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Capsule reviews of recently released movies

Opening Friday

· CLICK (PG-13) Adam Sandler plays an overworked family man who gets a "universal remote" that can pause, fast-forward and otherwise manage his entire life. Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken, Sean Astin and David Hasselhoff co-star.

· THE LOST CITY 1 star. (R) A counter to the recent burst of Che-chic, this interminable exercise in grandiose male angst features Cuban actor Andy Garcia starring and directing. His lifeless Godfather-style epic and occasional love story (in which the woman is a beautiful, vacant object bounced this way and that according to the story's needs) is set in the pre-Castro '50s. It features Garcia as a son of the Havana aristocracy and owner of the El Tropico nightclub who sees his family politically divided by the Cuban revolution, and his glittering, sexy world traded for bossy women in fatigues and pompous revolutionaries. Characters speak in ridiculous, canned clichés and the rhythms of the film seem lifted from a range of other period dramas, mostly Coppola's. -- Felicia Feaster

· SKETCHES OF FRANK GEHRY 4 stars. (NR) See review.

· WORDPLAY 3 stars. (NR) See review.

Duly Noted

· BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S (1961) (NR) Be prepared to sing along to "Moon River" (and brace yourself for Mickey Rooney's racist Japanese stereotyping) in the adaptation of Truman Capote's classic novella, featuring a star turn from Audrey Hepburn. Screen on the Green. Thurs., June 22, sunset. Piedmont Park Meadow near 10th Street and Monroe Drive. Free. 404-885-4646. -- Curt Holman

· THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE 2 stars. (PG) Four plucky English youngsters step through an enchanted wardrobe and take sides in a magical kingdom's war between good and evil. Initially charming, the lavish adaptation of the C.S. Lewis book struggles to balance the source material's blend of English whimsy, epic violence and Christian allegory (complete with a cameo appearance from Father Christmas). Despite plenty of elaborately memorable images, Narnia feels more sterile than spiritual. Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival. Mon., June 26, 8 p.m. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. $8. 404-881-2100. -- Holman

· 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 like Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, the Roots and more -- helps to make Block a real party. Through June 29. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565. -- Carlton Hargro

· INSIDE MAN 4 stars. (R) Spike Lee's Brian Grazer-produced Hollywood heist film makes a definite break from Lee's provocative, content-rich form, but this cops-and-robbers thriller also isn't without its subtext and subtle critiques. Denzel Washington, in engagingly laid-back mode, is a NYPD detective trying to salvage his tarnished reputation by negotiating with the ice-cold bank robber (Clive Owen) who has 50 hostages and a lot of hard cash in a Wall Street bank. Lee's obvious interest in the bonhomie and friction that characterize NYC's melting pot and the ghosts of Sept. 11 that still linger give a semi-conventional plot line a little more heft. Flicks on Fifth. Wed., June 28, 9 p.m. 5th Street between Spring and Williams streets. 404-894-2805. -- Feaster

· 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.

· SAMURAI SAGA (1959) (NR) Toshiro Mifune stars in this light-hearted, samurai-style reinterpretation of the tale of Cyrano de Bergerac. Rebel Samurai. Fri., June 23, 8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. Free. 404-733-4570.


· 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. -- Feaster

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