hot air balloons, helicopters and specially made remote-controlled cameras, spent three years following a variety of species on their migratory flights to create this majestic documentary. The factual content is pretty sparse, but the cinematography is thrilling. A feature length "moment of Zen."--Suzanne Van Atten

Duly Noted
A CALL GIRL NAMED ROSEMARIE (1959) (NR) The murder of Frankfurt call girl reveal links to some of West Germany's most prominent industrialists in director Rolf Thiele's film based on an actual scandal from the 1950s. After the War, Before the Wall: German Cinema 1945 - 1960. June 25, 7 p.m. Goethe Institut Inter Nationes, 1197 Peachtree St., Colony Square. $4. 404-892-2388.

EYEDRUM FILM AND VIDEO NIGHT (NR) The gallery presents an evening of short works by local video and independent film artists. June 25, 8:30 p.m. Eyedrum. 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. $3. 404-522-0655.

THE HIDDEN FORTRESS (NR) Toshiro Mifune's loyal general and Misa Uehara's bossy princess attempt to smuggle a treasure from inside enemy lines with the "help" of two bumbling peasants who hope to score a share of the loot. The films benefits from Mifune's brilliantly deadpan performance and was reportedly one of director Akira Kurosawa's favorites. George Lucas famously remade Kurosawa's comic action adventure into Star Wars. Kurosawa & Mifune. June 21, 8 p.m., Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Auditorium. $5. 404-733-4570.

MY SCHOOLMATE (1960) (NR) Near the end of World War II a postman sends a letter to his old school chum Hermanm Goring and asks him to end the war. In this bittersweet comedy, the letter-writer gets declared officially insane, a label that haunts him long after the war is over. After the War, Before the Wall: German Cinema 1945 - 1960. June 18, 7 p.m. Goethe Institut Inter Nationes, 1197 Peachtree St., Colony Square. $4. 404-892-2388.

THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE (1946) (NR) Lana Turner and John Garfield sizzle in this adaptation of James M. Cain's quintessential noir novel about adultery and murder. Screen on the Green. June 24 at sunset. Piedmont Park at ball fields near entrance of Piedmont Ave. and 14th St. 877-262-5866.

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.


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