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Capsule reviews of recently released films

Opening Friday

BECOMING JANE (PG-13) Director Julian Jarrold's historically based romance provides the context for Jane Austen's writing in a love affair between the famous British author (Anne Hathaway) and Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy).


BROOKLYN RULES (R) Michael (Freddie Prinze Jr.) narrates the story of about growing up with friends on the tough streets of Brooklyn in Michael Corrente's coming-of-age drama co-starring Alec Baldwin and Scott Caan.

COLMA: THE MUSICAL 3 stars (PG-13) See review.

GOYA'S GHOST 3 stars (PG-13) See review.

HOT ROD (PG-13) "Saturday Night Live" newcomer Andy Samberg hits the big screen as a clumsy, moped-riding daredevil in "SNL" writer Akiva Schaffer's action comedy.

EL CANTANTE (R) Spanning roughly 30 years, Leon Ichaso's biopic drama chronicles the rise of the Puerto Rican Salsa singer Hector Lavoy and stars Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez.

UNDERDOG (PG) Comic actor Jason Lee lends his voice to the rhyming canine who saves the day in Frederik Du Chau's comedy inspired by the original Saturday-morning cartoon.

Duly Noted

FAY GRIM 1 star (R) Parker Posey stars in Hal Hartley's sequel to Henry Fool. Cinefest, Georgia State University Center, 44 Courtland St., Suite 240. 404-413-1798.

IMAX THEATER The Alps Follow John Harlin III in MacGillivray Freeman's visually breathtaking documentary as he attempts to climb the same summit that proved fatal to his father 40 years ago. Coral Reef Adventure IMAX cameras travel farther than ever before to capture underwater images of the Pacific Ocean's beautiful coral reefs for this documentary. Fernbank Museum of Natural History IMAX Theater, 767 Clifton Road. 404-929-6300.

ISIDORE BETHEL Film Screening Eyedrum presents a night of 11 films by young Atlanta filmmaker Isadore Bethel. $5. Fri., Aug. 3. 8 p.m. Eyedrum, 290 MLK Jr. Drive, Suite 8. 404-522-0655.

THE LIVES OF OTHERS 4 stars (R) Despite being set in recent history, The Lives of Others is also a cautionary tale, offering a possible window into our own future for its message about the life-sapping potential of a government that puts power above its human citizens. Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's engrossing Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film follows an East Berlin secret policeman or "Stasi" as he suffers his first twinge of guilt over spying on and subsequently destroying the lives of his fellow Germans. When he is ordered to spy on a playwright and his girlfriend, Capt. Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe) begins to sympathize with them. The Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-873-1939. -- Felicia Feaster

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.


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.

ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE (R) Boyish infatuation with Mandy Lane's (Amber Heard) girlish figure leads to obsession and murder on the part of one admirer in Jonathan Levine's horror movie.

BLACK SHEEP 2 stars (R) The lambs don't stop screaming in this horror parody from New Zealand when genetic engineering leads to man-eating sheep as well as part-human muttony mutants. For a while the one-joke film proves highly amusing, but the novelty wears off, leaving only juvenile gross-outs and too-easy bestiality gags. Baaah. -- Curt Holman

CAPTIVITY (R) Elisha Cuthbert (The Girl Next Door, House of Wax) plays Jennifer, a fashion model abducted, held against her will and tortured in a thriller from Roland Joffe (The Killing Fields).

EAGLE VS. SHARK (R) A hopelessly romantic waitress (Loren Horsley) falls for an overly vengeful video-game clerk (Jemaine Clement) in writer/director Taika Cohen's quirky love story.

EVAN ALMIGHTY 2 stars (PG) In this superficial yarn, selfish freshman congressman Evan Baxter (Steve Carell) finds his political career derailed by a holy decree from God (Morgan Freeman) to build an ark. A crass attempt to get the fundamentalists and progressives on the same page, this misguided comedy about environmentalism-through-Scripture suggests Close Encounters of the Third Kind meets Mr. Smith Goes to Washington without either film's integrity or skills. -- Feaster

EVENING 2 stars (PG-13) From a novel by chronicler of WASP angst Susan Minot, Evening follows the various bees in the bonnets of an upper-crust Yankee clan on the 1950s weekend of their youngest daughter's (Mamie Gummer, Meryl Streep's daughter) marriage. The story flashes back and forth between the present, as Ann (Vanessa Redgrave) lies dying of cancer, and that fateful weekend when she was a young bohemian bridesmaid (Claire Danes) observing the strange rituals of the rich. Despite a powerhouse cast including Toni Collette, Meryl Streep, Natasha Richardson and Glenn Close this is all very tepid, uninvolving stuff. -- Feaster

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