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Capsule reviews of films by CL critics

Opening Friday
LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION (PG) Joe Dante's comedy drags Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and their cartoon cohorts into the 21st century. The film places the animated characters in real-world settings alongside the likes of Brendan Fraser, Jenna Elfman and Steve Martin as the evil head of the Acme Co.

MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD (PG-13) See review on page 60.

MY LIFE WITHOUT ME (R) See review on page 59.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE MIDLANDS (R) See review on page 59.

SHATTERED GLASS (PG-13) See review on page 58.

TUPAC RESURRECTION (R) See review at right.

Opening Wednesday
WHERE'S THE PARTY, YAAR? (R) Benny Mathews' comedy finds the tension between FOB (fresh off the boat) immigrants from India and their Americanized counterparts, who try to prevent the new immigrant from crashing their "cool" party. At Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.

Duly Noted
A BOY'S LIFE (NR) Documentarian Rory Kennedy chronicles the problems and triumphs of 7-year-old Robert Oliver, who flourishes as a Boy Scout and honor student despite a self-destructive family and his own behavioral disorders. Presented by IMAGE Film & Video Center. Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, 450 Auburn Ave. Free. 404-352-4225. www.imagefv.org.

THE AVANT-GARDE ON FILM, PART 2 (NR) Ensemble Sirius and Frequent Small Meals present an evening of cutting-edge film and music. Nov. 19, 8:30 p.m. Eyedrum. 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. $3. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org.

EYEDRUM FILM AND VIDEO NIGHT (NR) The program of short works by video and independent film artists from Athens and points west focuses on rotoscope animation. Nov. 19, 8:30 p.m. Eyedrum. 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. $3. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org.

GRILL POINT (2002) (NR) Andreas Dresen's film presents two longtime married couples whose lives are turned upside-down when one of the husbands falls for the other wife. Recent Films from Germany. Nov. 19, 7 p.m. Goethe Institut Inter Nationes, 1197 Peachtree St., Colony Square. $4. 404-892-2388.

I AM BOLIVAR (2002) (NR) TV spoof gives way to serious political commentary in this film about a Latin American star of telenovelas (Robinson Diaz) who grows to believe he's the great revolutionary Simon Bolivar and is exploited by celebrity-hungry politicians. Latin American Film Festival. Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m., Madstone Theaters Parkside. www.high.org.

JACKPOT (PG-13) The filmmaking team of Mark and Michael Polish present a surreal, melancholy tale of an aspiring singer (Jon Gries) who abandons his wife and child for a nine-month tour of bleak western towns. Featuring Daryl Hannah and Garret Morris. Nov. 14-20. Cinefest, GSU Student Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565.

LUCIA, LUCIA (R) This Mexican comedy-thriller is upfront about its own dishonesty; the title role (All About My Mother's Cecelia Roth) frequently admits to lying to the audience. Fortysomething Lucia experiences a sensual reawakening (the plot of seemingly half of all foreign films that play U.S. theaters) when her husband is kidnapped. Or is he? Director Antonio Serrano inexplicably and unsuccessfully treats the thriller premise as a comic gold mine, but the convoluted plotting and Lucia's own unreliability keeps the audience from taking anything seriously. Peachtree Film Society. Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m. at Lefont Garden Hills Cinema, 2835 Peachtree Rd. $7.50 each ($6.50 for PFS members). 404-266-2850. www.peachtreefilm.org. --Curt Holman

MAROONED IN IRAQ (2001) (NR) Not a critique of the current U.S. foreign policy, Bahman Ghobadi's film depicts a group of Iranian Kurd musicians traveling across Iraq to stay ahead of Saddam Hussein's anti-Kurd forces. Nov. 13, Cinefest, GSU Student Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565.

MOST (NR) Bobby Garabedian's film depicts a father torn between love and duty. Nov. 19, Cinefest, GSU Student Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565.

NORTHFORK (PG-13) If Ingmar Bergman made Northfork it would be hailed as a masterpiece, but when a film is in English, Americans expect to understand it. Written by twins Mark and Michael Polish (Michael directed), it takes place in 1955 during the 48 hours before a hydroelectric dam floods Northfork, Mont. Government agents encourage the remaining citizens to leave. Meanwhile, while four angels appear, but they may exist only in the dreams of a dying orphan. The visually amazing film too often seems like weirdness for its own sake. Nov. 14-20. Cinefest, GSU Student Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565. --SW

OUT ON FILM FESTIVAL (NR) The 16th annual Out of Film Festival offers 23 films and shorts that reveal the diversity of gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender filmmaking. Highlights include the moody Argentine character study Suddenly, the punk rock film Rise Above: The Tribe 8 Documentary and Charles drag melodrama Die Mommie Die!. Out on Film Festival. Nov. 12-16, Landmark Midtown Art Theatre, 931 Monroe Drive. $7 per screening ($6 for IMAGE members). 404-352-4225. www.imagefv.org.

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