CRASH (R) See review on p. 60.
HOUSE OF WAX (R) This updated version of Vincent Price's beloved 3-D horror flick features two crazies who kill attractive young people to make waxy statues. A film with waxwork humans and Paris Hilton? The joke practically writes itself.
KINGDOM OF HEAVEN (R) See review on p. 61.
PALINDROMES (NR) Master of Ick, King of Creep Todd Solondz returns to his stomping ground of a sleaze-infested America in this story of a pregnant 13-year-old girl forced to have an abortion by her pro-life mother (Ellen Barkin). Then, she finds shelter in the arms of a Christian pro-life family. Solondz remains a button-pusher, but as he did in Welcome to the Dollhouse, Solondz finds something tragic and compelling in yet another story of a young girl swimming against life's brutal current. - Felicia Feaster
THE WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL (NR) See review on p. 62.
ALLTALK VIDEO_VOX (NR) This benefit for Atlanta nonprofit organizations features six documentaries on social issues, ranging from Ukranian adoption to gender issues to urban poverty. Thurs., May 12, 7:30 p.m. Apache Caf&233;, 64 Third St. $5. 404-876-5436. www.livinglounge.com.
BORN INTO BROTHELS (2004) (R) In Calcutta's red light district, hundreds of children grow up in a shadowy labyrinthine world of prostitution, drug abuse and hopelessness. Photographer Zana Briski uses photography to offer these children of prostitutes a window out of the city's rank brothels. The results can be poignant, with the children offering - considering their age - shockingly perceptive, eloquent insight into their situations, and some exquisite photographs to boot. But perhaps due to Briski's unflappable British reserve, the film is a surprisingly emotionless, distanced view of these children's lives, which is not always a good thing. The camera allows them to establish their personhood, but it's also a camera that separates us from them. Film Festival of India: Bollywood and Beyond. Sat., May 7, 8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Auditorium. 1280 Peachtree St. $5. 404-733-4570. www.high.org. - FF
CHRISTINE (1983) (R) Halloween director John Carpenter adapts Stephen King's novel about a teenager (Keith Gordon) with a haunted Plymouth Fury, but the thriller never gets out of first gear. Nevertheless, it enjoys the dubious distinction of being probably the best "killer car" film ever made. Drive Insanity. May 8 at dusk. Starlight Drive-In Theatre, 2000 Moreland Ave. $6. www.starlightdrivein.com Curt Holman CHOKKER BALI: A PASSION PLAY (2003) (NR) Set in Calcutta in the early 1900s, this film depicts beautiful young widow Binodini (Aishwarya Rai) forced to serve as the companion of an older woman. Passions simmer between Binodini and the elder woman's son. Film Festival of India: Bollywood and Beyond. Fri., May 6, 8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Auditorium, 1280 Peachtree St. $5. 404-733-4570. www.high.org.
ONG-BAK: THE THAI WARRIOR (R) You may not think you want to see a subtitled movie about Thai kickboxing, but believe me, you do. Watching Tony Jaa punch, flip and propel himself through this pulpy, fast-paced tale gives you a heady thrill of discovery akin to the groundbreaking, head-breaking early work of Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan. Apart from the exotic opening scene (a kind of extreme Capture the Flag game in a tree), the plot won't win any prizes for originality, but with such brutal brawls and exuberant chase scenes, Ong-Bak is a kick in the head. Thurs., May 5. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. 404-651-3565. www.cinefest.org. - CH
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968) (R) Flesh-eating zombies rise from their graves and lay siege to a handful of living souls barricaded in a spooky house. The grainy black-and-white and low-budget production values only add to the jittery feeling of dread in this cult classic that launched countless sequels, remakes and imitations, most recently Shaun of the Dead. Drive Insanity. May 8 at dusk, Starlight Drive-In Theatre, 2000 Moreland Ave. $6. www.starlightdrivein.com
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.
THE AMITYVILLE HORROR (R) Who knew that the 1979 Amityville Horror flick was so good, it demanded a remake? The new version about the haunted Long Island residence, "based on a true story," stars Ryan Reynolds, Melissa George and Philip Baker Hall.
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