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Opening Friday

· THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE 2 stars. (PG) 2 stars. See review.

· SYRIANA (R) See review.

· TOUCH THE SOUND 2 stars. (NR) See review.

Opening Wednesday

· KING KONG (PG-13) This thoughtful meditation on the impact of modern civilization on the natural world dramatizes the problems that arise when an undomesticated animal is introduced to urban life. Or maybe it's about a giant gorilla clobbering dinosaurs and biplanes. Definitely one of the two.

Duly Noted

· IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (2000) 4 stars. (PG) Like an achingly beautiful Chekhov short story of unrequited longing, Wong Kar-Wai's uneventful yet hypnotic cult film cultivates an atmosphere of desire and melancholy between two would-be lovers (Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung) married to cheating spouses. On a double-bill with its follow-up, 2046. Dec. 9-15. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565. www2.gsu.edu/~wwwcft. -- Curt Holman

· KAMIKAZE GIRLS (NR) Momoko, a girl obsessed with 18th-century France, brings some quirky life to a dull town in commercial Japan. Thurs., Dec. 8. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565. www2.gsu.edu/~wwwcft.

· THE KAISER'S LACKEY (1951) (NR) In this adaptation of Heinrich Mann's satirical novel, a sniveling coward on his honeymoon discovers an opportunity to do a favor for the kaiser. Wed., Dec. 14, 7 p.m. Goethe Institut Atlanta, 1197 Peachtree St. $3-$4. 404-892-2388. www.goethe.de/ins/us/atl/enindex.htm.

· 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.

· 2046 4 stars. (R) Wong Kar-Wai's spellbinding sort-of sequel to In the Mood for Love is an even more voluptuous mood piece about a disillusioned writer (Tony Leung) and his love affairs (including Zhang Ziyi and Gong Li). Kar-Wai creates moments of such lushness that they provide their own justification, although you wonder if the director or his antihero is being lost in his own illusions. On a double-bill with In the Mood for Love. Dec. 9-15. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565. www2.gsu.edu/~wwwcft. -- Holman

· WALKING THE LINE (NR) This harrowing documentary depicts the chaos and absurdity along the U.S.-Mexico border in southern Arizona, where illegal immigrants cross a deadly desert, only to face volatile civilian militias upon arrival. Thurs., Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, 450 Auburn Ave. Free. 404-352-4225. www.imagefv.org.

Continuing

· AEON FLUX (PG-13) See review to right.

· CAPOTE 5 stars. (R) It's hard to take your eyes off Philip Seymour Hoffman as the vain, brilliant, manipulative and also haunted writer Truman Capote. Shrugging off the limitations of the usual biopic story arc, Bennett Miller's absorbing, thought-provoking, extremely well-crafted first fiction film (he directed the documentary The Cruise) focuses on a small but significant portion of Capote's life during the researching of his groundbreaking work of true crime nonfiction In Cold Blood, and the unhealthy mutual dependency that develops between the writer and one of the killers (Clifton Collins) of a Kansas farm family. -- Felicia Feaster

· CHICKEN LITTLE 1 star. (G) In this computer-animated catastrophe, Chicken Little (Zach Braff) of nursery-rhyme fame warns the cuddly critters of Oaky Oaks of an imminent alien invasion. Disney Animation flailingly emulates the pop references of the Shrek movies and, after about five minutes, stomps all over its promising jokes. In the spirit of such monickers as Foxy Loxy and Turkey Lurkey, Chicken Little would be better named Sucky Clucky. -- Holman

· DERAILED 1 star. (R) The inaugural feature from The Weinstein Company recalls the formation of TriStar Pictures back in the '80s, when the quality of its initial slate was so dreadful that one critic suggested the company should change its name to OneStar. The film stars Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston as unhappily married business drones whose attempt at an affair gets interrupted by a French thug (Vincent Cassel) with blackmail on his mind. I figured out the major plot twist even before stepping into the theater, yet this movie is so fundamentally brain-dead on so many levels that predictability turns out to be the least of its problems. -- Matt Brunson

· DORIAN BLUES 2 stars. (NR) At times suggesting a cream puff version of Gregg Araki's Mysterious Skin, this meringue-light indie directed by first-timer Tennyson Bardwell is a gay coming-of-age dramedy with the look and feel of a John Hughes 1980s teen comedy. Michael McMillian plays a cute gay teen having a hard time explaining his homosexuality to his conservative, homophobic father in a story line that tries desperately to cover moments of goofy physical comedy and a violent homosexual near-rape in its all-over-the-board progress. -- Feaster

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