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RED BEARD (1965) (NR) In Akira Kurosawa's final collaboration with Toshiro Mifune, the actor plays a humane doctor at a 19th century public medical clinic who teaches compassion to an arrogant intern (Yuzo Kayama). Japanese Film Festival: A Tribute to Akira Kurosawa. Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m. Emory University, 205 White Hall. Free. 404-727-6761.
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.
VELVET GOLDMINE (1998) (R) Far From Heaven director Todd Haynes salutes the glam rock scene with a film that looks and sounds like a movie that 1970s glam rockers might have made themselves -- which isn't always a good thing. Jonathan Rhys Meyers pouts vacantly as the David Bowiesque central character, but the film gets strong support from Christian Bale, Toni Collette and especially Ewan MacGregor as a raw punk rocker. Out on Film. Sept. 28, 7 p.m. Starlight Drive-In Theatre, 2000 Moreland Ave. $6. 404-352-4225. www.outonfilm.com. --CH
WINDOW OF THE SOUL (2001) (NR) The documentary focuses on 19 people from around the world with different degrees of visual impairment, who speak literally and metaphorically about how they see the world. Interviewees include filmmaker Wim Wenders and neurologist Oliver Sachs. Latin American Film Festival. Oct. 4, 8 p.m., Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Auditorium. $5. 404-733-4570. www.high.org.
AMERICAN SPLENDOR (R) Harvey Pekar's comic book American Splendor holds a mirror up to his mundane life as a Cleveland file clerk. Filmmakers Shari Stringer Berman and Robert Pulcini hold a mirror to the mirror and create dizzying reflections in a film that features the real Pekar as narrator and a superbly cast Paul Giamatti playing him. At times the film's use of animation and word balloons feels like self-conscious gimmickry, but Berman and Pulcini justifiably focus on the tension between the real Pekar and his comic book persona, and Hope Davis delightfully captures the bohemian quirks of Pekar's neurotic but loving third wife. --CH
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
THE ANIMATION SHOW (NR) "King of the Hill" and "Beavis & Butt-Head" creator Mike Judge teams with Don Hertzfeldt, animator of the uproarious short "Rejected," to present an evening of cutting edge new animated films, including such Oscar nominees as "Das Rad" and "Mt. Head." At Lefont Garden Hills Cinema
ANYTHING ELSE (R) Woody Allen goes after the youth market (insert your own joke) in a comedy that's as much about young lovers Jason Biggs and Christina Ricci as Woody's mentoring friendship with Biggs. Ricci can have sex with any man but the one she lives with (Biggs), but he can't give the heave-ho to her, his useless shrink or his small-time agent (Danny DeVito). Allen provides the expected intellectual humor in a film that's at least as far from the director's worst as it is from his best. --SW
CABIN FEVER (R) Five college students see their post-exams mountain getaway ruined by a pesky attack of the flesh-eating virus in Eli Roth's first film, which benefits from a nasty sense of humor and a slow-burning mood of paranoia. Cabin Fever lacks the innovation of recent horror flicks like 28 Days Later or The Blair Witch Project, and the last 15 minutes fall apart even more completely than the dripping, disintegrating heroes, but Roth proves an attentive student of early Sam Raimi and David Cronenberg. --CH
COLD CREEK MANOR (R) Dennis Quaid and Sharon Stone play harried yuppies who flee the big city for a fixer-upper in rural New York State. But when the home's original roughneck owner (a sadly miscast Stephen Dorff) gets out of prison, appropriate heck breaks loose. Woe be to Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas) for directing this sad Cape Fear wannabe. --TB
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