THE PERFECT SCORE (PG-13) Six stressed-out high schoolers (including Lost in Translation's Scarlett Johansson) plot to pilfer the answers to the Scholastic Aptitude Test in this MTV-produced caper comedy.
THE STATEMENT (R) In 1988 a judge (Tilda Swinton) and mysterious hit men target war criminal Pierre Brossard (Michael Caine). Norman Jewison's film attacks unscrupulous politicians and the Catholic church for aiding collaborators, but The Statement works better as a French travelogue than a drama. With too many roles (mostly Brits playing French) to follow in a needlessly complex plot, the result doesn't live up to the actors, the director, writer Ronald Harwood and the story they had to tell. At Regal UA Tara Cinema.--Steve Warren
THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE (PG-13) See review.
YOU GOT SERVED (PG-13) This hip-hop musical centers around a dance contest and features Lil' Kim, Jarell "J-Boog" Houston, DeMario "Raz-B" Thornton, Dreux "Lil' Fizz" Frederic and, inevitably, Steve Harvey.
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. 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. Jan. 30-Feb. 5. Cinefest, GSU Student Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565.--Curt Holman
THE ANIMATION SHOW (2003) (NR) Animator Don Hertzfeldt and "King of the Hill's" Mike Judge present this evening of animated shorts with a high ratio of gems to duds. Highlights include Tim Burton's delightful Vincent Price homage "Vincent," Mike Judge's minimalist doodle "Office Space" (inspiration for the film of the same name) and Hertzfeldt's Oscar-nominated "Rejected," one of the most brilliantly twisted artifacts of the 20th century. Jan. 29. Cinefest, GSU Student Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565.--CH
CRUMB (1994) (R) Ghost World director Terry Zwigoff previously plumbed the depths of alternative comics with his intriguing portrait of underground cartoonist Robert Crumb. Zwigoff looks at every facet of Crumb's life and work, from his sexual peccadilloes and dysfunctional family to his mixed reception in the high art world, and does justice to the complexities of the creative process. Jan. 30-Feb. 5. Cinefest, GSU Student Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565.--CH
DAYS LIKE THIS (NR) Though unfocused and often oddly slapstick, this Paul Thomas Anderson-style drama strives to be a profound study of modern alienation in its tale of an aging door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman (Kjell Bergquist) who observes the dysfunctional doings of the tenants in a crowded Swedish apartment building. Films at the High: The New Faces of Swedish Cinema. Jan. 31, 8 p.m., Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Auditorium. $5. 404-733-4570. www.high.org.--Felicia Feaster
EYEDRUM OPEN SCREENING NIGHT (NR) The gallery applies the "open-mic night" concept to this evening of work from fledgling filmmakers as well as "found" programming like weird home movies, period infomercials and other oddities. Jan. 28, 8 p.m. Eyedrum. 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. $3. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org.
FILMMAKERS OF TOMORROW (NR) IMAGE Film & Video Center presents the short works from the 15- to -19-year-old students of the MEDIA Project. Jan. 29, 6:30 p.m., Atlanta Fulton Public Library, One Margaret Mitchell Square. Free. 404-352-4225. www.imagefv.org.
IN THIS WORLD (NR) Welcome to Sarajevo director Michael Winterbottom presents a documentary-style drama about two Afghan refugees who embark on a clandestine odyssey from Pakistan to London. Sundance Screening Series. Feb. 4. 7:30 p.m., Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive. $8 ($6 for IMAGE members). 404-352-4225. www.imagefv.org.
NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION (1983) (R) The only good entry in the Vacation series finds family man Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) enduring calamities in his effort to bring his family to Wallyworld. Don't be surprised if you find yourself barking along to the "Holiday Road" song. Jan. 28, 7 p.m., Mick's Bennett St. 2110 Peachtree Road. Free with dinner. 404-355-7163.--CH
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 Meat Loaf 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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