Short Subjectives 

Capsule reviews of films by CL critics

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GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE (PG-13) Director Mamoru Oshii presents the long-awaited follow-up to the stylish anime cult fave. This high-tech murder mystery takes place in mankind's future, when the line separating humans, cyborgs and robots blurs to the point of disappearing altogether.

JU-ON: THE GRUDGE (NR) See review.

LA DOLCE VITA (1960) (NR) A restored print offers a fresh look at one of Federico Fellini's longest and most entertaining films (which, incidentally, coined the term "paparazzi"). Marcello Mastroianni plays a tabloid reporter made cynical by Italy's "sweet life," while Anita Ekberg appears as a bombshell movie star in the film's celebrated centerpiece. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.

MR. 3000 (PG-13) In this sports comedy, Bernie Mac plays a brash baseball player who quits the game following his 3,000th hit. A decade later, three of those hits get disqualified, so the aging athlete comes back out of retirement to clinch his Hall of Fame induction.

NATIONAL LAMPOON'S GOLD DIGGERS (PG-13) A pair of young con men (Will Friedle and Chris Owen) woo two elderly sisters (Louise Lasser and Renee Taylor) to swindle them out of their family fortune -- but the old ladies have plans of their own. It seems wrong somehow that a National Lampoon film should be rated PG-13.

PAPER CLIPS (NR) This documentary records a Tennessee high school's attempt to convey the scale of the Holocaust by gathering 6 million paper clips to represent the Jewish lives taken.

SILVER CITY (R) See review.

SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW (PG) See review.

TOUCH OF PINK (PG-13) More bent than Beckham, Ian Iqbal Rashid's debut feature presents another comic clash of cultures between South Asian tradition and contemporary London reality. Alim (Jimi Mistry) and his Caucasian partner live happily in London, and Alim's widowed mother, who resides in Toronto, doesn't know he's gay -- until she comes for a visit. Kyle MacLachlan plays the spirit of Cary Grant, Alim's fantasy mentor, in a film that should delight gay and straight audiences alike. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema. -- Steve Warren

WIMBLEDON (PG-13) Like Tin Cup set at the world's most prestigious tennis match, this romantic comedy casts Paul Bettany as a washed-up player who becomes a contender after falling in love with Kirsten Dunst's rising tennis star. But isn't tennis the game in which love means nothing?

Duly Noted
ECHO OF THE MOUNTAINS (1954) (NR) In this colorful, pastoral melodrama, a forester finds his job at risk when he chooses not to prosecute a poacher who turns out to be the fiance of the woman he secretly loves. The German Heimatfilm of the 50s. Wed., Sept. 22, 7 p.m. Goethe Institut Inter Nationes, 1197 Peachtree St., Colony Square. $4. 404-892-2388.

THE FIFTH REACTION (2002) (NR) See review.

GADABOUT TRAVELING FILM FESTIVAL (NR) A mobile festival of no-budget to low-budget film that pulls up to Eyedrum for a one-night stand, featuring live music by the Kiss-Ups. Sun., Sept. 19, 8 p.m. Eyedrum. 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. $8. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org.

AN EVENING OF INDEPENDENT FILM AND MUSIC An evening of independent and music-related films that features the Emmy-winning The Dancing Outlaw; Hank III, a documentary about the life of Hank Williams III; and "Creative Process 473," a short film about two scripters wrestling with writer's block. The Rock N' Roll High School DJs provide music between and after the films. Tues., Sept. 21, 8 p.m. Echo Lounge, 551 Flat Shoals Ave. Free. 404-681-3600. www.echostatic.com/echolounge.

THE LADIES' ROOM (2003) (NR) See review.

NU SHU: A HIDDEN LANGUAGE OF WOMEN IN CHINA (NR) In feudal China, peasant women in the Hunan province defied the law by devising their own secret, written language, which drew fire from the Chinese authorities in the 1960s. This documentary explores the customs of the Nu Shu language and its role in women's lives. Thurs., Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, 450 Auburn Ave. Free. 404-352-4225. www.imagefv.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 Peachtree Cinema & Games, Norcross.

Continuing
ALIEN VS. PREDATOR (PG-13) "Whoever wins ... we lose." Wrong! At first Aliens and Predators alike kill off minor human characters, but eventually root for one side to prevail. There's not much plot and what there is, is crap. Predators and Aliens fight every hundred years in a pyramid buried under Antarctic ice. Sanaa Lathan leads the archaeologists who get caught in this century's pissing match. On a visual, visceral level, AVP is mildly effective, but keep your expectations low. -- Steve Warren

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