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Capsule reviews of recently released movies

NOTE: To find  full reviews of these movies by CL critics, click on the title with a link where applicable.

Opening Friday

CAPTIVITY (R) Elisha Cuthbert (House of Wax) plays a fashion model abducted, held against her will and tortured in Roland Joffé's (The Killing Fields) thriller.

INTRODUCING THE DWIGHTS (R) From director Cherie Nowlan comes a comedy about a man (Khan Chittenden) who learns to deal with the volatile emotions of the women in his life when his dream girl (Emma Booth) clashes with his overbearing mother (Brenda Blethyn).

JOSHUA (R) See review. 2 stars

RESCUE DAWN (PG-13) See review. 5 stars

TALK TO ME (R) Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou) delivers a thoughtful and highly amusing bio-picture about the astounding rise and fall of Petey Greene (Don Cheadle), the charismatic 1960s ex-con turned DJ. The story also follows radio exec Dewey Hughes (Chiewetel Ejiofor), who with Greene provided a voice to black Americans from a Washington, D.C., radio pulpit. Cheadle is mesmerizing, and Lemmons’ film is a needed reminder of both the smaller voices lost in the bluster of history and a politically resonant expression of the need to speak out, now more than ever. 4 stars -- Felicia Feaster

THE TREATMENT (NR) See review. 3 stars

TRIAD ELECTION (NR) See review. 3 stars

YOU KILL ME (R) Ben Kingsley and Téa Leoni team up as a recovering-alcoholic hit man and his supportive girlfriend, respectively, in John Dahl's killer comedy co-starring Luke Wilson and Bill Pullman.

Duly Noted

DREAMGIRLS (PG-13) Based on the Broadway musical, Bill Condon's rousing film adaptation parallels the rise of a fractious girl group inspired by the Supremes with the changes in African-American culture in the 1960s and 1970s. Playing a role based on Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jamie Foxx virtually drives the plot but lacks a show-stopping number of his own, hinting that there's a hole in the material. It's still a delightfully cast show, featuring Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy and Oscar winnerr Jennifer Hudson as a demanding, discarded diva. Flicks on 5th. Wed., July 18 at dusk. Georgia Tech, Technology Square. 404-894-2805. 4 stars -- Curt Holman

GOYA'S GHOST (R) Set at the end of the Spanish Inquisition and the beginning of Napoleon's invasion, Goya's Ghost reflects the grim reality of war and life in 18th century Spain as seen in the work of Spanish painter Francisco Goya (Stellan Skarsgård). The movie, directed by Milos Forman and told from Goya's perspective, co-stars Natalie Portman and Javier Bardem. Fri., July 13 at 8 p.m. The High Museum. 404-733-4400.

THE HOST (R) The monstrous host of an unknown virus comes to life with state-of-the-art special effects courtesy of Weta Workshop (Lord of the Rings) and the Orphanage (Sin City) in Boon Joon Ho's Korean thriller. June 29-July 12. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. 404-651-3565.

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. 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.


1408 (PG-13) Stephen King's twisted mind and extensive collection spawn yet another horror flick, brought to life this time by Swedish director Mikael Håfström, Samuel L. Jackson and John Cusack, who plays a skeptical horror novelist checking into the Dolphin Hotel's infamous room 1408.

28 WEEKS LATER (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. 3 stars -- Holman

ANGEL-A (R) Set in Paris, Luc Besson's eccentric black-and-white rom-com stars Jamel Debbouze as Andre, an out-of-luck criminal, and Rie Rasmussen as Angela, the mysterious woman who pledges her loyalty and service to Andre after he saves her life.

DAYWATCH (R) Like Russia's answer to the cheesy, faux-Gothic Crow or Highlander franchises, Daywatch, like its predecessor Nightwatch, features the murky, portentous exploits of supernatural beings in contemporary cities. The second installment features some welcome humor (including a terrific bit with hero Konstantin Khabensky switching bodies with a female colleague), but the film's second half turns both ponderous and shrill. 2 stars -- Holman

DISTURBIA (PG-13) A likable but troubled teen (Shia LaBeouf) under house arrest turns self-appointed neighborhood watch and suspects the guy next door (David Morse) of being a murderer. Director D.J. Caruso proves interested in the voyeuristic POV shots of the premise, at least as a technical exercise, and LaBeouf and Morse lend snap to their roles. Despite being a transparent Hitchcock imitation, Disturbia persuasively argues that the time may be ripe to revisit Rear Window's themes, thanks to advances in picture phones, digital cameras and other gadgets of the YouTube generation. 3 stars -- Holman


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