AFTER THE WEDDING 3 stars (R) One of this year's Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language film, this Danish drama depicts a schoolteacher in India (Casino Royale's bad guy Mads Mikkelsen) who returns to his native Denmark to woo a potential philanthropist and discovers family ties he didn't know he had at a wedding. Thanks to the cast's realistic responses to some melodramatic plot points and Susanne Bier's energetic storytelling, After the Wedding combines fish-out-of-water humor and heated family conflicts without feeling like a Danish soap opera. -- Curt Holman
FAY GRIM 1 star (NR) See review.
SHREK THE THIRD (PG) This third installment of the DreamWorks animated series finds everyone's favorite ogre, Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers), and his lady friend, Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz), reluctantly ruling over the land of "Far, Far Away." New voice cast includes Justin Timberlake and Amy Sedaris. (For a review, visit atlanta.creativeloafing.com and click on Flicks.)
DREAMING LHASA A young Tibetan woman's trip to New York to make a film about the Tibetan diaspora becomes one of self-discovery in this film directed by Tenzing Sonam. Film Festival of India. Fri., May 18, 8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. $4-$5. 404-733-4570. www.high.org.
JOYEUX NOËL (NR) (2005) Writer/director Christian Carion based his film on the true stories of the 1914 World War I ceasefire along the front lines that occurred on Christmas Eve. In German with subtitles. Wed., May 23, 7 p.m. Goethe Zentrum, 1197 Peachtree St. $3-$4. 404-892-2388. www.german-institute.org.
OMKARA Contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello, set in an Indian village. Film Festival of India. Sat., May 19, 8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. $4-$5. 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. Midnight Fri. at Lefont Plaza Theatre and Sat. at Peachtree Cinema & Games, Norcross.
28 WEEKS LATER 3 stars (R) Following the outbreak of the "rage" virus in Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later that turned most of the population of mainland Britain into crazed berserkers, this sequel takes up after the crisis has passed -- or so it seems. Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo may surpass Boyle's ability to craft jittery, unnerving thrill scenes, but the script's harsh anti-U.S. sensibility relies on plot points too nonsensical to be easily ignored in the film's last half-hour. -- Holman
AIR GUITAR NATION 4 stars (R) Hilariously irreverent, this documentary from director Alexandra Lipsitz follows two extremely gregarious, animated New York competitors at the U.S. Air Guitar competition as they travel to the birthplace of all air guitar, Oulu, Finland -- home of an international championship where invisible ax-playing is taken very seriously. A silly, very entertaining exploration of an obscure art form with some of the goofy charm of one of Christopher Guest's best mockumentaries. -- Felicia Feaster
AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE COLON MOVIE FILM FOR THEATERS 2 stars (R) A bickering milkshake, meatball and box of french fries become embroiled in a power struggle over a piece of exercise equipment that might destroy the world. That said, the plot is pretty much beside the point, and it's a blind leap to assume there even IS a point. This big-screen adaptation of "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" shows heroic integrity by staying true to the surreal gags and aggressive nonsequiturs of Adult Swim, and makes practically no concessions to the uninitiated or nonstoned. The Mooninites (feisty aliens with deadpan voices and Atari-era animation) remain hilarious creations, but trying to stretch out the humor of a 12-minute "Aqua Teen" episode to the length of a feature film feels like trying to make a full meal out of vending-machine snack food. -- Holman
ARE WE DONE YET? 2 stars (PG) In this modern interpretation of the 1948 postwar classic Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House family man Nick Persons (Ice Cube) moves from a city apartment to a drool-worthy country mansion but finds himself and his house wrapped around the finger of an outlandish local contractor (a genuinely uproarious John C. McGinley). The laughs are few and far between, though Ice Cube's scowl and introverted, impacted emotions come in handy in expressing homeowner building angst. -- Feaster
AWAY FROM HER 5 stars (PG-13) An exceptionally accomplished and thoughtful directorial debut feature from the actress Sarah Polley. An absolutely luminous Julie Christie delivers one of the best performances of her career as a Canadian woman suffering from Alzheimer's Disease, who along with her husband (Gordon Pinsent) makes the difficult decision to enter a nursing home. What happens after she does is unpredictable, emotionally harrowing and an incredibly moving statement about marriage, old age, death and dying. -- Feaster
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