· ADAM & STEVE 3 stars. (NR) Like their biblical counterparts, Adam (Craig Chester) and Steve (Malcolm Gets) tempt fate for knowledge: What do love and commitment mean for couples, gay or straight? A few antics (sudden, choreographed dances and a slew of fat jokes) obscure the real moments of comedy that are both witty and strange, and though the self-awareness of the dialogue grows wearying, the truth spoken is undeniable. Parker Posey and Chris Kattan steal the best lines, playing their one-note supporting roles with perfect pitch. Silly but well-intentioned, this tryst, at the core, reocunts a love story as old as time. -- Allison C. Keene
· ATL 3 stars. (Not Yet Rated) See review.
· BASIC INSTINCT 2 (R) Sharon Stone reprises her role as icepick-wielding, underpants-free crime novelist Catherine Tramell in this long-delayed sequel featuring David Morissey and David Thewlis.
· FATELESS 5 stars. (NR) See review.
· JOYEUX NOËL 3 stars. (PG-13) See review.
· ICE AGE: THE MELTDOWN (G) This sequel to the computer-animated hit swaps the three-mammals-and-a-baby premise of the sequel for a Pleistocene romance between two mammoths (voiced by Ray Romano and Queen Latifah).
· SLITHER (R) Serenity's Nathan Fillion stars in this comedic gore fest about a small town overrun by a zombie plague. Writer/director James Gunn wrote the Dawn of the Dead remake and the Scooby Doo live-action movies.
· SUMMER STORM 2 stars. (R) At a summer rowing retreat, a young gay man takes inspiration from the example of an out-and-proud rowing team called the Queerstrokes in this German coming out and coming-of-age film. Despite its insight into the dynamics of gay high-schoolers, the drab visuals diminish what could have been a summer camp romp. -- Curt Holman
· THANK YOU FOR SMOKING 4 stars. (R) See review.
· BEST SHORTS FROM OUT ON FILM 2005 (NR) This anthology presents the most popular gay, lesbian and transgender short films from Atlanta's 2005 Out on Film Festival. Thurs., April 6, 7:30 p.m. Red Chair Restaurant & Video Lounge, 550-C Amsterdam Ave. $4-$6. 404-352-4225. www.imagefv.org.
· C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005) (NR) This family saga spans 30 years in the life of an affectionate, combative brood in Quebec and focuses on the strained relationship between a macho father and his gay son. Celebrating Francophonie. Fri., March 31, 8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. $5. 404-733-4570. www.high.org.
· THE HEALING PASSAGE/VOICES FROM THE WATER (NR) This documentary presents how artists explore the modern-day repercussions of the transatlantic slave trade through music, dance, spoken word and other means. Thurs., April 6, 6 p.m. APEX Museum, 135 Auburn Ave. Free. 770-234-5890.
· THE MAN WHO COPIED (PG-13) Andre, a 19 year-old aspiring comic artist who works as a copy machine operator, begins counterfeiting cash to impress a local salesgirl. Not to be confused with Rob Schneider's old "Saturday Night Live" Copy Room Guy character. Through Thurs., April 6. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565. www2.gsu.edu/~wwwcft.
· 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.
· WALK THE LINE 3 stars. (PG-13) This biopic of legendary but troubled country music star Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoenix) focuses on his decades-long relationship with singer and muse June Carter (Reese Witherspoon). Witherspoon offers a fresh, original portrayal of a weary celebrity in a vastly different era of pop culture from our own, but James Mangold's film reveals little of Cash's inner life beyond his drug problems and crush on June, so Phoenix often comes across as merely sullen. The cast impressively sings their own songs, and the early rockabilly tours (with Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis) convey the excitement of rock's early days. Thurs., March 30. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565. www2.gsu.edu/~wwwcft. -- Holman
· ASK THE DUST (R) Robert Towne, legendary screenwriter of Chinatown, writes and directs this Depression-era tale of an embittered would-be writer (Colin Farrell) and his stormy relationship with a Mexican waitress (Salma Hayek).
· THE BOYS OF BARAKA 3 stars. (NR) A group of middle-school boys from Baltimore's inner city get a chance to secure a better education through the Baraka School, a two-year educational program in rural Kenya. The film focuses on four boys and intercuts between their culture shock in Africa and their despairing families in Baltimore trying to rise above crime and poverty. Some of the material goes untapped: we don't learn as much as we'd like to about the Baraka program or its faculty members, who come across like equal parts tough youth counselors and Peace Corps volunteers. Real-life throws some curves at both the school and the students, building to genuinely surprising and heartbreaking resolutions in which the boys most likely to succeed aren't the ones you expect. -- Holman
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