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Capsule reviews of recently released films

Opening Friday

· AMERICAN DREAMZ 2 stars. (PG-13) See review.

· DON'T COME KNOCKING (R) See review.

· FRIENDS WITH MONEY 4 stars. (R) See review.

· KEKEXILI: MOUNTAIN PATROL (NR) Named for the mountainous wilds of Tibet, this beautifully photographed, thematically complex docudrama depicts the efforts of dedicated volunteers to protect wild antelope from poachers.

· THE SENTINEL (PG-13) Michael Douglas plays a Secret Service agent who becomes a fugitive after a colleague's murder. Keifer Sutherland (no doubt in full Jack Bauer mode) plays a fellow agent tracking him down. The action thriller features Kim Basinger and "Desperate Housewives'" Eva Longoria.

· SILENT HILL (R) Despite the protests of her husband (Sean Bean), a frightened mother (Radha Mitchell) takes her gravely ill daughter to the otherworldly ghost town of Silent Hill in search of a cure. This style-drenched horror flick was written by Pulp Fiction co-scripter Roger Avary.

· WHEN DO WE EAT? (R) A Passover Seder takes an unusual turn when the patriarch (Michael Lerner) unwittingly takes a hit of Ecstasy. This dysfunctional family holiday comedy features Lesley Ann Warren and Jack Klugman.

Duly Noted

· ATLANTA HIP-HOP FILM FESTIVAL (NR) Atlanta's second annual hip-hop film festival includes such screenings as the concert film Dead Prez: It's Bigger Than Hip-Hop; Scene Not Heard, a documentary about Philadelphia's contribution to hip-hop; and New Flavors: The Emergence of Southern Hip-Hop. April 27-30. Carter Center, 453 Freedom Parkway, and Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Ave. 678-438-8820.

· THE BEST OF THE ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL (NR) Atlanta Film Festival director Jake Jacobson hosts an evening of nearly two hours of shorts from the festival's 30-year history, including two five-star, Oscar-winning entries: "The Accountant," Ray McKinnon's hilarious, pitch-perfect Southern live-action black comedy; and "Ryan," a complex and unsettling cartoon portrait of an acclaimed but obscure animator. Thurs., April 20, 7 p.m. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565.

· BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN 5 stars. (R) Ang Lee's heart-wrenching Western is lovely to look at and profoundly moving, touching on both the economic and spiritual isolation of the ranch hand's life, and also the more universal alienation of being a man. Heath Ledger is superb as an archetype of male interiority, an emotionally contained man who finds his slim fragments of happiness in short, infrequent meetings with Jake Gyllenhall's character, who dreams of an impossible future for the doomed love affair. Thurs., April 20. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565. -- Felicia Feaster


· THE HIDDEN FüHRER: DEBATING THE ENIGMA OF HITLER'S SEXUALITY (2004) Filmmakers Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey investigate the evidence of German historian Lothar Machtan that Hitler may have been a secret homosexual in his youth. Gay Films from Germany. Wed., April 26, 7 p.m. Goethe Institut Atlanta, 1197 Peachtree St. $3-$4. 404-894-2388.

· 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 SPAGHETTI JUNCTION URBAN FILM FESTIVAL (NR) Fulton isn't the only metro county that plays host to film festivals. April 17-23, DeKalb presents its very own Spaghetti Junction Urban Film Festival. Coordinated by DeKalb CEO Vernon Jones, the DeKalb County Office of Arts, Culture & Entertainment and the DeKalb Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Spaghetti Junction Urban Film Festival will showcase a number of films, new and old, several "red carpet" movie premieres and other special events. For a full festival schedule and other information, visit

· TRANSAMERICA 2 stars. (R) Felicity Huffman ("Desperate Housewives") deserves praise for her well-observed performance as Bree Osbourne, a pre-op male-to-female transsexual anxiously awaiting her sex change operation. A hitch is thrown in her plan when an adult son (Kevin Zegers) she didn't know she had turns up and the pair drive from New York to California, meeting various kooks along the way. For a road movie about a trannie trying to keep her true gender a secret from her male prostitute son, Transamerica is a weirdly conventional film that ends up making Bree's prissy she-male ways the butt of too many jokes. April 21-27. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565. -- Feaster

· WATER (2005) (NR) Director Deepa Mehta recounts a moving drama about an 8-year-old girl forced to live in an Indian ashram with outcast widows. Film Festival of India. Tues., April 25, 8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. Free. 404-733-4570.

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