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Capsule reviews of recently released films

Opening Wednesday

MUSIC AND LYRICS (PG-13) In this romantic comedy, Hugh Grant plays a 1980s one-hit wonder who teams with a younger lyricist (Drew Barrymore) to write a hit pop song for a teen idol. Written and directed by Marc Lawrence, co-writer of Miss Congeniality.


Opening Friday

BECKET (1964) 5 stars (NR) See review.

BREAKING AND ENTERING 2 stars (R) See review.

HANNIBAL RISING (R) This prequel thriller presents some of the back-story of everyone's favorite cannibal head-shrinker, Hannibal Lecter, back when he was a creepy European youth (A Very Long Engagement's Gaspard Ulliel) orphaned in World War II.

NORBIT (PG-13) A Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee for Dreamgirls, Eddie Murphy plays multiple roles, including a vulgar, obese woman and the nerd who marries her, only to meet the girl of his dreams (Thandie Newton) afterward.

INLAND EMPIRE 4 stars (R) David Lynch, 61, is at it again, this time bringing his forays into the unconscious to viewers via newfangled digital video. His reliable muse Laura Dern plays another innocent dipping into the world's dark side as an actress who finds playing a slatternly character bleeds into her real life, splitting her consciousness into two. Lynch's film bounces between Hollywood and Lodz, Poland (home of the country's national film school), reality and surreality, innocence and corruption. Even more than Mulholland Drive, Lynch's meandering waking nightmare explores the dangers ever present in a Hollywood where acting and other creative endeavors threaten to split the psyche into two. -- Felicia Feaster

Duly Noted

EVE AND THE FIRE HORSE (2005) (NR) Julie Kwan's debut film draws on her own experience growing up Chinese in Vancouver in the 1970s. Canada's Best. Sat., Feb. 10. 8 p.m., Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Theatre. 1280 Peachtree St. $7. 404-733-4570.

FLEEING BY NIGHT (2000) (NR) This love story set in Tianjin in the 1930s finds thwarted romance involving a cellist and an opera singer. Celebrating Taiwan's Cinema. Fri. Feb. 9. 8 p.m., Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Theatre. 1280 Peachtree St. $7. 404-733-4570.

MARIE ANTOINETTE 3 stars (PG-13) Eighteenth-century Versailles meets high school in Sofia Coppola's confectionery, girly-girl take on France's most famous teenage queen. Kirsten Dunst is pearly perfection as the Austrian babe traded to the French as the wife to future King of France XVI (Jason Schwartzman), who prefers his hunting-dude pals to making babies with Marie. Coppola has never failed to let her cool-girl flag fly, and her injection of '80s pop tunes and California attitude into the 18th century royal court is often a gas. But it's not enough to cover for Marie A's distinct lack of an inner life (gazing wistfully out of windows doesn't count), or some compelling take on this famous female rebel. Feb. 9-15. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565. -- Feaster

THE MESSAGE (1976) (NR) As part of Islamic Awareness Week, Cinefest presents free screenings of The Message, a controversial 1976 film about the foundation of Islam featuring Anthony Quinn, Irene Papas and Michael Ansara. Feb. 12, 14 and 16. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. Free. 404-651-3565. -- Curt Holman

THE NINTH DAY (2004) (NR) A priest released from Dachau concentration camp has nine days to convince the bishop of Luxembourg to work with the Nazi occupiers or return to imprisonment. Looking at History. Wed., Feb. 14, 7 p.m. Goethe-Institut Atlanta, 1197 Peachtree St. $3-$4. 404-894-2388.

PINKEYE QUEER MOVIE SALON (NR) For February the monthly program of gay-themed film features "Dirty South," a program of "local queer indie erotica." Wed., Feb. 14, 8 p.m. Eyedrum. 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Price TBA. 404-522-0655.

RENAISSANCE 2 stars (PG-13) In Paris of 2054, a high-tech cop (voiced by James Bond-to-be Daniel Craig) tries to track down a kidnapped geneticist. The most conspicuous feature of this European animated film is its color scheme or lack thereof: Director Christian Volckman films live actors and renders their animated doppelgangers in super-high contrast black-and-white, a striking technique that induces eyestrain after a while. Renaissance also offers a fascinating vision of futuristic Parisian architecture, but the terrible dialogue and inexpressive features flatten an the familiar sci-fi noir story. Feb. 2-8. 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.


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