Short Subjectives 

Capsule reviews of films by CL critics

Opening Friday
CLOSER (R) See review on page 57.

AM DAVD (PG) See review on page 58.

LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE (R) See review on page 59.

Opening Wednesday
BLADE TRINITY (R) Marvel Comics' obscure half-breed vampire hunter becomes a surprisingly potent box office presence as Wesley Snipes takes on the role for the third time. Here's hoping screenwriter David Goyer can give the franchise the same kick Guillermo Del Toro gave Blade II.

Duly Noted
COLLATERAL (R) Tom Cruise takes a change-of-pace role as a perfectionist hitman who forces Jamie Foxx's hapless cabbie to chauffeur him around for a night of mayhem. A taut, essentially two-character piece that criss-crosses L.A., Collateral resembles Training Day as another slick, tightly written B-movie with big-name actors. The film lives up to director Michael Mann's reputation for precise shots and polished editing, even if the final showdowns feel like a burnished version of a made-for-cable crime thriller. Dec. 3-9. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. 404-651-3565. -- Curt Holman

DIG! (NR) Two bands with groovy retro-sampling sounds, the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre, become friends and then splinter into artistic rivals. The Dandys come from good, stable homes and the Massacre, from dysfunctional ones and drug abuse. The Dandys work hard at bohemian ambiance. The Massacre live it. The Dandys hit it big. And the Massacre, fronted by a brilliant but unstable, tragic leader, Anton Newcombe, destroy nearly every chance at a record deal in a suicidal effort not to sellout. It's hard to look away from Ondi Timoner's fascinating, painful film of the ugly forces at work in a creative pursuit often ruled by money, ego and dangerous glamour. Dec. 2. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. 404-651-3565. Feaster

DUTCH LIGHT (NR) Coinciding with the High Museum's exhibit Van Gogh to Mondrian this Dutch-made documentary explores the distinctive phenomenon of Dutch light that has informed the canvases of painters like Vermeer, Jan van Goyen and Philips Koninck. Though the topic will enthrall art enthusiasts, the film itself builds with the dry rigor of a JFK conspiracy video as scholars and scientists conduct experiments and build a case that the Netherlands have their own nationally unique light. The various theories for the origin or existence of the light, espoused by everyone from artists to astrophysicists, remain fascinating. Through Dutch Eyes. Dec. 4, 8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Auditorium. 1280 Peachtree St. $5. 404-733-4570. -- FF

END OF THE CENTURY: THE STORY OF THE RAMONES (NR) You don't have to be a Ramones fan to appreciate this documentary, only someone interested in youthful alienation, the whims of the record industry, rock history, the underground music scene of the '70s, anti-image making or glitter rock. This depressing yet wonderfully engaging documentary covers it all via the seminal but financially overlooked group who never shake the outsider status that dogged their punk progress from Queens to indie music adoration. Dec. 2. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. 404-651-3565. -- FF

PULP FICTION (1994) (PG) Quentin Tarantino's bracing deconstruction of film noir and French New Wave gestures spawned countless copycats, but don't hold that against his brash, brilliant movie. The hitman team of John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson crosses paths with crooked boxer Bruce Willis as stories ingeniously overlap and double-back, accompanied by surf guitar and mariachi horns. Dec. 3-4, midnight. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive. -- CH

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.

Who Nose? (G) The premiere of a romantic comedy starring Neil Shuman, the author and associate producer of Doc Hollywood. Dec. 4, 7 p.m.; Dec. 5, 3 p.m. Dobbs University Center, Emory University, 605 Asbury Circle. Donation. 404-727-5050.

AFTER THE SUNSET (R) Pierce Brosnan's diamond thief pulls off one last score and retires to the Bahamas with his partner/girlfriend (Salma Hayek), only to be trailed cat-and-mouse-style by an FBI agent (Woody Harrelson). Despite Hayek's remarkable bikini-filling skills, the film's real strength is the downright cute interaction between Brosnan and Harrelson: though played for laughs, their homoerotic chemistry drives the movie. Rush Hour director Brett Ratner tries too hard to make After the Sunset a sultry and sexy tropical thriller, and instead mixes a frothy umbrella drink of a movie that goes down smooth, but provides no real kick. -- Cary Jones


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