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OPENING FRIDAY

ARMORED (PG-13) Hungarian-American Nimród Antal, who directed the fascinating foreign film Kontroll, helms this heist thriller about security guards who decide to knock over one of their armored cars. The cast includes Matt Dillon, Jean Reno and Laurence Fishburne.

BROTHERS (R) After Sam, a Marine, goes missing in Afghanistan, his younger brother Tommy moves in to care for his devastated family. Tommy eventually falls in love with Sam’s wife, which causes problems for the family when Sam returns home.

EVERYBODY’S FINE 2 stars (PG-13) See review.

SKIN See review.

TRANSYLMANIA (R) This is a quirky spoof horror film about college kids who study abroad in Romania for a semester. They quickly realize that if the crazy eastern European party scene doesn’t hurt their grades, the vampires certainly will.

DULY NOTED

CRAZY ON THE OUTSIDE (R) “Home Improvement” and The Santa Clause’s Tim Allen directs and stars in this comedy about an ex-con who juggles his quirky family with his romance with a parole officer. The cast includes Sigourney Weaver, Ray Liotta, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Kelsey Grammer. Allen will be in attendance. $20. 7:30 p.m. Tues., Dec. 8. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-873-1939. www.plazaatlanta.com.

JAZZ LADIES (NR) Jazz Ladies is a collection of vintage jazz shorts amassed by Jo Milgram. See greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Sarah Vaughan at their rhythmic best in this rare tribute to the women of jazz. $6-$7. 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 5. 404-733-HIGH. www.high.org.

CONTINUING

2012 2 stars (PG-13) Solar flares and Mayan mumbo jumbo spell a world-ending catastrophe, even for an upstanding White House science adviser (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a divorced novelist (John Cusack) and the U.S. president (Danny Glover). You can say what you want about director Roland Emmerich: The man’s the John Holmes of disaster porn and delivers jaw-dropping money shots of quakes wrecking Hollywood, Yosemite National Park erupting, a tsunami wiping out Washington, D.C., etc. The trouble is, it’s two and a half hours long and not even as cheesily fun as The Day After Tomorrow— Curt Holman

AMELIA 2 stars (PG) Two-time Best Actress Oscar-winner Hilary Swank certainly looks the part as toothy, tomboyish aviatrix Amelia Earhart, playing opposite Richard Gere as Earhart’s publisher, promoter and husband-to-be George Putnam. But, unbelievably, director Mira Nair shows virtually no interest in the excitement of aviation, preferring to focus on Earhart’s love triangle with Gene Vidal (Ewan McGregor) and her celebrity as a 1930s feminist icon. A beautifully photographed biopic, Amelia generates almost no dramatic interest until the re-creation of the last leg of her final flight. — Holman 

ANTICHRIST 2 stars (NR) Cross your legs — here comes Lars von Trier's notoriously unpleasant art-house curiosity about a pair of grieving parents (Willem Dafoe and Cannes Film Festival Best Actress winner Charlotte Gainsbourg) whose attempt to work through their feelings at a remote cabin called "Eden" ends in violence. Antichrist proves at once impossible to dismiss or take seriously, particularly given the raw yet focused performances of the two actors and the film's vivid images of nature at its most sinister. Von Trier's themes about misogyny seem deliberately over the top, as if he's commenting on his own reputation as a harsh taskmaster of his actresses. — Holman

ASTRO BOY 4 stars (G) When Dr. Tenma’s (Nicolas Cage) son Tobio (Freddie Highmore) meets an unfortunate end, the grief-stricken scientist creates a robotic boy in his son’s image powered by an experimental power source — blue-core energy. Tobio soon learns he’ll never replace his flesh-and-blood predecessor and flees when facing deactivation from his father and war-mongering General Stone (Donald Sutherland). His escape takes the young robot on an action-packed journey where his destiny is ultimately revealed.

BLACK DYNAMITE 4 stars (R) Mack daddy and one-man killing machine Black Dynamite (Michael Jai White) wages a vendetta against jive turkeys who killed his brother and peddled dope to kids. His righteous battles uncover a conspiracy that takes him from the 'hood all the way to "the Honky House." Giving credit where it's due, White's portrayal of Dynamite is effortless and shows a rarely seen comedic side. As the story progresses, the jokes start to get a bit stale, but the film revives itself as it reaches its oddly climactic ending. Although Black Dynamite successfully spoofs the campy essence of blaxploitation films of the '70s, it perfectly balances its riffs as an homage to the badass alpha-male leads and social-message vehicle the genre spawned. — Edward Adams

THE BLIND SIDE 2 stars (PG) A white Memphis socialite (Sandra Bullock) all but adopts a mountainous African-American teen (Quinton Aaron) from an impoverished household in this well-meaning adaptation of Michael Lewis’ nonfiction book on football strategy. Aaron proves too wooden an actor to enliven his many dialogue-free scenes, so the rest of the film overcompensates, particularly in the comic relief involving Bullock’s insufferable son. It’s to Bullock’s credit that she refrains from turning her role into a nouveau riche clown, but the film treats her as if she’s a saint trying to redeem white Southerners everywhere. — Holman 
 
THE BOONDOCK SAINTS II: ALL SAINTS DAY (R) A sequel to the indie cult-classic, The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day continues the saga of the MacManus brothers, who have been hiding out in Ireland. They return to Boston to avenge the death of a beloved priest.  
 
THE BOX (PG-13) In this horror/thriller based on a 1970s short story by Richard Matheson, a couple (Cameron Diaz and James Marsden) is visited by a stranger with a mysterious box containing a button. The stranger tells them that if they press the button they will receive $1 million dollars but someone they don't know will die. They have one choice to make: Should they press the button and risk the consequences?

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