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Capsule reviews of films by CL critics

Opening Friday


DEEP BLUE (G) In what appears to be the summer of the heavy-handed, long-winded, overly narrated nature documentary, Deep Blue joins March of the Penguins in exploring the often overlooked nonhuman tenants of planet Earth. When contemporary children would have to look long and hard for a "G"-rated film, they should not turn to Deep Blue for entertainment succor. This death-tripping celebration of the mysteries of the ocean would give children nightmares for years to come with its fetishistic scenes of killer whales snacking on baby seals, and adults may not dig the animal snuff themes, either, or the grave, flowery narration that can't seem to rescue this big-screen opus from the bland conventions of the little-screen doc. — Felicia Feaster

HAPPY ENDINGS (R) See review .

KING OF THE CORNER (R) Peter Riegert of Local Hero directs, co-writes and plays a grumpy paterfamilias in this family dramedy featuring Isabella Rossellini, Eric Bogosian and Eli Wallach.


Duly Noted

BEAUTY SHOP (PG-13) Barbershop it ain't, though it recycles almost every plot point from that Ice Cube comedy. 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 amid 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. Flicks on 5th. Wed., July 20, 9 p.m. Centergy Plaza, Technology Square, 75 Fifth St. Free. 404-894-2805. — Felicia Feaster


(R) Why ever watch "That '70s Show" when you can drink in the fashion, music and silliness of 1970s high-schoolers in such sharp but affectionate detail as in Richard Linklater's second film? The cast includes Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck and Parker Posey. Fri.-Sat., July 15-16, midnight. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive. 678-495-1424. — Curt Holman

LAST BEST CHANCE (NR) This docudrama examines America's vulnerabilities by depicting how al-Qaeda operatives could smuggle nuclear material into the United States. The screening features a speech by former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn. Thurs., July 21, 7:30 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, 1911 Cliff Valley Way. Free. 404-524-5999.

NOBODY KNOWS (PG-13) Four Japanese children aged 5 to 12 eke out an existence in near-total isolation after being abandoned by their monstrously childish mother. Comparable to a modern-day Diary of Anne Frank and based on a true incident from 1988, the film provides both the fly-on-the-wall details of an exceptional case as well as universal insights into the experience of childhood. Writer/director Hirokazu Kore-eda gets remarkably natural performances from his young actors and never shies away from the emotional truths of the painful, powerful story. Faith and Film. Wed., July 20, 6:30 p.m. Central Congregational Church, 2676 Clairmont Road. Free. 404-633-4505. — CH

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.

SAHARA (PG-13) There is something about the cocky, thrill-seeking, globe-trotting adventurer Dirk Pitt (Matthew McConaughey) — with his ability to stamp out the world's problems in a single-blow — that seems, well, ill-timed considering the mounting crises of African genocide and the war in Iraq raging abroad. In this cartoonish adaptation of Clive Cussler's novel, Pitt is a former Navy SEAL-turned-international treasure hunter with the cool of James Bond and the chops of an Army-of-one. He's in Africa hunting a long-lost Civil War battleship and helping a World Health Organization doctor (Penelope Cruz) find the source of a plague killing local villagers in this theme park ride of a movie. Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival. Mon., July 18, 8 p.m. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. $7. 404-817-8700. — FF

SIN CITY (R) Based on Frank Miller's hard-boiled cult comic books of the same name, Sin City wallows unapologetically in violence, T&A and other preoccupations of adolescent boys of all ages. Co-directors Miller and Robert Rodriguez leer over interlocking tales of chivalrous antiheroes (led by a hulkingly charismatic Mickey Rourke) who take on a corrupt city's sadistic power brokers. Though the film's black-and-white images can sear your retinas, its repetitive plots, grisly slapstick and predictable misogyny can leave you embarrassed to be a geek. Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival. Thurs., July 21, 8 p.m. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. $7. 404-817-8700. — CH


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