Short Subjectives 

Capsule reviews of recently released movies

Opening Friday

· THE BEAUTY ACADEMY OF KABUL 4 stars. (NR) See review.

· THE FALLEN IDOL (1948) Director Carol Reed and novelist Graham Greene (who collaborated one year later for the classic The Third Man) first teamed up for this tale of a diplomat's young son who suspects that the family butler has been wrongfully accused of murder.

· THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT (PG-13) None of the original actors or directors of this racing franchise turn up for the third outing, in which Lucas Black and Bow Wow take on Tokyo's underground culture of "drift racing."

· GARFIELD: A TAIL OF TWO KITTIES (G) Bill Murray again provides the voice of the lasagna-snarfing feline in this sequel, set in the United Kingdom.

· THE LAKE HOUSE (PG-13) Speed stars Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock once more share the screen -- sort of -- as two people who discover that they're living under the same roof while somehow remaining two years apart.

· NACHO LIBRE (PG) Jack Black teams with his School of Rock screenwriter Mike White and Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess as a young priest who moonlights as a masked wrestler to raise money for a new orphanage.

· TYPHOON (R) A modern-day pirate attacks the coasts of North and South Korea in this thriller.

DULY NOTED

· ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL (NR) The 30th Atlanta Film Festival continues with a diverse slate of live action and documentary shorts and features through Saturday. Atlanta Film Festival. Through June 17. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, Landmark Midtown Art Cinemas, Cinefest at Georgia State University, and other Atlanta venues. Individual tickets to screenings and panels: $5-$25, public; $3-$20, IMAGE members (festival pass: $200 public, $150 members). 800-838-3006. www.atlantafilmfestival.com.

· DAVE CHAPPELLE'S BLOCK PARTY 4 stars. (R) Dave Chappelle returns from limbo to present this documentary/concert film, which chronicles his attempts to mount an outdoor music extravaganza in Brooklyn. The subdued demeanor he exudes in the movie may surprise fans of Chappelle's frenetic TV show. The music -- provided by hip-hop cult figures Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, the Roots and more -- helps to make Block a real party. June 18-29. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565. www2.gsu.edu/~wwwcft. -- Carlton Hargro

· FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF 3 stars. (1986) (NR) Matthew Broderick plays a mischievous high schooler whose day of playing hooky turns Chicago upside down. Of John Hughes' beloved high school movies, I prefer Sixteen Candles, but Bueller's big following cannot be denied. Screen on the Green. Thurs., June 15, sunset. Piedmont Park Meadow near 10th Street and Monroe Drive. Free. 404-878-2600. -- Curt Holman

· FAILURE TO LAUNCH 2 stars. (PG-13) A professional interventionist (Sarah Jessica Parker) tries to launch a love-challenged slacker (Matthew McConaughey), still living at home with his parents, into real adulthood. This trite rom-com blunder features 50 people applauding a televised kiss in a coffee shop, five CGI animal attacks, three quirky sidekick friends, two clear shots of Terry Bradshaw's bare bottom, one resuscitated mockingbird and zero reasons as to why Failure wasn't launched straight to DVD. Flicks on Fifth. Wed., June 21, 9 p.m. Fifth Street between Spring and Williams streets. 404-894-2805. www.flickson5th.com. -- Allison C. Keene

· THE MIRACLE WORKER (1962) (NR) Anne Bancroft plays a teacher who struggles to communicate with the severely handicapped Helen Keller (Patty Duke) in Arthur Penn's adaptation of the famous play. Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival. Sun., June 18, 8 p.m. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. $7. 404-881-2100. www.foxtheatre.org.

· 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.

· SWORD OF DOOM (1966) (NR) a superbly staged climax, set atop a burning building, caps off this exciting tale of a savage, aristocratic samurai. Rebel Samurai. Sat., June 17, 8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. Free. 404-733-4570. www.high.org.

Continuing

· AKEELAH AND THE BEE (PG) The spate of spelling bee films (Spellbound, Bee Season) continues with this tale of a girl (Keke Palmer) from Los Angeles attempting to compete in the National Spelling Bee. The cast includes What's Love Got To Do With It? co-stars Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne.

· ART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL 1 star. (R) Hard to believe the man who brought us the heartfelt alienation of the R. Crumb documentary Crumb and the profound teen misanthropy of Ghost World has veered so badly off course in his blandly cynical adaptation of graphic novelist (and Ghost World collaborator) Daniel Clowes's comic. Ostensibly following the growing disillusionment of an art school freshman (Max Minghella) with his conceptual-art centric NYC art school, in truth the film is just a sex-obsessed, wisecracking and out-of-date revisitation of the tone and quality of the crass teen sex comedies of the Eighties. -- Felicia Feaster

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