Short Subjectives 

Capsule reviews of recently reviewed movies

Opening Friday

CRAZY LOVE 3 stars (PG-13) See review.

CHALK 3 stars (NR) See review.

DAY WATCH 2 stars (R) See review.

DOA: DEAD OR ALIVE (PG-13) Adapted from the best-selling video game, this Corey Yuen action thriller stars Devon Aoki as one of four amazon women who fight each other to the death on a remote exotic island. Co-stars Jaime Pressly (TV's "My Name Is Earl").

FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER (PG) Following the decidedly underwhelming 2005 feature, director Tim Story takes another whack at Marvel Comics' famed superteam. This time the villain is the Silver Surfer (voiced by Laurence Fishburne), who slaloms through the stars as the herald to a planet-eating menace. Stars Jessica Alba, Ioan Gruffud and Michael Chiklis.

NANCY DREW (PG) See review.

TRIALS OF DARRYL HUNT (NR) In this documentary about the wrongful conviction in a rape/murder case, filmmakers Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg (In My Corner) offer a glimpse into the Deep South. Personal narratives provide insight into the racial bias that still plagues the community and its legal system.

Duly Noted

THE ANIMATION SHOW 4 stars (NR) "Everything will be OK," the outrageously funny, unnervingly dark short from "Rejected" filmmaker Don Hertzfeldt, serves as the stand-out in this handpicked anthology from Hertzfeldt and "King of the Hill" creator Mike Judge. June 15-28. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. 404-651-3565.

BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969) (NR) This revisionist Western comedy, which served as the prototype of the buddy film for future films, stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, respectively. Screen on the Green. June 14 at dusk. Piedmont Park meadow near 10th Street and Monroe Drive. Free. 404-878-2600.

FANFAN LA TULIPE (1952) (NR) The young French rogue, Fanfan, played by Gérard Philipe, joins the army after a fortune teller predicts he is destined for a king's daughter. Discovering that his fortune is a farce does not discourage Fanfan from trying to win the princess's love. June 16. High Museum, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4955.

FUNNY GIRL (1968) The fictionalized biopic of comedienne Fanny Brice, played by Barbra Streisand, chronicling her life from her early days in the slums of the Lower East Side of Manhattan to the height of her career as a star in the Ziegfield Follies. Co-stars Omar Sharif. Screen on the Green. Thurs., June 21 at dusk. Piedmont Park meadow near 10th Street and Monroe Drive. Free. 404-878-2600.

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.

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER John Travolta rocks the discotheque dance floor in the 1977 classic directed by John Badham. Mon., June 18. at 7:30 p.m. Fox Theatre 660 Peachtree St. $7. 404-881-2100.


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. Under U.S. military control, English civilians such as a haunted father (Robert Carlyle) and his two children (Imogen Poots and Mackintosh Muggleton) move back to a London safe zone until all hell breaks loose again. Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo may surpass Boyle's ability to craft unnerving thrill scenes, but the script's harsh anti-U.S. sensibility relies on plot points too nonsensical to be ignored in the film's last half-hour. -- Holman

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. -- Holman

AWAY FROM HER5 stars (PG-13) An exceptionally accomplished and thoughtful directorial debut feature from the actress Sarah Polley. A 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. Not to be missed. -- Felicia Feaster


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