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Short Subjectives 

Capsule reviews of films by CL critics

Opening Friday

IT'S ALL GONE PETE TONG (R) See review on p. 68.

KICKING & SCREAMING (PG) Will Ferrell plays an average dad whose Oedipal rivalry with his own father (Robert Duvall) erupts when they coach opposing Little League soccer teams. The trailer makes it look like a great idea - for a 10-minute sketch.

LIPSTICK & DYNAMITE (Not Rated) See review on p. 67.

MINDHUNTERS (R) See review to right.

MONSTER-IN-LAW (PG-13) See review on p. 65.

UNLEASHED (R) Who let Jet Li out? The martial arts star plays a nameless enforcer, conditioned by a Scottish mobster (Bob Hoskins) to be a ruthless fighter, only to discover his humanity when befriended by a blind piano tuner (Morgan Freeman). Written and produced by La Femme Nikita's Luc Besson.

Duly Noted

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.

FAITH AND FILM FESTIVAL (NR) Atlanta's Art Within hosts a festival of more than 50 short films - including "Most," a Best Live Action Short Film Oscar nominee from 2003 - that focus on matters of faith and religion. May 13-22. Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m. $10 for single tickets.

THE GARDENER (2003) (NR) In this smash-hit Bollywood musical, an elderly couple (Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini) on the verge of retirement face complications from their five grown sons. Film Festival of India: Bollywood and Beyond. Sat., May 14, 8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Auditorium. 1280 Peachtree St. $5. 404-733-4570.

THE INCREDIBLES (PG) Former costumed crime-fighter Mr. Incredible (voiced by Craig T. Nelson) and his family must pass as ordinary suburbanites until a mysterious archvillain inspires them to flex their super-muscles once more. Pixar's computer-animated classic fits in more with James Bond and Marvel Comics than family films like Finding Nemo, and the metaphors for conformity and midlife crisis will strike deeper chords with parents than kids. But the spectacular derring-do in the second half will inspire all audiences to cry, "Look! Up on the screen!" Sat., May 14, 7 p.m. Inman Middle School, 774 Virginia Ave. $5. - Curt Holman

JUDGE IN FEAR (1996) (NR) An unconventional attorney defends an unpopular judge accused of murdering a prostitute. Recent Films from Germany. Wed., May 18, 7 p.m. Goethe Institute Inter Nationes, 1197 Peachtree St., Colony Square. $4. 404-892-2388.

LULU AND THE GIRLS OF AMERICUS, GEORGIA 1963 (NR) This documentary profiles some of the surviving women who fought to desegregate a small Georgia town in 1963. May 19, 7:30 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, 450 Auburn Ave. Free. 404-352-4225.

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.

SHORT CUT TO NIRVANA (2004) (NR) This documentary attempts to convey the scope of India's 2001 Kumbh Mela event, a Hindu festival held once every 12 years that attracts nearly 70 million gurus and pilgrims. Film Festival of India: Bollywood and Beyond. Fri., May 13, 8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Auditorium. 1280 Peachtree St. $5. 404-733-4570.


THE AMITYVILLE HORROR (R) As a creep show, this slicked-up hokum (based on Jay Anson's novel) about a haunted house is painfully inadequate, preferring to traffic in quick shots of blood-dripping ghouls than establishing any real sense of dread. I've seen episodes of "Sesame Street" that were more frightening than this generic junk. - Matt Brunson

BEAUTY SHOP (PG-13) Barbershop it ain't, though it recycles almost every plot point from that Ice Cube comedy. But Beauty Shop has its own frothy appeal held together by the warm, charismatic presence of Queen Latifah as a hair entrepreneur who quits a chic salon to open her own beauty shop in the ­hood. The scenes where her diverse staff gleefully riff, vamp and insult over the hot rollers offer something to hold onto amidst an uninspiring plot involving Latifah's efforts to hold onto the salon when the Man comes calling. It's all lighter-than-air, but it's hard not to be momentarily charmed by all the assembled intergenerational girl power and fizzy energy. - Felicia Feaster

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