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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.
RUSSIAN ARK (2002) (NR) Nothing short of a masterpiece, Alexander Sokurov's sublime, dreamy, brilliant survey of the opulence and despair of Russia's history was shot entirely within the confines of the Hermitage Museum and in a single continuous steadicam shot using a High Def video camera in almost constant movement. Aug 28, Cinefest, GSU Student Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565. --FF
VIDEO ARTISTS FROM BRAZIL (NR) Eyedrum devotes an evening to the experimental, at times highly symbolic work of Brazilian video artists Carlo Sansolo and Erika Fraenkel. Aug. 27, 8:30 p.m. Eyedrum. 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. $3. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org.
AMERICAN WEDDING (R) The third slice of American Pie trilogy finds Jason Biggs' pie-fornicator preparing to walk down the aisle with Alyson Hannigan's flute-fetishist. As bellowing Steve Stifler, beetle-browed Seann William Scott hogs the screen time without showing much comedic ability beyond making faces and raising his voice. But Biggs and Hannigan remain charmingly horny, and compared to Pie 2, American Wedding showers gags in quantity, even if their quality can be a crap shoot. Sometimes literally. --CH
AND NOW LADIES & GENTLEMEN (PG-13) This improbable, often patently silly jet-setting romantic thriller from French director Claude Lelouch (A Man and a Woman) features a typically soigne Jeremy Irons as a jewel thief who dresses in absurd disguises. His discovery that he has a brain malady that causes blackouts puts a crimp in his style, but allows him to connect with a lovely French nightclub chanteuse (Patricia Kaas) who suffers from amnesia. The plotline is pure froth, but there is something about Lelouch's reliance on close-ups and the continually shifting storyline that makes the film watchable. --FF
CAMP (PG-13) At times raucous and entertaining, but more often ridiculous, this cheesy comedy was inspired by the real life upstate New York camp where budding thespians like Jennifer Jason Leigh learned to emote. Camp puts a knowing gay-culture gloss on the cornball Meatballs-genre in its tale of gay boys, shy girls and four-eyed black kids who come together each summer to express their mutual adoration for show tunes and jazz hands. At Landmark Midtown Cinema. --FF
DIRTY PRETTY THINGS (R) This is not the finest moment for director Stephen Frears (High Fidelity, Dangerous Liaisons). Based on an interesting premise about a kidneys-for-passports black market operated from a seedy London hotel, this Hollywood-style thriller centers on a principled African immigrant determined to expose the ring. A bland romance between the principled former doctor (Chiwetel Ejiofar) and a Turkish immigrant (Audrey Tautou) weighs the film down. Frears emphasizes thriller cliches over a sustained examination of the feelings of immigrants. At every turn, Things promises something meaningful, and never delivers it. --FF
FREDDY VS. JASON (R) Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) calls on hockey-masked Jason Voorhees to help him terrorize teens in Springwood. But when Jason's killing spree oversteps Freddy's turf, it's scissors vs. rock in a B-movie boogeymen fantasy match. Director Ronny Yu manages to make an appropriate -- and entertaining -- homage to both the Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street franchises. --Tray Butler
GRIND (PG-13) Everyone should have an adventure the summer after graduating high school. Most high school graduates are too intelligent for Grind, but it's aimed at their younger brothers. Four buddies (Mike Vogel, Vince Vieluf, Adam Brody and Joey Kern) chase their dream from Chicago to Santa Monica in this movie about wannabe professional skateboarders, made by wannabe professional filmmakers. Viewers young enough to enjoy it may find the movie and its message original; for the rest of us it's the same old Grind. --SW
IMAX THEATER: Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure (NR) The greatest survival story of the 20th century lends itself to IMAX treatment. Kevin Spacey narrates Sir Ernest Shackleton's attempt to cross Antarctica by dogsled without his usual sarcasm but without overselling it either. The visuals combine Frank Hurley's original photographs and film footage, which retain amazing clarity, with recreations of the original expedition. Coral Reef Adventure (NR) A Fijian, concerned that a local reef is dying, hooks up with underwater filmmakers Howard and Michele Hall, who diagnose a combination of ocean warming, overfishing and residue from upriver logging. Enjoy the kick-ass photography and CSN songs, but tune out Liam Neeson's narration that tries to hang ecological baggage on a narrative too flimsy to support it. Through Sept. 1. Fernbank Museum of Natural History IMAX Theater, 767 Clifton Road. 404-929-6300. www.fernbank.edu. --SW
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