· THE GOSPEL 2 stars. (PG-13) Atlanta filmmaker Rob Hardy wrote and directed this heavy-handed tale of an R&B star who returns to his estranged father's church seeking redemption. Some soaring numbers from some of gospel music's biggest stars and a charismatic performance from "The Wire's" Idris Elba as an ambitious, media-savvy pastor provide the brightest spots in this unsubtle retelling of the prodigal son parable. -- Curt Holman
· EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED 4 stars. (PG-13) See review.
· IN HER SHOES (PG-13) In this adaptation of the popular chick-lit novel, Cameron Diaz and Toni Colette play polar opposite sisters who bond when they meet the grandmother (Shirley MacLaine) they never knew they had.
· MEMORY OF A KILLER (R) Called The Alzheimer Case in its native Belgium, this police thriller follows two police detectives on the trail of a ruthless murderer, despite the senior partner's memory-impairing illness.
· THUMBSUCKER 5 stars. (R) See review.
· TWO FOR THE MONEY (R) Gambling and con games figure into this tale starring Matthew McConaughey as a former college football star whose skill at predicting the outcome of sporting events attracts the interest of Al Pacino's hustling sports consultant. It sounds like the Pacino-Keanu Reeves dynamic in The Devil's Advocate, only this time Pacino's probably not literally Satan.
· WAITING ... (R) This raunchy comedy stars Ryan Reynolds, Anna Faris and Justin Long as the restless, partying, sex-obsessed waitstaff of a chain restaurant called "Shenanigan's."
· WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT (G) See review.
· HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE 4 stars. (2004) (PG) In industrial-era Europe, a repressed shop girl becomes transformed into an elderly (but spunky) woman after getting embroiled with feuding wizards. Hayao Miyazaki, the world's greatest living director of animated films, offers some wild, whimsical variations on themes similar to his Oscar-winning Spirited Away, in which another spellbound girl found romance, empowerment and outlandish monsters. At times, the rules of Miyazaki's world can be confusing, but the director rightly appreciates that the magic of a story often lies in its mystery. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). Thurs., Oct. 6. Call for times. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. 404-651-3565. www2.gsu.edu/~wwwcft. -- Holman
· LENI RIEFENSTAHL: HER DREAMS OF AFRICA (2001) (NR) Ray Müller's documentary follows legendary, 98-year-old German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl's journey to find her friends in the Nuba tribe of the strife-ridden Sudan. Film Retrospective: Leni Riefenstahl. $3-$4. Wed., Oct. 12, 7 p.m. Goethe-Institut Atlanta, 1197 Peachtree St. 404-892-2388. www.goethe.de/atlanta.
· LIGHTING THE SPACE: FILMS BY GORDON MATTA-CLARK AND ANTHONY MCCALL (NR) The first in a five-part series about the use of light in artists' films features a program from 1970s "anarchitect" Gordon Matta-Clark and his visions of cities. Available Light. Fri., Oct. 7, 8 p.m. Eyedrum, 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite 8. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org.
· ON-OFF (NR) The second in a five-part series about the use of light in artists' films features a program of historic and new works (from such artists as Chris Welsby and Hollis Frampton) that pointedly use the absence of light. Available Light. Fri. Oct. 7, 8 p.m. Eyedrum, 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite 8. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org.
· OFF TO WAR (NR) This public screening of the season premiere of the Discovery Times Channel's original series follows the soldiers of the 39th Brigade of the Arkansas National Guard as they journey from Arkansas to Baghdad. Free. Tues., Oct. 11, 7 p.m. Hands on Atlanta, 600 Means St. 404-979-2876. www.handsonatlanta.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. 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.
· ROMA (2004) (NR) An exiled author regales a young journalist with 40 years of political and romantic adventures that span modern Argentine history. Latin American Film Festival. Free. Sun., Oct. 9, 3 p.m., High Museum, Hill Auditorium, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4570. www.high.org.
· 3-IRON 3 stars. (2004) (R) South Korean director Kim Ki-duk's drama is an oddball flight of fancy about a pretty rebel on a motorcycle (Jae Hee) who squats in a succession of Seoul apartments while their occupants are away. He hooks up with a beautiful, physically abused married woman (Lee Seung-yeon) who joins him on his trespassing sleepovers. In his eerily serene, quiet film, Kim Ki-duk's lovers never speak to each other, though that is just one strange aspect of a curiouser and curiouser sugary-spooky story that feels like equal parts ghost tale and Hello Kitty. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). Oct. 7-13. Call for times. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. 404-651-3565. www2.gsu.edu/~wwwcft/. -- Felicia Feaster