CATCH THAT KID (PG) Panic Room's Kristen Stewart plays a 12-year-old girl who plans a bank heist to pay for the surgery her father needs after falling off Mount Everest.
CITY OF GOD (R) This gritty crime drama from Brazil uses the flashy, pulp-fiction techniques of Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese to draw attention to the violence and crushing poverty in Rio's sprawling slums. Tracking a bloodthirsty drug dealer and a meek photographer from the '60s to the '80s, the filmmakers make the most of every cinematic trick at their disposal, although their greatest resource is a sense of social outrage that mourns how penniless orphans become larcenous killers. --Curt Holman
THE FOG OF WAR (PG-13) See review.
JAPANESE STORY: See review.
MIRACLE (PG) The story of the 1980 U.S. Olympic ice hockey team and their victory over the Soviets will make audiences stand up and cheer -- and will probably be co-opted by a presidential candidate as his "vision for America." With too many subplots and too little time, it's not the Seabiscuit of hockey, but the target audience won't care as long as it feeds their national pride. Kurt Russell has one of his best roles as the late Herb Brooks, the team's driven coach. --Steve Warren
ALIAS BETTY (2001) (NR) A highly strung single mom and her emotionally unstable mother are at the center of a bizarre kidnapping scheme in this film based on Ruth Rendell's novel The Tree of Hands. Emory's fourth annual Festival of French and Francophone Films. Feb. 6, 6 p.m. White Hall, Room 207, 480 Kilgo Circle. $2. www.emory.edu/FRENCH.
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. Feb. 5. Cinefest, GSU University Center, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565. --CH
ATLANTA JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL (NR) The annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival will screen 19 films from eight countries that reflect the past and present of the Jewish experience, from Israel to the American South, from Berlin to Australia. Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. Through Feb. 8, Madstone Theaters and other locations. 404-949-0658. www.atlantajewishfilm.org.
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. Feb. 5. Cinefest, GSU University Center, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565.--CH
DEALER (1999) (NR) A small-time drug dealer in Berlin faces hardships in prison, on the streets and while working "legitimate" jobs. Young Turkish-German Cinema. Feb. 11, 7 p.m. Goethe Institut Inter Nationes, 1197 Peachtree St. $4. 404-892-2388.
JUST ONE LOOK (2001) (NR) Bits of bawdy humor and film parody liven up Riley Yip's coming-of-age film about two teenage movie buffs trying to win the hearts of a pair of girls (Gillian Chung and Charlene Choi of the pop group Twins) on one of Hong Kong's less populated islands. Hong Kong Panorama. Feb. 6, 8 p.m., Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Auditorium. $5. 404-733-4570. www.high.org.
LOST IN TRANSLATION (R) Director Sofia Coppola's (The Virgin Suicides) much-anticipated second film brings together Bill Murray and indie flick ingénue Scarlett Johansson as accidental tourists in Tokyo. Both insomniacs at crisis points in their marriages, the two start a unique friendship that takes through from karaoke clubs to titty bars in a soft-focus search for connection and meaning. Coppola strings together enough tiny brilliant moments to overcome the film's nearly absent plot and produces a sophomore effort almost as sparkling as her first. Feb. 6-12. Cinefest, GSU University Center, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565. --Tray Butler
MISS ENTEBBE (NR) This sensitive but not especially profound Israeli film set in the summer of 1976 contrasts a traumatic hijacking with the event's effects on four children -- one Arab, three Israeli. Director Omri Levy makes the film a reflection on world events as well as an atmospheric coming-of-age drama about a 13-year-old traumatized by her parents' possible divorce. Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m. Madstone Theaters. $8. 404-949-0658. www.atlantajewishfilm.org. --Felicia Feaster
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