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Bobby, Wrestling with Angels


Opening Thursday

BOBBY (R) Emilio Estevez directs this period drama about multiple storylines involving the guests at Los Angeles' Ambassador Hotel on the same day as Robert F. Kennedy's assassination June 4, 1968. The huge cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Sharon Stone, Demi Moore, Helen Hunt, Lindsay Lohan, Christian Slater and William H. Macy.

Opening Friday

WRESTLING WITH ANGELS 4 stars (NR) See review.

Duly Noted

IN LOVE WITH PARIS MOVIE MARATHON (NR) In conjunction with the Louvre Atlanta exhibition, the High Museum presents an all-night, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. marathon of Parisian-themed movies, including such effervescent classics as Gigi, Ninotchka and Funny Face. $10-$15 (free for members). Fri., Nov. 24. 6 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4570.

IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE (1953) 4 stars (NR) Silver Scream Spookshow presents a special 3-D screening of the breezy 1953 UFO flick from director Jack Arnold, who also gave the world Creature from the Black Lagoon. (Note: "Gilligan's Island's" Russell Johnson has a role in it, so be prepared to hear the audience exclaim, "Hey, it's the Professor!") Sat., Nov. 25. The Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon. 404-873-1939.

REDHEAD (1962) A woman (Ruth Luewerik) abandons her mundane life in Germany by fleeing to Venice, but all too soon her adventures give way to routine. $3-$4. Wed., Nov. 29, 7 p.m. Goethe Institut Atlanta, 1197 Peachtree St. 404-894-2388.

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.

A SCANNER DARKLY 3 stars (R) Richard Linklater's animated adaptation of Philip K. Dick's autobiographical dystopian 1977 novel of California drug addicts is sci-fi-meets-Slacker. Keanu Reeves plays an undercover cop trying to penetrate a group of Substance D addicts, but gradually loses his own identity in the throes of addiction and deep cover. Linklater's film tackles a variety of ideas, from Dick's nightmare world of nefarious corporations and 24-hour surveillance and its resemblance to our own, to Reeves' existential exploration of his own identity. As a consequence, Linklater's intelligent but unfocused film can at times buckle under the weight of so many ideas handled in such a rambling, disorderly manner. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). Nov. 23-30. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. 404-651-3565. -- Felicia Feaster


BABEL 4 stars (R) A freak mishap has far-reaching repercussions that affect the lives of a pair of American tourists (Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett), two young Moroccan shepherds, a Mexican nanny (Adriana Barraza) and a deaf Japanese teenager (Rinko Kikuchi). Amores Perros director Alejandro González Iñárritu presents another gripping, gritty and well-acted set of intersecting narratives that feature raw performances (particularly from Kikuchi) and moments of nearly unbearable suspense. On reflection, Iñárritu's themes of language, globalization and human connection don't quite come together, but Babel's passion and visceral images give it power that transcends borders. -- Curt Holman

BORAT: CULTURE LEARNINGS OF AMERICA FOR MAKE BENEFIT GLORIOUS NATION OF KAZAKHSTAN 4 stars (R) British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen pranks the United States by traveling the nation in his guise as Borat Sagdiyev, a disarmingly cheerful but sexist, anti-Semitic and colossally ignorant journalist from Kazakhstan. The satiric humor stems partly from Borat's unbelievably filthy and inappropriate behavior, but also from his unsuspecting dupes, whose reactions range from polite horror to apparent agreement at his offensive statements. Briefly touching on such notions as the quality of the national character and what makes for "acceptable" comedy, Borat's silly mockumentary turns out to be more than the sum of its naughty parts. -- Holman

CASINO ROYALE 3 stars (PG-13) A necessary revision in the post-Austin Powers age, Martin Campbell's (GoldenEye) adaptation of Ian Fleming's first novel in his spy series begins at the beginning, with the British spy making his first kills, achieving 007 status and establishing the Bond mystique. In this noirish Bond, the super spy bleeds, suffers, falls in love and exhibits some unusual breaks from the jet-setting, quip-master tradition established by Sean Connery, et. al. The darker mood makes a welcome change from the formula and, while a distinct break from the smooth operators of yore, Daniel Craig adds a human element to his James Bond. -- Feaster

COME EARLY MORNING (R) Joey Lauren Adams, best known for playing Amy in Chasing Amy, writes and directs this tale of a thirtysomething single woman (Ashley Judd) in a small Southern town as she tries to take stock of her life and her family.

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