ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND (R) See review.
GREENDALE (NR) See review.
THE RECKONING (PG-13) See review.
TAKING LIVES Angelina Jolie plays one of those pseudo-visionary crime-scene profilers -- Is there any other kind? -- on the trail of a serial killer (Kiefer Sutherland) who steals his victims' identities. Ethan Hawke plays the latest target -- or so the trailer would have us believe.
TYCOON: A NEW RUSSIA (2002) Pavel Lungin's thriller, based on the true story of Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, follows five Russian students over 15 years as they abandon science studies for the shady world of post-Soviet business. It's the highest-grossing film in Russian history. After the 7 p.m. show on March 19, Georgia State University research associate Andrey Timofeev will discuss the events behind the film. At Madstone Theaters.
BAD SANTA (R) Advocate for the anti-consumerist, retro-obsessed values of the splenetic counterculture, director Terry Zwigoff (Crumb, Ghost World) tries to apply his misanthropic perspective to mainstream Hollywood comedy. His alcoholic Santa (Billy Bob Thornton), who robs the same shopping malls where he plies his trade, is another antisocial cult figure infused with the values of Zwigoff's alternative comix imagination. But the director certainly can do better than this thin parody of the saccharine, smarmy Christmas comedy. March 18. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565. -- Felicia Feaster
BEST IN SHOW (2000) (PG-13) Mockumentarian Christopher Guest reunites his Waiting for Guffman collaborators (including Eugene Levy, Parker Posey and Catherine O'Hara) for a similar venture about the eccentric participants at a national dog show. A bit disappointingly, Guest and company rely on easy targets (tacky middle Americans and fatuous city dwellers) but also show a surprising affection for canine pageants and their four-legged contestants. March 17, 7 p.m. Mick's Bennett Street, 2110 Peachtree Road. Free with dinner. 404-355-7163. -- Curt Holman
BUBBA HO-TEP (R) Bruce Campbell of the Evil Dead trilogy plays an elderly Elvis -- or perhaps just a mentally scrambled impersonator -- who defends his seedy nursing home from a soul-sucking Egyptian mummy. Phantasm director Don Coscarelli aspires to cheesy B-movie status and succeeds by that rather modest benchmark. Despite its dirty jokes and bargain-basement production values, the film works in some weighty points about mortality, and Campbell's a hoot whenever he defends himself against supernatural enemies with Elvis' patented karate moves. March 19-25. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565. -- CH
GIRL WRESTLER (NR) Diane Zander's documentary personalizes the clash of gender and sports with a profile of Tara Neal, a 13 year-old who defies high school tradition by challenging boys in wrestling matches. March 18, 7:30 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, 450 Auburn Ave. Free. 404-352-4225. www.imagefv.org.
JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL (NR) The Consulate General of Japan and Emory University's Film Studies Department celebrate the 150th anniversary of Commodore Perry's voyage to Japan with three films about the country in the 19th century. In the epic Eijanaika (March 18, 7:30 p.m.), director Shohei Imamura depicts a peasant uprising during the fall of the Shogun. Nigorie (March 23, 8 p.m.) presents three stories about the constrained position of women in Japanese society. Oguni (March 25, 7:30 p.m.) depicts a woman forced to become a money-lender's mistress while pining for a young medical student. March 18-25, 205 White Hall, Emory University. Free. 404-727-6761. www.emory.edu/college/FILM.
LIVING THE BLUES (NR) This documentary profiles nine elder blues artists, whose passion for music sustained them through hardships as sharecroppers and factory workers. Screening at the 2nd annual Chicken Raid fund-raiser for the Music Maker Relief Foundation. March 20 and 21 at 1 p.m. Northside Tavern, 1058 Howell Mill Road. $25. 404-874-8745.
OUR FATHER (2002) (NR) When their father disappears, two young brothers search for him from their small town in Chad to a cinema in Cameroon, where they become convinced their father is a movie actor. African Film Showcase. March 19, 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.
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