Short Subjectives 

Capsule reviews of films by CL critics

Opening Friday
THE ADVENTURES OF OCIEE NASH (G) See review

50 FIRST DATES (PG-13) Adam Sandler plays an amiable doofus who falls in love with a gal (Drew Barrymore) with short-term memory loss a la Memento, so he has to woo her all over again every day. Debilitating brain damage has never been so romantic.

HARD GOODBYES: MY FATHER (NR) See review.

TAKING SIDES (NR) See review.

TOKYO GODFATHERS (PG-13) See review.

Duly Noted
EYEDRUM FILM AND VIDEO NIGHT (NR) The gallery presents a "Best of Eyedrum" evening of short works by local video and independent film artists. Wed., Feb. 18, 8:30 p.m. Eyedrum, 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. $3. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org.

IN JULY (NR) Fatih Akin's romantic comedy resembles an early John Cusack with German subtitles -- Das Sure Thing, perhaps. A free-spirited young lovely (Christiane Paul) road-trips across Central and Eastern Europe with a stuffed shirt (Moritz Bleibtreu) who gradually falls in love with her. At times the director clumsily imitates the Hollywood formula, but mostly In July offers a charming homage to screwball comedy and a fascinating travelogue to places tourists rarely visit. Young Turkish-German Cinema. Wed., Feb. 18, 7 p.m. Goethe Institut Inter Nationes, 1197 Peachtree St., Colony Square. $4. 404-892-2388.--CH

JULY RHAPSODY (NR) See review.

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 them 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. Thurs., Feb. 12. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565.-- Tray Butler

LOVE FEST (NR) PushPush Theater's The Dailies Project presents an evening of short love stories by Atlanta filmmakers, including "Hazel" by Jacob Gentry, "function" by David Bruckner, "Join the Resistance" by Frank Lopez and "Menage a Moi" by Montine Blank. Sat., Feb. 14, 8 p.m. PushPush Theater, 121 New St., Decatur. $10. 404-377-6332. www.pushpushtheater.com.

MIDDLE EASTERN FILM FESTIVAL (NR) The Georgia Middle East Consortium presents a week of films from the region: Ranais Wedding, Everything Will Be All Right, Bedwin Hackers, Ourzazate Movie, The Bookstore, Low Heights and My Lost Home. Feb. 13-19. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565.

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.

SLEEPY HOLLOW (1999) (R) If you liked Johnny Depp's boozy buccaneer in Pirates of the Caribbean, you'll enjoy his take on Ichabod Crane as a sleuthing sissy. The script isn't worth losing your head over, but Tim Burton gives his loose, stylish adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow a faster than usual pace. Wed., Feb. 18, 7 p.m., Mick's Bennett Street, 2110 Peachtree Road. Free with dinner. 404-355-7163. -- CH

SUDDENLY (NR) In Buenos Aires, frumpy lingerie salesgirl Marcia (Tatiana Saphir) shuffles through a humdrum existence until a chance encounter with two streetwise biker chicks, Lenin (Veronica Hassan) and Mao (Carla Crespo). They initially kidnap Marcia at knifepoint, but the barely resistant hostage soon embraces their spontaneity and ends up playing house with Mao's eccentric aunt and her two tenants. Filmed in black and white, and with long stretches of silence, Suddenly gives a moody and multilayered meditation on fulfillment and the search for family. Peachtree Film Society. Tues., Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m. at Lefont Garden Hills Cinema, 2835 Peachtree Road. $7.50 ($6.50 for PFS members). 404-266-2850. www.peachtreefilm.org. -- TB

Continuing
ALONG CAME POLLY (PG-13) What might have been a funny movie relies on body emissions for nearly all its laughs. Ben Stiller pees, pukes and poops his way through the role of Reuben, a conservative insurance risk assessor whose wife, Lisa (Debra Messing) runs off with a scuba instructor on their honeymoon. Reuben hooks up with Polly (Jennifer Aniston), his total opposite, but then along comes Lisa again. Stiller is Stiller, Aniston is very good and Philip Seymour Hoffman steals the picture, but it's petty theft.--SW.

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