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TERMINATOR SALVATION (PG-13) John Connor returns to kick some robot ass.


ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL 4 stars (R) When old men refuse to quit.
THE BROTHERS BLOOM 3 stars (PG-13) See review.
DANCE FLICK (PG-13) The Wayans family, creators of the Scary Movie series, presents this satire of the dance genre about two hoofers from opposite sides of the tracks. I’ve got a hunch it’ll be more like Epic Movie than Walk Hard.
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN (PG) Ben Stiller’s security guard returns to ride herd over the wacky museum exhibits that come to life at night in this sequel to hit comedy from 2006. Joining the cast are Amy Adams as Amelia Earhart, Christopher Guest as Ivan the Terrible, Eugene Levy as Albert Einstein and Bill Hader as General Custer.
VALENTINO: THE LAST EMPEROR (PG-13) This documentary on famed fashion designer Valentino Garavani chronicles his long-time business and romantic partnership with Giancarlo Giametti, as well as the financial changes sweeping the haute couture industry. Director/producer Matty Tyrnauer will conduct post-show audience Q&As on Friday nights and all day Saturday.

CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954) 4 stars (NOT RATED) A band of scientists pilot a steamer up the Amazon and encounter a prehistoric fish-man with bad intentions. Presented in 3-D. Silver Scream Spook Show. May 23,  1 and 9:30 p.m. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave., $8-$12. 404-873-1939.
See feature.


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

AMARCORD (1973) 5 stars (R) Translated as "I Remember," Amarcord presents director Federico Fellini's at times fanciful account of his adolescence in a coastal Italian village in the 1930s. If not as thematically complex as some Fellini classics like or La Dolce Vita, Amarcord features an endless string of haunting images and funny, bawdy episodes. — Holman

AMERICAN VIOLET 2 stars (PG-13) In a small town in Texas, a waitress and mother of four (Nicole Beharie) is wrongfully arrested for dealing drugs, and eventually challenges the racial inequities of the war on drugs by suing the powerful local D.A. (Michael O'Keefe). Director Tim Disney captures the terror of shock-and-awe arrest tactics and the Orwellian nightmare of unfair criminal prosecution (especially for the working poor), and builds to a lively cross-examination in a deposition. Unfortunately, American Violet's saintly treatment of its heroine and one-dimensional characterizations (despite the work of such strong actors as Tim Blake Nelson, Alfre Woodard and Charles Dutton) keep the film on the level of a made-for-TV movie. — Holman

ANGELS & DEMONS 2 stars (PG-13) In Rome, a Harvard symbologist (Tom Hanks) and a young physicist (Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer) race the clock during a papal election, a hostage crisis and the countdown until a stolen speck of antimatter could wipe out Vatican City. This follow-up to The Da Vinci Code features a faster pace yet a less compelling historical conspiracy. It’s hard to get the sense that Hanks, director Ron Howard or anyone else involved in the production felt passionately about the material, except maybe for the set designers and art directors. Who would guess that Angels & Demons would have more corpses than and more technobabble than Star Trek? — Holman 

BATTLE FOR TERRA 2 stars (PG) Evan Rachel Wood voices a spunky, tech-savvy teenager on Terra, a planet of legless, floating tadpole-people. When the remnants of humanity come to colonize her world, can she and a shipwrecked soldier (Luke Wilson) convince their races to give peace a chance? Had Battle for Terra beat Delgo to theaters, its technically more sophisticated animation might have been more impressive, but instead the project feels derivative of too many sci-fi sources. — Holman

THE CLASS 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


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