Short Subjectives 

Capsule reviews of films by CL critics

Opening Friday
BRIDE AND PREJUDICE (PG-13) Bend it Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha switches from phys ed to Eng lit to offer a Bollywood musical-style version of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, transplanted to contemporary India, England and America.

CURSED (PG-13) Scream director Wes Craven and scripter Kevin Williamson reunite for this troubled production about young Los Angelenos (including Christina Ricci) who might be turning into werewolves. In Los Angeles they should fit right in.

DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN (PG-13) See review on p. 51.

MAN OF THE HOUSE (PG-13) Tommy Lee Jones' tough Texas Ranger teams with Cedric the Entertainer's streetwise informant to go undercover to protect five University of Texas cheerleaders who happen to be witnesses of a crime.

NOBODY KNOWS (PG-13) See review on p. 50.

Duly Noted
THE ART & CRIMES OF RON ENGLISH (NR) Ron English's artworks featuring renditions of corporate henchmen like Ronald McDonald and Mickey Mouse were prominently featured in Morgan Spurlock's fast-food expos&233; Super Size Me. Fans of English's culture jamming will find even more fodder in Pedro Carvajal's documentary, in which English's paintings are often a detour from his real love: creating mock billboards lampooning our fast food, gas-guzzling, Bush/Cheney warmongering nation. It's easy to admire English's chutzpah (a parody of Apple's "Think Different" ad campaign featuring Charlie Manson-as-spokesman is genius) in beating advertising at its own game, even if his tactics can seem a little drama queen, and at times just plain obnoxious. Feb. 24. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565. - Felicia Feaster


DOLLS (2003) (NR) Takeshi Kitano, director of last year's Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman presents three quiet, delicate tales of love taken to extremes. Feb. 25-March 3. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565.

THE END OF SUBURBIA (NR) The film collective subMedia and the Positive Energy Foundation present this documentary about oil depletion, renewable resources and the collapse of the American dream. Feb. 26, 8 p.m. Eyedrum. 290 Martin Luther King Jr Dr., Suite 8. 404.522.0655.

THE FALLEN SPARROW (1943) (NR) This rarely seen film noir stars John Garfield as a Spanish Civil War veteran who returns to New York to investigate a friend's death at the hands of fascists. On the Side of Freedom. Feb. 26, 8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Auditorium. 1280 Peachtree St. $5. 404-733-4570.

FILM LOVE 3 (NR) In the third "Film Love" program, Frequent Small Reveals presents short films, all made and released in the 1960s, that depict the African-American experience during the tumultuous decade, from Black Power to the "I Have a Dream" speech. Feb. 25, 8 p.m. Eyedrum. 290 Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Suite 8. $6. 404-522-0655.

I WAS BORN A BLACK WOMAN The Latin American and Caribbean Community Center, WRFG 89.3 and the US Human Rights Network present the life of Benedita da Silva, the first Afro-Brazilian woman elected to Brazil's Senate. Da Silva will speak. Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m. Little Five Points Community Center, 1083 Austin Ave. Call for price. 404-523-3471.

REQUIEM FOR A ROMANTIC WOMAN (1998) (NR) In 1807 Frankfurt, a 30-year-old poet and a 16-year-old girl fall into a life-changing affair. Recent Films from Germany. March 2, 7 p.m. Goethe Institut Inter Nationes, 1197 Peachtree St., Colony Square. $4. 404-892-2388.

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.

RUNNING ON KARMA (2003) (NR) Andy Lau of House of Flying Daggers and Infernal Affairs stars in this comedic action film as a muscle-bound monk who gets a job as an exotic dancer, then teams up with a cop (Cecilia Cheung) to catch a murderous contortionist. Hong Kong Panorama. Feb. 25, 8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Auditorium. 1280 Peachtree St. $5. 404-733-4570.

YUMEJI (1991) (NR) Seijun Suzuki's film, loosely based on the life of early 20th-century painter Yumeji Takeshi, presents a dreamlike series of interconnected vignettes of the artist drifting from one beautiful woman to another. Great Japanese Filmmakers. Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m. 205 White Hall, Emory University. Free. 404-727-5087.

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


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