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ART & COPY (NR) Fans of “Mad Men” will want to check out the Plaza Theatre’s run of this documentary about the recent history of the advertising industry and its relationship between art and commerce. $6.50-$8. Times vary. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-873-1939.

THE BAADER-MEINHOF COMPLEX 4 stars (R) See review on p. xx.

(R) Oscar-nominated screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga makes his directorial debut with this drama starring Charlize Theron as a restaurant manager whose life becomes connected to other women in America and Mexico, including Kim Basinger.

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 3 stars (PG) See review on p. xx.

(R) See review on p. xx.

JENNIFER’S BODY (R) See review at

LORNA’S SILENCE (R) The Dardenne brothers, who directed the intriguing drama The Son, helm this film about two pretty Albanian immigrants in Belgium seeking to find better lives.

LOVE HAPPENS  (PG-13) Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart star in this romanitic drama about learning to let go and give love another chance.

REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA (R) (2008) In the not-so-distant future an organ failure epidemic devastates the planet. GeneCo, a biotech company, is able to offer transplants, but for a price. Those who cannot pay for their pricey surgeries are hunted by ruthless Repo Men. $6.50-$8. 10 p.m. Sat., Sept. 19. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-873-1939.

VISIONEERS (2008) In a world where people are literally exploding due to unhappiness, George Washington Winsterhammerman (Zach Galifianakis) is forced to re-evaluate his mundane existance. Donations appreciated. 8 p.m. Sat., Sept. 19. Eydrum, 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive S.E., Suite 8. 404-522-0655.

NOLLYWOOD BABYLON (NR) (2008) This film — directed, written and photographed by Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal — introduces the viewer to the mystical yet modern world of Nigerian cinema. $3-$5. Times vary. Sept. 16-22. Cinfest Film Theatre, Georgia State University, University Center, Suite 240. 404-413-1798.

9 3 stars
(PG-13) In a post-apocalyptic city, robotic ragdolls, including inquisitive 9 (voiced by Elijah Wood), fight off the remnants of the war machines that destroyed humanity. With so many computer-animated cartoon features devoted to pop-savvy kiddie comedies about talking animals, it’s refreshing to see a CGI adventure with a unique vision. Director Shane Acker’s vision of jerry-rigged, Rube Goldberg-style inventions and landscapes can be fascinating. That said, 9 is PG-13 for a reason, and may be too intense for little kids and too dark for many adults. It’s like Pinocchio vs. Terminator. — Curt Holman

A PERFECT GETAWAY (R) Cliff and Cydney (Steve Zahn and Milla Jovovich) are an adventurous young couple celebrating their honeymoon by backpacking to one of the most beautiful — and remote — beaches in Hawaii. Hiking the wild, secluded trails, they believe they’ve found paradise. But when the pair comes across a group of frightened hikers discussing the horrifying murder of another newlywed couple on the islands, they begin to question whether they should turn back.


ALIENS IN THE ATTIC (PG-13) Aliens in the Attic, co-scripted by one of the writers of Madagascar and the Academy Award-winning Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbits, is an adventure/comedy about kids on a family vacation who must fight off an attack by knee-high alien invaders with world-destroying ambitions — while the youngsters' parents remain clueless about the battle.

BIG FAN 4 stars (R) “Paul from Long Island” (Patton Oswalt), a parking lot attendant and obsessed fan of the New York Giants, has a life-changing encounter with a star linebacker (Jonathan Hamm). Writer/director Robert D. Siegel also wrote the screenplay for The Wrestler and shows a similar insight to the subcultures and rituals of sports culture. Oswalt gives Paul a compulsiveness comparable to his voice performance in Ratatouille and offers a grim character study of an individual who can’t imagine a better life. — Holman 

CARRIERS (PG-13) Star Trek’s Chris Pine, Piper Perabo and Christopher Meloni star in this horror film about four friends attempting to flee from a viral pandemic.

THE COUNTRY TEACHER 2 stars (R) A natural sciences teacher (Pavel Liska) leaves his Prague prep school to teach at a small rural school and forms a bond with a widowed cattle herder (Zuzana Bydzovská) and her troubled teenage son (Ladislav Sedivý). Bydzovská nearly carries The Country Teacher on her own sturdy shoulders, and director Bohdan Sláma films the farm scenes with sunshiney cinematography that finds the beauty in country life without sugar-coating its realities. Despite building to moments of real tenderness, the title character's passivity and the script's heavy-handed metaphors make the film a sleepy experience. — Curt Holman

THE FINAL DESTINATION (R) The fourth and allegedly "final" film in the Final Destination series follows a group of young people who avoid a disaster at a race track, only to fall prey to more outlandish demises after the fact. Presented in 3-D at participating theaters, so you can feel like stuff is flying right at your head.



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