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American Violet 2 stars (PG-13) See review.

Crank: High Voltage Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) is pissed off. Organ thieves have stolen his heart and now he's going to fight them to get it back.

17 Again Ever wanted a second chance? A loser played by Zac Efron gets the magical chance to relive his teenage years.

State of Play 4 stars (R) See review.


ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL This year's festival is packed with great independent cinema, from Rudo y Cursi to The People Speak. Atlanta Film Festival. $8-$300. April 16-25. Venues vary, but most take place at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive. 404-352-4225.

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, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-873-1939.


ADVENTURELAND 3 stars (R) A cerebral — and virginal — college graduate (Jesse Eisenberg) finds dreary summer employment and the possibility of romance at Adventureland, a seedy Pittsburgh amusement park. The likeable cast includes Twilight's Kristen Stewart as a beguiling co-worker involved with the park's resident "cool guy" (Ryan Reynolds), as well as scene-stealing Martin Starr as an underemployed, overeducated geek. Writer/director Greg Mottola previously directed the hit Superbad, and Adventureland, while funny, offers a bittersweet account that suggests those youthful, fateful summers weren't as fun to experience as our nostalgic memories might suggest. — Curt Holman

4 stars
(Not rated) In this Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, teacher and award-winning novelist François Bègaudeau plays a fictionalized version of himself, a middle-school French instructor who struggles with his confrontational middle-school students. Compared to Hollywood inspirational teacher-dramas like Dangerous Minds, The Class could be a remedial course, focusing on the institutional and cultural challenges that make education an uphill battle. Primarily set in the classroom, the film reveals complex conflicts and proves that educational problems have no easy answers. — Holman

CORALINE 4 stars (PG) When spunky tween Coraline Jones (voiced by Dakota Fanning) and her family move into a remote boarding house, she discovers a deceptively appealing "other world" full of magical wonders. Henry Selick, director of The Nightmare Before Christmas, helms another film of stop-motion animated splendors reminiscent of such fantastical coming-of-age stories as Alice in Wonderland and Pan’s Labyrinth. Definitely try to see it in 3-D, which fits the stop-motion format like a hand in glove, but be warned that the wild images may be too creepy for little kids. — Holman

CROSSING OVER 2 stars (R) Harrison Ford plays the central role of a weary but conscientious Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer in this sprawling drama about diverse Los Angelenos whose lives intersect through the issue of illegal immigration. Writer/director Wayne Kramer follows the model of the Oscar-winner Crash all too closely, and though he nimbly juggles multiple storylines, the themes and confrontational performances prove hilariously heavy-handed. Kramer has clearly done his homework in the catch-22s of U.S. immigration laws and black market documents, but the hyperbolic crime-related subplots drown out the thoughtful content. — Holman

DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION Forces of good and evil fight for control of the Dragonballs. The fate of the world is at stake. Special effects and stunt fighting ensue.

DUPLICITY (PG-13) Espionage, romance, and the perfect con are mixed together for this thriller cocktail. Clive Owen and Julia Roberts star.

EVERLASTING MOMENTS  3 stars (NR) In early 20th-century Sweden, a downtrodden mother (Maria Heiskanen) contends with poverty, World War I and a drunken, abusive husband (Mikael Persbrant), leaving little time for her inchoate talent as a photographer. A Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, this often grim drama presented primarily from her daughter's point of view, often suggests a Scandinavian Angela's Ashes. Everlasting Moments features subtly gorgeous cinematography and offers a primer in 100-year-old photography, but the woman's commitment to her brutish spouse seems as much masochistic as martyrlike, and proves to be the film's one area that could use more development. — Holman
FANBOYS 2 stars (PG-13) In late 1998, a group of Star Wars fans road-trips from Ohio to Marin County, Calif., to break into Skywalker Ranch and steal a rough cut of The Phantom Menace. First scheduled for release in 2007, the film became a geek cause celebre when the studio contemplated cutting out a wan subplot in which one of the friends is dying of cancer. Even with the cancer plot included, the characterizations are thin, the cameos predictable and the craft generally amateurish, suggesting that films like Clerks set the bar for comedies about fandom culture way too low. — Holman

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