Short Subjectives 

Capsule reviews of recently reviewed movies

Opening Friday

· AMERICAN BLACKOUT 4 stars When Georgia is on America's mind, it's often because of our embarrassing scandals: runaway brides, crane sitters and evolution deniers. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney is evidence that the state isn't just a kook factory, but still breeds some powerful spokespeople for political truth and justice to counter all the "Entertainment Tonight" boondoggle. The controversial U.S. representative who has made fighting election irregularities and the Bush administration her mission is at the center of director Ian Inaba's documentary American Blackout, which contends that America's fundamental doctrine of one man, one vote suffered some depressing challenges in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, where efforts were made to suppress traditionally Democrat-voting African-Americans. -- Felicia Feaster

· BARNYARD (PG) In what sounds like a feature-film version of a "Far Side" gag, cows and other farm animals behave like human beings when no one's looking. The question is, since cows are female, why are they being voiced by male actors like Kevin James of "The King of Queens"?

· CAVITE 2 stars (NR) See review.

· THE DESCENT 3 stars (R) See review.

· LADY VENGEANCE 4 stars (R) See review.

· THE NIGHT LISTENER 2 stars (R) See review.


Opening Wednesday

· WORLD TRADE CENTER (PG-13) Following United 93 comes another fact-based docudrama about the Sept. 11 attacks, this time focusing on the plight of two New York Port Authority officers (played by Nicolas Cage and Michael Pena) trapped in the rubble of the two towers. Oliver Stone of Platoon and JFK directs, but don't expect leftist politics to be front and center.

Duly Noted

· INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE (1989) 3 stars (PG-13) The Indiana Jones trilogy slows to a halt as Indy (Harrison Ford) rescues his bookish dad (Sean Connery) from Nazi no-goodniks. The prologue with River Phoenix's young Indiana Jones racing around a circus train proves more fun than the rest of the film, but you can't deny the matinee-idol charisma of Ford and Connery. Through Aug. 24. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565. -- Curt Holman

· PRIDE & PREJUDICE 3 stars (PG) Director Joe Wright and screenwriter Deborah Moggach have done an exemplary job of making us care all over again about the plight of the Bennet sisters, whose busybody mom (Brenda Blethyn) sets about finding them suitable husbands against the backdrop of 19th-century England. The oldest daughter, Jane (Rosamund Pike), immediately lands a suitor, but the independent Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) finds herself embroiled in a grudge match with the brooding Mr. Darcy (Matthew MacFadyen). Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival. Sun., Aug. 6, 7 p.m. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. $7. 404-881-2100. -- Matt Brunson

· THE PROPOSITION 3 stars (R) The Australian Outback provides a stark backdrop for this dark Western from Down Under. Guy Pearce's young outlaw must track down his murderous older brother (Danny Huston) to save the life of a naive younger sibling arrested by a brutal lawman (Ray Winstone). Following a stark, explosive introduction, this persistently violent film turns strangely passive, muting the power of its imagery. Through Aug. 11. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565. -- Holman

· 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 ANT BULLY 4 stars A Watermelon Man for the primary-school set, this delightful animated film illustrates that the high moral standards we teach in our kiddie films are not the ones we honor in the adult world. A bullied kid takes out his aggression on a front yard ant pile until he is magically shrunken down to ant size and forced to learn how the other half lives. In a female-centric colony governed by a smart, insightful Queen Ant (the voice of Meryl Streep), Lucas Nickle (Zach Tyler) finds an ant community founded on cooperation in opposition to his human world of warring individualism run amok. With enough bathroom humor to please children and some real integrity in its right-vs.-might message, the film pleases on many fronts. -- Feaster

· CARS 4 stars (G) In an alternate America populated by talking, thinking automobiles, a racing rookie (voiced by Owen Wilson) gets waylaid in a dying Route 66 tourist trap and gradually learns to appreciate small-town values. The predictable plot keeps Cars from competing in the class of such computer-animated masterpieces as Finding Nemo, but Pixar's seventh cartoon feature benefits from gorgeous visuals, breezy comedic timing and genuine affection for the roadside attractions and car culture of yesteryear. -- Holman


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