CATWOMAN (PG-13) Expectations could not be lower for Halle Berry's revisionist take on Batman's favorite femme fatale, who gets in an epic catfight with Sharon Stone's evil businesswoman. Perhaps director Pitof (yes, that's his whole name) will deliver one of the summer's pleasant surprises. Or not.
GODZILLA (1954) (NR) See review on page 63.
FACING WINDOWS (NR) See review on page 64.
SEDUCING DR. LEWIS (NR) The folk of a dying French-Canadian fishing village go to absurd lengths to convince a callow city doctor (David Boutin) to take up residence -- and thus secure a crucial factory contract. Raymond Bouchard gives a likeably dogged performance as the town's leading conspirator, but Dr. Lewis himself remains a cipher. Director Jean-François Pouliot brings sprightly humor to the villagers' creative deceptions, but the likable comedy never feels consequential. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive. --Curt Holman
AFRO-PUNK (NR) Though often sloppy and unfocused, James Spooner's documentary about being black and punk makes up for formal problems with its unapologetic surliness and candor. His subjects dish the dirt on the complicated politics of being the only African-American on a lily white scene, how to connect (or not) to other black punks, and other issues involved in being an anarchist of color. When most documentaries about race make such an effort to be accessible to a multi-race audience, it's refreshing to see one that follows the punk creed of not caring whether it offends. July 23, 11:15 p.m., Rich Auditorium, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. $10. 404-733-5000. www.nbaf.org. -- Felicia Feaster
EYEDRUM FILM AND VIDEO NIGHT (NR) Steve and Ronnog Seaberg present their 1964-1965 interviews with Chicago bluesman J.B. Lenoir, excerpts of which appear in Wim Wenders' The Soul of a Man. Wed., July 28, 9 p.m. Eyedrum, 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. $3. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org.
FIGHT CLUB (1999) (R) Like a contemporary A Clockwork Orange, David Fincher's provocative social satire can incite bare-knuckled brawls among its viewers. Edward Norton's wage slave and Brad Pitt's enigmatic revolutionary rebel against corporate America by beating the crap out of each other -- until their anarchic impulses run out of control. The adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's cult novel assaults the viewer with hilariously pointed dialogue, a mind-boggling twist and a stinging vision of the modern American emptiness. Fri.-Sat., July 23-24, midnight. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive. -- CH
HOMEWARD BOUND: THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY (1993) (G) Sally Field, Michael J. Fox and Don Ameche provide the voices of a cat and two dogs who must travel hundreds of miles to find their beloved human owners. Movies Under the Stars. Sat., July 24, sunset (approximately 9 p.m.). Lenora Park, 4515 Lenora Church Road, Snellville. 770-978-5270.
PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL (NR) Coinciding with the National Black Arts Festival, the Pan African Film Festival presents shorts, documentaries and feature films from around the globe. Films include the Canadian romantic comedy Love, Sex and Eating Bones, the Indonesian thriller Bird-Man Tale and a program of short films from female directors. Pan African Film Festival. Thurs.-Sun., July 22-25. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Auditorium, 1280 Peachtree St. $7 each. 404-733-5000. www.nbaf.org.
PARAGRAPH 175 (NR) Rupert Everett narrates Klaus Muller's documentary about Nazi Germany's persecution of homosexuals under Paragraph 175 of the German Penal Code. Wed., July 28, 7:30 p.m. Actor's Express, 887 W. Marietta St. Free. 404-607-7469. www.actorsexpress.com.
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 Peachtree Cinema & Games, Norcross.
SUPERMAN II (1980) (PG-13) Talk about bad timing: Clark Kent (Christopher Reeve) abdicates his superhuman powers for the love of Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) just as a trio of Kryptonian criminals take over the earth. One of the finest comic-book adaptations ever made, Richard Donner's follow-up to Superman maintains a more even tone than the first film while featuring, among other virtues, Terence Stamp's entertaining hamminess as evil General Zod. Compare this film's blend of slapstick, spectacular action and love vs. responsibility issues with Spider-Man 2. Wed., July 28, 7:30 p.m. Mick's Bennett Street, 2110 Peachtree Road. Free with dinner. 404-351-6425. -- CH
ANCHORMAN (PG-13) In the mythic 1970s, preening San Diego anchorman Ron Burgundy (Will Farrell) bristles when forced to share the news desk with female reporter Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate). Adam McKay's newsroom comedy pokes fun at easy targets like '70s fashion and sexism rather than sink its polished teeth into telejournalism. Farrell and his news team (particularly "The Daily Show's" Steve Carrell) inject themselves into increasingly surreal and utterly hilarious situations as the film goes on. Names like Wes Mantooth (Vince Vaughn) are worth the price of admission.--CH
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