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Capsule reviews of films by CL critics



Opening Friday
AFTER THE SUNSET (PG-13) If you can't wait until Ocean's Twelve to catch a heist picture, consider this lighthearted caper film about a scheming G-Man (Woody Harrelson) always one step behind two elegant crooks (Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek).

BRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASON (R) See review.

ENDURING LOVE (R) Changing Lanes director Roger Michell presents another thriller based on intense bonds formed during a traumatic incident. The fallout from a hot air balloon rescue gone bad leaves a college professor (Daniel Craig) stewing in his own guilt and resisting the unwanted attentions of Jed (Rhys Ifans), a fellow would-be rescuer. Playing Jed with a gentle but unsettling passivity, Ifans always manages to evoke the vibe of an ex-hippie-turned-born-again Christian. The film crosses into run-of-the-mill stalker movie territory, but to Michell's credit, the narrative stays taut and engaging, thanks to detail-oriented camerawork, artful editing and the always-welcome presence of Samantha Morton. -- Cary Jones

NOEL (PG) A holiday heartwarmer set on Christmas Eve, directed by Chazz Palminteri, who co-stars along with Susan Sarandon, Penelope Cruz, Paul Walker and Alan Arkin.

SEED OF CHUCKY (R) Killer doll Chucky (voiced by Brad Dourif) and his evil bride, Tiffany (voiced by Jennifer Tilly, who also plays herself), bring their undead offspring into the world in the fifth of the Child's Play horror flicks. At last, the Oscar race finally heats up!

Duly Noted
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). Thurs., Nov. 11. Call for times. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. 404-651-3565. www.cinefest.org. -- Curt Holman

I, ROBOT (PG-13) Flash-forward 30 years into the future, when keeping up with the Joneses means having an android as a personal assistant. A technophobic Chicago cop (Will Smith) thinks a city overrun with robots might pose a threat to humanity. Director Alex Proyas' CGI-saturated contribution to the robots-run-amok genre features a sleek, superficial production design that begs for a seamy underbelly. Though driven by spectacle, I, Robot balances deliciously overblown action sequences with intriguing plot twists and even a bit of futuristic philosophy. Thurs., Nov. 11. Call for times. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. 404-651-3565. www.cinefest.org. -- CJ

KALEIDOSCOPE CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL (NR) Atlanta's first international film festival for children features new and classic family films from the United States, Canada and Europe, including Touching Wild Horses, The Blue Butterfly and 1973's Charlotte's Web. Sat.-Sun., Nov. 13-14, Lefont Garden Hills Cinema, 2835 Peachtree Road, and Lefont Sandy Springs, 5920 Roswell Road. $5-$10. 404-254-8074.

LISBELA AND THE PRISONER (2003) (NR) This comedy from Brazil depicts an engaged woman who falls for a raffish con man. Latin American Film Festival. Sat., Nov. 13, 8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Auditorium, 1280 Peachtree St. $4-$5. 404-733-4570. www.high.org.

THE MIRROR PROJECT (NR) The Mirror Project, a 12 year-old social documentary organization, presents three short films by or about children: "Children Without a Childhood," about street life in Colombia; "My Cousin and Me," about the relationship between two young girls; and "Understanding Violence," about how violence affected four young people. Sun., Nov. 14, 7 p.m. Georgia State University Student Center, 44 Courtland St. Free. 404-651-0574. www.mirrorproject.org.

OUT ON FILM (NR) See coverage on p. 66.

PINK FLAMINGOS (1972) (NC-17) Two sleazy Baltimore families (led by Divine and Mink Stole, respectively) vie to be dubbed the "Filthiest People in the World" in John Waters' legendary exercise in bad taste. With disgusting behavior, amateurish acting and eyesore production values, Pink Flamingos never proves an enlightening experience, but it inspires a unique combination of hilarity and revulsion. Fri.-Sat., Nov. 12-13, midnight. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive

THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD (NR) Those already acquainted with Canadian cult filmmaker Guy Maddin's loopy melodramas will find fresh delight in this tale of a Winnipeg beer company villainess (Isabella Rossellini) staging a demented contest to find the world's saddest music. Those unfamiliar with Maddin's iconoclastic work may think they've fallen down the cinematic rabbit hole. Maddin embellishes his Vaseline-glazed world-in-a-snow-globe atmosphere with a meaty treatment of the melodramatic one-upmanship of sorrow, played out on the familial and world stage. Nov. 12-18. Call for times. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. 404-651-3565. www.cinefest.org. -- Felicia Feaster

SPELLBOUND (2003) (G) Director Jeffrey Blitz and his team followed eight students as they crammed for competition in the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. What results is a curiously engaging and tension-filled peak into a rarely documented subculture. With a cast of oddball characters reminiscent of Best in Show or A Mighty Wind, the documentary manages to transform what should be snooze-inducing subject matter into a fascinating fable of the American dream. Kaleidoscope Children's Film Festival. Sat., Nov. 13, 10 a.m. $5-$6. Lefont Garden Hills Cinema, 2835 Peachtree Road. 404-254-8074. -- Tray Butler

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