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Capsule reviews of films by CL critics

Opening Friday

RAISING HELEN (PG) Party girl Kate Hudson must grow up when she becomes guardian to her sister's three children in Garry Marshall's witty and winning -- though overlong and predictable -- comedy. The cinematic equivalent of comfort food, it improves on the similarly themed Uptown Girls and Jersey Girl. When forced to choose between acting and being cute, Hudson invariably makes the wrong decision, but that's why you love her. --Steve Warren

SUPER SIZE ME (NR) See review.

STATESIDE (NR) A young Marine (Jonathan Tucker) on leave falls in love with a young musician (Rachael Leigh Cook) suffering from a mental illness. The quirky supporting cast includes Val Kilmer, Joe Montana, Carrie Fisher and Ed Begley Jr.

YOUNG ADAM (NC-17) See review.

Duly Noted
BIG FISH (PG-13) On his deathbed, a colorful Southerner (Albert Finney) tells his fanciful life story to his skeptical son (Billy Crudup) in Tim Burton's latest tribute to the imagination. With Ewan McGregor radiantly playing Finney's younger self, the tall tales that dominate the film are comic, magical and appropriately "Southern." Only the present-day scenes with the humorless son drag on the film's otherwise delightful pageant of witches, giants and misguided poets. May 21-27. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565. --Curt Holman

ED WOOD (1994) (R) The most satisfying film directed by Tim Burton goes behind the scenes of the profoundly unsatisfying and incompetent films directed by Ed Wood (Johnny Depp). As the go-getting, cross-dressing Wood makes such legendary bombs as Glen or Glenda? and Plan Nine From Outer Space, Burton both parodies and pays tribute to American enterprise. But the film's heart lies in the friendship between the generous Wood and the ailing Bela Lugosi, a role that justly earned Martin Landau an Academy Award. May 21-27. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565. --CH

FEBRUARY ONE (NR) Documentarians Steven Channing, Rebecca Cerese and Cynthia Hill recall how four college freshmen, now called "the Greensboro Four," challenged segregation by staging the first lunch counter sit-in at a North Carolina Woolworth's. May 20, 7:30 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, 450 Auburn Ave. Free. 404-352-4225.

48 HOUR FILM PROJECT: 36 local film teams compete for the "Best Film of Atlanta." The catch is, it must be written, shot and edited in 48 hours. A kick off party is Fri., May 21, at 6 p.m. at Artisan Pictureworks, 800 Forrest St. The final results will be screened May 25-27 at 7 and 9 p.m. at Madstone Theaters Parkside. For information, visit

JAIL PARTY (NR) Filmmaker Donnie Leapheart presents a seriocomic satire on the gangstas-from-da-hood genre. May 22, 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. $3. 404-522-0655.

THE LADY OF THE HOUSE (1999) (NR) In Rituparno Ghosh's poignant character study, a middle-aged spinster's life turns upside down when she rents her family mansion to a film crew. Film Festival of India. May 21, 8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Auditorium. 1280 Peachtree St. $5. 404-733-4570.

MAQBOOL (2003) (NR) A mob boss' beautiful mistress and his right-hand man conspire to seize control of his gang. This modern Bombay crime drama takes its inspiration from Macbeth, as the title suggests. Film Festival of India. May 22, 8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Auditorium. 1280 Peachtree St. $5. 404-733-4570.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA (1991) (NR) Jet Li plays a 19th-century Chinese folk hero who clashes with Western interlopers and local mobsters in this handsome, breezy historical adventure. To understand why so many film buffs go bananas over Hong Kong movies, watch this flick's hilariously creative fight scene in a warehouse full of ladders. Playing on a double bill with Once Upon a Time in China 2. May 20. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. 404-651-3565.

THE PUBLISHER (NR) The second chapter in this two-part biographical documentary depicts the rise of Axel Springer, who became post-war Europe's biggest newspaper publisher and was an early proponent of German reunification. Biographies: History, Politics and Scandals. May 26. 7 p.m. Goethe Institut Inter Nationes, 1197 Peachtree St., Colony Square. $4. 404-892-2388.

THE RETURN OF THE PINK PANTHER (1975) (G) Peter Sellers returns to the role of accident-prone Inspector Clouseau. Christopher Plummer and Catherine Schell lend a little class, but this outing can't measure up to A Shot in the Dark. May 26, 7 p.m. Mick's Bennett Street, 2110 Peachtree Road. Free with dinner. 404-351-6425.


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