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· THE DRAGON*CON INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (NR) The film screening of Atlanta's long-running fantasy convention features documentaries and a short film competition of genre flicks featuring such topics as "monstrous African birds, greedy time travelers, persecuted robots, depressed vampires, ninja store clerks, confused storm troopers, and dead mimes." Sep. 1-4, Hyatt Regency, 265 Peachtree St. filmfest.dragoncon.net.

· DRIVE INVASION 2006 (NR) One of the best ways to see movies in the city, this year's annual festival of hot rods, cool bands and cult films features such fare as 2001 Maniacs, Galaxy of Terror, The Car and the remake of Godzilla, the latter no doubt a tie-in with musical guests Blue Oyster Cult. Sep. 2-3, Starlight Six Drive-In, 2000 Moreland Ave. $30 daily passes ($50 weekend). 404-627-5786. www.driveinvasion.com.

· GILANEH (2005) (NR) This anti-war film takes place in 1988 during the Iraqi bombing of Tehran. $7. Sat. Sep. 9. 8 p.m., Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Theatre. 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4570. www.high.org.

· IRON ISLAND (2005) (NR) This allegorical drama takes place almost entirely on a huge oil tanker -- which qualifies almost as a floating village -- as it slowly sinks in the Persian Gulf. $7. Fri., Sep. 8, 8 and 10 p.m., Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4570. www.high.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.

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· ACCEPTED (PG-13) A rejected high school grad (Justin Long) and his friends invent and enroll in a fictional university. By glorifying the college experience and removing classes from the equation, this comedy sounds a little like Old School only not so, you know, old.

· ANOTHER GAY MOVIE (Not Rated) This comedy puts a gay spin on the premise of American Pie as four gay high school teens vow to lose their virginity before going to college.

· THE ANT BULLY 4 stars (PG) 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. -- 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?"

· BEERFEST 3 stars (R) Two American brothers stumble upon -- and badly lose -- an International "beer olympics," and vow to return and win a year later. The Broken Lizard team of actor/filmmakers, creators of such modern-day slob comedies Super Troopers and Club Dread, live up -- or down -- to the film's beery premise and leaves the audience drunk with laughter. -- Noah Gardenswartz

· THE DESCENT 3 stars (R) Six female friends, most of them English, go on a caving expedition and run afoul of sightless, humanoid underground dwellers. Writer-director Neill Marshall does a precise job of setting up the group dynamics, survival details and claustrophic dynamics before the monsters show up. Once they do, The Descent feels a little too much like a knock-off of Aliens or various zombie-film franchises, but the film's intensity and respect for character set it above sadistic shlock like the Saw films. -- Holman

· THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA 3 stars (PG-13) Anne Hathaway plays a recent grad and aspiring journalist who gets a job at the high fashion Runway magazine where she is tortured by boss-from-hell Meryl Streep, whose wondrously snarky performance steals the show. But this film quickly unspools into a tiresomem bottom-of-the-barrel teen film instructing us that fashion is shallow and meaningless and we were silly girls to believe otherwise. -- Feaster

· GABRIELLE (Not Rated) Isabelle Huppert and Pascal Gregory star in this French drama about fraying marriage, based on Joseph Conrad's short story "The Return."

· THE GROOMSMEN (R) Edward Burns, the writer/director/star of The Brothers McMullen and other even less memorable films, fulfills triple duty again as a bridegroom who, along with his four attendants (Donal Logue, Matthew Lillard, John Leguizamo and Jay Mohr), wrestle with masculine maturity issues.

· HOW TO EAT FRIED WORMS (PG) Based on Thomas Rockwell's book, this film depicts an 11-year-old boy (Luke Benwald) who accepts a bully's challenge to eat 10 worms in one day. Tom Cavanaugh and Kimberly Williams co-star.

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