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Film Clips

Capsule reviews of recently released movies

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Opening Friday

FOOL'S GOLD (PG-13) Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey (the duo from How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days) star in this romantic comedy/action adventure about a couple's search for sunken treasure.

THE HOTTIE AND THE NOTTIE (PG-13) Nate Cooper (Joel David Moore) can't win the heart of his long-time crush (Paris Hilton) unless he can find a wing-man for her homely best friend, June (Christine Lakin). In the process of giving June a much-needed makeover, Nate discovers his true love might not be the hottie after all.

STEEP This documentary featuring big mountain skiing in North America details the skiers who risk their lives to ski mountains considered challenging even just to climb. Only showing at UA Tara Cinema 4.

TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE 4 stars (R) See review.

VINCE VAUGHN'S WILD WEST COMEDY SHOW See review.

WELCOME HOME ROSCOE JENKINS (PG-13) Martin Lawrence stars as Roscoe Jenkins, a big-shot talk-show host who has all but forgotten his humble beginnings growing up in the Deep South. When he returns for his parents' 50th wedding anniversary, Roscoe starts to rethink his current situation.

Duly Noted

FILMS FROM THE ARAB WORLD This small festival at the High Museum Feb. 2-23 features an array of films, documentary, narrative and one short comedy addressing the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Sufi mysticism, and a more holistic, poetic view of the Arab world. All films are at 8 p.m. in the Rich Theatre. Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4570. www.high.org.

I DRINK YOUR BLOOD (1970) (X) The first film to ever receive an "X" rating by the MPAA for violence alone, I Drink Your Blood is the tale of rabid, satanic hippies on a killing frenzy. $9. 9:30 p.m. Tues., Feb. 12. Plaza Theatre. 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-873-1939. www.plazaatlanta.com.

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, Fri. at Plaza Theatre, and Sat. at Peachtree Cinema & Games, Norcross.

Continuing

27 DRESSES 1 star (PG-13) From the reprehensible subgenre of chick flicks that delight in the humiliation of a stereotypically girly heroine, this dim little comedy stars Knocked Up's Katherine Heigl as Jane, a secretary who is always the bridesmaid and never the bride, and in love with her boss (Edward Burns). She attracts the attention of a newspaper reporter (James Marsden) who wants to blow the lid off of the wedding racket by writing an article about Jane. Not even a guilty pleasure. -- Feaster

ALIEN VS. PREDATOR 2: REQUIEM 3 stars (R) The residents of a sleepy Colorado town become trapped in a grudge match between the deadly title roles of the Alien and Predator movies. It's not exactly a good movie, but it's a lot better at being a bad movie than the previous Alien vs. Predator, creating a fast pace and a moody atmosphere that make up for the flat acting and dialogue. See it in a grindhouse frame of mind. -- Curt Holman

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS 3 stars (PG) This fluffy film chronicles the Chipmunks' rise to hyperpitched harmonizing fame and their narrow escape from the pitfalls of child stardom. On the human side, Jason Lee as Dave Seville looks uneasy living life in a partially CGI world, whereas David Cross, playing an exploitative record exec, basks in is screen time. Here, modernization and re-imagining turn out to be not such distasteful concepts, and even allow for a dash of satire most appreciated by fans of the earlier TV series. -- Allison C. Keene

ATONEMENT 4 stars (R) An intelligent but confused adolescent girl (Saoirse Ronan) tells a lie that separates two young lovers (Keira Knightley and James McAvoy). Joe Wright crafts an insightful adaptation of Ian McEwan's acclaimed novel that begins with an intimate look at the passions and frustrations at an English country estate, and expands to include the destruction of World War II. Playing the same character at different ages, Ronan, Romola Garai and Vanessa Redgrave offer a devastating portrayal of guilt and the inability of words to undue their power to harm. -- Holman

THE BUCKET LIST 3 stars (PG-13) A high-maintenance zillionaire (Jack Nicholson) and a dignified mechanic (Morgan Freeman) become mismatched buddies as roommates on a cancer ward, then decide to live their last months crossing items off "the bucket list" of things to do before death. Despite both actors' penchant for self-parody, here they play off each other like old pros, and director Rob Reiner, improving significantly from flops such as Rumor Has It..., makes the predictable humor and platitudes go down easy. -- Holman

BEE MOVIE 2 stars (PG) After discovering life outside the hive and meeting a human florist (Renee Zellweger), a young bee (Jerry Seinfeld) sues the human race for the honey industry's exploitative practices. The closer Bee Movie hovers to Seinfeld's appealing brand of observational humor, the bigger laughs it finds, but the script flits in so many different directions, we can't help but remember that story wasn't always the strong suit of Seinfeld's eponymous "show about nothing." -- Holman

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