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Opening Friday

ALLAH MADE ME FUNNY (NR) Live stand-up comedy from three Muslim-American comics: Mohammed Amer, Preacher Moss and Azhar Usman.

AN AMERICAN CAROL (PG-13) A contemptuous documentarian (Kevin Farley), not unlike Michael Moore, is visited by three ghosts in director David Zucker's (Airplane!) parody of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

APPALOOSA (R) Two lawmen (Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen) are called upon to save the western town of Appaloosa from a tyrannical rancher (Jeremy Irons) in this adaptation of Robert B. Parker's novel. Harris also directs.

BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA (PG) A pampered pup named Chloe (voiced by Drew Barrymore) gets separated from her owners and must find her way back. On the way, she makes new friends and uncovers her rich chihuahua heritage.

BLINDNESS (R) See review.

HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS AND ALIENATE PEOPLE (R) Shaun of the Dead's Simon Pegg stars as Sidney Young, a British celebrity journalist thrown into the foreign world of high fashion when he's hired by an upscale New York magazine. Based on the memoir by Toby Young.

FLASH OF GENIUS (PG-13) The true story of Bob Kearns (Greg Kinnear), the inventor of the intermittent windshield wiper, whose idea was rejected and then stolen by three major car companies, and who sued them for more than $30 million.

FLOW: FOR THE LOVE OF WATER (NR) Irena Salina's award-winning documentary about the world water crisis and the privatization of Earth's most precious resource.


RELIGULOUS (R) See review.

Duly Noted

DISCOVERING TURKISH CINEMA A presentation of critically acclaimed Turkish film Times and Winds. $6-$7. Sat., Oct. 4, 8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, High Museum of Art, Rich Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St.

DIXIE FILM FESTIVAL This Southern film festival in Athens returns for a fifth year with screenings of more than 10 movies. $8-$10. Fri.-Sun., Oct. 3-5. Locations vary.

FOUND SOUNDS OF BAHIA A poor community is brought together through music from an unlikely source. Part of the Movies with a Mission series. Free. Thurs., Oct. 2, 6 p.m. APEX Museum, 135 Auburn Ave. 770-234-5890.

METROPOLIS (1927) (NR) Fritz Lang's influential film about humanity in the future, wherein people are classified as either workers or thinkers. Free. Wed., Oct. 1, 8 p.m. White Hall, Room 205, Emory University. 404-727-6761.

PINK FLAMINGOS (1979) (NC-17) Divine stars as Babs Johnson, the "filthiest person alive," in John Waters' controversial cult classic. Live pre-show entertainment with Alice D as Divine. $8. Tues., Oct. 7, 8 p.m. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-873-1939.

QUINCEAÑERA (2006) (R) On the eve of her traditional Quinceañera, a kind of sweet-15 party, preacher's daughter Magdalena (Emily Rios) discovers she is pregnant. Music by Rasta Root follows. RSVP required. Must be 21. Thurs., Oct. 2, 8 p.m. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St.

"RED HEROINE" (1929) (NR) The last surviving episode of the 13-part Chinese serial and one of the earliest silent martial arts films. Screened with live accompaniment from the Devil Music Ensemble. Free. Sun., Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m. White Hall, Room 208, Emory University. 404-727-6761.

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. Midnight, Fridays at Plaza Theatre, and Saturdays at Peachtree Cinema & Games, Norcross.


ANOTHER GAY SEQUEL: GAYS GONE WILD (NR) In this sequel to Todd Stephens' Another Gay Movie, Andy, Nico, Jarod and Griff go to a resort in Fort Lauderdale and compete to see who can get the most notches in his bedpost over spring break.

BABYLON A.D. (PG-13) French director Mathieu Kassovitz (Gothika) oversees this action-packed Vin Diesel vehicle about genetic manipulation. Based on the novel Babylon Babies by Maurice Dantec.

BAGHEAD (R) A group of indie filmmakers heads to the woods to film a thriller, but before the crew can yell "Action!" life begins imitating art.

BANGKOK DANGEROUS (R) Nicolas Cage stars in this remake of a film about a hitman in the Thai capital, directed by brothers Oxide Pang Chun and Danny Pang.

BEAUTIFUL LOSERS (NR) A documentary about the emergence of do-it-yourself art in the early '90s, focusing on 10 artists -- self-proclaimed nerds and freaks -- with a unified aesthetic.

BOTTLE SHOCK (PG-13) Bill Pullman and Alan Rickman star in this film, based on a true story, about a struggling California wine seller who changes the wine industry with a remarkable chardonnay.

BRIDESHEAD REVISITED 3 stars (PG-13) An Oxford University art student (Matthew Goode) becomes drawn into the circle of an unbelievably old and aristocratic English family, becoming an object of affection for two troubled siblings (Hayley Atwell and Sebastian Whishaw). The 11-part, 1981 miniseries with Jeremy Irons offered a definitive adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's popular novel, but director Julian Jarrold offers a smaller-scale but respectable version for the big screen. If most of the actors lack the charisma of their predecessors, Emma Thompson brings enormous wit and sensitivity to the role of imperious Lady Marchmain, making her both the embodiment of an institution as well as a flesh-and-blood mother. -- Curt Holman

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