Pin It

Short Subjectives 

Capsule reviews of films by CL critics

Opening Friday

BOOGEYMAN (PG-13) Get boogie fever in this horror film about a man, traumatized by mysterious events from his childhood, who must face his demons when he returns to the old homestead. Lucy Lawless of "Xena: Warrior Princess" has a supporting role.

CALLAS FOREVER (NR) In this imaginary episode from the last year in the life of Maria Callas (Fanny Ardant), a punk rock promoter (Jeremy Irons, of all people) suggests the opera diva lip-sync to the classic recordings of her youth. Director Franco Zeffirelli actually directed on stage and television.

MOOLAADE (NR) See review.

PAPER CLIPS (G) See review.

THE WEDDING DATE (PG-13) "Will & Grace's" Debra Messing tries her hand at big-screen romantic comedy as a single gal who hires a male escort (Dermot Mulroney) to pass as her boyfriend at her sister's wedding. It's no accident if the project gives you a Julia Roberts vibe: Mulroney just happened to co-star in My Best Friend's Wedding, too.

Duly Noted

AFTER LIFE (1998) (NR) Acclaimed Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda presents a bittersweet, offbeat tale about limbo, in which the newly dead get to choose their happiest memory, which will take them to eternity. Great Japanese Filmmakers. Free. Thurs., Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m. 205 White Hall, Emory University. 404-727-5087. www.college.emory.edu.

BERLIN IS IN GERMANY (2001) (NR) See review on this page.

BUTTERFLY (2000) (NR) The High Museum's program of films about the Spanish Civil War begins with this nostalgic, disturbing boy's-eye view of the events leading up to the conflict in a Gallican town in 1936. $5. On the Side of Freedom. Feb. 5, 8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Auditorium. 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4570. www.high.org.

I HEART HUCKABEES (R) "Screwball sophistry" could describe this fast-talking, deep-thinking comedy from Three Kings director David O. Russell. A frustrated environmental activist (Jason Schwartzman) finds himself torn between the forces of order, represented by Lily Tomlin and Dustin Hoffman's "existential detectives," and a nihilistic - but sexy - French intellectual (Isabelle Huppert). Huckabees tests your tolerance for deadpan whimsy but pays off with persistent laughs and relevant commentary on suburban sprawl and celebrity-obsessed corporate culture. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). Thurs., Feb. 3. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. 404-651-3565. www.cinefest.org. - CH

OMOCHA (1999) (NR) Kinji Fukasaku, director of the cult film Battle Royale, presents this tale of a girl from a poverty-stricken family who works as a maid in a geisha house, and grows up to be a geisha herself. Great Japanese Filmmakers. Free. Thurs., Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m. 205 White Hall, Emory University. 404-727-5087. www.college.emory.edu.

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.

SHAUN OF THE DEAD (R) A put-upon English bloke (co-writer Simon Pegg) gets so caught up in his girlfriend and roommate problems that he scarcely notices the apocalyptic zombie crises happening around him. Writer/director Edgar Wright rises above the undead genre's schlocky traditions with a first act of comic genius. The intensity of the zombie-siege sequences runs contrary to the film's deadpan comedy, but its rapid pace, hilarious ensemble and inventive action scenes make it a splatter classic. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). Thurs., Feb. 3. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. 404-651-3565. www.cinefest.org. - CH

Continuing

ALONE IN THE DARK (R) Christian Slater stars as a paranormal investigator in this horror film based on a "shoot-the-demon" kind of video game - you know, as opposed to the "shoot-the-zombie" game. Tara Reid and Stephen Dorff co-star.

ARE WE THERE YET? (PG) Ice Cube follows the accident-prone trail blazed by the Vacation movies as a child-hating bachelor who delivers two hostile tots (Aleisha Allen and Philip Bolden) from Portland to Vancouver. Are We There Yet? amusingly plays off Cube's crabby demeanor, but for every honest laugh there's a lame gross-out or a shameless bid for sentiment. Rather than ask Are We There Yet? just stay home. - CH

THE ASSASSINATION OF RICHARD NIXON (R) Sean Penn tries to offer his own Taxi Driver or The King of Comedy in this portrait of an alienated office furniture salesman who becomes obsessed with killing Richard Nixon. Though based on a real individual, Nixon never shows enough insight into its anti-hero to be more than a portrait of a nutjob, and Penn's one-note performance relies too heavily on nervous tics. Naomi Watts and Don Cheadle get little to do in supporting roles, but Jack Thompson steals the film as Penn's boss, a ruddy, beaming emblem of duplicitous U.S. salesmanship. - CH

  • Pin It

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Latest in Film Clips

12/11/2014

Search Events

Recent Comments

© 2014 Creative Loafing Atlanta
Powered by Foundation