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Opening Friday

· BAILEY'S BILLION$ (G) A billionaire widow's fortune goes to the dogs -- literally -- when she bequeaths her money to her favorite canine (voiced by Jon Lovitz), outraging her conniving relatives (including Tim Curry and Jennifer Tilly).

· THE BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY (R) This U.S./Norwegian co-production explores the consequences of the Vietnam War from the perspective of a young Amerasian man (Damien Nguyen) trying to track down his American father. Featuring Nick Nolte, Tim Roth and Bai Ling.

· THE BEST OF YOUTH (R) See review.

· BROKEN FLOWERS HH (R) See review.

· THE DUKES OF HAZZARD H (PG-13) See review.

Duly Noted

· BATMAN BEGINS (PG-13) Memento director Christopher Nolan and American Psycho actor Christian Bale prove a perfectly matched dynamic duo as they explore the psychological trauma that turned millionaire orphan Bruce Wayne into a masked vigilante. Nolan and Bale bring undeniably gritty intensity to the film's first half, but as it works to its conclusion, it's hard to overlook the silliness of the villains' evil scheme or the miscasting of too-cute Katie Holmes as a tough district attorney. It's still the best Batman movie ever made, and the only one in which the Caped Crusader, instead of his villains, is the star. Area theaters, and Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival, Mon., Aug. 8, 8 p.m. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. $7. 404-817-8700. 3 stars. -- Curt Holman

· THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998) (R) An aging slacker (Jeff Bridges) and his bowling buddies (John Goodman, Steve Buscemi) become embroiled in a kidnapping plot among Los Angeles' rich and artsy. For their follow-up to the Oscar-winning Fargo, the Coen Brothers seem to have emptied their notebooks of amusing one-liners and weird images for a finished product that's well-polished but utterly inconsequential. Drive Insanity, Sun., Aug. 7, dusk. Starlight Drive-In Theatre, 2000 Moreland Ave. $6. 404-627-5786. 3 stars. -- Holman

· DISCO DOLLS IN HOT SATIN IN 3D (X) Also known as Blonde Emanuelle, this skin-flick about a nightclub owner and his old flame stars John Holmes and Serena. If you always thought Casablanca would have be better as a 3-D porno film from the 1970s, look no further. Glasses provided. Fri.-Sat., Aug. 5-6, midnight. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive. 678-495-1424.

· GREASE (1978) (PG) If you missed hearing "Summer Nights" under a summer night's sky at Screen on the Green, here's another chance to catch an open-air viewing of the John Travolta/Olivia Newton-John musical. The adaptation of the silly Broadway show celebrates the 1950s so cheerfully, it makes "Happy Days" look like The Warriors. Cinema on the Square. Sat., Aug. 6, sundown. Decatur Square. Free.

· MOTOR HOME MASSACRE (NR) This Atlanta-based production offers a tongue-in-cheek perspective on the venerable genre of slashers stalking horny teenagers. The soundtrack features local musicians the Truckadelics, Acres and Tapestry. Thurs., Aug. 4, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Lefont Plaza Theater, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. $6-$8.

· 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.

· STAR WARS EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH (PG-13) George Lucas gets his Sith together for the fast-paced, thematically dark and politically pointed final chapter of his space-opera saga. As Darth Vader-to-be, Hayden Christensen still comes across as a Hitler Youth Mark Hamill, but his adolescent-sized angst doesn't diminish the film's increasingly apocalyptic tone. Though the nonstop battle scenes (Droids! Wookies! Duplicitous heads of state!) make the film feel like an intense video game, the dark subject matter gives weight to the sci-fi swashbuckling. Area theaters, and Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival, Mon.-Tues., Aug. 8-9, 8 p.m. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. $7. 404-817-8700. 4 stars.-- Holman

· TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE (R) "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone jerk the chain of every possible viewer in this overblown action flick and political satire entirely populated by wooden-headed marionettes. A globe-trotting, flag-waving U.S. anti-terrorist team provides an outrageous parody of American intervensionism, while outspoken left-wingers like Alec Baldwin receive equally savage treatment. Parker and Stone achieve their funniest jokes with dead-on lampoons of Hollywood shoot-em-ups, but Team America also serves as the ideal joke to defuse the bitterness of the current political climate. Drive Insanity, Sun., Aug. 7, dusk. Starlight Drive-In Theatre, 2000 Moreland Ave. $6. 404-627-5786. 4 stars. -- Holman


· APRES VOUS (R) In this goofy, escapist French black comedy Antoine (a delightful Daniel Auteuil) is a self-assured, respected waiter in an upscale French brassiere who rescues a despondent stranger Louis (Jose Garcia) from a suicide attempt and ends up thoroughly enmeshed in the man's life. The well-intentioned Antoine eventually secures the bumbling depressive a job as the sommelier at his restaurant and even, disastrously, tries to reunite him with his former girlfriend. In the usual screwball comedy fashion, every good deed is rewarded with a domino effect of ensuing chaos, enough to drive even patient, decent Antoine to despair. 3 stars. -- Felicia Feaster


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