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Opening Friday

BODY OF LIES (R) See review.

CITY OF EMBER (PG) The city of Ember is illuminated by glittering lights, but when Ember's generator starts to fail, two teens must solve an ancient mystery before their city is swallowed by darkness. Directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House).

THE EXPRESS (PG) Rob Brown stars as real-life football star Ernie Davis, who was diagnosed with leukemia after being drafted into the NFL, in this biopic from director Gary Fleder (Runaway Jury).

A GIRL CUT IN TWO (NR) See review on.

I SERVED THE KING OF ENGLAND ***** (R) An elderly Czech ex-con (Oldrich Kaiser) reflects on his past as a waiter, lover and pawn of European history in this superb film from director Jiri Menzel. Ivan Barnev plays the character as a young man and demonstrates the physical humor and sad-sack sympathy of a silent film-era star. In its celebration of both physical comedy and physical beauty, the film presents a feast for the eyes, even as it builds to a stealthy but stinging critique of moral blindness. -- Curt Holman

QUARANTINE (R) A television reporter (Jennifer Carpenter) and her cameraman (Steve Harris) are on assignment with the L.A. fire department when a call takes them to an apartment building where an unknown infection leads to quarantine and carnage.

Duly Noted

CHRISTMAS ON MARS: A FANTASTICAL FILM FREAKOUT FEATURING THE FLAMING LIPS It's Christmastime on colonized Mars, and when technology begins to malfunction, the people are worried, until a benevolent alien super-being (the Flaming Lips' frontman Wayne Coyne, who also directed) arrives to help them. $9. Wed., Oct. 8, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-873-1939. www.plazaatlanta.com.

FOUND FOOTAGE FILM FESTIVAL A national touring festival that showcases strange and hilarious found video footage. Hosted by comedians Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher. $10. Sun., Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-873-1939. www.plazaatlanta.com.

LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL See review on p. XX.

MAN WITH THE MOVIE CAMERA (1929) (NR) Dziga Vertov's documentary of a day in the life of the Soviet Union and a day in the life of a Soviet filmmaker. Screened with the score by the Alloy Orchestra. Free. Wed., Oct. 8, 8 p.m. White Hall, Room 205, Emory University. 404-727-6761. www.filmstudies.emory.edu.

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.

UNDER THE INFLUENCE A showcase of the terrain and conditions faced by serious skiers and snowboarders around the world. Repeat show Wednesday. $15-$20. Tues., Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m. Sweetwater Brewing Company, 195 Ottley Drive. 404-691-2537. www.tetongravity.com/undertheinfluence.

Continuing

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) See review on.

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.

APPALOOSA 3 stars (R) Two freelance marshals (Viggo Mortensen and Ed Harris, who directed and co-wrote the screenplay) bring law and order to Appaloosa in defiance of a powerful, sadistic rancher (Jeremy Irons in full "Uncle Scar" mode). Harris and Mortensen casually banter with each other and the shoot-outs are appropriately loud and sudden, along the lines of last year's 3:10 to Yuma, but the film's sexual politics (embodied by Renee Zellweger's free-thinking piano player) border on misogynistic. -- Holman

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.

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.

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 3 Stars (R) Fernando Meirelles (the Brazillian director of City of God and The Constant Gardener) presents a heavily-allegorical thriller in which an epidemic of blindness sweeps an unnamed city. A still-sighted woman (Julianne Moore) joins her blinded husband (Mark Ruffalo) in a crowded quarantine facility, which soons resembles a cross between The Lord of the Flies and the New Orleans Superdome after Hurricane Katrina. Heavy-handed and at times infuriatingly contrived, the film redeems itself with Moore's raw performance and chilling set pieces that affirm Meirelles as a director with, uh, vision. -- Holman

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