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HIJACKING CATASTROPHE: 9/11, FEAR AND THE SELLING OF AMERICAN EMPIRE (NR) The Media Education Foundation produced this polemic about many of the same Bush administration critiques found in Fahrenheit 9/11, only with a straighter face. Oct. 15-21. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. 404-651-3565. www.cinefest.org. -- CH
KNOCK OFF: REVENGE OF THE LOGO (NR) This documentary explores the underground economy of counterfeit designer knock-offs, from immigrants trying to make a buck off ersatz merchandise to anti-sweatshop activists mobilizing against global branding. Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m. Georgia State University Speaker's Auditorium, 44 Courtland St. Free. 404-352-4225. www.imagefv.org.
NICOTINA (2004) (NR) Mediocre foreign productions used to be content to just regurgitate Hollywood product, but now they have designs on indie cinema as well. This depressingly unoriginal Mexican heist film aspires to the Tarantino-ian and, sadly, misses even Guy Ritchie's low bar. Diego Luna plays computer hacker who teams up with a couple of crooks to sell some Swiss bank access codes to Russian gangsters in exchange for a bag of diamonds. With its hollow characters and emphasis on flashy, lame-brain action, Nicotina has the superficial quality of a video game. Latin American Film Festival. Oct. 16, 8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Auditorium, 1280 Peachtree St. $5. 404-733-4570. www.high.org. -- Felicia Feaster
PAPER DOVE (2003) (NR) In this Peruvian film a boy living in an Andean village experiences terrorism first-hand when Shining Path guerillas draft him into their ranks. Latin American Film Festival. Oct. 15, 8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Auditorium, 1280 Peachtree St., and Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m., Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive. $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 Peachtree Cinema & Games, Norcross.
SEEING OTHER PEOPLE (R) A bride-to-be (Julianne Nicholson) worried about her sexual inexperience suggests to her prospective husband (Jay Mohr) that they "see" other people in the weeks before the big day. This comedy from "The Simpsons" writer Wallace Wolodarsky features such popular TV actors as Lauren Graham, Bryan Cranston and Andy Richter. Oct. 14. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. 404-651-3565. www.cinefest.org.
BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS (R) In this satiric social x-ray of London's Jazz Age glitterati, comic obstacles impede a too-cool pair of socialites (Stephen Campbell Moore, Emily Mortimer) en route to matrimony. Writer-director Stephen Fry (best known from the BBC's "Jeeves & Wooster") adapts Evelyn Waugh's novel Vile Bodies with a snappy pace and splashy look that evoke our modern-day, "Access Hollywood" obsession with celebrity. The young actors expertly assay the period's lost generation, while screen vets like Peter O'Toole steal scenes as upper class twits. -- CH
CELLULAR (PG-13) Maybe I'm too easily entertained, but here's another good-bad movie that's suspenseful, often funny and never believable for an instant. Kidnapped by Jason Staham, Kim Basinger invents the telephone and finds it easier to dial a random ten-digit number (Chris Evans' cell phone) than 911. If you can swallow the premise, the race to save her is clichéd but fun. -- SW
CRIMINAL (R) First-time writer-director Gregory Jacobs scores with a faithful, if not quite as fresh, remake of the Argentine con-man drama Nine Queens. When a seasoned swindler (John C. Reilly) takes an amateur con artist (Diego Luna) under his wing, a high-stakes con falls directly into their laps. Reilly's precise performance deepens the twisty, fast-paced film into a character study of a grasping operator forced to face up to his past misdeeds. -- CH
A DIRTY SHAME (NC-17) It's the squares against the libertines once again in John Waters' ribald tale of a repressed middle-aged Baltimore mother Sylvia (Tracey Ullman) who suffers a concussion and finds her libido kicked into overdrive. Blue collar Baltimore is inflamed by Sylvia and her oversexed clan (led by sexual messiah Johnny Knoxville) as Waters' film unravels into a shock-o-rama melée of dumb potty and booby humor. Waters' overage, carnivalesque hijinks are as juvenile as ever, but his nods to the vintage exploitation films that trafficked in such delirious sexual content can be inspired. -- FF
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