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Capsule reviews of recently reviewed movies

Opening Friday

AVENUE MONTAIGNE See review.

BLADES OF GLORY (PG-13) 3 stars. See review.

THE LOOKOUT (R) Drama directed by Scott Frank (Academy Award-nominated screenwriter for Out of Sight) follows Chris Pratt (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a once-promising high school athlete who becomes mentally impaired after a tragic accident. After finding work as a janitor, Chris becomes part of a heist at a bank that employs him. Co-stars Jeff Daniels (The Squid and the Whale) and Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers).

MEET THE ROBINSONS (G) Schoolboy inventor travels to the future and meets a lovably eccentric family. This computer-animated family flick is based on A Day With Wilbur Robinson by William Joyce, whose playfully retro children's books inspired the kid's shows "Rolie Polie Olie" and "George Shrinks," not to mention the cool designs of Robots.

THE NAMESAKE See review.

THE PAGE TURNER (NR) A former piano prodigy (Deborah Francois) becomes a page turner for the concert pianist who ruined her chances as a child in this revenge drama directed by Denis Dercourt.

OPENING WEDNESDAY, April 4

FIREHOUSE DOG (PG) A pampered Hollywood pooch gets separated from his owner and ends up as the mascot of a hapless fire station where he helps a 12-year-old boy (Josh Hutcherson) and his fire-chief dad turn the station into the city's finest. Directed by Todd Holland.

OPENING THURSDAY, April 5

THE REAPING (R) A former Christian missionary (Hilary Swank) turned world-renowned expert in disproving religious phenomena becomes baffled by Biblical plagues in a small Louisiana town in a thriller directed by Stephen Hopkins (The Life and Death of Peter Sellers).

Duly Noted

BON COP, BAD COP (2006) Eric Canuel directed this comedy about two mismatched police officers -- one an uptight, English-speaking, by-the-book cop from Ontario, the other a rule-breaking, French-speaking cowboy from Quebec. The duo is forced to work together on a hockey-related murder investigation after a body is found splayed over a billboard bordering the two provinces. In English and French with subtitles. Celebrating Francophonie. March 29, 8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Theatre. 1280 Peachtree St. $7. 404-733-4570. www.high.org.

CRIES AND WHISPERS (1972) Ingmar Bergman's classic family drama set in the late 1800s explores the sibling rivalry among three sisters. In Swedish with subtitles. March 28, 8 p.m., Emory University, White Hall 205, Dowman Drive. 404-727-6761. www.filmstudies.emory.edu.

IRIS (2001) Fact-based drama of the lifelong romance between novelist Iris Murdoch (Dame Judi Dench) and her husband, John Bayley (Jim Broadbent), from their college days through her battle with Alzheimer's disease. Followed by a lecture from Allan Levey, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Emory University's Center for Neurodegenerative Disease and Alzheimer's Disease Center and part of the Atlanta-based Center for Behavioral Neuroscience. April 3, 6:45 p.m. Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road. Free. 404-929-6400. www.fernbank.edu.

THE RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE (1943) The Silver Scream Spookshow presents this knockoff of Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi as a vampire stalking war-torn London with a werewolf assistant. March 31, 1 and 9:30 p.m. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave., $6-$10. 404-873-1939. www.plazaatlanta.com.

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.

Continuing

300 (R) 4 stars. In 480 B.C., 300 Spartan warriors stand against an army of hundreds of thousands in an ultraviolent action epic that makes the Hercules and Conan movies look like flailing slap-fights. Like Sin City, it's based on a macho graphic novel by Frank Miller and all the backgrounds are computer-generated; unlike Sin City, the painterly images don't overwhelm the emotional investment of such actors as Gerard Butler and Lena Headey as Sparta's king and queen. If it plays like the biggest Army recruiting commercial ever made (particularly given that the bad guys are Iranians -- I mean, Persians), 300 nevertheless conquers its own overwrought tendencies to offer a thrilling, larger-than-life spectacle. -- Curt Holman

AMAZING GRACE (PG) 3 stars. Director Michael Apted (49 Up) examines the attempts of British reformers in Parliament led by William Wilberforce (Ioan Gruffudd) to end the Empire's slave trade toward the end of the 18th century. While Apted's own attempts to quicken the film's extended storyline spanning nearly two decades by using flashbacks falls a bit short, the compelling subject matter and Gruffudd's earnest performance are engaging enough. Veteran British actors Albert Finney and Michael Gambon lend a capable hand in supporting roles, with Finney playing a repentant slave-ship captain who eventually penned the famous gospel song of the movie's title. -- David Lee Simmons

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