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OPENING WEDNESDAY
ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS (PG) In the third, 3-D entry in the Ice Age franchise, the wisecracking prehistoric mammals discover a subterranean realm populated by dinosaurs. Simon Pegg joins the vocal team of Ray Romano, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, et. al.

PUBLIC ENEMIES (R) See review.

OPENING FRIDAY
HARVARD BEATS YALE 29-29
(NR)

MOON (R) See review.

WHATEVER WORKS (PG-13) See review.

DULY NOTED

GREASE (1978) 4 stars (PG-13) Danny Zuko, leader of the greaser gang "T-Birds" of Rydell High, falls in love with a goody-two-shoes girl named Sandy Olsson over the summer. They thought she'd be leaving and never see each other again, but to their luck ... she begins to attend Rydell High. She is immediately accepted into the "Pink Ladies" and shortly Danny and her re-meet. Danny seems to have changed but in the hopes of winning Sandy back, he transforms into the loving jock that Sandy met during the summer permanently. Free. Dusk (8:45-9 p.m.). Thurs., July 2. Movie and the Market. Central Park in Atlantic Station. http://www.affps.com/movies/index.html

MR BEAN'S HOLIDAY (2007) 3 stars (Rated G) Mr. Bean enters a church raffle and wins a vacation to France as well as a camcorder. After boarding a Eurostar train and arriving in Paris, the French language proves a barrier for Bean, as he struggles to get across the city to catch a train to the south of France from the Gare de Lyon. Taking time to order a meal, he finds the consumption of a seafood platter to be a challenge. Just before catching his train, he asks Emil, a Russian film director on his way to be a judge at the Cannes Film Festival, to use his camcorder to record his boarding, but accidentally causes Emil to be left behind at the station.  Free-$7. 10 a.m. Tues.-Thurs., July 7-9. South DeKalb Stadium 12 & Jazz Bar. 2801 Candler Road. 404-243-3606. http://www.affps.com/movies/index.html

SPIKE & MIKE’S SICK AND TWISTED ANIMATION (NR) Twenty-six animated shorts to make you squirm. July 3-10. The Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave. 404-873-1939. http://www.plazaatlanta.com/.

CONTINUING

ADORATION 3 stars (R) An orphaned Canadian teenager (Devon Bostick) delivers a personal account of his parents' involvement in an act of attempted terrorism, but nothing is as it seems. The Sweet Hereafter director Atom Egoyan can be enormously effective at presenting an initial enigma and gradually revealing the truth and different layers of meaning, and the nuanced performances from Bostick and Arsinée Khanjian give the film a rich emotional texture. Adoration's themes of online communities, digital imagery and terrorism prove comparable to the work of novelist Don DeLillo, who also explores the lives of contemporary North Americans alienated by the powerful forces of modernity. — Curt Holman

ANGELS & DEMONS 2 stars (PG-13) In Rome, a Harvard symbologist (Tom Hanks) and a young physicist (Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer) race the clock during a papal election, a hostage crisis and the countdown until a stolen speck of antimatter could wipe out Vatican City. This follow-up to The Da Vinci Code features a faster pace yet a less compelling historical conspiracy. It’s hard to get the sense that Hanks, director Ron Howard or anyone else involved in the production felt passionately about the material, except maybe for the set designers and art directors. Who would guess that Angels & Demons would have more corpses than Wolverine and more technobabble than Star Trek? — Holman

AWAY WE GO 3 stars (R) "The Offfice's" John Krasinski and "Saturday Night Live's" Maya Rudolph play an unmarried bohemian couple who travel across the continent to pick out a place where they can raise their unborn child. Written by the husband-and-wife novelist team of Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida, the comedy's structure emulates the Ben Stiller comedy Flirting with Disaster as the couple encounter broadly comedic bad parents in other cities, most memorably Maggie Gyllenhaal as a feminist who takes attachment parenting to a kooky new level. Director Sam Mendes takes a change of pace from Revolutionary Road's portrait of a hellish marriage, but the film's scruffy charms barely conceal its lack of substance. — Holman

BIG MAN JAPAN  3 stars (PG-13) This cuckoo-bananas riff on Japan’s giant monster genre offers a mockumentary of Sato (director Hitoshi Matsumoto), a depressed Tokyo resident who we eventually discover is the latest in a line of superpowered national guardians. The film’s deadpan realism gives way to intentionally cheesy fight scenes whenever Sato jolts himself with electricity and fights mind-bogglingly surreal monsters. The film contains intriguing themes of dysfunctional families and superhero satire, although the faux-documentary form unravels and the last 10 minutes take an utterly insane turn seemingly designed to baffle the audience. — Holman

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