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Capsule reviews of recently released movies

Opening Friday

· CLASSE TOUS RISQUES (1960) 4 stars. (NR) See review.

· LEONARD COHEN: I'M YOUR MAN (PG-13) This documentary tribute to the life and music of gravelly voiced singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen (who wrote "Everybody Knows") features appearances by U2, Rufus Wainwright, Nick Cave and others.

· LITTLE MAN (PG-13) A wannabe dad (Shawn Wayans) mistakes a diminutive criminal (Marlon Wayans) for a baby (admittedly a grotesquely ugly baby) in this comedy directed by Keenan Ivory Wayans.

· A SCANNER DARKLY 3 stars. (R) See review.

· STRANGERS WITH CANDY 2 stars. (NR) See review.

· YOU, ME AND DUPREE (PG-13?) A pair of newlyweds (Matt Dillon and Kate Hudson) discovers that three's a crowd when their best pal (Owen Wilson) crashes at their new home and won't leave.

Duly Noted

· BE HERE TO LOVE ME: A FILM ABOUT TOWNES VAN ZANDT 3 stars. (NR) Alt-country cult crooner Townes Van Zandt's (1944-1997) troubled life is exhumed in this tribute to the boozing and drug-addicted singer who also wrote -- according to fans (and interviewees) like Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Steve Earle -- transcendent, beautiful songs. Home movies, interviews with childhood friends, fellow musicians, wives, children and Van Zandt himself give a taste of his influence and gift. Though Margaret Brown's often unfocused documentary leaves the musician essentially unknowable, it's a circumstance perhaps more attributable to Van Zandt's hard-to-hold nature than Brown's failings as a director. Thurs., July 13. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565. www2.gsu.edu/~wwwcft/. -- Felicia Feaster

· BRICK 3 stars. (R) Writer/director Rian Johnson catches fire with a seemingly lame premise: a convoluted mystery in the style of hard-boiled 1940s detective thrillers, set in a contemporary high school. But as brooding loner Brendan (a terrific Joseph Gordon-Levitt) tries to track down his troubled former girlfriend, Brick becomes both a compelling suspense story and an unusual portrait of teen angst from the inside out. The antiquated slang may not be authentic, but given that Brendan no doubt perceives himself as a noble, self-sacrificing hero worthy of Raymond Chandler, the lonely film noir flourishes aptly fit his point of view. July 14-27. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565. www2.gsu.edu/~wwwcft/. -- Curt Holman

· FILM LOVE: WARREN SONBERT (NR) Frequent Small Meals presents a program of short films by Warren Sonbert, including "Amphetamine," "Where Did Our Love Go?" and "Friendly Witness." Thurs., July 13, 8 p.m. Eyedrum, 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. $5. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org.

· THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966) 5 stars. (NR) Purists champion Once Upon a Time in the West as the best of Sergio Leone's epic spaghetti Westerns, but this one -- last in Clint Eastwood's "Man With No Name" trilogy -- is the most entertaining, thanks to its operatic show downs, Eli Wallach's earthy humor and a huge-scale vision of the Civil War. Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival. Mon., July 17, 8 p.m. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. $7. 404-881-2100. www.foxtheatre.org. -- Holman

· KING KONG 3 stars. (PG-13) The heart of Peter Jackson's lavish, slavish remake lies not in the giant ape's improbable love for a screaming starlet (Naomi Watts), but the Oscar-winning filmmaker's almost blind adoration of the original, also set in 1930s New York (and Skull Island). Jackson's version contains sights that truly astonish -- an attack by giant bugs, the Empire State Building sequence, Kong's vivid personality -- while feeling overly faithful to a story we know all too well. Still, despite labored comedy and some spotty special effects, the beauty and the beast story at the core can win over the most savage detractor. Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival. Thurs., July 20, 8 p.m. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. $7. 404-881-2100. www.foxtheatre.org. -- Holman

· PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL (NR) Based in Los Angeles, this festival of documentary and narrative shorts and feature films includes movies from Africa, the United States and points in between. Subjects include AIDS (Origin of AIDS, Arthur! A Celebration of Life), politics (All About Darfur, Aristide and the Endless Revolution) and artists (Cecil Taylor: All the Notes). Pan African Film Festival. July 17-23. Woodruff Arts Center, Hill Auditorium and Rich Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. $7.50-$25. www.nbaf.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.

· THANK YOU FOR SMOKING 4 stars. (R) Aaron Eckhart of In the Company of Men plays Nick Naylor, a proudly unprincipled tobacco lobbyist who tries simultaneously to be a professional liar and a good father. Smoking takes palpable delight at the double-speak of the spin industry -- Nick claims that lobbyists like him stick up for "little guys" like loggers, sweatshop owners and land mine developers -- and features many hilarious set pieces. As Nick weighs being a good role model to his son (Cameron Bright), the film never cops out by giving him a bogus change of heart, and he takes pride in his lack of integrity. Flicks on Fifth. Wed., July 19, 9 p.m. 5th Street between Spring and Williams streets. 404-894-2805. www.flickson5th.com. -- Holman

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