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Opening Friday

FUCK 2 stars. (Not Rated) See review.


THE NATIVITY STORY 2 stars.(PG) See review.

10 ITEMS OR LESS (R) Morgan Freeman plays a persnickety movie star who becomes "stranded" at an ethnic market on the outskirts of Los Angeles while researching a role, but finds personal renewal when he befriends a cashier (Paz Vega).

TURISTAS (R) From director John Stockwell (Blue Crush), this thriller depicts an ill-fated band of American tourists stranded in a Brazilian beach town after a bus accident.

VAN WILDER: THE RISE OF TAJ (R) In this sequel to National Lampoon's Van Wilder, Taj (Kal Penn) transfers to a prestigious English university and teaches a band of misfits how to party. Directed by Mort Nathan.

Duly Noted

CHOCOLAT (2000) (PG-13) Juliette Binoche plays the free-spirited proprietor of a chocolate shop who sets tongues a-twitter in a conservative French town in 1959 in this movie directed by Lasse Hallstrom. The film will be followed by a tasting of some of the finest chocolates of Europe. Fri., Dec. 1, 7 p.m. Goethe-Institut Atlanta, 1197 Peachtree Rd. $15-$20. 404-892-2388.

PINKEYE: FAGSPLOITATION (Not Rated) The monthly queer film series presents "Fagsploitation, hot beefcake films served by steamy go-go boys and campy gay tunes." Wed., Dec. 6., 8 p.m. Eyedrum Gallery, 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. $6. 404-522-0655.

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.<

TALES OF THE RAT FINK (Not Rated) This heavily animated documentary biopic (with the voices of John Goodman, Ann-Margret and Jay Leno) profiles Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, who specialized in customized cars, "monster" T-shirts and the 1960s' rodent Rat Fink. Dec. 1-7. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. 404-651-3565.


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. 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

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 on June 4, 1968. The huge cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Sharon Stone, Demi Moore, Lindsay Lohan and Christian Slater.

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. – Felicia 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.

DECK THE HALLS (PG) See review.

DÉJÀVU (PG-13) An ATF agent (Denzel Washington) travels back in time to save a woman from being murdered in the first film shot in post-Katrina New Orleans. Expect the requisite slickness from director Tony Scott, who directed Washington in Man on Fire. The trailer looks bizarrely similar to Taye Diggs' new TV series "Daybreak."

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