CHRYSTAL (R) Georgia-born actor Ray McKinnon wrote and directed this often grim tale of guilt and redemption in the Ozarks. Billy Bob Thornton's ex-con seeks forgiveness from his agonized wife, Chrystal (McKinnon's off-screen wife Lisa Blount), 16 years after a disastrous car accident. Heavy-handed symbolism and psychosexual baggage bog down the film's central relationship, but McKinnon reveals an eye for truthful, original and unexpectedly funny details about the modern-day South, from roots music to the backwoods drug trade (embodied by the director's scene-stealing performance as a hillbilly kingpin). - Curt Holman
EROS (R) See review.
FEVER PITCH (PG-13) Originally a humorous novel by Nick Hornby (High Fidelity) about soccer fans, this Americanized version switches the sport to baseball in depicting the romance between a businesswoman (Drew Barrymore) and a Boston Red Sox fanatic (Jimmy Fallon).
IN THE REALMS OF THE UNREAL (NR) This documentary about outsider artist Henry Darger perhaps makes him too much of a freakish "discovery" of the filmmaker, though the artist was long known in art world circles. Darger's bizarre, beautiful drawings, assembled in an epic 15,000 page tome, featured an army of plucky little girls fighting sadistic grown-ups in a fantastical world of the artist's creation. Those testaments to one man's obsessiveness and rich inner life were discovered by his landlords after the Chicago janitor's death in 1973. Perhaps Jessica Yu's film will bring a larger audience to Darger's fascinating artworks. - Felicia Feaster
MELINDA AND MELINDA (PG-13) See review.
SAHARA (PG-13) See review.
STATE PROPERTY 2: PHILLY STREETS (R) This hip-hop-laced crime drama set in the City of Brotherly Love follows the power struggle of three gangsters named Beans, Dame and Loco. With Beanie Sigel and the late Ol' Dirty Bastard.
AMEN (NR) Costa-Gavras, renowned director of The Missing, presents this film based on the true story of reluctant SS officer Kurt Gerstein, who learned firsthand how the Vatican and other Western European powers remained silent while the Nazis implemented their policies of extermination. Tournees. Wed., April 13, 7 p.m., Georgia Tech's Global Learning Center, Technology Square, Room 236, 85 5th St. Free. www.gatech.edu/technology-square/map.php.
THE ANIMATION SHOW 2005 (NR) This fascinating assortment of cartoon shorts offers flashes of delight while confirming that life is nasty, brutish and short. Highlights include the melancholy "When the Day Breaks," in which animal-headed ordinary people weigh their daily routines against thoughts of mortality, and Poland's "Fallen Art," in which military leaders sacrifice soldiers to literally create works of art. The stop-motion "Ward 13" and the computer-animated "Rockfish" prove entertainingly fluent in the vocabulary of action films, but aim for our adrenal glands, not our hearts. Thurs., April 7. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565. - CH
CIRCLE OF DECEIT (1981) (NR) Volker Schlöndorff, director of The Tin Drum, presents this drama about a jaded West German journalist (Bruno Ganz) sent to cover the civil war in Lebanon. Filmed on location (at times not far from actual fighting). The Many Faces of Bruno Ganz. April 13, 7 p.m. Goethe Institute Inter Nationes, 1197 Peachtree St., Colony Square. $4. 404-892-2388.
LE PETITE LILI (2003) (NR) French hottie Ludivine Sagnier (The Deep End) plays the title role in Claude Miller's droll contemporary drama set at a lake house in southern Brittany and inspired by Chekhov's The Seagull. French Film Yesterday and Today. Sat., April 9, 8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Auditorium, 1280 Peachtree St. $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.
SHOWGIRLS (1995) (NC-17) Currently repackaged as a modern-day camp classic, this self-important lap dance drama from Paul Verhoeven and Joe Eszterhas (the director and writer, respectively, of Basic Instinct) proves to be almost no fun at all, despite copious nudity and a sly performance from Gina Gershon. Elizabeth Berkley plays a grasping stripper willing to do anything - and anyone - to fulfill her ambitions. Fri.-Sat., April 8-9, midnight. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive. - CH
TO BE AND TO HAVE (2002)
(NR) In this unforgettable documentary with the poetic, serene exposition and craftsmanship of a fiction film, director Nicolas Philibert (In the Land of the Deaf) tells the simple but profound story of a rural farm community teacher and his relationship with the young children he patiently instructs. Perhaps the most beautiful and philosophical film ever made about the nobility of teaching. Tournees. Mon., April 11, 7 p.m., Georgia Tech's Global Learning Center, Technology Square, Room 236, 85 5th St. Free. www.gatech.edu/technology-square/map.php. - FF
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