CASA DE LOS BABYS (R) In an unnamed Latin American country, six women (Maggie Gyllenhaal, Daryl Hannah, Marcia Gay Harden, Susan Lynch, Mary Steenburgen and Lili Taylor) wait to adopt a baby at the local orphanage. As always, indie auteur John Sayles takes a sensitive, intellectual approach to his subject matter, exploring the cruel economic imbalance between needy American mothers and their more desperate Latina counterparts. But Sayles also indulges in a trademark tendency to emphasize social commentary over character development and bite off too much material for one film.--Felicia Feaster
DEMONLOVER (NR) Like a wolf in the fold, Connie Nielsen plays a businesswoman secretly trying to sabotage her conglomerate's impending deal with Japanese animated porno studio. Director Olivier Assayas looks through Nielsen's cold eyes to witness corporate treachery, media saturation and sexual dehumanization. If only Assayas had sustained a coherent story, Demonlover could have been one of the year's most relevant and provocative films. At Midtown Art Cinema. --Curt Holman
DR. STRANGELOVE (1964) (NR) "You can't fight in here -- this is the war room!" Peter Sellers gives three hilarious performances in Stanley Kubrick's Cold War satire, yet the film's poker-faced plausibility gives it much of its staying power. At Madstone Parkside Theaters.--CH
THE GIRL FROM PARIS (NR) A hokey setup initially promises to consign this film to that special circle of trite Euro export hell. But first-time director Christian Carion's generation gap story of an energetic Parisian girl (Mathilde Seigner) who chucks city life to become a goat farmer and her adversarial relationship with the old school farmer (Michel Serrault) whose farm she buys gradually ripens into a subtle, thoughtful exploration of the riches and loneliness of farm life. At Madstone Parkside Theaters.--FF
GOOD BOY! (PG) A dog from outer space befriends a human boy and marshals terrestrial canines in this family film featuring the voices of Matthew Broderick, Carl Reiner and Vanessa Redgrave.
HOUSE OF THE DEAD (R) If you enjoy shooting zombies in the House of the Dead video game, maybe you'll like watching actors shoot zombies in this big-screen adaptation that includes such character actors as Clint Howard and Jurgen Prochnow.
INTOLERABLE CRUELTY (PG-13) The Coen Brothers make a detour toward the mainstream in this barbed romantic comedy about a slick divorce lawyer (George Clooney) who falls for the ex-wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) of one of his clients. Featuring Geoffrey Rush, Billy Bob Thornton and Cedric the Entertainer.
KILL BILL VOLUME 1 (R) Quentin Tarantino's geek side returns with a vengeance in the first half of his loving yet overblown salute to kung fu movies and other cult revenge flicks. A blonde assassin (Uma Thurman) tracks down the former colleagues who betrayed her, and while Tarantino strives for the grandiosity of Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns, he undercuts himself with ironic jokes closer to McG's Charlie's Angels. It's up to Uma to carry the film -- and she does, conveying a toughness oddly comparable to Lee Marvin. Volume 2 is due in February.--CH
KM. 0 (NR) Madrid's geographical center is the setting for this ensemble piece by Yolanda Garcia Serrano and Juan Luis Iborra. One afternoon and evening, 14 Madrilenos pass by, many of them pairing up for sex (romantic or commercial) or just drinks and conversation. The characters are as varied (in age, gender, orientation, etc.) as their situations, some serious and some funny, and it's all quite pleasant. At Midtown Art Cinema.--Steve Warren
AS THE DEVIL CAME AT NIGHT (1957) (NR) During WWII Germany, a detective faces suppression from the authorities when he tries to expose a mass murderer. Post-War German Classics. Oct. 15, 7 p.m. Goethe Institut Inter Nationes, 1197 Peachtree St., Colony Square. $4. 404-892-2388.
BANGKOK DANGEROUS (R) The Pang Brothers, directors of The Eye, pay homage to John Woo and Wong Kar-Wai in this stylish action flick about a deaf-mute hitman working in the title city. Oct. 9, Cinefest, GSU Student Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565.
CUBAN RAFTERS (2002) (NR) Carles Bosch and Jose Domenech's documentary captures the immigrant experience by following seven Cubans as they dare to travel from Havana to Florida by raft, and end up at points as diverse as American suburbs and Guantanamo Bay. Films at the High, Latin American Film Festival. Oct. 10, 8 p.m., Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Auditorium. $5. 404-733-4570. www.high.org
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