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· IDLEWILD 3 stars (R) The Cotton Club meets Purple Rain in first time director Bryan Barber's Prohibition-era musical featuring Outkast's André "3000" Benjamin and Antwan A. "Big Boi" Patton. Percival (Benjamin) is the straight-laced piano player in the raucous, gin-soaked Church nightclub where his childhood friend Rooster (Patton) entertains the crowd with his lewd musical numbers and tries to wrest control of the club away from gangsters led by Hustle & Flow's Terrence Howard. Barber is an acrobatic, visually sophisticated director who blends newfangled animation and an old Hollywood sensibility and his blend of everything's new again gangster attitude with hip hop style is canny as well, though a hackneyed script keeps standing in the way of a film that only truly flies when the musical numbers are on. -- Feaster
· THE ILLUSIONIST 4 stars (PG-13) In this twisty, arresting drama set in early 20th century Vienna, Edward Norton plays a Houdini-style magician obsessed with the fiance (Jessica Biel) of the sadistic crown prince (Rufus Sewell). Some of the period-piece details prove a little unsteady, but overall writer-director Neil Burger spins a clever, compelling yarn that appreciates the power of stage magic to both seize your attention and confound your expectations. -- Holman
· IMAX THEATER Greece: Secrets of the Past (NR) This documentary explores the archeological secrets of Ancient Greece and features the Parthenon in its original glory as well as the volcanic eruption that buried the island of Santorini. Dolphins (NR): Pierce Brosnan narrates this slick look at dolphins and the bathing-suited scientists who study them. Fernbank Museum of Natural History IMAX Theater, 767 Clifton Road. 404-929-6300. www.fernbank.edu.
· INVINCIBLE 3 stars (PG) This film retells the inspiring story of Vince Papale (Mark Wahlberg) -- a broke and broken-hearted south-Philly bartender who attended an open tryout for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1976 and ended up making the team. It's not quite Rudy, but it will put a tear in your eye as you root for the underdog. -- Gardenswartz
· LA MOUSTACHE 4 stars (Not Rated) This accomplished and absolutely engrossing film based on Emmanuel Carrere's own novel recalls Michael Haneke and Hitchcock, but has a surreality all its own. In an escalating psychological vortex greatly enhanced by Philip Glass's score, husband (Vincent Lindon) and wife (Emmanuelle Devos) struggle to contend with a profound fracture in their individual versions of reality: Lindon shaves off his mustache but Devos claims he never had one to begin with. -- Feaster
· LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE 2 stars (R) When a bubbly 7-year-old (Abigail Breslin) aspires to compete in the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant, her quirky relatives (including Greg Kinnear as a failed motivational speaker and Steve Carell as a suicidal Proust scholar) take a road trip across country. Not since National Lampoon's Vacation has such a Whitman's Sampler of freaks crammed into a car, and this feather-light film only serves to prove the increasing mainstreaming of independent film. -- Feaster
· MATERIAL GIRLS (PG) Hilary Duff and her sister Haylie play rich society girls rendered penniless by a public scandal. If you like the word "celebutante," this could be the film for you.
· MIAMI VICE 2 stars (R) Detectives go under cover as drug smugglers to find an FBI mole in an international drug cartel.
· MONSTER HOUSE 2 stars (PG) Three sleuthing middle-schoolers suspect that the spooky house across the street possesses supernatural powers and a ravenous appetite for unsuspecting visitors. The haunted house looks great and the kid-characters play well with each other, but Monster House feels like a deliberate throwback to the 1980s' shrill, silly suburban adventures like The Goonies. Take that as an endorsement or a warning. -- Holman
· THE OH IN OHIO 2 stars (R) A successful Cleveland ad exec named Priscilla (Parker Posey) sees her marriage to a high school biology teacher (Paul Rudd) disintegrate due to her never having experienced an orgasm. Despite a fine cast and intriguing premise, The Oh in Ohio plays like an all-too conventional Hollywood comedy of embarrassment, particularly when Priscilla attends a masturbation class and, later, gets a little too fond of a battery powered marital aid. The script shows little insight into relationships or the psychology of sex, and generally proves about as realistic as Meg Ryan's "I'll have what she's having" scene from When Harry Met Sally. -- Holman
· PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST 3 stars (PG-13) Like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is to Raiders of the Lost Ark, this follow-up to unexpectedly clever Curse of the Black Pearl waters down the wit of its predecessor with labored slapstick and spectacle. -- Holman
· THE PUFFY CHAIR (R) A would-be rocker (played by Mark Duplass, the film's screenwriter) travels cross-country to deliver his father's reclining chair in this no-budget sleeper comedy.
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