THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA (PG) See review
MADE UP (NR) See review Director Tony Shalhoub will be in attendance at 5 and 7:30 p.m. March 5. Madstone Theaters Parkside, 5920 Roswell Road.
STARSKY & HUTCH (PG-13) See review
THE BIG ONE (1998) (R) Michael Moore's documentary of his Downsize This! book tour now looks like a mildly amusing place-holder between Roger & Me's economic indignation and Bowling for Columbine's gun culture inquiry. Moore pulls some provocative pranks that illustrate big corporations' indifference to the U.S. work force, but overall the film, however funny and pointed, feels like a TV special prolonged for theatrical release. March 4. Cinefest, GSU Student Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565. -- Curt Holman
BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE (2002) (R) An often cruelly jocular agitprop documentary about an out-of-control American gun culture, Michael Moore's (Roger & Me) nightmare tour of America's covert foreign policy, Michigan Militia and NRA rallies, conspiratorial kooks and sleazy TV producers makes a good case for the hair-trigger viciousness of our eye-for-an-eye culture even as it reduces painful, profound issues to irony-laced, laughable sport. March 4. Cinefest, GSU Student Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565. --Felicia Feaster
THE HIRED HAND (1971) (PG) Peter Fonda directed and starred in this Western about a drifter (Fonda) who tries to set things right with the wife (Verna Bloom) he abandoned. IMAGE Film & Video Center's Sundance Film Series. March 3, 7:30 p.m., Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive. $8 ($6 IMAGE members). 404-352-4225. www.imagefv.org.
LOLA AND BILLY THE KID (1998) (NR) A gay Turkish teenager finds himself torn between the homosexual subculture and his secretive family's violent opposition. Young Turkish-German Cinema. March 10. 7 p.m. Goethe Institut Inter Nationes, 1197 Peachtree St., Colony Square. $4. 404-892-2388.
THE PRICE OF FORGIVENESS (2002) (NR) In this mythical tale from Senegal, passions run high in a fishing village when two men love the same beautiful girl. Films at the High: African Film Showcase. March 5, 8 p.m., Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Auditorium. $5. 404-733-4570. www.high.org.
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.
WAITING FOR GUFFMAN (1997) (PG) Christopher Guest kicked off his de facto trilogy of improvised comedies with this behind-the-scenes mockumentary about some no-talent performers (including Eugene Levy, Fred Willard, Catherine O'Hara and Parker Posey) putting together a pageant to celebrate a town's 150th anniversary. Guest steals the show with his prissy, mercurial showman Corky St. Clair: "You're all a bunch of bastard-people!" March 10, 7 p.m., Mick's Bennett St. 2110 Peachtree Road. Free with dinner. 404-355-7163. --CH
THE ADVENTURES OF OCIEE NASH (G) Not to be confused with Eddie Murphy's The Adventures of Pluto Nash, this locally-filmed family picture follows the tomboyish title role (Skylar Day) from her father's Mississippi farm to her stuffy aunt's Asheville home in 1898. The novelty of seeing numerous Atlanta stage actors in extensive big-screen parts keeps you awake through this wholesome yet dull tale. --CH
AGAINST THE ROPES (PG-13) Meg Ryan swaps her trademark irksome cuteness for hard-to-swallow toughness as Jackie Kallen, boxing's first prominent female promoter. In this semi-biographical account, Kallen contends with the sport's misogyny and her own compulsion for self-promotion as she manages Omar Epps' talented newcomer in the cutthroat world of Ohio pugilism. The film undermines the ground-breaking aspect of its heroine's career by using every cinematic boxing cliché of the past 50 years -- from the cranky but lovable trainer (Charles S. Dutton) to the loathsome rival promoter (Tony Shalhoub). --Karen Kalb
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. --Steve Warren
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