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Film Clips

Capsule reviews for recently released movies

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Opening Friday

DOOMSDAY (R) Authorities are forced to quarantine an entire country after a deadly virus breaks out and kills hundred of thousands of citizens. Three decades later, however, the virus resurfaces in a major city and an elite team of specialists is dispatched to find a cure. Neil Marshall writes and directs.

DR. SEUSS' HORTON HEARS A WHO! (G) See review.

FUNNY GAMES (R) See review.

NEVER BACK DOWN (PG-13) A rebellious new kid in school channels his fist-fighting energy into mastering the art of mixed martial arts with the help of a mentor and an underground fight club.

SLEEPWALKING (R) Nick Stahl (Sin City), AnnaSophia Robb (Bridge to Terabithia) and Charlize Theron (Monster) star in this drama about an uncle who must take care of his niece after her mother abandons her.

THE WITNESSES 3 stars (NR) See review.

Duly Noted

PASSPORT TO GREEK FILM The High Museum features a selection of contemporary Greek films centered on subjects from a small Greek village looking to restock its female population and find brides for its menfolk in the documentary Sugartown (March 29); to coming-of-age drama A Touch of Spice (March 15), which was a popular hit in Greece; and a very indie-feeling comedy punctuated by accordion music about an overage Greek slacker (The Heart of the Beast, March 8). $4-$5. 8 p.m. High Museum, Rich Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4570. www.high.org. -- Felicia Feaster

SANTOURI, THE MUSIC MAN Originally scheduled as part of the High Museum's Iranian Film Festival last Fall, Santouri is the story of Ali, a musician who plays the santour (a dulcimer-like instrument). After he injures his hand and is unable to play, Ali falls into a life of drugs and depression. $8-$10. 3 and 5:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun., March 15-16. High Museum, Rich Theatre. 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4570. www.high.org.

SPORTS AND SOCIAL CHANGE FILM SERIES This Emory film series features mostly 35 mm films dealing with race in the context of athletics every Thursday night through April 3. Free. 8 p.m. Emory University, 480 Kilgo St., White Hall, Room 205. 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, Fri. at Plaza Theatre, and Sat. at Peachtree Cinema & Games, Norcross.

Continuing

4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS 5 stars (NR) Heralded as more evidence of the Romanian New Wave, Cristian Mungiu's taut, disturbing drama is set in 1987, when Nicolae Ceausescu's misguided social policy virtually outlawed abortion. Anamaria Marinca gives a complex performance as a polytechnic student trying to help her friend procure an illegal abortion, and caught up in the country's nightmarish bureaucracy and corruption. It could be science fiction, but the film's grounding in recent Eastern European history and the ongoing battle over reproductive issues makes it especially eerie. -- Feaster

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

10,000 B.C. 2 stars (PG-13) See review.

ALICE'S HOUSE 3 stars (NR) A Brazilian beautician (Carla Ribas) struggles with family problems and temptation in the person of a wealthy client's handsome husband. Despite some soap-operatic plot twists, Chico Teixeira's quiet, intimate tale offers an affecting portrayal of low-income frustrations and sexual politics, while providing a more realistic, workaday counterpoint to the new wave of violent Brazilian crime dramas. -- Curt Holman

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. -- 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

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